We had a wonderful time at Sesame Place. The one thing I want to stress to people is that your children won't remember that they waited or that the food was overpriced. They only remember that they met the characters, saw the parade, loved the shows, etc. That makes everything worth it.
We went on the last Wed and Thurs in August. We arrived early (the turnstiles take forever, so leave time for parking and entering) and waited 35 minutes for our first ride, Sky Splash. While on the ride, a family was escorted through by a lifeguard, one of whom was disabled. I was so grateful for the rest of the time (we did the two-day pass) that I have two healthy children capable of waiting on a line. Happily, I listened to the whining and let them climb on the bars. I think it's great that the park does that and I applaud the families for taking advantage of it and enjoying the park. We saw it on a few rides and shows that day.
My daughter just turned 3 and my son is 19 months, so it was a little crazy trying to see everything and accommodating their schedules. The two days were definitely necessary. My son napped in the stroller from 1-2, so we used that time to set up camp for the parade. TIP: Definitely set up where the blue meets the black pavement - it's shady and a great view.
We brought in a small cooler with drinks and fruit, as well as dry snacks in the diaperbag. We also brought our stroller and used it as our locker. We kept minimal amounts of money on us and brought in one card. There are strollers everywhere, and they seemed safe. We brought lunch each day in a big cooler in the car, which helped reduce costs. We parked in the preferred lot because there are more trees and set up towels under a tree, which my kids were so excited about. My daughter told family that we had a picnic in the parking lot like it was a highlight of the trip.
Elmo's World Live was great. We got on line for that when the first one let out. So when the 4:15 show ended at, say, 4:45, we jumped on line for the next one and were the second ones on line. We encountered some pushy, ridiculous low-class people, but really enjoyed the show.
If you have young ones, definitely book a meal with the characters. It is really exciting to them when the characters sit at their table and kiss mom and dad, plus we didn't have to wait on line for them in the park. It was excellent. Well worth the money...though the food was terrible and nothing was replenished quickly, if at all.
The first day was hot, so we did the wet rides and the air-conditioned shows. The second day was predicted to be cooler and it turned out to be even cooler than that, with low humidity and chance of rain. So that day we did all the dry rides, and a few wet ones with no lines.
The park was really great except for one major thing that really affected everything: they are severely understaffed. Kids were throwing sand, running up the slides the wrong way, pushing and shoving in the monster maze, just completely unsupervised. A park needs to take responsibility for parents not supervising; they will be liable if a child is hurt. There were many places where staff was not present or not doing their job.
Also, we had TWO experiences where the photographer did not put the pictures on the cards. We lost some really great photos of our first time seeing Elmo and breakfast with Cookie Monster. Thankfully they were able to recover the Cookie Monster photos, but not Elmo. I advise everyone to redeem their cards immediately. We didn't and they cannot recover them the next day. The explanation we were given was that concession workers were filling in as photographers. I'm guessing that it being the end of the summer, many college kids are back to school, so the staffing issues are emphasized, but still...they should plan better for this.