Ride Review: Sesame Street Soar n Spin at Sesame Place San Diego

During our recent trip to Sesame Place San Diego, we were able to ride each of the land based rides.  I will be sharing a short review as well as some 360° pictures and ride videos.


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Today’s ride review is from Sesame Streets Soar n Spin, a fun little hot air balloon style spinning ride. It starts by lifting you off the ground and the entire ride spins in a big circle, but each balloon basket can also spin on its own.


At Sesame Place San Diego, they have a sign at the entrance to each ride, both land and aquatic, that goes over the Safety Requirements, Safety Instructions, as well as a Sensory Guide. The Sesame Place parks are the first parks in the world with a Certified Autism Center rating. The 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.” See the Sesame Place website for more details on what the certification entails.

Sesame Street Soar n Spin has a total of 8 balloons that seat up to 4 in the basket, though that’s an uncomfortable fit, so make sure at least 2 of those on board are kid size.

When the ride begins, you are lifted about 20 feet up in the air as the main ride contraption begins spinning the balloons in a large circle. While that is moving, you also can apply pressure to the wheel in the middle of your own basket to make your own balloon also spin around. The more you turn, the faster you go! Similar to the teacups at the Disney parks.

The flight time is around a minute and a half, once the motion begins. The video above is a fun Tiny World shot that distorts reality a little bit to make it look like you’re on top of the world. I also turned it into a fun YouTube short.


See the full ride in 360° POV below:

What are your thoughts on Sesame Street Soar n Spin? Share your comments below!


If you’re ready to start exploring a visit to Sesame Place San Diego, I recommend checking out Undercover Tourist for your ticket options.  I’ve already used them twice, once at Disneyland and once at Disney World and will plan to continue comparing their prices with other sites, however I usually come back to UT because they have the best deals and their instructions make it easy to add your tickets to the Disney apps.


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