SeaWorld San Diego to Debut Drive-Through Sesame Street Experience


SeaWorld San Diego is giving fans a whole new way to enjoy the park with the first-ever Sesame Street Parade of Lights Drive-Thru. Guests can experience the ALL-NEW drive-thru event on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning January 15 through February 14.  With enhanced health and safety measures in place, the new drive-thru experience allows guests to drive under SeaWorld’s famous Skytower lights and through light tunnels while enjoying the only Sesame Street Parade of Lights on the West Coast. The experience features everyone’s favorite furry friends dancing along to a lively Sesame Street soundtrack.

“This is an exciting new way for families to experience SeaWorld’s Sesame Street Party Parade and an incredible winter wonderland of lights from the safety of their own cars,” said Park President Marilyn Hannes. “As we continue to promote our enhanced health and safety protocols, we are thrilled to offer this unique opportunity so our guests can enjoy SeaWorld like never before.”

After passing through the entrance, guests will begin their journey by meandering through a winter wonderland of lights lined with their Sesame Street friends physically distanced on parade floats while listening to Sesame Street music along the way. The excitement continues as guests venture under the illuminated Skytower and watch in awe as they drive through two different tunnels of lights before cruising through the Sesame Street Village.

Seasonal favorite snacks will be available to enjoy in the car with limited contact purchasing, including popular items such as SeaWorld’s signature hot chocolate and cotton candy. Guests can also purchase special event souvenir packages, including Sesame Street character plush, Sesame Street superhero character capes, and souvenir cups to add to this memorable experience. While face coverings are not required throughout the drive-thru experience, they are required at transaction points (admission, merchandise, and culinary) and when interacting with any SeaWorld Ambassadors.

Advance purchase of date and time-specific tickets are required and start at $49.99 per vehicle. Guests are encouraged to purchase an Annual Pass to take advantage of phenomenal savings on the drive-thru experience. Annual Pass Members will receive 50% off tickets plus save up to 50% on souvenirs and up to 20% on snacks and beverages. Fun Card Holders also benefit by receiving 25% off tickets. Tickets are on sale now and advance reservations are required for all visitors to manage capacity. 

Health and safety

SeaWorld San Diego is operating with enhanced health and safety protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, physical distancing, face covering requirements, and temperature screenings.  SeaWorld San Diego is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19. SeaWorld San Diego is excited to continue to provide our guests with fun, inspiring and memorable experiences, while addressing important health and safety needs during this time. For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the resort, including key operational changes, visit

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The Company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The Company collectively cares for one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The Company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 37,000 animals in need over the last 55 years.  SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens®, Aquatica®, Sesame Place® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 55-year history, the Company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The Company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.

Press release and photos courtesy SeaWorld San Diego.

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