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A Visit to Sesame Place
Sesame Street Topiary
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to Sesame Street
An opening song that is familiar to millions! My forty-five year old son was two in 1969 when Sesame Street premiered on Public Television. Back then we had, Mr. Hooper, Bob, Gordon and Susan, as the cast. A delightful group of muppets including Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, Kermit the Frog (yes Kermit was on Sesame Street), later joined by Oscar the Grouch. Miss Piggy was an early character too but not an original. If you've ever watched Sesame Street you know the cast of characters has changed and grown over the years.
If you haven't seen Sesame Street in a long time you should stop by to see some of the new, imaginative characters/muppets that live there now.
So much to see at Sesame Place
Any and all of the muppets make children's eyes light up and bring a smile to their face. Each child has their favorite muppet. Can you imagine actually seeing them in person? That's the premise of Sesame Place. Sesame Place is located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. It is a re-creation of Sesame Street and includes many of the main characters. A Sesame Street Amusement Park! The best part for me is for Mother's Day my daughter gave me an all expense paid trip to Sesame Place with my three year old grandson. So four adults and my three year old grandson headed to Sesame Place.
The wonder of the place hits you the minute you step on the grounds. The Hollywood Walk of Fame at Grauman's Chinese Theater has nothing on Sesame Place. Imagine seeing the hand prints of Grover and Big Bird and others! Children of all ages stop to put their hands into the prints of their famous friends...and this is before you even get in the park. The other immediate attention grabber is the topiary both outside the park and inside the park. Right there, a red leaf Elmo with a Green Oscar the Grouch! But of course, those aren't the only ones. Muppet topiarys are located throughout the park from super Grover to Snuffeulupagus, you just have to watch for them. They vary in size and color but represent so many friends. All are done so well and of course the fact that children are so enamored of the muppets that even the topiarys grab their imagination make them extra special. I would safely say they are more of an adult pleaser than a child pleaser but kids like them too. Of course for those of you who have visited Disney World and seen the famous Mickey Mouse topiary you know this is a special added treat.
So very many picture ops! Make sure your battery is charged and you have plenty of room on your memory card before you get to Sesame Place. The people at Sesame Place certainly knew what they were doing when they created and set up Sesame Place.
As you enter the park you can choose which way to go but most head to Sesame Street! It is a thrill to see the buildings, the signs, the lamp posts...all from Sesame Street. You can even go in Mr. Hooper's grocery store and pretend play with a cash register...but the best part of this Sesame Street is various muppets appear at different times throughout the day for you to take pictures of your children with. There are usually lines to wait on but they move fairly quickly and I didn't hear any crying children waiting to get their pictures taken.
I'm sure there are teenagers inside those terribly hot costumes, but I must say they are patient and friendly. Nice job by the characters and by Sesame Place on this one!
The people who created Sesame Place were really on the ball. While every child loves the Muppets and Sesame Place, an entire day on one little street won't cut it and few people will come back for that, but remember I said this is an amusement park! It is an amusement park complete with rides and two separate water park sections. Of course there are stores, eateries and a theater but the rides and water parks are what keep kids moving and happy.
The rides are geared toward young children though the roller coaster may be better for children older than three. The rides are fairly spread out and again, though the lines are long for the rides, the rides are short so the wait isn't outrageous.
Some of the rides at Sesame PlaceClick thumbnail to view full-size
What child doesn't like to climb? There is a child's climbing paradise at Sesame Place. It is probably three stories high with lots of space to climb on ropes. There's also a mountain made of vinyl to climb. Kids, mostly accompanied by their parents, spent lots of time climbing and getting their exercise.
Climbing at Sesame PlaceClick thumbnail to view full-size
Water parks are fun for kids and adults. There's a lazy river for relaxing and keeping cool and various sections that allow kids and adults alike to get wet and play in the water. One of the interesting water features is a very large bucket that fills with water and once full dumps it's water on whoever is standing below!
The water bucketClick thumbnail to view full-size
There are games for the kids to play...one of the few places you have to spend money. All of the rides and water parks are included in the price of admission. The only things you pay for are the games and food. While the price may seem high compared to other parks it is 'in the ballpark'. Adults and children over two pay $57.99 but there are often online offers reducing that price. Sesame Place actually offered a $20.00 per ticket discount if you ordered your tickets online before June 29. There are also other deals like Elmo's Two Day Ticket -- two days for the price of one. Additional deals can often be found on the Sesame Place website. There are also season passes and group rates.
Games at Sesame PlaceClick thumbnail to view full-size
The piece de resistance is the parade! Every day at 3:00 p.m. and I believe 6:00 p.m. there is a parade down Sesame Street. All of the characters throughout the park disappear around 2:00 p.m. to get ready for the parade. The nicest thing about the parade is that it stops twice for the characters to perform and interact with the audience. People start lining up about 1/2 hour prior to the parade to make sure they get a good seat. Once the parade starts, the rest of the world goes away. You are on Sesame Street with all the wonderful muppets watching kids smile and laugh with total glee!
The Parade at Sesame PlaceClick thumbnail to view full-size
I know I've shared a lot of photos but believe me they are only a fraction of the photos I took. When I got home and counted I took well over 100! There are photo ops everywhere...in the things at Sesame Place and in the faces of the children.
When I asked my grandson if he was happy to be at Sesame Place he responded, "I'm dancing with excitement!"
We saw license plates from Canada, Maryland, New York, representing cars from all over. If you're ever in the vicinity and you have small children, don't miss Sesame Place!
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