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.
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.
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.
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).
Before I go into all the Thomas attractions, I want to mention the Edaville Family Theme Park also includes a walk through Dino Land.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I promise you, visiting the Edaville Family Theme Park will make you as happy as when Percy pulls the mail on time!
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Sir Topham Hatt told me he wants a picture with YOU!
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