Sesame Street Live
Sesame Street Live is a live touring show based on the children's television show Sesame Street produced by Feld Entertainment. The VEE Corporation was started in March 1980 by founder Vincent Egan, who had an idea to produce a live-character show based on Sesame Street, he had worked for the Ice Follies tour. Egan approached Children's Television Workshop, who were interested. With outside funding, Vee was able to sign a licensing agreement with the Children's Television Workshop for the characters; the first Sesame Street Live show opened in September 1980 at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, Minnesota for a successful five-day run. The following shows in five locations had lackluster attendance costing VEE the profits made in Bloomington. Egan figured that the marketing material was confusing people in those markets as what type of show was not specified, he overhauled the marketing while getting his creditors to wait for payments. That Christmas, the show went on to play for four weeks at Madison Square Garden's 4,000-seat Felt Forum in New York City before an audience of 100,000 people.
VEE ramped up to two different shows for the 1981–1982 season added a third Australia show in 1982–1983. From the 1983-1984 season until the 1988-1989 season there were only two Sesame Street Live shows on tour. On April 1, 2015, Blue Star Media, LLC purchased VEE Corporation with Egan continuing on as a consultant. In November 2016, Sesame Workshop announced an agreement with Feld Entertainment to take over producing Sesame Street Live. VStar continues to produce other Sesame Street shows at various locations, provides costumes. In order to keep the show running annually in the same cities, new plot lines are created and rotated through the tour; because the target audience changes as children grow up, shows are removed from the rotation for a few years return with some modifications. In order of their creation, the Sesame Street Live shows have been: VEE Corporation Missing Bird Mystery Super Spectacular Sesame Jamboree Around the World Save Our Street Big Bird Goes to Hollywood Big Bird and the ABCs Big Bird's Sesame Street Story Sesame Street Live Silly Dancing Sleeping Birdie Let's Play School Where's the Birdie?
Let's Be Friends 1-2-3... Imagine! Imagine... Ernie is King Big Bird's Sunny Day Camp Out Elmo's Coloring Book Super Grover Ready for Action "Elmo's Green Thumb" 1-2-3 Imagine! with Elmo & Friends Can’t Stop Singing VStar Entertainment Group Elmo Makes Music Let's Dance! Make a New Friend! Location based shows, continuing beyond July 2017Beaches Resorts SeaWorld theme parks Sesame Place theme parkFeld Entertainment Let’s Party! (October 2017— Make Your Magic C is for Celebration Influence of Sesame Street
An amusement park is a park that features various attractions, such as rides and games, as well as other events for entertainment purposes. A theme park is a type of amusement park that bases its structures and attractions around a central theme featuring multiple areas with different themes. Unlike temporary and mobile funfairs and carnivals, amusement parks are stationary and built for long-lasting operation, they are more elaborate than city parks and playgrounds providing attractions that cater to a variety of age groups. While amusement parks contain themed areas, theme parks place a heavier focus with more intricately-designed themes that revolve around a particular subject or group of subjects. Amusement parks evolved from European fairs, pleasure gardens and large picnic areas, which were created for people's recreation. World's fairs and other types of international expositions influenced the emergence of the amusement park industry. Lake Compounce opened in 1846 and is considered the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in North America.
The first theme parks emerged in the mid-twentieth century with the opening of Santa Claus Land in 1946, Santa's Workshop in 1949, Disneyland in 1955. The amusement park evolved from three earlier traditions: traveling or periodic fairs, pleasure gardens and exhibitions such as world fairs; the oldest influence was the periodic fair of the Middle Ages - one of the earliest was the Bartholomew Fair in England from 1133. By the 18th and 19th centuries, they had evolved into places of entertainment for the masses, where the public could view freak shows, acrobatics and juggling, take part in competitions and walk through menageries. A wave of innovation in the 1860s and 1870s created mechanical rides, such as the steam-powered carousel, its derivatives, notably from Frederick Savage of King's Lynn, Norfolk whose fairground machinery was exported all over the world; this inaugurated the era of the modern funfair ride, as the working classes were able to spend their surplus wages on entertainment.
