Photos: Hard Hat Tour Shows Sesame Place San Diego Taking Shape At Former Aquatica San Diego Location

We showed up to SeaWorld San Diego’s Aquatica Water Park for a hard hat tour and the unveiling of new signage officially marking that the park is now Sesame Place San Diego, a full park based on the popular television show that has spanned generations.

Sesame Place will feature 7 Sesame Street-themed dry rides, an interactive musical play area, and 11 water attractions including a 500,000 gallon wave pool – one of the largest in Southern California.

The park will also have an interactive Sesame Street Neighborhood complete with the iconic 123 Stoop, live character shows, an award-winning daily parade, unique photo opportunities, and everyone's favorite furry friends!

Sesame Place San Diego will open as a Certified Autism Center (CAC) as designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Sesame Place San Diego will mirror Sesame Place Philadelphia, 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, including a park-specific sensory guide will be featured on its website, making it easier for parents to plan activities that satisfy their child’s specific needs and accommodations. Designated quiet spaces with comfortable seating will be incorporated into the park’s design.

The original Sesame Place opened near Philadelphia back in 1980, and is based entirely on the children’s television program, Sesame Street. The rides, shows, and water attractions that the park offers are geared towards families and their young children. Sesame Place San Diego will be the west coast counterpart to this original, and will similarly be operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Super Grover's great box car race is a family-friendly coaster that is full of fun hills, big turns, and mini-dives. This action-packed race will be the perfect first steel roller coaster for kids and adults!

Other attractions will include Abby’s Fairy Flight, Cookie Climb, Elmo’s Rockin’ Rockets, Rub-A-Dub Sub, Sesame Street Soar & Spin, and the Sunny Day Carousel. The park will also be home to exciting water slides of all types: body slides, tube slides, a family raft slide, as well as  a lazy river, a family-friendly wave pool, and multiple splash pads.

Sesame Place San Diego takes over and expands upon Aquatica San Diego, which closed at the end of its season this year to allow for the imagination of Sesame Street to come to life in California through new rides, water slides, shows, and parades. Sesame Place San Diego is only the second Sesame Place in the country and the only one on the West Coast.

Sesame Place San Diego is set to open in March of 2022.