Drayton Manor Resort and Mattel Announce Brand-new Ride Set to Surface in Thomas Land This Weekend

25th April 2023

A new ride making a splash at Midlands-based Drayton Manor Resort has been announced, set to surface on Saturday 29 April.

Thomas & Percy’s Submarine Splash is gearing up to open at Thomas Land to delight Thomas & Friends™ super-fans this weekend. The baby flume, featuring two mini drops, will arrive at the resort in time to celebrate Thomas Land’s 15th Anniversary, providing an exciting new addition at the much-loved attraction.

Visitors will board at Brendam Docks to help Thomas and Percy deliver the submarine to Vicarstown Museum, with help from Thomas’ good friend, Harold the Helicopter.

Thomas Land has seen more than 10 million visitors since opening in 2008 with rides such as Cranky’s Drop Tower where riders are dropped into action, as well as Thomas, Rosie and Percy Engine Tours which have travelled a total distance of 4,350 miles!

We are thrilled to be able to expand upon the more than 25 rides and attractions at Thomas Land and offer new experiences for families to enjoy together” said Julie Freeland, Sr. Director at Mattel. “With the addition of Thomas & Percy’s Submarine Splash, Thomas fans will be able to partake in even more immersive adventures with their favorite Thomas & Friends characters whether by land, air or sea.

“The arrival of Thomas & Percy’s Submarine Splash ride is an exciting milestone for Thomas Land as it celebrates its 15th Anniversary,” said Victoria Lynn, Managing Director at Drayton Manor Resort, “We’re certain that Thomas fans across the Midlands and beyond will want to enter the immersive world of Thomas Land themselves.

“Thomas & Percy’s Submarine Splash ride will provide the opportunity for families to experience a thrilling flume together, featuring two mini drops on an exciting journey through the Island of Sodor. Guests are sure to feel part of the Thomas & Friends team while working together to help transport the submarine to its final destination.”

This new ride is another example of Drayton Manor Resort’s high level of investment into the resort which has seen two new areas, Adventure Cove and Vikings, open in the last two years.

For anyone wishing to extend the fun overnight, guests can choo-choo-choose one of the resort’s exclusive Thomas & Friends™ rooms in the onsite four-star hotel. The rooms are decked out with all things Thomas, from character-themed beds through to rail track carpets, visitors can immerse themselves in the magical surroundings for the evening – before waking up and refuelling for another day of fun and adventure in the resort.

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