The second influence was the pleasure garden. An example of this is the world's oldest amusement park, opened in mainland Europe in 1583, it is located north of Copenhagen in Denmark. Another early garden was the Vauxhall Gardens, founded in 1661 in London. By the late 18th century, the site had an admission fee for its many attractions, it drew enormous crowds, with its paths noted for romantic assignations. Although the gardens were designed for the elites, they soon became places of great social diversity. Public firework displays were put on at Marylebone Gardens, Cremorne Gardens offered music and animal acrobatics displays. Prater in Vienna, began as a royal hunting ground, opened in 1766 for public enjoyment. There followed coffee-houses and cafés, which led to the beginnings of the Wurstelprater as an amusement park; the concept of a fixed park for amusement was further developed with the beginning of the world's fairs. The first World fair began in 1851 with the construction of the landmark Crystal Palace in London, England.
The purpose of the exposition was to celebrate the industrial achievement of the nations of the world and it was designed to educate and entertain the visitors. American cities and business saw the world's fair as a way of demonstrating economic and industrial success; the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago, Illinois was an early precursor to the modern amusement park. The fair was an enclosed site, that merged entertainment and education to entertain the masses, it set out to bedazzle the visitors, did so with a blaze of lights from the "White City." To make sure that the fair was a financial success, the planners included a dedicated amusement concessions area called the Midway Plaisance. Rides from this fair captured the imagination of the visitors and of amusement parks around the world, such as the first steel Ferris wheel, found in many other amusement areas, such as the Prater by 1896; the experience of the enclosed ideal city with wonder, rides and progress, was based on the creation of an illusory place.
The "midway" introduced at the Columbian Exposition would become a standard part of most amusement parks, fairs and circuses. The midway contained not only the rides, but other concessions and entertainments such as shooting galleries, penny arcades, games of chance and shows. Many modern amusement parks evolved from earlier pleasure resorts that had become popular with the public for day-trips or weekend holidays, for example, seaside areas such as Blackpool, United Kingdom and Coney Island, United States. In the United States, some amusement parks grew from picnic groves established along rivers and lakes that provided bathing and water sports, such as Lake Compounce in Connecticut, first established as a picturesque picnic park in 1846, Riverside Park in Massachusetts, founded in the 1870s along the Connecticut River; the trick was getting the public to the resort location. For Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, on the Atlantic Ocean, a horse-drawn streetcar line brought pleasure seekers to the beach beginning in 1829.
In 1875, a million passengers rode the Coney Island Railroad, in 1876 two million visited Coney Island. Hotels and amusements were built to accommodate both the upper classes and the working class at the beach; the first carousel was installed in the 1870s, the first roller coaster, the "Switchback Railway", in 1884. In England, Blackpo
Coney Island is a residential and commercial neighborhood and entertainment area in the southwestern part of the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. The neighborhood is bounded by Sea Gate to its west, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach to its east, Lower New York Bay to the south, Gravesend to the north. Coney Island was the westernmost of the Outer Barrier islands on the southern shore of Long Island, but in the early 20th century it became a peninsula, connected to the rest of Long Island by land fill. Coney Island's name comes from a colonial Dutch translation of "Rabbit Island", it was part of the colonial town of Gravesend. By the mid-19th century, Coney Island became a seaside resort, by the late 19th century, amusement parks were built at the location; the attractions reached a historical peak during the first half of the 20th century. However, they declined in popularity after World War II, following years of neglect, several structures were torn down. Various redevelopment projects were proposed for Coney Island in the 1970s through the 2000s, though most of these were not carried out.
The area was revitalized with the opening of the MCU Park in 2001 and several amusement rides in the 2010s. Coney Island has 31,965 residents as of the 2010 United States Census; the neighborhood is ethnically diverse, though the neighborhood's poverty rate of 27% is higher than that of the city as a whole. Coney Island is part of Brooklyn Community District 13 and its primary ZIP Codes are 11220 and 11232, it is patrolled by the 60th Precinct of the New York City Police Department. Fire services are provided by the New York City Fire Department's Engine 245/Ladder 161/Battalion 43 and Engine 318/Ladder 166. Politically, Coney Island is represented by the New York City Council's 47th District; the area is well served by the New York City Subway and local bus routes, contains several public elementary and middle schools. Coney Island is a peninsula on the western end of Long Island lying to the west of the Outer Barrier islands along Long Island's southern shore; the peninsula is 0.5 miles wide.
