Friday, November 15, 2019

Sesame Place Coming to San Diego in 2021 #autismmom

Have you heard the news?! SESAME PLACE is coming to SoCal in San Diego!

We are so excited to read that Sesame Place will be opening in southern California in 2021.
As an autism mom I am eager to see and have a special nerds friendly amusement type park like this local to us!
Thanks to Sesame Place San Diego we will bring you all the latest and greatest news & updates...

This new park will be the second Sesame Place in the United States 
SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street®, today revealed that San Diego will be the location of a new Sesame Place® theme park.

Sesame Place San Diego, only the second Sesame Place® in the United States, will be the first Sesame Place on the West Coast and will open in spring 2021. 
“I’ve long cherished the partnership we’ve had with Sesame Workshop and am delighted that Sesame Place is coming to San Diego, the first new Sesame Place park in nearly four decades,” said SeaWorld San Diego Park President Marilyn Hannes. “Our new park will be the perfect place for families to explore and enjoy fun and educational playtime. I have young grandchildren, and I can’t wait for them to experience this new park.”
Sesame Place San Diego will be located on the site of the current Aquatica San Diego, SeaWorld’s waterpark. The new, nearly 17-acre park will feature all the fun, laughter, and learning of Sesame Street in a highly immersive way with exciting family rides, water slides, live character shows, parades and interactive experiences that will extend the laughter and learning of Sesame Street.
While construction on Sesame Place San Diego will begin this fall, it will not impact Aquatica’s operations next year - the water park will open for its final season on Memorial Day weekend in 2020.
Sesame Place San Diego extends SeaWorld’s commitment to not only the local community, but also establishes this new park as a premiere tourist destination for young families in the western United States.
“As we celebrate Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary, we are excited to share the news of a major opportunity for kids and families to connect with and learn from the brand and its beloved characters,” said Steve Youngwood, President, Media & Education and Chief Operating Officer, Sesame Workshop. “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.”
The original Sesame Place, currently the only U.S. theme park based entirely on the iconic children’s program, opened outside Philadelphia in July 1980. 
“We share Sesame Workshop’s goal of educating and entertaining generations of children, and the opening of a second park, the only one of its kind on the West Coast, furthers our company mission to provide guests with extraordinary experiences,” said Marc Swanson, Interim Chief Executive Officer, SeaWorld Entertainment. “We are thrilled to be able to grow the presence of Sesame Place theme parks in the United States, and San Diego is the perfect complement to our Philadelphia location.”
Sesame Place San Diego will open as a Certified Autism Center (CAC), mirroring its Philadelphia sister park, 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 adjustable lighting and comfortable seating will also be incorporated into the park’s design. 
“We are proud to be opening this new park as a Certified Autism Center and are committed in our efforts to offer families inclusive activities for children with autism and other special abilities,” added Swanson.  
SeaWorld has been Sesame Workshop’s exclusive theme park partner in the United States for almost 40 years. Sesame Street Bay of Play opened at SeaWorld San Diego in 2008 and SeaWorld Orlando recently opened Sesame Street Land™, a brand new land with six themed rides, over 30 innovative and educational ways to play, and the park’s first ever parade.
For more information, please visit: 
Instagram: @SesamePlaceCa
Facebook: Sesame Place San Diego
We can not wait to hear more updates and will bring them all to you too!

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