On the Way to Sesame Street...Oct 18, 2008

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Sunday, October 19, 2008 11:43 PM

Passing through to Dorney the next day, decided to use my BE pass forSesame Place. Oxford Valley Mall traffic is serious business.

Parking was either $15 or $18. Free with the BE platinum pass. That wasworth it. I was here in July, and the same clientle ws present.Families and more families.

Had lunch in the Sesame Cafe, hot roast beef sandwich and an Elmocupcake. 5/10. The cupcake was very good. 8/10. Games, all open, andstaffed. Most of the food location were also open, and so were thecarts.

Park was spotless. I rode the Grover Whirl Twirl, the Samba Tower,walked the Count's Maze through a dry pool. All greatly themed.

I watched kids beat the hell out of each other in the giant playstructure. Seeing the tackling dummies and flying kids reminded me ofthe old Captain Kid's World at Sea World Ohio. I sure miss that park.

I spent about 2 hours there walking the park. What a great place. Iwould challenge anyone who did not vote this park best for families.Memphis Kiddie Park? Come on.

All the families here sure brought back flashbacks of the same types ofvisitors to Sea World Ohio. I sure miss that park. Overall, 8/10.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008 11:46 PM

I used to love Sesame Place when I was younger. Back then it was all water rides and playground type stuff, no flats. I remember last time I went to Oxford Valley Mall I saw the parking fees for Sesame Place and couldn't believe it especially since it isn't that difficult to park at the mall and walk (though I guess with little kids it would be).

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Monday, October 20, 2008 9:45 AM

Yes it is a great park for families, but it has one major drawback that Memphis Kiddie Park doesn't have, ENORMOUS LINES. We had a tremendous amount of fun the three years we went there, and it was a great place to train my children in patience. You could literally ride all the rides at MKP in the same amount of time you would have to wait for the small kiddie waterslide, Slimey's Chutes. I saw several meltdowns from other children who were flat out TIRED of standing in line and didn't understand why they couldn't just push through everyone and get on. Keep in mind, these three visits were all roughly the third week in July and on a Thursday and a Friday. I can't even begin to imagine how insane it had to be on a Saturday.

The thrill level at SP is much higher than MKP though. We went to MKP in April this year just to use up the tickets we had left from TWO years ago. It was a nice way to start the year off, and it was a nice way to bid farewell because except for the Little Dipper there really isn't much there to hold my 50" 8 year old and my 43" 5 year olds attention anymore. It will forever be a special place though because the Little Dipper was MY first coaster and the same holds true for my daughter and son.

Tom

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Monday, October 20, 2008 11:05 AM

Agent Johnson said:What a great place. Iwould challenge anyone who did not vote this park best for families.Memphis Kiddie Park? Come on.

MKP got votes because they participated in the ACE events. My vote went with an absolutely clear conscience to LegoLand in CA - but I've yet to make Sesame Place (family visit stretched too long and I missed my flight as it was, LOL). I plan to get there next year - during whatever trip I make to open the Turns. ;)

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Monday, October 20, 2008 2:32 PM

The size and scope of SWO and SP are oddly the same, and I do get flashbacks when I'm in SP.

Parking there is insane and I'd never pay $15. It's robbery. And like all Busch parks, the food is pretty good quality. Too bad you couldn't try out the large character dining area, I've never been in there nor read any reviews of it.

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