This is my third summer living in Williamsburg, Virginia; and my first summer in a very long time not working (that should be a post for the end of the summer). We are lucky to have an amazing amusement park close by, Busch Gardens – Europe. Our first summer here we went once because Troy’s cousin sent us some free passes (since he worked what was at the time Anheuser Busch but there was all this crazy buy out stuff blah blah blah…) and Troy’s parents & lil bro were visiting. Yet the next summer we did not go at all – too crazy with both of our job (oh & then I found out I was pregnant with Tedy as well).
So this summer I finally broke down and got a season pass – since I had heard such wonderful things about the new Sesame Street Forrest of Fun that was put in the year before, and I liked the roller-coasters & unique shows they have as well.
I have been taking the kids on a regular basis to Busch since Sophia absolutely loves the Sesame Street Forrest of Fun! While walking around one day I noticed a display advertising dining with Elmo. I thought that this would be a great idea since Phia loves Elmo! Yet in all my times there I had never inquired about it. Then when we were there this past Sunday with my Dad we saw that they were taking reservations for lunch at 1pm so we asked about it and put in our reservation.
It was absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has a child that loves Sesame Street! The cost was just $20 ($18 if you’re a season pass holder) for adults and the kids were free (can’t remember the details on older kid prices). The cost included a buffet of a nice variety of foods healthy and suitable for all ages as well as delicious desserts, and of course a drink with unlimited refills. The kids got to take home a souvenir Elmo cup and we also took home lots of memories.
The doors opened around 12:45 and you received your table number and the buffet was open as well. As with everything at Busch it was clean & friendly! Then around 1:15 the characters came out and the show started. Oscar was the only one who didn’t get up and move, he stayed in his trash can but was still able to interact by singing and the funniest of all – throwing “trash” out into the crowd.
They then announced table numbers and invited the kids table by table to go meet Big Bird & Elmo to have their picture taken. As this was going on the other characters were in the crowd, moving from table to table playing with the kids. Every once in a while a character would sing a song as well.
After all of the kids had their pictures taken they invited anyone who was celebrating a birthday up to the stage. All of the characters were around those kids and we all sung Happy Birthday! Then Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Bert & Ernie performed a few more songs and had the kids up and dancing all around.
Towards the end of the show the servers came around with the pictures for you to purchase if you wanted – we opted out of that since we got so many good pics of the kids already. Yet the price wasn’t too bad if you did choose to purchase the photos. Again, if you are in the area of Williamsburg, Virginia I highly recommend going out to Busch Gardens it is an amazing amusement park! Clean, Fun, Friendly, etc! Oh and if you have kids who love Sesame Street be sure to make your reservations to dine with Elmo & Friends!