Pack your bags, fam because after your conductors discover what’s in store for them in South Carver, Ma, they’ll have only a one track mind: Get to Thomas Land. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine, Mattel has teamed up with Edaville USA to open a permanent Thomas & Friends attraction beginning Aug. 15, 2015. Read on to discover how to meet your favorite characters and what rides await on the Island of Sodor.

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All Aboard the Train
Thomas Land covers 11.5 acres of lush New England land, and has 11 rides based on Thomas & Friends and the Island of Sodor. Climb aboard for a 20-min scenic train ride on a real Thomas the Tank. Line up for a kid-friendly roller coaster, drop tower, Ferris Wheel, soft play area and more! Take pictures with life-sized models of Thomas, Diesel, Toby, Harold the Helicopter and even Sir Topham Hatt, who will be on site to greet incoming guests.

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Visit Thomas Anywhere
For those who can’t make it to Thomas Land, be sure to check out the Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015, a moving tour which runs from now until November. At these stops, tiny engineers can take a 25-min ride on their favorite train, meet Sit Topham Hatt and enjoy a day of crafts, storytelling, activities and more. It’s like a small taste of Thomas Land in a town near you! Click here to find out about ticket availability.

Happen to be near Chattanooga, Tn (May 23-Sept. 13, 2015) or Las Vegas (Sept. 26, 2015 – Jan. 10, 2016)? There is a traveling interactive learning exhibit called Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails, where kids can learn about science, technology, engineering and math (aka STEM).To read more about this museum exhibit, visit events.hitentertainment.com.

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Visiting Thomas Land
If you’re planning on making a trip to visit Thomas and his friends, Thomas Land will be open from Aug. 15, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016 before closing for winter season. It will re-open each year from April 1-Jan. 1 of the following year. Park hours vary, so check the Edaville schedule here for more details.

Ages: All ages
Cost: $29/person ages 3 and up

Edaville USA
5 Pine St.
Carver, Ma 02330
Online: edaville.com/Thomasland

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— Christal Yuen