Now open: Sesame Place San Diego

Now open: Sesame Place San Diego

SAN DIEGO — California’s newest theme park, Sesame Place San Diego, has officially opened for families and kids of all ages.

A collaboration between SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. and Sesame Workshop, the all-new theme park is the second of its kind in the United States, located just 20 minutes from San Diego and 2.5 hours from Los Angeles.

Sesame Place offers 18 Sesame Street-themed rides and water attractions, including a family-friendly rollercoaster, a 500,000-gallon wave pool and lazy river, plus rides and water slides, all included with park admission. Little ones can splish and splash in areas made just for their size, including Elmo’s Silly Sand Slides and The Count’s Splash Castle, a multi-level water-play attraction featuring a 500-gallon water bucket drop.

Other highlights include an imaginary trip to outer space in an Elmo-themed rocket ship, an engaging musical play area, a never-before-seen live character show featuring beloved characters Elmo, Abby, Grover, Rosita and Cookie Monster, and the award-winning Sesame Street Party Parade.

“This is a great time for the company as we open the doors to sunny days at Sesame Place and welcome guests from all over to experience this new theme park,” said Marc Swanson, Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. “We are extremely grateful for our partnership with Sesame Workshop. We are continuing the legacy we started 42 years ago together by creating a second theme park in the United States where children and guests can laugh, learn and enjoy playing in a fun and meaningful way.”

Ed Wells, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Media and Education, Sesame Workshop, added: “Since the first Sesame Place launched in 1980, it has been one of the best ways for kids and families to interact with the Sesame brand and their favorite characters, up close and in person. We are thrilled to continue expanding our partnership with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment with the introduction of Sesame Place San Diego, the West Coast’s only standalone theme park based entirely on Sesame Street.”

Sesame Place San Diego opens as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The new park mirrors Sesame Place Philadelphia, which was the first theme park in the world to achieve this designation. Staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training was completed prior to the park’s opening, and pre-visit planning resources, including a park-specific sensory guide, are featured on its website. Designated quiet rooms with comfortable seating are located in the park near Sesame Souvenirs.

A single-day admission ticket is priced at US$64.99, while a 2022 Season Pass starts at $132/year or monthly payments of $22/month for six months. Season Passholders are the first to receive news and information about Sesame Place San Diego and are invited to special events throughout the year plus receive free parking, free guest tickets, access to all seasonal events and discounts on tickets, merchandise, ride again privileges, and more.

For fans who want to visit Sesame Place AND SeaWorld San Diego, they can add SeaWorld to their Sesame Place Season Pass for unlimited visits to both parks starting at only an additional $7.25/month. For more information and to purchase Season Passes visit

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