New Sesame Street themed park to open in 2021

Sesame Workshop and SeaWorld Entertainment partner on the US’ second such theme park, designed from the ground up to support people with autism

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 21.10.2019 | Events

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San Diego will be the home of a new Sesame Street theme park opening in spring 2021.

Sesame Workshop, the non-profit behind Sesame Street, is teaming with SeaWorld Entertainment to the new Sesame Place park, only the second of its kind after the original, built in 1980 near Philadelphia.

Steve Youngwood, President, Media & Education and COO at Sesame Workshop, says: “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.

“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 Sesame Street-themed family rides, water slides, live character shows, parades and interactive experiences that will extend the laughter and learning of Sesame Street.

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. The new Sesame Place will be located on the site of the SeaWorld’s current Aquatica San Diego.

“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,” says SeaWorld Entertainment’s interim CEO Marc Swanson. 

“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.” 

Like its Philly counterpart, the new Sesame Place will be a Certified Autism Center. Staff will be trained in autism sensitivity and awareness, and the venue itself will offer access to designated quiet spaces with adjustable lighting and comfortable seating for those who struggle with sensory overload.

“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,” Marc adds. “Providing fun and memorable experiences through exceptional service is a part of that.”


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