Families on the West Coast will soon be able to find their way to Sesame Street.
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. and Sesame Workshop will open a new Sesame Place theme park in San Diego. The first Sesame Place on the West Coast will open on the site of the current Aquatica San Diego and will feature a fully immersive Sesame Street experience in addition to opening as a Certified Autism Center (CAC), mirroring its sister park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
“As we celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary, we are excited to share the news of a major opportunity for kids and families to connect with and learn from the brand and its beloved characters,” says Steve Youngwood, president, media and education and chief operating officer, Sesame Workshop. “The opening of Sesame Place San Diego will give guests a unique and powerful way to experience Sesame Street, enable us to connect with even more families, and further our educational mission.”
Sesame Place San Diego will feature family rides, live character shows, parades, water slides, and interactive experiences.
The original Sesame Place opened outside of Philadelphia in 1980. A second park existed in Texas from 1982-1984.
In recent years, SeaWorld has increased the Sesame Street presence at its existing parks with Sesame Street Bay of Play at SeaWorld San Diego, a Sesame Street area at SeaWorld San Antonio, and the recently opened Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando, which features six themed rides, 30 educational ways to play, and the park’s first-ever parade.
Sesame Place San Diego is slated to open in spring 2021.