Sesame Street’s 48th season begins with an all-new primetime special, starring Elizabeth Banks and filmed in three vibrant New York City neighborhoods.

While taking her friends on a magical hot air balloon ride, Abby Cadabby loses her wand to a curious bird, voiced by Banks. Without Abby’s wand, they can’t get back to Sesame Street. A chase ensues!

Pursuing the bird in their hot air balloon, Abby and the gang visit new neighborhoods and discover new foods, music, and languages. Best of all, they make new friends who help them find the missing wand and show them the way back home. Who knew there was so much to discover just around the corner?

The Magical Wand Chase is deeply connected to this season’s respect and understanding curriculum, using the tapestry of the city to show kids that kindness is universal and new friends can be found anywhere. (It also marks the first time the show has shot a feature-length special on location since 1994!)