SeaWorld Orlando has officially welcomed its newest neighbors from Sesame Street! The latest land brings the beloved children’s television show to life. It opened in March this year, just in time to celebrate the series’ 50th birthday. Unlike other Sesame Street-themed lands in other SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks, SeaWorld Orlando re-creates Sesame Street itself. You can now walk around the neighborhood to your favorite places, including Big Bird’s Nest and Hooper’s Store! Best of all, you can get to Sesame Street with regular SeaWorld admission.
We’ve put together this guide that highlights everything you need to know about the rides, entertainment and dining options before you visit Elmo and friends at 123 Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando. So, let’s get started, shall we?
Overview of Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando
I can tell you how to get to Sesame Street! Located right next to Shamu Stadium, the new six-acre land replaced the former Shamu’s Happy Harbor children’s area. From the moment you step in, you become a Sesame Street resident. Lily was so excited to ring Bernie and Ernie’s doorbell for the first time. Even though the attractions and rides are meant for the tadpoles, frog parents will surely be hit with nostalgia, as the area stays true to the show that they also grew up with.
We were blown away by the immersive theming and interactive elements that you can find in every nook and cranny. There’s so much for the little ones to explore! You also get plenty of opportunities to meet your favorite Sesame Street characters, including Big Bird, Grover, Bert, Ernie, Abby Cadabby and more. My personal highlight of the day was the parade, which is SeaWorld Orlando’s first-ever parade!
Sesame Street Rides
SeaWorld Orlando kept many of the original rides from Shamu’s Happy Harbor, but they have all been updated to reflect the new Sesame Street theme. We think they did a frogtastic job!
Abby’s Flower Tower
Abby’s Flower Tower lifts you high up in the air as you spin around in colorful flower pots. I loved this ride not only because Abby Cadabby’s my favorite character, but also because you get the best views of Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando from above!
Big Bird’s Twirl ‘n’ Whirl
Whirl around and around in a nest of your own on Big Bird’s version of a spinning teacup ride. You can twist your nest as fast or as slow as you want!
You feel like you’re a chocolate chip cookie getting dropped in a glass of milk by Cookie Monster on this kiddie drop tower.
Elmo’s Choo Choo Train
All aboard Elmo’s train! Elmo guides you on a short ride through his garden to show off butterflies, caterpillars and even his special friends, the Twiddlebugs.
Oscar the Grouch’s pet worm Slimey spins, swings and swerves you through Oscar’s compost collection. This rocking “boat” ride doesn’t go too fast, but Lily still got a bit dizzy from this one since it’s constantly spinning on a short track.
Super Grover’s Box Car Derby
This one is for all the mini thrill-seekers out there. Sesame Street’s resident superhero wants you behind the wheel for the big race. Super Grover’s Box Car Derby, the family-friendly roller coaster, climbs up hills and zooms down mini-drops before speeding to the finish line.
Sesame Street Interactive Play Areas
Interactive Play Spots
These interactive spots easily keep your tadpole entertained as you walk around the iconic buildings of Sesame Street's neighborhood. Take on the Bike Shop window challenge as you use your body to control a virtual tricycle in order to collect as many numbers as you can. Knock on Oscar’s trash can to hear a grouchy response, or press the apartment intercom buttons in the right order to listen to Grover, Rosita and Abby Cadabby. While some of these interactive elements only come to life by using a special Elmo light-up bubble wand, there are several other spots that don’t require a wand.
Rubber Duckie Water Works
For those sunny days in Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando, take some time to cool off at Ernie’s Rubber Duckie’s water playground. With so many pop jets, cannons and spouts, water can come at you in any direction. Come prepared with a bathing suit and towel or wear quick-dry clothing, because you’ll definitely get soaked.
If you don’t want to get splashed at the water playground, tadpoles can expend energy at the Count-Around Playground, a traditional outdoor jungle gym themed after Count von Count (Ah! Ah! Ah!).
Sesame Street Character Experiences
Sesame Street Party Parade
For being its inaugural parade, SeaWorld Orlando really knocked it out of the park! Sesame Street characters and parade dancers march down the main road in colorful floats. Tadpoles and fully-grown frogs alike get to sing and dance along to the music. You may even get pulled from the sidelines to join Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Elmo and the rest of the gang — along with a few other surprises! Be sure to line up on the sidewalk about 20 to 30 minutes early to get a prime viewing spot so you can see all the action. The parade happens at three different times each day: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Storytime with Big Bird
Hang out with Big Bird at his very own nest right next to the 123 building. Gather around and listen to a short story before you get a chance to step inside Big Bird’s nest and meet him face-to-face.
Photos with Elmo and Friends
Right across the street from Elmo’s Choo Choo Train, hop inside the theater for a meet-and-greet opportunity with Elmo and Cookie Monster. While you’re waiting in line, you can play a few games on the interactive wall to pass the time. Once it’s your turn, smile for the camera and hug it out with your furry friends. You have the option to purchase priority access through its quick queue for $10 per child, but we don’t think it’s necessary since the characters are there all day.
Sesame Street Food and Drink
In the center of the neighborhood, you can find the food trucks lined up to fuel your body after some time well-spent having fun. While you wait in line, the tadpoles can play the Foodie Truck Challenge game where they follow Cookie Monster and Gonger’s recipe instructions and press the right ingredient buttons. For dining options, you can choose between two food trucks. ABC Eats specializes in chicken tender platters, or pick from one of four grilled cheese sandwich options at Yummy Yummy Noms Noms. I enjoyed the Hawaiian grilled cheese with pulled pork, bacon bits, cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce.
At the Sesame Sips stand, which serves specialty drinks between the two trucks, sip on a smoothie made with chunks of fruit and served in a souvenir jar, or an Icee drink twisted with soft-serve ice cream.
Shopping at Sesame Street
Step inside the real-life Hooper’s Store, where you can take home a souvenir from Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando. There are plenty of T-shirt styles, stuffed animal versions of your favorite furry friends and other knick knacks to choose from. You can also get the interactive Elmo bubble wand here!
Have you been to Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando? What did you think? What was your favorite part? Be sure to share with us in the comments below!