Tom Waring, the Wire
To help promote and recognize the economic impact of Pennsylvania’s amusement and water parks, the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted House Resolution 877, designating June 10 as Amusement Park Day in Pennsylvania.
Fourteen Pennsylvania parks, including Sesame Place, were individually recognized in the House.
Opened in 1980, Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the Sesame Street television show. Located in Middletown Township, the 14-acre theme park features 15 mechanical dry attractions, nine water attractions, five interactive play elements and the Sesame Street Neighborhood.
“We were pleased to recognize Sesame Place today in the House, in celebration of PA Amusement Park Day. The park has been a valued part of our community for more than 35 years, and it’s particularly special to me because I worked there for 11 years,” said state Rep. Frank Farry. “The park and all of its employees work tirelessly to ensure an enjoyable experience for all guests.”
“At Sesame Place, we have the pleasure of bringing the magic of Sesame Street to life,” said Park President Bob Caruso. “We encourage families to experience the joy of being a kid (or being a kid again) while making lifelong, lasting memories.”
Pennsylvania’s family theme parks and water parks entertain more than 12 million visitors annually and support more than 16,000 jobs.
“All of Pennsylvania’s amusement parks play an important role in our state and local economies,” Farry said. “Not only do they serve as popular destinations for Pennsylvania families, but they also draw in out-of-state tourists, who frequent other local businesses and attractions in the region.”