SeaWorld, Sesame Workshop to build new theme park


SeaWorld, Sesame Workshop to build new theme park

SeaWorld Entertainment announced recently a partnership extension with Sesame Workshop that will include the development of an additional Sesame Place theme park.

SeaWorld and Sesame Workshop have been working together for 37 years, and plans are in place for a second Sesame Place theme park to open no later than mid-2021 in a U.S. location to be determined.

Following the opening of the second Sesame Place, SeaWorld will have the option to build additional Sesame Place theme parks. The original Sesame Place theme park is in Langhorne, Pa., and is based off the educational program Sesame Street.

The partnership extension also allows Sesame Street characters to continue appearing at the themed lands inside the company’s two Busch Gardens theme parks and SeaWorld theme parks in San Diego and San Antonio.

A new Sesame Street land will also be built in SeaWorld Orlando by fall 2022. The new license agreement extends the partnership between SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop through December 2031.

Arrivals to US declined slightly in September 2016

WASHINGTON

International arrivals to the U.S. declined slightly in September 2016 compared with September 2015, continuing a downward trend in inbound tourism that began earlier in 2016.

The U.S. Department of Commerce says 6.5 million international visitors traveled to the U.S. last September, down 1,675 visits from the same month in 2015.

Overall for the first nine months of 2016, international visits declined 2 percent compared with the same period in 2015, the Commerce Department said.

Experts have said that a strong U.S. dollar and lackluster economies elsewhere have made it more expensive for travelers to vacation here, leading some to choose destinations elsewhere.

Attraction depicts world in miniature

One of the Big Apple’s newest attractions is on the small side.

Gulliver’s Gate is a miniature world depicting hundreds of landmarks, settings and events - from the mundane to the monumental - in 49,000 square feet of indoor space near Times Square.

Debuting last month, the $40 million project consists of a collection of scenes from around the world, or at least a sizable chunk of it.

The Taj Mahal, Stonehenge, the pyramids of Egypt and the Brooklyn Bridge are just a few of the instantly recognizable icons peppered throughout the sprawling display, which feels like an elaborate model train exhibit.

The all-ages attraction includes plenty of whimsical touches, like brown bears armed with musical instruments in a snow-covered Russian forest and people using ropes to straighten the Leaning Tower of Pisa. On the shores of Scotland’s Loch Ness, tourists’ cameras flash when the mythical monster suddenly surfaces.

Gulliver’s Gate is open daily at 216 W. 44th St. Regular admission is $36 for adults and $27 for children and seniors. For more information, visit www.gulliversgate.com.

Geography quiz

Q. Which Canadian province straddles the Strait of Belle Isle?

A. Newfoundland and Labrador. The waterway separates the Labrador Peninsula from the island of Newfoundland.

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