It extends into Lower New York Bay with Sheepshead Bay to its northeast, Gravesend Bay and Coney Island Creek to its northwest, the main part of Brooklyn to its north. At its highest it is 7 feet above sea level. Coney Island was an actual island, separated from greater Brooklyn by Coney Island Creek, was the westernmost of the Outer Barrier islands. A large section of the creek was filled as part of a 1920s and 1930s land and highway development, turning the island into a peninsula; the perimeter of Coney Island features. The beaches are not a natural feature. Sand has been redeposited on the beaches via beach nourishment since 1922-1923, is held in place by around two dozen groynes. A large sand-replenishing project along Coney Island and Brighton Beach took place in the 1990s. Sheepshead Bay on the north east side is, for the most part; the original Native American inhabitants of the region, the Lenape, called this area Narrioch. This name has been attributed the meaning of "land without shadows" or "always in light" describing how its south facing beaches always remained in sunlight.
A second meaning attributed to Narrioch is "point" or "corner of land". The first documented European name for the island is the Dutch name Conyne Eylandt or Conynge Eylandt; this would be equivalent to Konijn Eiland using modern Dutch spelling, meaning Rabbit Island. The name was anglicized to Coney Island after the English took over the colony in 1664, coney being the corresponding English word. There are several alternative theories for the origin of the name. One posits that it was named after a Native American tribe, the Konoh, who once inhabited it. Another surmises, yet a third interpretation claims that "Conyne" was a distortion of the name of Henry Hudson's second mate on the Halve Maen, John Colman, slain by natives on the 1609 expedition and buried at a place they named Colman's Point coinciding with Coney Island. Giovanni da Verrazzano was the first European explorer to discover the island of Narrioch during his expeditions to the area in 1527 and 1529, he was subsequently followed by Henry Hudson.
The Dutch established the colony of New Amsterdam in present-day Coney Island in the early 17th century. The Native American population in the area dwindled as the Dutch settlement grew and the entire southwest section of present-day Brooklyn was purchased in 1645 from the Native Americans in exchange for a gun, a blanket, a kettle. In 1644, a colonist named Guysbert Op Dyck was given a patent for 88 acres of land in the town of Gravesend, on the southwestern shore of Brooklyn; the patent included Conyne Island, an island just off the southwestern shore of the town of Gravesend, as well as Conyne Hook, a peninsula just east of the island. At the time, both were part of Gravesend. East of Conyne Hook was the largest section of island called Gysbert's, Guysbert's, or Guisbert's Island, containing most of the arable land and extending east through today's Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach; this was the first official real estate transaction for the island. Op Dyck never occupied his patent, in 1661 he sold it off to Dick De Wolf.
The land's new owner banned Gravesend residents from using Guisbert's Island and built a salt-works on the land, provoking outrage among Gravesend livestock herders. New Amsterdam was transferred to the English in 1664, a
A carousel, roundabout, or merry-go-round, is a type of amusement ride consisting of a rotating circular platform with seats for riders. The "seats" are traditionally in the form of rows of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts, many of which are moved up and down by gears to simulate galloping, to the accompaniment of looped circus music; this leads to one of the galloper. Other popular names are jumper and flying horses. Carousels are populated with horses, each horse weighing 100 lbs, but may include a variety of mounts, for example pigs, tigers, or mythological creatures such as dragons or unicorns. Sometimes, chair-like or bench-like seats are used, mounts can be shaped like aeroplanes or cars; the "roundabouts" or "merry-go-rounds" installed in playgrounds are somewhat different devices: simple, child-powered rotating platforms with bars or handles to which children can cling while riding. The modern carousel emerged from early jousting traditions in the Middle East. Knights would gallop in a circle.
