Universal Studios Japan park entrance


The former Magical Starlight Parade

Usj mugs
Usj 10th anniversary

Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie joins Charlie Brown, Snoopy, the Pink Panther, Hello Kitty and Woody Woodpecker for Universal Studios Japan's 10th anniversary in February 2011.


Elmo and Zoe at the entrance gate for Universal Studios Japan's 5th anniversary in 2006.

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) is the Japanese Universal Studios theme park, located in Osaka. The park opened in 2001. It is also the first Universal Studios theme park to open outside of the U.S.

Sesame Street has been a prominent feature in USJ since the addition of Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic in late April 2003, and is one of the park's more popular character-based franchises along with Hello Kitty and Peanuts. Walk-arounds of Elmo, Zoe, Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, Grover, Big Bird, The Count and Abby Cadabby appear regularly at the park in shows and in meet-and-greet photo op sessions, as well as in park parades and seasonal shows.

Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic

Shown at USJ's Cinema 4-D Theater in the Hollywood area. The same theater also houses another 4-D attraction, Shrek's 4-D Adventure. (Shrek's 4-D Adventure operates from opening time until 1:45pm, and Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic operates from 1:45pm until closing time).

10th anniversary, 2011

Universal wonderland

Elmo, Hello Kitty and Snoopy in a promotional image for the opening of Universal Wonderland in 2011.

In February 2011, Universal Studios Japan celebrated its 10th anniversary with special Sesame Street events and shows, one of which introduced a new original character, Moppy.

  • Happy Surprise, a stage show featuring the song "GOOD LUCKY!!!!!";
  • Elmo and Snoopy Swirl illusion, What will happen with the “Elmo and Snoopy Swirl illusion” artwork when you watch it after staring at the swirl sign;
  • Sesame Street Dream Factory, a dream charm encapsulator gift shop;
  • Characters 4U - Collaboration shop merchandise, featuring products with the images of Elmo, Snoopy, Hello Kitty and Pink Panther together.
  • Universal Studios Japan presents close in Kids! Dance Dance Dance, a touring show "from March 26th to July 17th visiting 12 cities and 17 locations", with Cookie Monster and Elmo. Presented was a segment of Happy Surprise.

Universal Wonderland

On March 16, 2012, USJ opened a Universal Wonderland area consisting of three sections based on its most popular character brands: Sesame Street Fun World, Snoopy Studios and Hello Kitty Fashion Ave.

Atmosphere Entertainment & Parades

Sesame Street's Magical Market(USJ-2009)

Sesame Street's Magical Market(USJ-2009)

Sesame Street characters have appeared in interactive shows and park parades over the years.

  • Hollywood Premiere Parade (2003) : Big Bird appears as part of the parade, along with Elmo and Grover riding in a Muppetized taxi cab. Other characters and floats that appeared in the parade include Snoopy, the characters from Shrek, The Mummy, the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, E.T. and Charlie Chaplin.
  • Sesame Street Christmas (seasonal, 2003) : Elmo, Zoe, Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie sing Christmas songs. Big Bird shows up later on.
  • Sesame Street Birthday Celebration (regular, 2004) - Elmo, Cookie Monster and a female hostess/singer celebrate a park guest's birthday.
  • Zoe's Flowers (2005)
  • Full FX (2005) : Interactive street show with Ernie and some live-actor dancers. At one point, The Count subbed in for Ernie.
  • Royal Sweet Wedding Parade (Summer 2005) : A summertime parade that focused on a fictional marriage between Shrek and Princess Fiona. 9 Giant Balloons appear including ones of Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird, and Various USJ characters appear parading on the ground including Sesame Street.
  • New Year Wish: A Bus Show that was shown during the new year.
  • Sesame Street Magical Market (2009): Another Bus Show also featured flimsy puppets based on Sesame Street 's Muppet vegetables. [1]
    • Magical Starlight Parade (2009): A nighttime light parade that featured floats based on fairy tales that begins with floats based on Elmo, Snoopy and Hello Kitty.
  • Sesame Street Big Face Project (2010): Another Bus show.
  • Universal RE-BOOOOOORN!!! (2016): The 15th Anniversary parade/street show that features dedicated floats for Cookie Monster and Elmo, who the latter's float has foam cannons, alongside floats for characters like Hello Kitty, Peanuts and the Minions from Despicable Me. The floats were later reused for the unrelated Minions Water Surprise Parade in the Summer of 2017, and the Festa De Parade in the Autumn of 2017, who alongside Elmo and Cookie Monster, Bert and Ernie also appeared on their own float.


Sesame Street merchandise is available through USJ gift shops. See Universal Studios Japan Merchandise.

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