10 Sesame Place Tips That You Can't Miss (San Diego & Philadelphia)

Whether you're visiting in San Diego or in Philadeplhia.. In this guide, we will cover our best Sesame Place tips to ensure that you arrive to the park extremely prepared, and know all of the 'hacks' to maximize your time and money.

Table of Content

  1. Know the Best Time to Visit
  2. Save Money on Tickets
  3. Be Prepared For Water
  4. Bring Essential Items
  5. How Long to Spend at Sesame Place
  6. Know About Fast Pass/Magic Queue
  7. About Parades
  8. Consider a Season Pass
  9. Plan For Parking
  10. Download the App

1. Know the Best Time to Visit

The best days to visit Sesame Place are on weekdays, specifically Tuesday-Thursday. 

Most guests plan their entire vacation and trip around the weekend (including Friday), which means by going during the weekday, there's a high chance that you'll deal with minimal crowds & less waits.

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This will allow you to experience many more rides and your favorite experiences in a shorter period of time

2. Save Money on Tickets

When you purchase with us, you can Save $22+ per ticket, and you'll also be able to skip the line by going straight to the gate.

You can learn more about our process and how we're able to do this through our Authorized Theme Park Ticket Reseller page.

3. Be Prepared For Water

Sesame Place isn't just an ordinary theme park, it's also a water park. Which means that you should bring a bathing suit and an extra change of clothes to be prepared.

For most theme parks, we'd recommend wearing shoes, however for this park we'd recommend wearing water proof shoes such as sandals, flip flips and even crocs.

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If you do decide to wear shoes, don't forget to bring an extra pair of socks! Walking around a park in soaked socks will not be the best experience, learn from our mistake.

4. Bring Essential Items

There are dressing rooms available throughout the park, so it's better to over-prepare than under-prepare.

  • Bathing Suit
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water Shoes
  • Hat

5. How Long to Spend at Sesame Place

The park is small enough that you can hit all of the major attractions in 1 day. However, if you're traveling with toddlers they can get tired in 3-4 hours, which is why many guests prefer to split up the park in a span of 2 days.

Many guests will focus on the dry rides on one day, and then let the kids play in the water for the second. It all comes down to personal preference.

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6. Know About Fast Pass/Magic Queue

A Magic Queue pass gives riders access to a separate line, where riders can get to the front of the line much quicker than regular lines (for select rides).

Once a Magic Queue pass has been purchased, riders will be given a wristband that will signify to park staff, that you have access to the Magic Queue line.

There are three types of fast passes that are covered in our Sesame Place Fast Pass article.

7. About Parades

There are parades that occur periodically in the park. In order to get the best seats or spots available, you'll want to arrive 45 minutes early.

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The Award Winning Sesame Street Party Parade features familiar contemporary tunes as well as Sesame Street favorites, plus performers jumping rope, hula hooping, and moving & grooving with their Sesame Street friends.

This parade is a very entertaining event that is highly loved by visitors.

Best Place to Watch

Is located in the neighborhood, right at the intersection of the black and blue roads, you can't miss it!

8. Consider a Season Pass

A season pass allows a pass holder to visit the park an unlimited number of times throughout the 'season' in a year, on all days that are open to the public.

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These passes offer benefits including free parking, free tickets for friends, access to special events, and discounts, which we will all cover later.

There are 3 types of passes at Sesame Place including the Silver pass, Gold pass, and Platinum pass.

The main difference with the Platinum versus the other passes is the Platinum provides you Unlimited Admission to SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place and their Award Winning Water Parks.

We've broken down everything about a Sesame Place Season Pass here.

9. Plan For Parking

There are two types of parking available and they will both be an additional cost.

As of the time that this article was written, General Parking costs $30 and Up Close parking costs $50. 

Parking prices can change by season, which you can read all about in our Sesame Place parking guide.

10. Download the App

The Sesame Place app is a must-have item for your visit.

You'll be able to plan your visit from the app, see the park hours, park map, see the showtimes, see the location of restrooms and even upgrade directly from the app!

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The app makes it a seamless experience for visitors prior to the park, and when they're at the actual park.