This game was introduced to Europe at the time of the Crusades from earlier Byzantine and Arab traditions. The word carousel originated from Spanish carosella; this early device was a cavalry training mechanism. By the 17th century, the balls had been dispensed with, instead the riders had to spear small rings that were hanging from poles overhead and rip them off. Cavalry spectacles that replaced medieval jousting, such as the ring-tilt, were popular in Italy and France; the game began to be played by commoners, carousels soon sprung up at fairgrounds across Europe. At the Place du Carrousel in Paris, an early make believe carousel was set up with wooden horses for the children. By the early 18th century carousels were being built and operated at various fairs and gatherings in central Europe and England. Animals and mechanisms would be crafted during the winter months and the family and workers would go touring in their wagon train through the region, operating their large menagerie carousel at various venues.
Makers included Heyn in Bayol in France. These early carousels had no platforms, they were powered by animals walking in a circle or people pulling a rope or cranking. Viewed from above, in the United Kingdom, merry-go-rounds turn clockwise, while in North America and Mainland Europe, carousels go counterclockwise. By the mid-19th century the platform carousel was developed; these carousels were operated manually by the operator or by ponies. In mid-19th century England, the carousel became a popular fixture at fairs; the first steam-powered mechanical roundabout, invented by Thomas Bradshaw, appeared at the Aylsham Fair in about 1861. It was described by a Halifax Courier journalist as "a roundabout of huge proportions, driven by a steam engine which whirled around with such impetuousity, that the wonder is the daring riders are not shot off like cannon- ball, driven half into the middle of next month." Soon afterwards, English engineer Frederick Savage began to branch out of agricultural machinery production into the construction of fairground machines, swiftly becoming the chief innovator in the field.
Savage's fairground machinery was exported all over the world. By 1870, he was manufacturing carousels with Velocipedes and he soon began experimenting with other possibilities, including a roundabout with boats that would pitch and roll on cranks with a circular motion, a ride he called'Sea-on-Land'. Savage applied a similar innovation to the more traditional mount of the horse; the platform served as a position guide for the bottom of the pole and as a place for people to walk or other stationary animals or chariots to be placed. He called this ride the'Platform Gallopers', he developed the'platform-slide' which allowed the mounts to swing out concentrically as the carousel built up speed. Fairground organs were present when these machines operated. Electric motors were installed and electric lights added, giving the carousel its classic look; these mechanical innovations came at a crucial time, when increased prosperity meant that more people had time for leisure and spare money to spend on entertainment.
It was in this historical context that the modern fairground ride was born, with Savage supplying this new market demand. In his 1902 Catalogue for Roundabouts he claimed to have "... patented and placed upon the market all the principal novelties that have delighted the many thousands of pleasure seekers at home and abroad."In the United States, the carousel industry was developed by immigrants, notably Gustav Dentzel of Germany and Charles W. F. Dare from England, from the late 19th century. Several centers and styles for the construction of carousels emerged in the Unite
A roller coaster is a type of amusement ride that employs a form of elevated railroad track designed with tight turns, steep slopes, sometimes inversions. People ride along the track in open cars, the rides are found in amusement parks and theme parks around the world. LaMarcus Adna Thompson obtained one of the first known patents for a roller coaster design in 1885, related to the Switchback Railway that opened a year earlier at Coney Island; the track in a coaster design does not have to be a complete circuit, as shuttle roller coasters demonstrate. Most roller coasters have multiple cars in which passengers are restrained. Two or more cars hooked together are called a train; some roller coasters, notably wild mouse roller coasters, run with single cars. The oldest roller coasters are believed to have originated from the so-called "Russian Mountains", specially constructed hills of ice located in the area, now Saint Petersburg, Russia. Built in the 17th century, the slides were built to a height of between 21 and 24 m, had a 50-degree drop, were reinforced by wooden supports.
