Edaville Family Theme Park, Home of Thomas Land!

If you have a “Thomas the Tank Engine” fiend in your house (like I do – a deux), you must go – right now – to the Edaville Family Theme Park in Carver, MA.

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My two boys can sit and play with trains for hours. I see it as not only a bonding activity (when they’re not hitting each other with a train…) but a way to strengthen their creativity by building and rebuilding intricate cities made of tracks. They get so proud. It is so cute.

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We Love Trains!

I encourage my pint size ferroequinologists any way that I can (yes, there’s a word for someone who studies trains). We’ve visited Thomas on his “Day Out”, we’ve taken a ride on a Thomas steamer, we visit the NY Botanical Gardens train show annually, and my playroom looks like – well, you can just imagine. So, naturally as soon as I heard there was an amusement park dedicated to Thomas, we immediately got in the car.

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We headed up to the Edaville Family Theme Park  enroute to our family vacation to Boston. From Long Island, we took the Cross Sound Ferry (which was so much fun) into New London, CT. From there, the park was a short 90 minute drive (and for later only 60 minutes to Boston).

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Dino Land

Before I go into all the Thomas attractions, I want to mention the Edaville Family Theme Park also includes a walk through Dino Land.

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The super fun Edaville Diesel Excursion Train (obviously pulled by Mr. train no. 1 himself – Thomas) – which couples a beautiful view, a full property tour (including the old cranberry bogs), and my favorite – a big old bag of sitting down.

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Other Rides

Finally – no amusement park would be complete without a giant ferris wheel, scrambler, and carousel. In Cran Central  you will find all of these rides and more.

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OMG! It’s Thomas!

OK – on to the main event. I will set the scene…. You see the arch, you see the font, your brain cues the theme song – “They’re two they’re four they’re six and eight, Shunting trucks and hauling freight…” and suddenly – just like that – you enter… the Island of SODOR… otherwise know, as Thomas Land!

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I know I’m a grown woman, and this is a lot of excitement, but after nine years of watching this show and hearing these songs, it was pretty cool to have it all in front of me as well. You can admit you agree, it will be our secret.

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Behold – Thomas! James! Percy! Gordon! Emily! Henry! Harold! The trains come to life in the form of eleven themed rides perfectly geared to the younger crowd.

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But wait – choo, choo… I hear something… choo choo… full sized versions of Gordon, James, Emily and Percy have arrived at Tidmouth Sheds and they are putting on a show!

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OMG! Sir Topham Hatt!

But that’s not all, it has been announced… HE is on his way. You know who I mean, the man of the hour… and then, out walks, Sir Topham Hatt himself – ready to take pictures with your family. I think the smile here speaks for itself.

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All of the themed rides were great. All three of my kids loved Flynn’s Firefighter Adventure (they got to shoot real water at a fake fire) and Harold’s Lift Off.

My nine-year-old daughter (who is a roller coaster addict) loved the Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster and happily went several times while my boys fan boy-ed out around the park.

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My five-year-old loved Cranky’s Crane Drop but for some reason found the Peg People absolutely hilarious and insisted on hugging each of them.

My three-year-old loved the Winston’s Skyline Express. This elevated ride was one part monorail, one part antique car and all parts awesome.

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Best Amusement Park Ever If You Love Thomas

I cannot tell you how happy I am that we visited the Edaville Family Theme Park. My boys were so happy to see their little train world come to life and it was just so much fun to watch them. If you have Thomas fans as well, you also must go.

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The Edaville Family Theme Park has tons to offer all year long including Edaville’s Not So Spooky Halloween celebrations in October and the Festival of Lights in November.

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I promise you, visiting the Edaville Family Theme Park will make you as happy as when Percy pulls the mail on time!

Don’t forget to check out all the family friendly destinations we’ve researched!


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Published by Stacey Wallenstein

Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (12, 9, and 6). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. Stacey is also an active PTA member ((including a former & current PTA president) as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her musings on motherhood, Manhattan, the suburbs, and more can be found here and on Facebook at The Mint Chip Mama. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. Please check out The Mint Chip Mama in the Press: The New York Post, Psychology Today, NY Metro Parents, New York Family, Parents Magazine, Newsday, News 12, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: Kids, NerdWallet, Big Apple Kids Guide, and more! The Mint Chip Mama was also nominated as "The Best Blog On Long Island" for 2022 & 2023, one of the Top 20 New York Mom Blogs & Websites, and one of the Top 100 Mom Lifestyle Blogs on the web! For more updates, follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Pinterest.

58 thoughts on “Edaville Family Theme Park, Home of Thomas Land!

  1. The Nightmare Before Christmas – I guess that can count for Halloween! I like it for two reasons that even dark characters are sensitive and have feelings and that death is described as beautiful!

  2. Nightmare before Christmas… They were able to simply portray the scary “cliche” monsters to younger kids without it being scary to them. It was before it’s time so to speak.

  3. Coraline my granddaughter and I watch it together so we can cuddle and protect each other, then we laugh, eat popcorn, giggle and watch it again xoxo

  4. Curious George Halloween Boo Fest! My kids absolutely love it and I love watching their reactions when we watch it together! It also has some pretty catchy Halloween tunes!

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