Most kids and their parents know how to get to Sesame Street. Starting in spring 2021, there will be a new destination for kids to laugh and learn.
SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop are teaming up to create the Sesame Place theme park in San Diego. It will be the second Sesame Place theme park in the United States. The first one opened in Philadelphia in 1980.
“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,” said Steve Youngwood, President, Media & 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.”
The plans for Sesame Place San Diego are ambitious. Family rides, water slides, live character shows, parades and interactive experiences are all part of the package. The Sesame Place in Philadelphia is the only Sesame Street-based theme park in the country. Sesame Place San Diego will offer families on the West Coast an opportunity to enjoy the Sesame Street experience.
“We share Sesame Workshop’s goal of educating and entertaining generations of children, and the opening of a second park, the only one of its kind on the West Coast, furthers our company mission to provide guests with extraordinary experiences,” said Marc Swanson, Interim Chief Executive Officer, SeaWorld Entertainment. “We are thrilled to be able to grow the presence of Sesame Place theme parks in the United States, and San Diego is the perfect complement to our Philadelphia location.”
One of the family-friendly features of the new Sesame Place San Diego will be its designation as a Certified Autism Center. The Sesame Place park in Philadelphia was the first theme park to earn designation as a Certified Autism Center. Staff will be trained in autism sensitivity and awareness. There will be areas in the park designated as quiet places with adjustable lighting and comfortable seating. There will also be a sensory guide on the park’s website to help parents plan a visit to Sesame Place.
“We are proud to be opening this new park as a Certified Autism Center and are committed in our efforts to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special abilities,” Swanson said. “Providing fun and memorable experiences through exceptional service is a part of that.”
The new Sesame Place San Diego will be on the site of the Aquatica San Diego. The Sesame Street Bay of Play opened at SeaWorld San Diego in 2008. Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando recently opened. There is a Sesame Street land inside the SeaWorld theme park in San Antonio in Texas.
For more information, visit: SesamePlace.com/SanDiego.