Monday, August 12, 2019

The All-New Sesame Street Land At SeaWorld Orlando And More



This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

Me and Soko retired 3 years ago and moved to Florida.  Every year, since then, we have celebrated New Year's Eve at SeaWorld Orlando.  The very first time we celebrated the holiday here, though, was back in 2000 when the threat of the world shutting down was on everyone's mind.  We thought, why not be in a happy place, having fun together, when it happens.   So we packed up the kids and Grandma and off to SeaWorld we went.  And the reason we decided SeaWorld was where we wanted to spend that eve was because, as a family of three generations, we needed a park that we were sure we could all have a great time at.


That New Year's Eve had always been one of our best New Year's Eve memories.  So when me and Soko found ourselves with nothing to do our first year in Florida, we decided to spend the day, and count down the seconds to the new year, with Shamu, Clyde and Seamore!


We love that the Christmas celebration is still happening then.  The festive decorations are everywhere and in the evening the park lights up with so many colorful displays that we are sure you can see SeaWorld from outer space!


And we can't say enough about the special holiday shows.  The O Wondrous Night show is worth the price of the ticket alone.  It is that wonderful!  The joy and happiness I feel by the end of the show, is the feeling I get every time I see it, even though I have seen it three times now, .


Then, if all this was not enough. we are treated to a spectacular firework display after ringing in the new year!  What could be better than that!!


When we were there in December, we were thrilled to see that a section of the park was closed off and work was being done on a new Sesame Street Land   We are brand new grandparents with a grand baby who just happens to love the Sesame Street characters!  I have been anxious, since then, to check out this new section so when my sister, Sandie, and niece, Erica, asked if me and my daughter, Lisa, wanted to go to SeaWorld, with them and Erica's two little ones, when we were in Florida together last week, of course I said "YES"!  Once again, I was making a three generation trip to the park but this time as the one in the oldest generation! 


The first section we headed for when we got to the park was Sesame Street Land.  We dropped off our daughters at Infinity Falls on the way.  The little guys were too small for that ride and me and Sandie are not as daring as we once were years ago.  We decided to pass on experiencing the world's tallest drop on a river raft ride!  So off, me and Sandie went to find Sesame Street Land with the little guys.  It was just past Infinity Falls and right behind Shamu Theater.  We made it there right in time for the Sesame Street Party Parade.


Erica's little guy loved the parade and decided to march alongside. 


There were six rides to choose from in Sesame Street Land but the little guy wasn't quite tall enough for a couple of them.  Little guy and little girl were big enough for Elmo's Choo Choo Train.  They had a great time riding with their grandma.  I think Sandie had the most fun though!


The kids also enjoyed the interactive activities around Sesame Street Land, especially the laundromat game they found outside of  Hooper's Store.


We found 123 Sesame Street with Oscar's Garbage Can outside.  The kids tapped on the garbage can and received a grouchy reply!


We got something to eat and drink at one of the three food trucks parked on Sesame Street while the kids created delicious meals with Cookie Monster and Gonger at Cookie Monster's Foodie Truck Challenge.


A highlight of Sesame Street Land for Erica's kids was the play area where they had a ball running around and climbing up and down the mountains.


Rubber Duckie Water Works was probably the area the kids, and the rest of us, enjoyed most in Sesame Street Land on this very hot summer day in Florida!


Sesame Street Land was a big hit with Erica's kids.  I can't wait to take my grand baby here one day soon! 

Now it was time for me and Sandie and the kids to catch up with Lisa and Erica to enjoy the rest of the park together.  We can never make a trip to SeaWorld and not stop by the Clyde and Seamore show for sure.  
One of cutest shows here, and one that every generation definitely enjoys, is Pets Ahoy.  How can you not love the antics of these pets adopted by SeaWorld from local rescue shelters!


One ride all six of us really loved was Antarctica:  Empire of the Penguin.


We all loved the Aquarium in SeaWorld.  Erica's kids would have liked to spend the entire day here!


In between shows and rides, we stayed nourished and hydrated.  We couldn't beat the price of adding on the All-Day Dining pass to our admission tickets.  The variety of restaurants available at SeaWorld made it impossible for everyone not to be able to find something they would like to eat.  I highly recommend eating at least one meal at Voyager's Smokehouse!  


Our favorite way to end a fantastic day at SeaWorld Orlando is by making it all the way to the grand finale - the fireworks show, Ignite!


We had a great day at SeaWorld.  Now it was time to check into our hotel and relax.  It was nice of them to have orange water and iced tea waiting for us when we got there!


Our plan was to stay overnight in Orlando and spend the next day in Aquatica, SeaWorld's sister park, another perfect place for all of us to enjoy together.


After a very fun but hectic day at SeaWorld, we, by we I mean I, were ready to relax at Aquatica.  The very first thing we needed to do was to find a good place to put ourselves and our things down.  We found a great spot in front of the Cutback Cove wave pool.  It closed for a short time when inclement weather was passing over the park.


Once the areas were open, the kids found their way to Kata's Kookaburra Cove.


Little girl found a slide there that was a perfect size for her.


And Lisa found one, Taumata Racer, that she said was amazing.  I took her word for it because...


...this was her view from the top!  Yikes!!


Then we all went to Loggerhead Lane to relax in the lazy river.




We had a great two days at the parks and made some really fun memories along the way.  And because of the great deals we found on the ticket prices, the icing on the cake, I wouldn't be surprised if our summer visit becomes a tradition like mine and Soko's New Year's Eve visit!


12 comments:

  1. Glad you all had fun at the parks. Lovely photos BTW.

    Happy Wednesdsay!

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  2. My children loved Sesame street as they were growing up so they would have loved meeting the characters. I don't think my grandchildren have discovered them yet.

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    1. It's amazing how long those characters have been around. They are still busy teaching young kids. And they are still using their old standbys. My grandson knows C is for cookie just like kids did!

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  3. That sounds like so much fun! We haven't been to SeaWorld in a few years but we did enjoy it a lot; my boys were big at the time so we rode lots of coasters.

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    1. We used to do the coasters, now we want to stay closer to the ground so we only do the shows lol!

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  4. Looking at all your photos makes me long to be a kid again, or at least to have grandkids so I can share all this fun with them.

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    1. Me and Soko and haven't been kids in 50 years but still have a great time at SeaWorld. It is really fun bringing the kiddies here to be able to enjoy watching them having a good time!

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  5. What a fun place! I miss those days of taking the grandbabies on vacation with us when they were little. Thanks so much for linking up your Sesame Street Land post at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 3! Shared.

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  6. Looks like so much fun! Thanks for linking up the #GatheringofFriendsLinkParty 4

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