by: Jason Kelly, WFTV.com Updated:
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Shamu: meet Big Bird.
SeaWorld Entertainment announced Thursday that it will open a Sesame Street-themed land at SeaWorld Orlando by fall 2022.
The new five-acre land will include an overhaul of Shamu’s Happy Harbor, a play area behind Shamu Stadium that features children’s rides and a net climb, the company said.
SeaWorld Orlando currently offers popular holiday Sesame Street shows during peak seasons.
The company has similar lands at its other SeaWorld parks in San Diego, California, and San Antonio and at its Busch Gardens parks in Tampa and Williamsburg, Virginia.
SeaWorld’s parent company also said Thursday that it will open another Sesame Place theme park somewhere in the United States by 2021.
It currently has a Sesame Place theme park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, between Philadelphia and New York City, which opened in 1980.
The new park will open no later than mid-2021, but a location hasn’t been determined, officials said. More parks could follow.
“We are thrilled to be able to grow the presence of Sesame Place theme parks in the U.S. and help our company diversify its brand portfolio and expand into new areas,” said Joel Manby, SeaWorld’s president and CEO.
SeaWorld Entertainment renewed a license agreement with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind the show, extending their relationship through 2031.
Under the terms of the new license agreement, the companies have agreed to extend their collaborative relationship through December 2031.
Channel 9's Lauren Seabrook will have details on the new attraction on "Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 4."
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