The primary Sesame Road theme park on the USA’s 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 trade and restrictions are eased.
That includes Large Hen’s Seashore, Oscar’s Rotten Rafts and Cookie-Monster towers, the year-round, 17-acre (6.5-hectare) Sesame Place San Diego theme park – in Chula Vista, simply south of the town of San Diego – will open on March 26 to season go holders. The primary Sesame Place theme park opened greater than 40 years in the past exterior 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, academic present, which airs in additional than 150 international locations.
Sesame Place San Diego (rendering above) can have child-friendly flumes, slides and a lazy river, in addition to one of many largest wave swimming pools in Southern California
The brand new park can have 18 Sesame Road-themed rides, together with kid-friendly curler coasters, a Cookie Monster-themed drop experience and Elmo’s Choo Choo Prepare (rendering above)
Owned by SeaWorld, Sesame Place San Diego (rendering above) is the corporate’s newest bid to maneuver away from dwell animal exhibits, which drew worldwide criticism over its therapy of whales after the discharge of 2013 documentary Blackfish
The park is the newest step by Florida-based SeaWorld to maneuver away from dwell animal exhibits, which had drawn worldwide criticism over its impression on whales and prompted income to plunge, particularly at its San Diego park. SeaWorld’s Orlando park opened a Sesame Road part in 2019.
And the San Diego park couldn’t be opening at a greater time, with individuals rising from pandemic boredom and itching for a brand new expertise, mentioned Dennis Speigel – proprietor of Worldwide Theme Park Companies Inc, a worldwide marketing consultant on the trade.
‘2021 was an unimaginable bounce-back 12 months for the theme parks,’ he mentioned. ‘Folks got here again in droves.’
Sesame Road can also be seeing a revival in its recognition amongst households, Speigel mentioned.
Guests will stroll into an interactive Sesame Road Neighborhood, a duplicate of the one on the TV present with the 123 Stoop. It’s going to embrace Elmo’s Window the place Elmo’s bed room window involves life so youngsters can play, dance and sing with him and his associates.
The park can even have 18 Sesame Road-themed rides. They embrace Cookie Climb, which ends up in the highest of Cookie Monster-themed towers; Elmo’s Rockin’ Rockets, which flies on an imaginary journey by outer house; and Tremendous Grover’s Field Automobile Derby, a kid-friendly curler coaster. It additionally has a 500,00-gallon wave pool, one of many largest in Southern California.
The theme park’s street-food truck space (rendered above) will provide Sesame Road-themed snacks, together with candy treats for any visiting cookie monsters
Guests will stroll into an interactive duplicate of the Sesame Road Neighborhood (rendered above), which can embrace Elmo’s bed room window the place youngsters can play, dance and sing with the furry purple muppet
Staff will likely be specifically skilled 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 top of its breeding program in March 2016, after years of strain 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 targeted 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 mentioned he appears ahead to households creating related ‘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 mentioned in an announcement.
Pre-opening season passes are on sale now for $129 (£95) and a SeaWorld Go will be added for $84 (£62). The park was constructed on the former website of SeaWorld’s Aquatica San Diego water park, which closed in 2020.