SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop announced today that San Diego will become home of a new Sesame Place® theme park set to open in spring 2021.
Sesame Place San Diego will be located on the site of the current Aquatica San Diego, SeaWorld’s waterpark. The new, nearly 17-acre park will feature all the fun, laughter, and learning of Sesame Street in a highly immersive way with exciting family rides, water slides, live character shows, parades and interactive experiences that will extend the laughter and learning of Sesame Street. Sesame Place San Diego will be the second of its kind in the United States, the original opened outside Philadelphia in July 1980.
While construction on Sesame Place San Diego will begin this fall, it will not impact Aquatica’s operations next year – the water park will open for its final season on Memorial Day weekend in 2020.
Sesame Place San Diego extends SeaWorld’s commitment to not only the local community, but also establishes this new park as a premiere tourist destination for young families in the western United States. Sesame Place San Diego will open as a Certified Autism Center (CAC), mirroring its Philadelphia sister park, which was the first theme park in the world to achieve this designation. Staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training will be completed prior to the park’s debut, and robust pre-visit planning resources, including a park-specific sensory guide will be featured on its website, making it easier for parents to plan activities that satisfy their child’s specific needs and accommodations. Designated quiet spaces with adjustable lighting and comfortable seating will also be incorporated into the park’s design.
SeaWorld has been Sesame Workshop’s exclusive theme park partner in the United States for almost 40 years. Sesame Street Bay of Play opened at SeaWorld San Diego in 2008 and SeaWorld Orlando recently opened Sesame Street Land™, a brand new land with six themed rides, over 30 innovative and educational ways to play, and the park’s first ever parade.
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Sesame Place® theme park is set to open in San Diego Spring 2021.