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Street Mission is PortAventura World’s first dark ride and the first of its kind to be inspired by Sesame Street. Park World editor Becci Knowles was lucky enough to ride it and got to speak to the team afterwards…


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a secret mission. It consists of a pre-show and a 3D ride experience, featuring numerous animatronics and immersive experiences hanks to 3D video mapping technology With an in esment of 15 mi ion Eu os, the project has been crreated in collaboration witth Sesame Wo shop, the not for prof t organisation behind Sesame Sttreet, and Sally Corporration, one of tthe national companies in the developmentt


a secret mission. It consists of a pre-show and a 3D ride experience, featuring numerous animatronics and immersive experiences thanks to 3D video mapping technology. ll


orrkshop, the not for profiit organisation behind Sesame S reet, and Sally Corpo ation, one of he leading interleading international companies in the de elopmen of dark rides and the design of animatronics. The arrival of the new attraction strrengthens the existing alliance betwtween PorttA Sesame Wo


of dark rides and the design of animatronics. The ar ival of the new attraction st engthens the Aventura WorWorld and


helped to create an attraction that will be a fantastic interinteractiv


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said Fernando Aldecoa, managing director of PorttAor AventuraWoa World. “SésamoA entura is an incrincreredible aredible area tea that prhat provides memo


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for tfor the whole famihe whole familyly.Wi. Witth th the addihe addition of Street Mission, the first ever dark ride in E


ood, chairman & CEO of Sally Corporation said: “Por Aventurentura and Sesame Street elationship for some years with th


hened as a unique family tourist destination”. Offering some background on Wood, chairman & CEO of Sally “PorttA


he iconic children s brand, Por AveAventura World is sttrrengtengthened as a unique family tou Offering some bac


a and Sesame Street had a


relationship for some years with the prior opening of Sesame tof Sesame themed arhemed areas and attreas and attractions. We originally met with the team at Po


originally met with the team at PortAventura during Wo


Sesame Wor shop. “The agreement with Sesame Sttrrereeteet, whic, which has been extended until 2031, has helped to create an attraction that will be a fantastic active family enter te family enter ainment extainment e perience i 3D", said Fernando Aldecoa, managing director of Aventur World. “SésamoAv


xisting alliance between Por Aventura Wo ld and Workshop. “The agreement with Sesame h has been extended until 203 , has


vides memorable experiences


Mission, the fir t e er dark ride in Europe inspired by the iconic children’s brand, PorttA


ound on the project, John


With an investtment of 15 million Eurros, the project has been c eated in collaboration wi h Sesame Wo


the European Amusement Show (now IAAPA Europe) because they perceived a need for a k ride attraction in their park. Through


he European Amusement Show (now IAAP Europe) because they perceived a need for a famifamily darly dark ride attraction in their park. Through those early meetings the process led to the xpanding their relationship wit


Street Mission is PortAventura World’s first dark ride and the first of its kind to be inspired by Sesame Street. Park World editor Becci Knowles was lucky enough to ride it and got to speak to the team afterwards…


hose early meetings the process led to the possibilipossibility of ety of expanding their relationship with Sesame Street (which we loved!) and we went to ork coming up with various approaches and orylines that might work. After fur her r vie , w selected the ride concept that best suited their needs and tas es, then fleshed it out and went to


a area in the par , Port A entura World saw a chance to fur her expand and strengthen the area wiwitth a new Sesame Street attraction. As 2019 is eet s 50th anniversar , we saw this as an tunity to makty to make this expansion and new


or shop continued: “Sesame Wor shop and Por Aventuraenturra have enjoyed a long-standing relationship since 2010. Due to the success of the Sesamo Aventuraenturra area in the park, Port Av


Wells, senior vice president and head of International Media and Education at Sesame Workshop continued: “SesameWo


since 20 0. Due to the success of the Sesamo Av


a chance to further expand and strength


Ed Wells, senior vice president and head of InternationalMedia and Education at Sesame Wo Av


Workshop and Port


a have enjo ed a long-standing relationship Aventura Wo


h a new Sesame Street attraction. As 20 9 is Sesame StreSesame S rtreet’s 50th anniversary, excelcellent opporlent opportunity


en the area World saw


y, we saw this as an e this expansion and ne


ride a centerpiece of our global 50th celebration! “Port Aventura let us know that they were


interested in creating their first dark ride for the park, and our first in Europe. They worked with the Sally Corporation team to develop a concept and bring the creative to life.” John continued: “Whenever you are working with


a well-known intellectual property like Sesame Street and a world-class park like PortAventura, they want to be involved in the entire process. Just the same, the primary story, floorplan and show elements were all developed by our Creative Director, Rich Hill - and through numerous iterations, we came up with a plan that everyone loved.” “Port Aventura had a vision for a unique family


experience,” said Ed. “Sally brought what they do best, exciting ride design and creative. We made sure the characters and concepts stayed true to Sesame Street. “The ride went through the same creative process


that any Sesame Street episode would experience. The scripting was reviewed with key creative producers at Sesame Street. The design of the ride was inspired by visits to the Sesame Street set. They worked with the puppeteers to get the real movements and mannerisms of each character, shooting the full


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Sesame Street (which we lo ed!) and we went to work coming up with various approaches and storylines that might work. After furthe r review, we selected the ride concept that best suited their needs and tastes, then fleshed it out and went to contcontrract.act. It has been a grIt has been a great coleat collaborlaboratation.ion.” EdWe


scrscript so that the animation and animatroronic teams could capture the essence of each character.” Implemented by Sim Leisure, the Interior scenic as part of Sally’s design and scope of work he exterior, was designed by Por


ipt so that the animation and animatronic teams could capture the essence of each character


Implemented by Sim Leisure, the Interior scenic was part of Sally’s design and scope of work, whiwhile tle the exterior,r, was designed by PortAtAventurentura’a’s team and is a “very special part of the overall set action,” said John.


team and is a “very special part of the o erall set up forup for tthe atthe attrractio John adds, “The


led by Luis Valencia, was one of the best we hav ever worked with. They were ready on time, and s o were we.”


were we.”


John adds, “The installation and construction went verery well from start to finish. Their construction team, led by Luis Va


installation and construction went n,” said John.


y well from s art to finish. Their construction team, Valencia, was one of the best we have


er wor ed with. They were ready on time, and so Asked if there were any stumbling blocks along


Asked if there were any stumbling bloc s along


the way, he revealed that the biggest issue they had to overcome was with the local government and their “restrictive labour laws prohibiting many of our team from doing the actual installation and work. Fortunately, we were able to gather some local forces to fill in and we were proud to deliver another major ride on time and on budget to a very happy customer.” While Street Mission is an exclusive attraction for


the park and their patrons Sally still hopes to work with both partners on other dark rides and attractions in the future.


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