We may be in the midst of a cold, gray winter, but sunny days will be sweeping the clouds away when Sesame Street opens this spring at SeaWorld Orlando! We recently took a hard-hat tour of the construction site to bring you the scoop on this exciting new expansion.
The new Sesame Street expansion, which will debut on a yet-unannounced date in Spring 2019, replaces the former Shamu’s Happy Harbor kids area at SeaWorld Orlando. It consists of a block of brownstone buildings that have been brought to life from the classic children’s television program, along with a half-dozen previously existing rides that have been updated with Sesame-style theming.
The anchor of the new area will be 123 Sesame Street itself. The iconic apartment building features the familiar front stoop, which will be flanked on one side by Oscar the Grouch’s trash can and on the other by Big Bird’s nest, which will serve as a stage for storytelling shows.
Another major location is Mr. Hooper’s Store, which acts as both the land’s primary retail location and the entrance to a “backstage” photo-op with favorite Muppet characters like Elmo and Abby Cadabbby.
Sesame Street itself will become home to a daily Party Parade. The version of this parade that runs in SeaWorld San Diego was honored with the coveted Brass Ring Award for “Best Atmosphere/Street Show” at the 2018 IAAPA convention.
Along with the new additions, SeaWorld is refreshing its existing kiddie attractions to integrate them into the new Sesame Street theme. Shamu Express, a small steel roller-coaster, will now be known as Super Grover’s Box Car Derby. Other rides will include Abby’s Flower Tower, Cookie Drop, and Elmo’s Choo Choo Train.
There will also be two new food trucks serving snacks, in addition to both wet and dry playgrounds to help burn off those calories.
Watch this exclusive video for your own hard-hat tour of the Sesame Street construction site: