SeaWorld Orlando will build a new Sesame Street kids land by the fall of 2022, adding to its list of new and upcoming projects as the park works to broaden its appeal.
The new land at the Orlando park was announced Thursday as its parent company also said that it is extending its long-running partnership with Sesame Workshop and will develop a second Sesame Place theme park at a site yet to be determined in the United States.
The two companies have a partnership that goes back 37 years and includes a Sesame Place theme park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and a Sesame Street land at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
The new land at SeaWorld Orlando has not been designed and its features have not been determined, but typically could include rides, a parade and a show with Sesame Street characters.
As SeaWorld prepares to end its signature theatrical shows with killer whales, the Orlando park has shifted its focus to other attractions. Last year, it opened Mako, a shark-themed roller coaster, and next month will launch a virtual reality overlay on Kraken, an existing roller coaster. Next summer it will open a whitewater raft ride.
As for the new Sesame Place theme park, the company said it has not ruled out Florida, but is looking for a site where the market doesn’t have a lot of entertainment options for pre-schoolers.