San Diego Business Journal

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street, announced via a press release the opening of a Sesame Place theme park in San Diego in the spring of 2021. The park will mark the second Sesame Place location in the United States and the first on the west coast.

“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 for SeaWorld Entertainment, via a statement. ”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.”

Sesame Place San Diego will be located on the current Aquatica San Diego site and will feature family rides, waterslides, live character shows and parades, among other attractions. Also, much like its sister park, it will open as a Certified Autism Center. Designated quiet spaces with adjustable lighting and comfortable seating will be incorporated into the park’s design, reads the release. The original Sesame Place opened outside Philadelphia in July 1980, according to the press release.

SeaWorld has been Sesame Workshop’s exclusive theme park partner in the United States for almost 40 years, per the release, with Sesame Street Bay of Play opening at SeaWorld San Diego in 2009. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969.

Travel & Hospitality reporter Mariel Concepcion can be reached at or 858-634-4625.