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November 15, 2018

Sally Corporation, PortAventura World and Sesame Workshop announce new dark ride at International Attractions Expo

PortAventura World reveals a new mission with Sesame Street in 2019

Orlando, FL - November 13th, 2018 - Sally Corporation, the dark ride specialists of Jacksonville, FL, PortAventura World, one of the largest European family destination resorts, and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, announced a new dark ride for 2019. The new attraction will be the first Sesame Street dark ride in Europe. The announcement was made at the International Attractions Expo with a life-sized animatronic Big Bird on display, telling guests about the new adventure he and his friends are about to embark on.

Continuing PortAventura’s policy of constant investment and the goal of offering new and exciting experiences to visitors every year, 2019 will feature a new attraction suitable for all family members - a Sesame Street-themed dark ride to be located in SesamoAventura, a dedicated Sesame Street area featuring the iconic characters and where children are center stage.

“This partnership with the internationally recognized global leader in children’s education and entertainment Sesame Workshop, along with the collaboration with Sally Corporation, as a dark ride specialist will contribute to create an attraction that will be unique experience within the range of the family entertainment offer.” - Fernando Aldecoa, General Director of PortAventura World.

“Theme parks are one of the most powerful ways for children and families to engage and connect with their favorite characters.  Our partner PortAventura World, one of the top regional theme park resorts in Europe, has done an amazing job along with Sally Corporation, in capturing the true essence of the Sesame Street brand and creating an immersive experience that brings our characters to life for park guests.” – Ed Wells, Senior Vice President and Head of International Media and Education, Sesame Workshop

The near six-minute long dark ride attraction will be housed in a newly constructed 14,000 square foot building and will feature a 10 minute preshow and 5:50 minute ride experience.  Detective Grover will be your guide through this interactive adventure, urging guests to collect clues that will help solve a mystery happening on Sesame Street.  With numerous animatronic characters, immersive scenery, and interactive gameplay, this mixed media attraction will appeal to guests of all ages.

Sesame Street unique dark ride features:
-- Show length over 15 minutes long (10 minute preshow, 5:50 minute ride experience)
-- 8 projection screens including :
             *4, projection-mapped screens on dimensional sets with practical target
              integration.
             *1, ninety-degree curved screen with animatronic and show element
               synching.
             *2, one hundred eighty-degree curved, fully immersive screens allow guests                         to fly through  Count’s Castle and dive down into Oscar’s Trash can.
             *1, Hall of Fame scoreboard
-- Over 2,000 clues/targets (virtual and practical)

About Sally Corporation
Recognized as the worldwide leader for turn-key dark rides, Sally Corporation specializes in building
destination-quality attractions for regional parks around the world.  Founded in 1977, Sally Corporation
began as an animatronic production company to help market corporate brands in a unique and entertaining way.  Since then, Sally has evolved into the lead designer and manufacturer of the most successful dark rides around the world.  Sally’s services include custom design, special effects, animatronic and scenic fabrication, media integration, control systems and installation. www.sallycorp.com.

About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the
pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969.  Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.  We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit sesameworkshop.org.

About PortAventura World
PortAventura World Parks & Resort is the largest family leisure and holiday destination resort in Europe and throughout its 23-year history has welcomed over 80 million visitors. With a privileged location close to Barcelona, the resort operates four 4-star themed hotels and one 5-star themed hotel (PortAventura Hotels) with a total of 2100 rooms, and a convention centre (PortAventura Convention Centre) with
capacity for up to 4,000 people. The range of leisure facilities on offer also includes 3 golf courses (two of which were designed by Greg Norman) and a Beach Club with direct access to the beach. PortAventura World Parks & Resort is also home to a leading theme park and water park and the only Ferrari Land park in Europe, with a range of internationally-renowned attractions.