Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sesame Place announces new Gravity Group Family Woodie - Wacky Taxi

Sesame Place unveils new ride!

Sesame Place®, the nation's only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®, announced today its first wooden-steel hybrid coaster - Oscar's Wacky Taxi - debuting Spring 2018. The new coaster is one of the largest new attractions in the park's 37-year history and will feature a bright yellow, taxi cab-inspired train with everyone's favorite grouch at the helm.

Always great to SeaWorld keep putting money into its parks in its slump, and the Wacky Taxi looks like a great addition for the park. Perfect family and kid ride, that will also bring those crazy coaster enthusiasts to the park!
Packed Layout for the small space!
The new coaster, combining both wood and steel elements to create a smooth ride, will give pint-sized thrill-seekers and their families the opportunity to experience another exciting first at Sesame Place. Oscar's Wacky Taxi will send riders soaring down an exhilarating first drop of 40 feet, traveling over 1,200 feet of track with exciting twists, turns, and plenty of airtime hills -- sure to delight even the grouchiest of riders. A 40" rider height requirement (with a supervising companion) or 46" height requirement for single riders will make this the perfect first coaster for many park guests.  
Oscar's Wacky Taxi™ will join Super Grover's Vapor Trail® as the second roller coaster at the park. Super Grover's Vapor Trail, which opened in 1998 as the park's first mechanical ride, is celebrating its 20th birthday in 2018. The 14-acre park also features two popular themed lands – Elmo's World which opened in 2006 and Cookie's Monster Land which opened in 2014. A total of eleven dry rides, nine water attractions, five interactive play elements, the Sesame Street Neighborhood, three live daily character shows and The Neighborhood Street Party Parade bring the joy of everyone's favorite Sesame Street friends to families.

This coaster looks awesome, it's a mini out-and-back with some great airtime. It looks better than the Woodstock Express coasters in my opinion, but not nearly as high quality as the family GCI addition at Busch Gardens Williamsburg this past year. I'm sure Gravity Group did what they could with the space available, and I'm sure it will be a pleasant surprise to all.

Overall, after watching the POV, it's a pleasing addition that leaves you wanting a little more out of it. I mean hey, it's only 40' tall! Full article here.