A review of Sesame Place, in Langhorne, PA. Sesame Place is an amusement park for children of all ages. Read about day-trip highlights, adventures, and more.
This year, I asked a friend, Rachel, to take her family to Sesame Place and report back on her visit. I love her story and how she compares it to Sesame Place of the 80s. Things have changed! (We were provided with four complimentary tickets to opening day at Sesame Place.) Read about the Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place.
With the temperature starting to creep up, the kids can feel the end of school approaching… or maybe they can start to read my “Summer Activities” excel spreadsheet for the endless 2 ½ month period that the summer has to offer. With a 6-year-old son and a 4-year old daughter, Sesame Place wasn’t high on my list this year. But when we started chatting with the kids about what they wanted to do, low and behold, it was Sesame Place at the top of their list!
Sesame Place has changed quite a bit since it opened in 1980. My family used to make the trip from New York to Langhorne, PA, annually. I would suggest, as we did back then, an overnight trip for any car ride over 2 hours as the kids will be wiped out. And that is one of the greatest changes since the 80s—purchasing a regular-priced “Elmo Ticket” at $59.99 will get you a second day free. (It better get you something at $60 a pop for anyone over 2 years old!) So whether staying overnight if coming from afar or being able to visit more than once because you live close, you score with a “buy one, get one” chance here, too.
Is Sesame Place too babyish? Not really…
Now on our 1-hour car ride, my 6-year-old was quiet. He had been so animated. When we bugged him, we found out he was concerned that Sesame Place was too babyish. (“Ouch,” said my heart, as his happy-go-lucky days are numbered.)
Honestly, Sesame Place is geared more for the littler kids. However, one glance through the Opening Day crowded lines and the whir of the roller coaster allayed any concerns of this amusement park being too babyish. Hands up during the ride; cheeks aching from smiling; throats sore by the end. That was no baby ride! Throw in a few killer water slides and other high-flying airplanes and swings, and you’ll find enough for the big ones, too.
The Shows at Sesame Place
Everyone loves their first Elmo and Friends show. But even by the second one of the day, our big one was busy reading the map to find out what was next. The little one – she had enough energy to sing and dance her way to the top of every bleacher at every single show. It never got old for her!
The food at Sesame Place
Rest assured that they have changed the eateries. Too! Mind you, they still sell overpriced kid meals with souvenir cups and plates, but starting this season, Sesame Place will open Elmo’s Lunch Box Stop, which offers box lunches that can be purchased online in advance. It is also adding a food truck to its street, giving guests an even greater variety of quick-dining choices. Many of the current eateries will often lighter choices for those interested, and you can even bring a small cooler in with your favorite snacks and drinks if you prefer.
Things to remember for Sesame Place
Don’t forget to throw in some sunblock, too – nothing is shaded at the park.
One other tip…while we did have a glorious weather day, “Sunny Day Tickets” are issued if it rains continuously for one hour while a guest is in the park. Check the specifics on the day of your visit should this happen to you, but for a nervous mom, here’s one little piece of security.
Before you go…
Create an autograph book. Autograph books act as an ice breaker, making it far easier for the kids to approach the furry, cuddly, loving characters. They also make an exceptional souvenir.
More Sesame Place ticket ways to save
And finally, if you are going for just one day, save up to $20 visiting participating locations for discount coupons. For example, in NY and PA: RiteAid, Wawa, and even McDonalds.
Thanks to Sesame Place for the tickets!
Upcoming Events at Sesame Place
Hours and calendar for Sesame Place are featured here.
Memorial Day Sunday, features a fireworks show set to Sesame Street music! Rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and Count von Count, as their music fills the air and the sky is covered with colorful bursts of brilliance. Fireworks will begin at 9:00 pm. Sunday only.
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular happens each fall.
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place® is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends in Langhorne, PA. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, festive decorations, and whirling rides, including the new Cookie’s Monster Land featuring five rides, a three-story net climb, and a soft toddler play area. Guests will enjoy special Christmas shows, savory Christmas menus, super holiday shopping, and a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop.
Christmas is from November 22 to December 31 on select days.