Friday night, April 26th, I told my girls that if they cleaned up their toys really well, I had a surprise for them. The mad dash to put away every figurine, Lego, and book began! And then came the announcement… we were going to Sesame Place in the morning! I’m sure my neighbors appreciated the shrills that came out of my 4 year old and 2.5 year old. Pure joy. Melted my heart!
Saturday the 27th was our third visit to Sesame Place. If you’ve never been, you should know that this Langhorne, PA park is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show Sesame Street. As seen on their Facebook page, Saturday was their Opening Day and the universe sure celebrated! We had a day of sunshine, light breezes, and about 70 degrees. It was beyond gorgeous! There were even people on the water rides! Season Pass holders proudly wore their lanyards around their neck. One woman I talked to in line for the Elmo Rocks show said she’s been coming to the park since it opened in 1980 and always attends on Opening Day!
|The girls with Elmo|
I’m sure every year that same woman finds something new and exciting that the park has to offer. This year, Sesame Place is offering a star-studded concert line-up including kid-friendly favorites such as Laurie Berkner and Imagination Movers, to musical playdates with Caillou and Max & Ruby, the park’s event schedule is its most robust ever. Check out their calendar of events on the website www.sesameplace.com. Park guests will also notice quite a few changes in the culinary department for 2013. The park continues to enhance its menu of allergen-friendly foods and healthy-eating options for the comfort and satisfaction of park guests. Starting this season, Sesame Place will offer box lunches which must be purchased online, in advance, and picked up at Elmo’s Lunch Box Stop. The new Lunch Box program will give families more time to enjoy the attractions and shows in the park. In May, Sesame Place is also adding a food truck to its street, giving guests an even greater variety of quick-dining choices. We ate at Elmo’s Eatery and the children’s meals came with a plate and cup they got to take home. The girls love their souvenir! And I was pleased to learn I got a AAA discount on the meals too!
Other changes for 2013 include the park’s popular Fireworks shows, which will be enhanced by a newly-choreographed pyrotechnics display. Fireworks are scheduled for 5/26, 7/4 and 9/1 and 12/31.
“At Sesame Place, we are all about celebrating, and we’re doing a lot of things in 2013 to celebrate our guests,” says Susan Godfrey, Communications Manager at Sesame Place. Visitors can be spotted wearing their new “Today I’m Celebrating…” stickers all throughout the park. “Some people are here for their birthday, while others may be celebrating their first roller coaster ride, visit to the park, last night’s Phillies’ win, or even just a sunny day,” continues Godfrey. “Every moment of celebration — it’s all important to us here at Sesame Place,” she adds. My youngest daughter wore one to celebrate her first birthday. Elmo must have a special place for babies turning one, because after the group shot I took of him with the girls, he came over to her in the stroller and held hands with the baby and the two “bonded” for several minutes. Wish I took video of it, I was just so star struck!
|Watching the Elmo Rocks! Show,
proudly wearing her “I’m Celebrating…” sticker.
There is still time to purchase a 2013 Season Pass. Sesame Place season passes start at under $100, making the park one of the area’s best entertainment values. Guest can take advantage of Sesame Place’s new six-month EZ pay plan for 2013 and enjoy unlimited fun all season along with in-park discounts for as low as $16.17 per month. Explore all the park’s ticket options by visiting Sesame Place Ticketing Information.
|Twirling, dizzy, giggly FUN!|
Sesame Place is great for children of all ages. The Vapor Trail roller coaster is for ages 3 and up. My 4 year old LOVED it, which surprised me, in a good way! My 2 year olds favorite ride, she says, was Elmo’s World’s Flying Fish. My favorite was Grover’s World Twirl. Nothing like spinning super fast and watching my two giggly girls smile ear to ear while they cling to me. It was just such an awesome day. So much fun and such wonderful memories made. I love to know we had a wonderful day that EVERYONE enjoyed- my mother, myself, and my 4, 2.5, and 1 year old daughters.
*Disclosure: I received 4 complimentary tickets in order to facilitate this review. The opinions in this review are all my own.