Discover Thomas land
THOUSANDS CHECK-IN FOR TAKE-OFF AS DRAYTON MANOR THEME PARK LAUNCHES ITS LATEST ADDITION
Fans of the little blue engine and his friends visited Drayton Manor Theme Park last year for the highly anticipated launch of the £2.5 million expansion to its Thomas Land™ attraction.
It was hats off as the Fat Controller officially unveiled the extension to the attraction and the crowds in Sodor were delighted when a host of familiar faces, including Percy, James, Rosie and of course the star of the show, Thomas himself chugged into Knapford Station to join in the celebrations.
Excited visitors on their day out with Thomas™ couldn’t wait to climb aboard, fasten their seatbelts and prepare for take-off as they became the first to experience the three brand new rides – Captain’s Sea Adventure, Flynn’s Fire & Rescue and Toby’s Tram Express.
Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy retained its popularity in its new location outside the Sodor Airport complex and Merrick the Crane, a new addition to the Blue Mountain Engines, was also a big hit.
The newly improved attraction is now 3,200 square metres bigger, allowing visitors to move around more freely and rider capacity has surged by 23% to a whopping 5,130 people per hour.
Thomas Land™ captures all the adventures of Thomas & Friends™ and is a fantastic day out with Thomas™ for all ages! In addition to the new rides and café is an impressive fountain of the Fat Controller and four Victorian fairground games, plus a bandstand for live performances.
Colin Bryan, CEO of Drayton Manor Theme Park, said: “Since its launch in 2008, Thomas Land™ has been hugely popular, attracting guests young and young at heart from all over Europe.
“It is due to this popularity that we made the decision to expand the attraction and accommodate the increasing visitor numbers, which have surged year-on-year. We hope that this investment will delight visitors, offering even more Thomas & Friends™ themed fun. The atmosphere here today has been fantastic and we are all really excited about the season ahead.”
Where to stay when visiting Thomas Land™
Thomas Land™ is an amazing place for a fun day out with the children, but with so much to do and see, many of our guests find that they can’t pack everything into one day! If you would like to extend your stay, Drayton Manor has an on-site four-star hotel, perfect for visitors. And the great news for visitors to Thomas Land™ is that there are now 15 Thomas & Friends™ themed rooms, so the magic can carry on into the evening. Themed bunk beds, individual DVD players and a welcome pack await the youngsters staying in these rooms – they’re the perfect way to unwind after a busy day on the Island of Sodor. In the morning, guests can even enjoy a special Character Breakfast with characters from the series!
With so much to see and do at Thomas Land™, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular days out for children in the UK. Thomas and the gang can’t wait to see you!
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