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Several Mid-Atlantic theme parks have announced new attractions to open this year.

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Sesame Street Neighborhood at Sesame Place
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Several Mid-Atlantic theme parks have announced new attractions to open this year. Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, is unveiling a new Sesame Street Neighborhood that reflects the set currently seen on the PBS television program on which the theme park is based. The new experience includes character elements and a host of famous Sesame Street locales (think Abby’s Garden and Big Bird’s nest) for photos ops. A new show is taking the stage, too, starring Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Big Bird.

This summer, Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, opens Reese’s Cupfusion, a dark-ride gaming experience in which riders are tasked with protecting the Reese’s factory from intruders. Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is adding several new play structures to its Duke’s Lagoon water play area, including a pirate ship with Duke the dragon himself at the helm.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Jackson, New Jersey, makes a big splash with the addition of the 100,000-gallon beach-entry-style pool Calypso Springs to the water park’s offerings. The other Six Flags in the region, Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, introduces FIREBIRD, a “reimagined” coaster that uses an existing structure for the state’s first floorless roller coaster. FIREBIRD will take riders speeding along at 56 miles per hour on a 2,900-foot track with a nine-story drop, two inversions, carousel and corkscrew turns, and more.

Williamsburg, Virginia’s Busch Gardens and Water Country USA are both debuting new rides. Located in the Ireland village at Busch Gardens,  Finnegan’s Flyer features two pendulum-like arms seating 32 riders that fly progressively higher with each swing until they reach 80 feet high. It’ll be a great view—if you can open your eyes! Over in Water Country USA, the Cutback Water Coaster seats thrill-seekers aboard a four-person raft and sends them speeding along 856 feet of slide as they jet through tunnels and glide into wide-open saucer-shaped features that provide a drop-and-dive sensation.

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2019 edition of AAA World.

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