In 1784, Catherine the Great is said to have constructed a sledding hill in the gardens of her palace at Oranienbaum in St. Petersburg; the name Russian Mountains to designate a roller coaster is preserved in many languages, but the Russian term for roller coasters is американские горки, which means "American mountains." The first modern roller coaster, the Promenades Aeriennes, opened in Parc Beaujon in Paris on July 8, 1817. It featured wheeled cars securely locked to the track, guide rails to keep them on course, higher speeds, it spawned half a dozen imitators. However, during the Belle Epoque they returned to fashion. In 1887 French entrepreneur Joseph Oller, co-founder of the Moulin Rouge music hall, constructed the Montagnes Russes de Belleville, "Russian Mountains of Belleville" with 656 feet of track laid out in a double-eight enlarged to four figure-eight-shaped loops. In 1827, a mining company in Summit Hill, Pennsylvania constructed the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway, a downhill gravity railroad used to deliver coal to Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania – now known as Jim Thorpe.
By the 1850s, the "Gravity Road" was selling rides to thrill seekers. Railway companies used similar tracks to provide amusement on days. Using this idea as a basis, LaMarcus Adna Thompson began work on a gravity Switchback Railway that opened at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York, in 1884. Passengers climbed to the top of a platform and rode a bench-like car down the 600-foot track up to the top of another tower where the vehicle was switched to a return track and the passengers took the return trip; this track design was soon replaced with an oval complete circuit. In 1885, Phillip Hinkle introduced the first full-circuit coaster with a lift hill, the Gravity Pleasure Road, which became the most popular attraction at Coney Island. Not to be outdone, in 1886 Thompson patented his design of roller coaster that included dark tunnels with painted scenery. "Scenic Railways" were soon found in amusement parks across the county. By 1919, the first underfriction roller coaster had been developed by John Miller.
Soon, roller coasters spread to amusement parks all around the world. The best known historical roller coaster, was opened at Coney Island in 1927; the Great Depression marked the end of the golden age of roller coasters, theme parks, in general, went into decline. This lasted until 1972 when the instant success of The Racer at Kings Island began a roller coaster renaissance which has continued to this day. In 1959, Disneyland introduced a design breakthrough with Matterhorn Bobsleds, the first roller coaster to use a tubular steel track. Unlike wooden coaster rails, tubular steel can be bent in any direction, allowing designers to incorporate loops and many other maneuvers into their designs. Most modern roller coasters are made of steel, although wooden coasters and hybrids are still being built. There are several explanations of the name roller coaster, it is said to have originated from an early American design where slides or ramps were fitted with rollers over which a sled would coast. This design was abandoned in favor of fitting the wheels to the sled or other vehicles, but the name endured.
Another explanation is that it originated from a ride located in a roller skating rink in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1887. A toboggan-like sled was raised to the top of a track; this Roller Toboggan took off down rolling hills to the floor. The inventors of this ride, Stephen E. Jackman and Byron B. Floyd, claim that they were the first to use the term "roller coaster"; the term jet coaster is used for roller coasters in Japan, where such amusement park rides are popular. In many languages, the name refers to "Russian mountains". Contrastingly, in Russian, they are called "American mountains". In the Scandinavian languages and German, the roller coaster is referred as "mountain-and-valley railway". German knows the word "Achterbahn", stemming from "Figur-8-Bahn", like Dutch "Achtbaan", relating to the form of the number 8; the cars on a typical roller coaster are not self-powered. Instead, a standard full circuit coaster is pulled up with a chain or cable along the lift hill to the first peak of the coaster track.
The potential energy accumulated by the rise in height is transferred to kinetic energy as the cars race down the first downward slope. Kinetic energy is converted back into potential energy as the train moves up again to the second peak; this hill is necessa
Marvel Universe Live!
Marvel Universe Live!, stylized as Marvel Universe LIVE!, is a touring live action arena show featuring Marvel Comics characters by Feld Entertainment. So far there has been two shows under the banner, the original and "Age of Heroes". Marvel's previous licensed theatrical show, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, a Broadway musical, was plagued by several injures; the movie licenses do not restrict the licensed out Marvel characters' appearances in a theatrical presentation like an arena show. In March 2013, Feld Entertainment agreed with Marvel Entertainment to produce a Marvel Character-based live arena show. For nearly two years and engineering had been underway for the show. In September 2013, regional casting calls began in Los Angeles with another set held in Las Vegas, New York and in Orlando in October. In October 2013, at New York Comic Con and Feld revealed that the arena show would be Marvel Universe LIVE! In February 2014, the performers were cast and rehearsals began at Feld's facility in Ellenton.
