MIDDLETOWN TWP., Pa. - Everyone's favorite grouch will be trading in his trash can for a taxi cab when Sesame Place opens next spring.
The Sesame Street-based theme park near Langhorne, Bucks County, pulled the wraps off its first wooden-steel hybrid roller coaster on Wednesday.
Oscar's Wacky Taxi will feature a bright yellow, taxi cab-inspired train with the grouch, himself, at the helm. The coaster's 1,200-plus feet of track will feature a 40-foot drop and a series of "exciting twists, turns, and plenty of airtime hills."
"Oscar's Wacky Taxi will bring a whole new level of excitement to Sesame Place in 2018," said Bob Caruso, the president of the 14-acre park. "We're constantly looking for ways to enhance our guest experience, and our first wooden roller coaster is an exciting and thrilling addition to the park."
Riders must be at least 40 inches tall and be accompanied by a supervising companion, or at least 46 inches tall to ride alone.
The new coaster's debut in 2018 will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the park opening its other roller coaster -- Super Grover's Vapor Trail.
Sesame Workshop, in partnership with SeaWorld Entertainment, announced in May plans to build a second Sesame Place theme park, but the location for it has not yet been determined. It's scheduled to open no later than mid-2021, officials said.
The original Sesame Place in Bucks County opened in 1980.
SeaWorld Entertainment's two Bush Gardens theme parks and SeaWorld theme parks in San Diego and San Antonio feature Sesame Streetlands, with another one set to open at SeaWorld Orlando by the fall of 2022.
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