Last Friday, I took my niece, age 3, to Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. It was the first visit there for both of us.
Before Memorial Day, the park is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The park has two sections – dry and wet. The “wet” side, which is all the water park type rides, is not open before Memorial Day. This was just fine with us and we took advantage of a quiet day there since all the local schools were still in session.
We started our visit with a character dining experience called Breakfast with Elmo. There was an admission cost for the breakfast in addition to your park admission. The park does not open until 10 am, however we were able to enter at 9 am for the breakfast.
Upon arrival, we were greeted and told which table would be ours. Each table was numbered so there was no need to search out a seat. Because of the low attendance that day, there were less than half of the tables being used.
The breakfast consisted of a buffet with your standard hot and cold food items. There was definitely something for everyone to enjoy. While you are eating, the characters come around to interact and take photos. Elmo was in a special location in one corner of the room. You could visit him whenever you like and a photographer would take a picture for you with him in front of a backdrop. Those photos were then brought to your table as a package available for purchase.
We finished up with about 5 minutes to spare before the park opened. There were employees in the main hub area holding back guests until 10 am when the rest of the park opened.
In the dry ride area, there are many rides that are similar to amusement park attractions but all themed to Sesame Street characters. It is important to note that children need to ride with someone who is at least 14 years of age. While this was fine for my niece and myself, I saw how this posed a challenge for other families and school groups that were visiting with multiple children and only one adult.
Another important note is that you are not allowed onto the rides with any bags or loose items. There are lockers available to rent if you do not have someone in your party that can hold items for you. I used a small fanny pack which worked out great.
My niece loved all of the attractions. Because it was not crowded, we were able to go on everything that she wanted to several times before noon. Then we took a break for “Elmo the Musical.” This was a 20-minute show starring Elmo and Cookie Monster. The theater was small but with low crowds we walked right in and had a great seat. The show was cute and had the kids in the audience engaged in searching for items around the room.
After the show, we took a lunch break. Again, there are a few different areas to purchase food but only one was open on this day. There was a long line but it moved along at a decent pace. There were standard kid’s meals, adult meals and some salads. Prices ranges were $9 – 12.
Unfortunately, when we had finished our lunch, it had started to rain. We knew this was a possibility and it was great that we got in all the rides that we did before the rain began. We hit up a gift shop and then called it a day.
Overall, I think Sesame Place is a great experience for preschool children. Friends have told me that the water park section is fun for the whole family so older children could be entertained as well when those rides are open. I will say that it could be a challenge when it is a hot and crowded summer day. The rides load slowly and then you need to wait for that to finish for it to unload and re-load. I could see how this would lead to long wait times and unhappy kids and adults in the summer heat.
We had a fun day and my niece says she wants to go back again!
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I have been a huge Disney and travel fan since childhood. I love going to new places and, of course, heading to Disney as often as I can.