Martial artists, aerial performers, X Games competitors and stunt people was the pool from which the cast was selected. On July 10, 2014, Marvel Universe Live! Premiered at the Tampa Bay Times Forum with showing there until July 13; the show has an initial 85-city national tour. The show's world premiere follows on August 13 at New York City's Barclays Center. After Tampa and New York City, the show will stay on the east coast which includes stops at Washington D. C. Philadelphia, Nashville and Atlanta. A new Marvel Universe Live! show, "Age of Heroes", was announced by Feld in May 2017. The tour had a soft launch in New Orleans from June 23–25 before heading out West for the summer. Age of Heroes debuted at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2017. Age of Heroes went to the Midwest in the fall follow by Canada and circling the USA until early 2019 when the show goes over seas. Thor shattered the cosmic cube, so it would not fall into dangerous hands. Loki moves to reform the cube. So, a worldwide race for the fragments is on.
The Avengers, Spider-Man and the X-Men work to stop Loki and the other involved super villains to save the Earth. The Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers team up to help Doctor Strange retrieve the Wand of Watoomb from Yondu. Loki has hired Nebula to get the Wand for him. Guardians of the Galaxy are after Nebula; the two teams meet in Asgard before uniting and travel to stop Loki and Nebula from ending the world with the wand. Iron Man Experience Marvel Experience Marvel Super Heroes 4D Spider-Man Live! Official website
Wet 'n Wild Orlando
Wet'n Wild Orlando was the flagship water park of Wet'n Wild owned by NBC Universal, located on International Drive in Orlando, Florida. It was founded in 1977 by SeaWorld creator George Millay, it closed on December 31, 2016. While developing SeaWorld, George Millay realized the need for a water park recalling "being in Florida, with all its heat and hot sun, you think about cooling off in water". In the mid-1970s, he directed his money towards the project; the idea of it stemmed from the splash pad at Ontario Place in Canada and the wave pool at Point Mallard Park in Alabama. His desire was to combine these two elements and build upon it in order to achieve a good return on investment. Due to his prior success with SeaWorld, he was able to form a team of investors to fund the project; the park opened in Orlando, Florida on March 13, 1977. Although it opened to rain and suffered a $600,000 loss in its first year of operation, Millay kept it open, he claimed it "started making money the second year and never looked back".
The success of the park spawned several other Wet'n Wild-branded parks across the Americas. He was given the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Waterpark Association who named him the official "Father of the Waterpark". In 1998, Millay sold off his interests in his parks; the Orlando location was purchased by Universal Studios Recreation Group, who continued to lease the land on which it is located. In mid-2013, Universal purchased the 50 acres of land for $30.9 million. In 1998, the Hydra Fighter was added to the park. Riders were able to control their suspended gondola through the use of high-powered water guns. In 2000, the park renovated their Kids Park children's area; the original aviation theme was converted into a sandcastle theme. The renovation saw three ProSlide Technology "Kidz" slides added as well as a castle with a tipping bucket which dumped 250 US gallons of water every three-and-a-half minutes. With the exception of the three slides, it was manufactured by Integrity Attractions.
In 2001, the park began a multi-year expansion plan with Canadian water slide manufacturer, ProSlide Technology. It added The Storm, a pair of ProBowls, in 2001. In 2011, the Kids Park was demolished. In 2012, it was replaced by Blastaway Beach, a larger children's water play area themed around sandcastles. In 2014, the Bubba Tub was replaced with the Aqua Drag Racer, a four lane race slide. On June 17, 2015, it was confirmed that the park would close on December 31, 2016, to be replaced by a Universal Orlando Resort water park named Volcano Bay; the park was the most-attended water park in the United States until 1999, when Walt Disney World Resort's Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach surpassed it. At the time, it was averaging around 1.3 million visitors for several years. The park was featured on Travel Channel's Extreme Waterparks and was the setting for the music video for "Se A Vida É", by the Pet Shop Boys; the park was featured for Puerto Rican band Menudo for their video Nao Se Reprima in Portuguese.
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