SeaWorld's New Sesame Place To Open In San Diego In Spring 2021

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Sesame Place San Diego entrance rendering.

SeaWorld Entertainment's Sesame Place theme park will open in San Diego in spring 2021, becoming the first on the West Coast and second in the U.S., opening almost 40 years after the first park launched outside Philadelphia in July 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.”

Sesame Place San Diego, which will be located on the site of the current Aquatica, will feature all the fun, laughter, and learning of Sesame Street in a highly immersive way, with family rides, water slides, live character shows, parades and interactive experiences.

“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. 

Sesame Place San Diego will open as a Certified Autism Center, mirroring its Philadelphia sister park, which was the first theme park in the world to achieve this designation. 

Staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training will be completed prior to the park’s debut, and robust pre-visit planning resources will be featured on its website. Designated quiet spaces with adjustable lighting and comfortable seating will be incorporated into the park’s design.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.