Saturday, May 4, 2013

Sesame Place Review

As part of the Sunny Day Blogger program, I received four tickets, free parking and some pretty tasty Elmo cupcakes and soft pretzels from Sesame Place in exchange for a blog post. I did not receive any monetary compensation. As always, my opinions are honest and my own.


We chased the clouds away on Opening Day at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA, and had such a great a fun-filled day!  The end of April is the perfect time to go because although it was crowded it wasn't jam packed like it was in July when we went last. This is a great time of year to check out the water park too. The weather was sunny and low 70's so there weren't too many people in the water park. This would have been a great chance to explore it - I can't say I was brave enough though! We stuck to the dry rides. 
 


There were a lot of highlights throughout the day but one of my favorites were the character greetings. The characters were friendly and playful with my little guy and he just ate it up! Plus they were easy to find and around a lot. They could be found mostly in Sesame Neighborhood (along the parade route) and in a building next to Grover's World Twirl ride (you have to pay for these photos). Here's Dante hamming it up with Elmo at the Media reception. Not only did he get the hug he was hoping for but a kiss, a high five and a knuckle bump (his favorite!)


We played around with Bert and Ernie too...



Next we tackled the rides going up and down and up down the big slide and then off to the Merry-Go-Round. Dante loved the whimsical, colorful horses. He was happy to wave to mom mom and pop pop every time we went around. He's a big boy ya know?


Peek-A-Bug was another one of Dante's favorites. Spoiler alert: if you get dizzy easily this isn't the ride for you! It goes up and down a track and the twirls around. A lot. Everyone enjoyed it but I will admit I got a little dizzy on it.


This rope climbing structure looked like fun but I was too hesitant to let Dante go on it. There are areas where it doesn't look like adults can go because the netting is too small and I didn't want to send him on his own since he is only 2 1/2. I think the perfect age would be about 3. In fact, I think the whole park is a great place to take 3-7 year olds. 



Another favorite highlight of the day was the daytime parade which takes place in Sesame Neighborhood. It's about 20-30 minutes of non-stop singing and dancing along with colorful floats and a little bit of audience participation.  Keep in mind that if you want to get a decent view you need to show up to the area at least 15-20 minutes early and I would advise even sooner during peak months. Shoot to stand somewhat in line with the Carousel because the characters stop and dance half way through the parade right around that area. 





Pluses of Sesame Place:
  • There is a lot  variety between the water park, the dry rides, the shows and the character greetings.
  • It's a great place to take the younger crowd (around 3-7) which can sometimes be hard to find.
  • The characters are all over the place making them hard to miss.
  • Showers and places to get change are available if you plan on going to the water park.
  • They have areas to breastfeed for those with infants. Once you approach the building you have to call on  the phone outside to get permission to enter. This is for your safety and those already inside.
  • They have three fun shows plus the daytime and night time parades.
  • They have numerous restaurants on the premises some of which are allergy friendly. Learn about allergen info at Sesame Place. 
  • They offer numerous events throughout the year including for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Halloween, Christmas, and play dates. Check out their 2013 calendar for details.
  • They have locker and stroller rentals for your convenience.
  • They offer bottle warmers at some of their restaurants.
  • You never have to worry about being out of place with your children. It's a kid friendly place for sure!
  • They are special needs friendly making special arrangements throughout the park and hosting special needs events on occasion.
  • They have some pretty awesome Elmo cupcakes! We enjoyed a few!  
  • They have a Starbuck's for sleep deprived parents (and no, this isn't a plug for Starbuck's but I guess the mention isn't hurting them any!)
  • The entire place is very clean.




Minuses of Sesame Place:

  • It can be a little pricey if you have several children.  Tickets are $59.99 for children two and up. A great alternative is to consider getting a season pass which is $96.99 a person and includes unlimited visits and 30% off all merchandise in their stores. This could make a great gift!
  • I think the food was good quality and many choices were provided but I thought it was also a little pricey ($8.99 for a kids meal) and I didn't like how you had to purchase it.  Most of it was presented as a combo which I didn't necessarily want. My little one is only 2 1/2 to a kids meal was a little bit too much. I would have like to have seen maybe a kids meal for the big kids and separate kids meal for the small kids at a cheaper price or more single serving options. I ended up getting a pizza combo ($10.99) with a garden salad ($3.99) and sharing with him. If you would rather avoid the food altogether you can get your hand stamped and leave the park to get a meal from somewhere in the surrounding area and then return.
  • I only found 1 changing table in each of the bathrooms but it didn't present any problems while I was there. I would only imagine that that might be a little tough when the park is more crowded. Even it is a problem there are numerous bathrooms throughout the park, before you even enter park and in the shower area.

6 comments:

  1. We haven't been to Sesame Place in a few years. I must remedy that!

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  2. Yes Stephanie! It was a lot of fun. :)

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  3. So cute! I absolutely love the picture of your son and Elmo. *I* want a hug from Elmo!!

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  4. LOL Nicole! Elmo was awesome. Dante is still talking about his visit with him.

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  5. What a great review! Sounds like you had a great event!

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  6. I live about 15 minutes from Sesame Place and haven't been there in years. Fingers crossed for this summer!

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