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Big Bird Finds New Home in Chula Vista as SeaWorld’s Sesame Place Opens

LifeBig Bird Finds New Home in Chula Vista as SeaWorld’s Sesame Place Opens

Sesame Place will feature parades, shows and rides. Photo by Hoa Quach

West Coast locals can now answer the question: Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Or, Sesame Place that is. 

The highly anticipated Sesame Place, owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, opened Saturday with seven Sesame Street-themed rides and 11 water attractions across 17 acres in Chula Vista. 

Centered around the beloved children’s television show that has aired for five decades, Sesame Place will feature Super Grover’s Box Car Derby rollercoaster, Cookie Monster-themed towers, and live shows and parades featuring beloved characters such as Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and Elmo. (In fact, Elmo recently accepted a proclamation at a  Chula Vista City Council meeting where the city declared April “Sesame Place Month.”). 

Sesame Place in Chula Vista opens to the public on Saturday, March 26. Photo by Hoa Quach

Replacing the former Aquatica Park, which was also owned by SeaWorld, visitors can also expect water rides such as Big Bird’s Beach, Oscar’s Rotten Rafts and Honker Dinger Dash. Named a Certified Autism Center, Sesame Place will also offer services and facilities serving visitors with special needs. 

One other Sesame Place exists in the U.S., in Philadelphia, which opened in 1980. 

Sesame Place is currently open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. It’s located at 2052 Entertainment Circle in Chula Vista. Daily tickets start at $45 and annual passes start at $129. 

For more information, go to sesameplace.com. 

Big Bird’s Beach at Sesame Place. Photo by Hoa Quach

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