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Oscar’s Wacky Taxi


Pennsylvania children's theme park Sesame Place opened its first wooden-steel hybrid coaster this year: Oscar’s Wacky Taxi. Designed and built by The Gravity Group, the new coaster is one of the largest new attractions in the park’s 38-year history, and its eye-catching, bright yellow, taxi cab-inspired train has everyone’s favorite grouch at the helm…


“At Sesame Place our goal is to create memorable, fun and thrilling experiences for our guests, as well as a variety ride experiences – from dry and water rides, to mild and slightly more thrilling,” explains park president Cathy Valeriano. “Our first coaster, Super Grover’s Vapor Trail continues to be a guest favorite and is often a ‘first coaster’ experience for our young guests. Oscar’s Wacky Taxi offers its own version of thrills and curves in our first family-friendly wooden-steel hybrid roller coaster. Having Oscar, everyone’s favorite grouch, at the helm of a bright yellow taxi-cab inspired train is a fun nod to this guest favorite. Oscar’s Wacky Taxi is the perfect complement to our other family friendly attractions at Sesame Place.”


Smooth operator The new coaster, combining both wood and steel elements to create a smooth ride, gives thrill-seekers the opportunity to experience another exciting first at Sesame Place. Oscar’s Wacky Taxi sends riders soaring down a first drop of 40 feet (12 m), traveling over 1,200 feet (366 m) of track with twists, turns, and plenty of airtime hills, sure to delight even the grouchiest of riders. The two twelve passenger Timberliner trains were manufactured by Gravity Group's sister company, GravityKraft, and feature shock absorbent wheels which turn with the cars, making for a smoother ride as the train makes tight turns at top speeds. Requiring less upkeep, they also help with overall park maintenance. A 40 inch (101 cm) rider height requirement (with a


supervising companion) or 46 inch (117 cm) height requirement for single riders makes this the perfect first coaster for many park guests. The park made a special point of ensuring a 40 inch height restriction by making modifications to its lap bars and seating compartments allow as many kids as possible to ride. “Oscar’s Wacky Taxi offers a very different and equally


thrilling experience for our guests, both young and young at heart,” notes Valeriano. Guests really love the twists, turns and airtime hills. I was one of the first to ride. The airtime is thrilling and is something you will not want to miss experiencing. Oscar’s Wacky Taxi is a great addition to the park,” Valeriano believes, “as it provides additional thrills and another great way for families to connect and enjoy time together. The project was smooth from start to finish.” After breaking ground back in September 2017, the ride car was and opened on time for guests to ride this past


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Oscar’s Wacky Taxi


Fast Facts Maximum Height: 40 ft /12m Length of Track: 1,200 ft / 366m Maximum Speed: 33 mph /53 kph Number of Trains: 2 Tunnel: 1 Number of Vehicles: 6, 2 riders per car Number of Passengers: 12 Ride Restraint: Lap Restraint Ride Manufacturer: The Gravity Group


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