SeaWorld Aquatica SP2

About the Project

The SeaWorld Aquatica SP2 project is a redevelopment of the Aquatica San Diego water park into the “Sesame Street”-themed park, the first such theme park on the West Coast and only the second in the country. The refreshed park joined Legoland in Carlsbad, California, as the only two theme parks in the nation that primarily tailor their services to children. The 17-acre, two-phase redevelopment was re-branded and re-named Sesame Place and incorporated many existing water attractions into the new park. These were built to cater to younger children and remain appealing to all ages. Sesame Place will be a Certified Autism Center.


The extensive makeover by Hensel Phelps of SeaWorld’s Aquatica Sesame Place San Diego featured seven theme park rides geared toward younger kids and 11 water park attractions with the highlight of the new park, a recreation of the “Sesame Street” television show set.

Quick Facts

  • Location Chula Vista, California
  • Client SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment - Orlando
  • Architect PGAV: PGAV Destinations (PGAV)
  • Industry Commercial
  • Line of Business Construction
  • Delivery Method Design-Bid-Build (Hard Bid)
  • Completion Date March 2022
  • Duration 27 Months
  • Contract Value $ 22,241,512
  • Sustainability N/A
  • Square Footage 15,140 SF

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