Did you love Sesame Street growing up? Want to immerse yourself and your kids into a Sesame Street world? Visit Sesame Place in Pennsylvania, USA. This small amusement park hosts all your favorite Sesame Place characters for a fun filled day.
We visited in July 2018 and though it was a small park, the 2 major areas have many attractions and activities to keep you and your kids playing all day. When you enter, the dry rides can be found to your right and the water rides will be on your left.
First thing to note about this park is it is very bright and colorful. The Sesame Street characters come alive in topiaries and character meet and greets. The park pathways are all on one level or accessible by ramps for those using mobility devices. Please note to experience the rides you will have to transfer out of any wheelchair into the ride vehicle.
“Dine with Elmo” can be found near the entrance where visitors can enjoy a Sesame themed show and get their photos taken with Elmo and friends. These shows do sell out in advance so make sure to get your tickets ahead. Breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are available.
Sesame Place has partnered with IBCCES (International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standard) to specially train their park staff in Autism Awareness. In addition to this specialized training, number of accommodations are in place to help their visitors with Autism. Two quiet rooms are available in the park. Though in the park, these rooms limit the light and sound from the outside.
Sesame Place has a ride access system in place for those with difficulty waiting in lines. To enroll in the parks access program you will need to visit guest services and fill out a questionnaire (the questionnaire is also available online to fill out before visiting the park). This will help deem eligibility for the program. This program allows priority access to up to 6 dry rides and 3 water tower rides. If you participate in the program you will use Abby’s Magic Queue when visiting an attraction. For anyone else who wants to make use of the Magic Queue, passes can be purchased at the park.
Also available in the park is noise cancelling headphones. These are available on a first come first service basis and can be picked up from the Family Care Center.
Guests can also meet the newest addition to the Sesame Street family – Julia. This sweet 4 year old girl has Autism.
As a courtesy to their guests, Sesame Place has a rainy day policy. If it rains continuously for 1 or more hours visiting guests can take their ticket to guest services and exchange their ticket for another day at the park during the current operating season. So if it rains for an hour guests can come back to the park another day to enjoy the rides and attractions.
Service animals are permitted in the park, dogs and miniature horses only. Animals cannot be left unattended and must be leashed the entire stay at the park. There is a relief area both in the picnic area in the parking lot and one located in the park near Sesame Theatre.
Wheelchairs and ECV’s can be rented from the park either online in advance or the day of your visit based on availability. Wheelchairs are $18USD per day to rent and ECV’s are $53USD per day.
American Sign Language interpreters can be made available for shows. Please contact Sesame Place no later then 2 weeks before your visit in order to arrange this service or ask your travel agent to arrange this for you. Alternatively, show scripts are available at the Welcome Center at the front gate.
Sesame Place is a great theme park that has dedicated itself to becoming more special needs friendly. If you want a great theme park experience consider making Sesame Place your next vacation stop.