Sesame Place San Diego replaces SeaWorld’s Aquatica 17-acre water park in San Diego County’s South Bay which closed recently.
SeaWorld will be seeking to follow on the success of Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando and its original Sesame Place theme park outside Philadelphia. It is bringing in favourite attractions such as family coaster Super Grover’s Box Car Derby – billed as the perfect starter roller coaster, offering a different experience each time as riders choose a different box car. The famous Sesame Street Party Parade will also be included, featuring characters such as Elmo, Murray, Count von Count, Cookie Monster, Rosita, and Big Bird.
Combination of new and re-imagined
The new park will retain many of the old Aquatica features, including 11 water attractions which will be re-imagined in line with the Sesame Place theme. The 500,000 gallon wave pool, one of the largest in Southern California, also stays. Seven Sesame Street-themed dry rides will be introduced along with an interactive musical play area.
High levels of interactivity
As visitors enter the park they will encounter the Sunny Day carousel before being drawn into the bustling neighbourhood area, featuring the homes of favourite Sesame Street characters. Children can press doorbells and talk to characters such as the Two-Headed Monster via pipe telephone.
From popping virtual bubbles at the laundromat to riding the Tricycle Challenge at the Bike Shop, interactive challenges combine fun with education.
Seasonal events and storytelling
Sesame Place will feature a variety of seasonal events as part of its programme. Big Bird’s Nest Storytime will, however, be a regular fixture.
“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,” said Steve Youngwood, president, Media & Education and COO, Sesame Workshop.
Aquatica employees have been invited to transfer to the new theme park.
Further job opportunities will be available – with around 800 positions open.
Sesame Place San Diego will open as a Certified Autism Center (CAC). The original Sesame Place in Philadelphia is also a CAC, and was the first theme park in the world to achieve the designation. Prior to the opening of Sesame Place San Diego, staff will receive autism sensitivity and awareness training.