Sesame Place® has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in online training and certification programs, to become the first theme park in the world to be designated as a Certified Autism Center (CAC). It is our goal to provide every family with an enjoyable and memorable visit to Sesame Place, and we are proud to offer specialized services to guests with autism and other special needs. 

  • Certified Staff

    Sesame Place Team Members receive specialized training to ensure they have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to cater to all children, including those with special needs.

    Training focuses include: sensory awareness, motor skills, autism overview, program development, social skills, communication, environment, and emotional awareness.

  • IBCCES Sensory Guide™

    The IBCCES Sensory Guide provides insight on how a child with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense for rides and attractions at Sesame Place. 

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  • Ride Accessibility Program

    Our Ride Accessibility Program matches the individual abilities of our guests to the requirements of each ride. The Ride Accessibility Program is designed to allow guests to fully participate in the enjoyment of our park while keeping in mind the safety requirements of our rides and attractions. The program was developed based on the requirements of the ride manufacturer and by evaluating the physical and mental attributes required to safely ride each ride. It is our policy to allow anyone to ride our rides and enjoy our attractions as long as they meet all these requirements and such that it does not present a potential hazard to the guest or to others.

    NEW IN 2021 A valid IBCCES Accessibility Card is required.
    Guests with physical disabilities, mobility impairments and/or cognitive disorders who would like to participate in the Ride Accessibility Program must present a valid IBCCES Accessibility Card at the Welcome Center inside the park. Guests can register for an IBCCES Accessibility card at

  • Accessibility Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities

    Our Ride Accessibility Guide provides an overview of services and facilities available for guests with cognitive disabilities and other special needs that are visiting Sesame Place theme park. We are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable environment to all guests. 

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  • Quiet Rooms

    Guests in need of some quiet time and relief from sensory stimulation can utilize one of our two quiet rooms near Big Bird's Rambling River.  These rooms have adjustable lighting and a comfortable seating area for guests to take a break. Quiet Rooms are locked to ensure privacy for our guests. Guests who would like to use the Quiet Rooms can visit the Welcome Center to receive the code needed to enter.

  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones

    Sesame Place is proud to offer noise-cancelling headphones, WhispEars™, provided by KidCo. Guests with hearing sensitivity may pick up WhispEars™ at The Family Care Center or The Welcome Center. WhispEars™ are available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Low Sensory Areas

    Guests in need of a more quiet location in the park are encouraged to visit the area behind the Sesame Street® Neighborhood as well as the area by the Twiddle Bug Tracks next to Ernie's Teeny Tiny Tidal Wave. While these locations are not designated quiet areas, they are often less populated areas of the park.  

  • Low Sensory Parade Viewing

    Guests who want to enjoy the parade without direct character interaction such as "hugs" or "high fives" are encouraged to sit closest to where our parade begins and/or several rows back from the parade viewing line. 

    The Neighborhood Street Party Parade is temporarily unavailable.

  • Dining Options

    Guests looking for a quieter dining environment are encouraged to visit meal facilities during non-peak hours or ahead of meal time.  For additional assistance or questions about visiting a restaurant during your visit, please contact [email protected]

    For guests who want to book a character dine but would prefer to have limited character interaction or seating furthest away from character performances, please contact [email protected] 

  • Food Policy

    No outside food, beverages, or coolers are allowed to be brought into Sesame Place, except you may bring a bottle of water or a refillable water bottle. Exceptions may be made for Guests with special dietary needs, including food allergies and baby food/formula. Guest should contact [email protected] 3 days prior to their visit to make accommodations.

  • Meet Julia

    Julia is a sweet and curious 4-year-old with autism. Say "hello" to Julia and take photos in the Sesame Place Neighborhood Theater (times and location subject to change).

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COVID-19 Resources

  • Sesame Place understands that these are difficult times for many guests. Maintaining social distancing can be very difficult, especially for those with sensory sensitivities and to that end would like to provide parents and individuals with as many resources as possible to ease this transition.

  • Sesame Street – Coping with COVID

    These are unprecedented times for everyone. We’re all being called upon to use our strengths to overcome big challenges. As part of the autism community, your strengths – among many others – include planning ahead and finding joy and beauty in small moments during uncertain times.

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  • Sesame Street - Caring for Each Other

    Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you during the COVID-19 health crisis. We know that these are stressful times, and families everywhere are creating a new sense of normalcy. So our site is filled with content you can use to spark playful learning, offer children comfort, and focus a bit on yourself, too.

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  • Autism Society – COVID-19 Resource

    The social story created by the Autism Society may help explain how to maintain proper social distance from non-family members.

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Resources for Guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Autism Travel

    Autism Travel is a resource provided by The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to help parents understand their options for travel. Autism Travel provides parents with a community to share ideas, plan trips with other families, and explore travel options at some of the most beautiful places in the world.

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  • Sesame Street® and Autism: See Amazing in All Children

    Sesame Workshop® created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to manage common challenges, to simplify everyday activities, and to grow connections and support from family, friends, and community.

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    Ride Accessibility

    Our Ride Accessibility Program matches the individual abilities of our guests to the requirement of each ride.  

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    Park Services

    Find information on park services including accessible parking, wheelchair & electric wheelchair rentals, and more.

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    Allergen Information

    Sesame Place provides several options to accommodate guests with food allergies. 

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