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Sesame Place Getaway

This summer, we have a couple of mini-trips planned – mini trips because I can’t really get on a plane these days with the very impending arrival of Baby #3, and I have developed awful cramping legs in the last couple of months with long car rides. Actually, any distance car rides (super fun!). So…we brainstormed and came up with a couple of places under 3 1/2 to 4 hours which we could go to this summer. The first was Cape Cod, where the kids had a blast. The second….our Sesame Place getaway! After I returned, I posted some pictures from our trip on my personal FB page. I received a ton of questions from friends about our trip and requesting tips, so I figured I would make it nice and easy, and share the info here:)

Our getaway was 2 nights, and included 2 days at the parks.

There are tons of hotels to stay at near Sesame Place…we chose to stay at the Courtyard Philadelphia Langhorne. Our criteria for hotel stay is pretty straightforward when we travel with our kids…1) we love to book a suite when we can, so that after the kids go to bed, we can watch a movie, play cards, etc. 2) We love to be close to our destination for minimal travel after the drive, and 3) our kids LOVE pools, so we always like to stay somewhere they can get some swim time.

The Courtyard had the suite we were looking for, a shuttle to and from Sesame Place, and a really nice indoor pool. A great bonus as well was that they had a little snack shop in the lobby which had a great adult and children friendly menu.

  Photos Credit: Marriott.Com
Tip: We booked our Sesame Package through the Marriott; financially, the cost of the room which included breakfast, the shuttle, and our 2 day Elmo Passes was cheaper here, than anywhere else. The key reason was because we needed 4 2 day Park Passes, and for each night of staying at the hotel, we received 2 passes. So, 2 nights, 4 passes. Through the Sesame Place website, the hotel package included the price of the hotel stay, and charged separately for the 4 passes…it sounds confusing, and I would definitely check the numbers on your own, but this saved about $150 for us! 
OK…over to Sesame Place.

Sesame Place Getaway

Going to the parks in May, we did not expect it to be hot….but it was a bit of a heat wave, and we got to enjoy 90 degree weather. Thank goodness for water rides! Our first day, we arrived around 1:30. We left the house a little later than expected, checked into the hotel, had lunch (another key point about the Marriott, Chick-Fil-A is right nearby…yum yum!), and then hopped on the shuttle to go to the parks. We decided to make our first day a “dry” day, and enjoyed the rides, shows, parade, and of course, some ice cream to cool us down!  I liked separating dry/wet days just because it reduced the amount of stuff we had to bring to the park, worrying about getting changed, etc.
Here is a picture from the parade, and my favorite Sesame Street Character!
Day 2, we enjoyed the wet rides at the park. As the weather spiked a bit higher, we had to do some thinking about how we would last at the parks from open until close, with a 4 1/2 and 2-year-old, and a 7 month pregnant-momma. We decided that in addition to bring about 12 gallons of water with us, we would also indulge ourselves a bit, and book a cabana.  If this is something that is within your vacation budget , I would highly suggest booking a cabana. We were able to have a mini fridge, a place to go and relax during the day, a secure place to put our things, and a cool place to enjoy. The suite also came with drinks, a one on one character interaction, and a meet and greet with all the characters before the parade. We also booked the Island Cabanas, which allowed for easy access to the Lazy River.  Big time score for a super hot day!
Sesame Place Cabana   Sesame Place Getaway   Sesame Place Getaway
Some tips that we learned from our time at Sesame:
  • We brought in a cooler with drinks for the kids, and some snacks for ourselves – it not only helped the cost, but we ensured that we had some healthy food throughout the day.
  • The parade is great…but if you have seen it once, it is also a great time to go on some of the rides that have longer lines!
  • Weekdays are great to visit the park – we saw such a difference even between Thursday and Friday! In the summer, you do have to keep a look out for camps though!
  • Water shoes or water friendly shoes like crocs are great for wearing around the park, as there are many water rides, but the ground is HOT!!

I hope these help if you are considering a Sesame Place getaway this summer!

If you have been to Sesame Place, do you have any other recommendations? 

Vanessa - June 12, 2013 - 10:40 am

Sesame Place is our favorite vacation place!! We’re going in less than 2 weeks, I’m just as excited as my kids. =)
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J Timothy Quirk - June 13, 2013 - 7:45 pm

We’ve never gone but after having heard about it now from your post and Vanessa’s prior posts, I really am giving it strong consideration for a vacation next year!

Jenny - June 14, 2013 - 5:03 pm

OMgoodness I cant wait to be able to bring my nephew there!! Looks like you had much fun!!
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Jennifer - July 10, 2013 - 5:47 pm

I wish our hotel experience was as nice as yours was….We loved everything about our SESAME experience, but when checking into our Sesame endorsed hotel (purchased along with our Sesame package) had a VERY different experience! We were booked at the Comfort Inn and checked in and out within 15 minutes! The room was not clean (to say the least) and was warmer than the outside temps. When we went to call the front desk, the phone didn’t work! Wish we would have booked a room elsewhere!

Marissa - July 10, 2013 - 8:09 pm

Get a locker!!!! It is perfect for putting all your stuff in so you don’t have to carry it around the park – you also get $2 back when you return your key!

admin - July 10, 2013 - 9:31 pm

Perfect tip!!! Thank you so much!

admin - July 10, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Oh Jennifer, how disappointing! I hope that you were able to find other accomodations, or at least enjoyed your trip to Sesame!

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Mayx - August 4, 2013 - 9:36 am

If you have AAA, show your card and get 10 percent off food and merchandise. It works on everything in the park. Also, Tuesday and Wednesdays were great days to go. We did water play from 10-3 and went back to hotel to rest and clean up and then went back until 8 and the lines were not long! And book your “dine with me” lunch in advance on their website – worth every penny since all the characters visit your table. Happy vacation!!!

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