Sesame Street Theme Park to Open in San Diego Next Month

By JULIE WATSON, Related Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The primary Sesame Road theme park on the West Coast is about to open subsequent month, providing a lift to San Diego’s tourism market because it bounces again from the pandemic’s hit to the business and restrictions are eased, officers introduced Wednesday.

That includes Huge Hen’s Seaside, Oscar’s Rotten Rafts, and Cookie-Monster towers, the year-round, 17-acre (6.5-hectare) Sesame Place San Diego theme park will open on March 26 to season go holders in Chula Vista, simply south of town of San Diego. The primary Sesame Place theme park opened greater than 40 years in the past outdoors Philadelphia.

Sesame Place San Diego is the primary theme park in 9 years opened by SeaWorld Parks & Leisure, which has a longstanding relationship with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit group behind the favored instructional present that airs in additional than 150 nations.

The park is the most recent step by the Orlando, Florida-based SeaWorld to maneuver away from stay animal reveals, which had drawn worldwide criticism over its affect on whales, and prompted earnings to plunge, particularly at its San Diego park. SeaWorld’s Orlando park opened a Sesame Road part in 2019.

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And the San Diego park could not be opening at a greater time with folks rising from pandemic boredom and itching for a brand new expertise, stated Dennis Speigel, proprietor of Worldwide Theme Park Providers Inc., a worldwide marketing consultant on the business.

“2021 was an unimaginable bounce again yr for the theme parks,” he stated. “Individuals got here again in droves.”

Sesame Road can be seeing a revival in its reputation amongst households, Speigel stated.

Guests will stroll into an interactive Sesame Road Neighborhood, a reproduction of the one on the TV present with the 123 Stoop. It can embrace Elmo’s Window the place Elmo’s bed room window involves life so children can play, dance, and sing with him and his associates.

The park may also have 18 Sesame Road-themed rides. They embrace Cookie Climb that results in the highest of Cookie Monster-themed towers; Elmo’s Rockin’ Rockets, which flies on an imaginary journey by way of outer area; and Tremendous Grover’s Field Automotive Derby, a kid-friendly curler coaster. It additionally has a 500,000 gallon wave pool, one of many largest in Southern California.

Staff might be specifically educated to work with youngsters who’ve autism and different particular wants. SeaWorld has been providing specialised companies at its parks for guests with autism lately.

SeaWorld introduced the tip of its breeding program in March 2016, after years of stress from animal rights advocates and shifting public opinion about orcas being held in captivity.

The protests intensified after the discharge of the 2013 documentary “Blackfish,” which centered on the lifetime of Tilikum, a killer whale chargeable for killing a coach when he dragged her right into a pool in entrance of shocked guests in 2010.

CEO Marc Swanson, who got here on in 2020, has been taking steps to construct up the corporate once more. He beforehand labored on the authentic Sesame Place in Pennsylvania. He stated he appears ahead to households creating comparable “life-long reminiscences” in California.

“We’re thrilled to debut this new park and add a premiere vacationer vacation spot to California that’s so interesting to households,” Swanson stated in an announcement.

Pre-opening season passes are on sale now for $129 and a SeaWorld Go could be added for $84. The park was constructed on the former web site of SeaWorld’s Aquatica San Diego water park, which closed in 2020.

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