Sesame Place is coming to the West Coast! SeaWorld Entertainment recently announced the upcoming renovation to its Aquatica San Diego property.

Until now, Elmo enthusiasts and Big Bird besties have only had one option to explore Sesame Street-themed adventures IRL—the Philadelphia park. Now kiddos, and their adults of course, can enjoy the same Sesame Place fun across the country in the franchise’s second park.

Steve Youngwood, President, Media & Education and Chief Operating Office, Sesame Workshop, said in a press release, “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.” Youngwood continued, “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.”

Along with family-friendly rides, water slides, live character shows, parades and interactive experiences, San Diego’s new Sesame Place will also open as a Certified Autism Center. Like the Philadelphia park, San Diego’s park will also have plenty of pre-visit resources (such as a sensory guide), designated quiet spaces and the staff will participate in autism sensitivity and awareness training.

Of the CAC designation, Marc Swanson, Interim Chief Executive Officer, SeaWorld Entertainment, said, “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 also added, “Providing fun and memorable experiences through exceptional service is a part of that.”

Sesame Place San Diego is set to open in 2021, but as of now, there’s no specific debut date.

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: Sesame Place San Diego via Instagram



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