REVIEW OF THOMAS LAND AT EDAVILLE
FAMILY THEME PARK
Our family was given a complimentary visit, but all opinions are my own.
Edaville started in 1946 by Ellis D. Atwood who built a railroad 5 ½ miles long around his 1,800-acre plantation of cranberries. He used the trains to service his bogs as well as hauling paying customers through the plantation for sightseeing. This operation evolved into a “Family Fun Park”; with an emphasis on carnival type rides, bright lights and extravagant Christmas displays. Many changes have happened through the years and most recently was the addition of Thomas Land.
Thomas Land welcomes both the young and the young at heart gets a chance to come face to face with their favorite engine, Thomas The Train. Thomas Land theme park covers 11.5 acres within Edaville USA, bringing the Island of Sodor to life in a lush New England landscape. Families can visit iconic destinations including Knapford Station and Tidmouth Sheds and enjoy 11 themed rides featuring favorite characters like Cranky the Crane, Harold the Helicopter, and more!
Our favorite is the 20-minute scenic train ride on a life-sized Thomas the Tank Engine™ and take in all of the sights and sounds at Edaville USA. After we were able to get a photo with Thomas!
At the Tidmouth Sheds, you can meet your favorite trains. On the hour of every hour, you can join them for either a show with audience participation or the trains themselves will talk with you!
Lil Man could not get enough of DIESEL DERBY and was all smiles as we rode the train around Ffarquhar Quarry. Then when it was time to get off, Lil Man wasn’t ready and was about to fuss. The ride operator was AMAZING in letting us stay on and ride again! Which brings me to my top reason to visit Edaville Family Theme Park.
Edaville has made strides to be one of the top sensory friendly parks in the country. In fact, a few of their employees have children on the spectrum and assisted in making these accommodations as follows:
- Train tables set up in the post office in Thomas land and in the Ellis Playhouse. Both locations are relatively quiet and there are always trains on the tables to play with.
- A sensory-friendly bathroom in the Soft Play Building in Thomas Land which has a manual flush, manual faucets, and manual paper towels. It also has an oversized changing table. There are family bathrooms available throughout the park as well.
- A quiet car on the train which has no music piped in so children can take the train ride without additional overhead noise.
- A quiet room (That is actually a refurbished antique train car) with soft toys (books, mega blocks, and puzzles) and a weighted blanket for children that need a place to sit, decompress and get back to balance. The room has dim lighting, AC, and soundproof walls.
- Fidget toys available at Guest Services if children need them to help while waiting in lines.
- The Pine Grove is adjacent to Thomas Land: it is fenced in and is perfect for little ones who need to run the wiggles out. The area in Edaville Proper in front of the gazebo that is also good for running the wiggles out.
Even more amazing is Edaville Family Theme Park does have a money back guarantee. If a guest is here for under an hour, and they are not satisfied, Edaville will refund their money. All you have to do is bring the dated receipt to Guest Services and let them know. They will process the refund for you.
Edaville Family Theme Park is filled with many rides and attractions that will keep your young one busy for hours. I also enjoy that the park is not too big where you can’t see it all. The park is broken into three sections; Thomas Land, Cran Central, and Dino Land.
ABOUT CRAN CENTRAL
Cran Central is actually right where you enter the park. Here you’ll see the Ferris Wheel, Flying Elephants, a Carousel, and many more rides. They even have scheduled Meet N’ Greets. Be sure to go into the Cran Center Junction building. This is where you will find Bumper Cars and many more indoor amusements. And of course, the Thomas The Tank Engine train ride is in the center of it all.
If you visit in November, Edaville starts their Festival of Lights season. New England’s most memorable holiday tradition, The Christmas Festival of Lights brings the magic to the holiday season. Every year being bigger, brighter, and better than the year before, Edaville takes you into an enchanting wonderland where you can experience millions & millions of lights, unlimited Christmas train rides, unlimited use of all 90 plus rides and attractions including access to Thomas Land & Cran Central.
Thomas Land is set up as if your visiting the Island of Sodor. You’ll visit Knapford Station and Tidmouth Sheds where you can enjoy Cran-tastic Cranberry Jubilee Live Show and join Gordon, James, Emily, Percy & Sir Topham Hatt as they work together to be very useful and attempt to break the record for the biggest cranberry pie in Sodor. Take a ride on the Cranky the Crane, Harold the Helicopter, Winston’s Skyline and many more!
Dino Land is a seasonal walking trail that allows you to be a Paleontologists and embark on a self-guided adventure. There 23 life-size animatronic dinosaurs that move and roar, including the mighty T-Rex!
During the month of October, Dino Land turns into Edaville’s famous, Pumpkins AGLOW. It’s a magical pumpkin experience, featuring thousands of carved pumpkins!
This visit was our second time at Edaville Family Theme Park and it is a lot of fun for Lil Man. Diva is now 13 and was not as excited about visiting. While there are rides that she does enjoy, the park is more for the 12 and under group. Edaville Family Theme Park is definitely worth a trip as they are truly one of a kind.