Travel, Days Out & Events

The All New Thomas Land Expansion 2015

I am very excited to be sharing this fab launch with you, since Lewis was 6 months old he’s had a massive soft spot for Thomas The Tank Engine and still does now aged nearly 6 years old. Even Lewis’s love for Thomas has rubbed off on his sister Leah, they are always playing trains together and even have their own Hornby Thomas “set up” in our loft. Since moving back to the Midlands in August 2013 we have visited Drayton Manor Theme Park a few times so that the kids can visit Thomas Land and spend a day with their favourite characters. The kids have never become tiresome of visiting either, each visit brings something new and magical to them.

In the Summer of 2014 we became aware of a new expansion coming to Thomas Land and we have been eagerly awaiting more details, who was coming to stay and when we could expect to see the new expansion opening. Well today this all happened as we were invited along for the launch of the new Thomas Land Expansion.

The new area has been expanded to the left of Thomas Land thus keeping it all close by easier for young legs but also creating a bit of space to take in the new sights and sounds of Sodor. 2 existing rides have been relocated into the expansion and 3 new rides have been added, Captains Sea Adventure, Flynn’s Fire Rescue and Toby’s Tram Express.

Thomas Land ExpansionUnfortunately Toby suffered a couple of technical glitches and spent most of the day looking like this.

With Toby not having a very good day he spent majority of the day being repaired but because Thomas Land has so much more to offer this was a minor set back to our day as we still enjoyed all the other rides which were on offer.

The new expansion not only consists of 3 new rides but a whole array of new buildings including a cafe which is located inside the Sodor Airport, a station platform, a bandstand and much more, attention to detail really has been taken into account which is fantastic as it keeps the dream alive for young children.

Thomas Land Expansion 1After taking in the sights, having a look at the new rides, sampling all the popcorn, ice cream and candy floss on offer it was then time for the initial launch of the new park by the Fat Controller and Managing Director of Drayton Manor. We were then introduced to all the teams involved in the making of the new expansion and to Freddie who completed the initial tests, after which we were able to go and sample the new rides before the general public.

Thomas Land Expansion 2First of all we headed straight for the Captain’s Sea Adventure Ride where Leah (not me, honest!!) basically enjoyed squirting water at everyone who got in her way, then afterwards we had a go of Flynn’s Fire Rescue where Lewis enjoyed squirting water at the fire whilst Leah enjoying having a drive in Flynn. As mentioned earlier Toby didn’t have a good day but all was not lost as I grabbed some video footage for you to see at the end of this review so you can see for yourself how his ride operates.

Then Leah insisted on riding the other 2 relocated rides, which were the Blue Mountain Engines and Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy. One thing we have noticed is that Merrick has now joined the Blue Mountain Engines on their ride which was good to see.

Thomas Land Expansion 3The kids really have enjoyed the new expansion to Thomas Land and we really look forward to returning again sometime soon and providing some footage of Toby in action.

As promised here is a short video consisting of the expansion layout and the new rides in action;

Finally, to add more excitement to our Thomas Land adventure, LOOK what we found on our way out of Drayton Manor – SSQQUUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Thomas Land Expansion 4

**This is not a sponsored post, we were invited to Drayton Manor for the launch of the all new Thomas Land Expansion. All words and opinions are my own.

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  1. Debs @ Super Busy Mum

    21st April 2015 at 9:50 pm

    This place looks so awesome!!! Thanks for linking up with #MMWBH x

  2. Lucy Blossom

    17th April 2015 at 5:04 pm

    What a fabulous place, we’ve been to Peppa Pig world, which was great, but this looks great too.

  3. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)

    16th April 2015 at 11:47 am

    Its our dream to go there more so now! #mmwbh

  4. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    16th April 2015 at 11:12 am

    Wow, this looks great!

  5. Ali

    15th April 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Omg my eldest would have loved this. He was a massive Thomas fan, if Baby R follies in his foot steps we’ll definitely be paying a visit. #mmwbh

  6. Char Paulsson

    15th April 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Looks great fun 🙂 x Charlotte

  7. John Adams

    15th April 2015 at 11:15 am

    Looks fantastic. We went a few years ago but think we may have to return and try out this new extension! #MMWBH

  8. Erica Price

    13th April 2015 at 6:30 pm

    So much to see and do there especially since the expansion. A fab day out!

  9. Jenny @ Let's Talk Mommy

    12th April 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Wow Buba would be in pure heaven here and I think even Missy Moo would have a ball at it. Either way looks like you all had a great time checking it out. Expansion sounds great! Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. I hope you are having a great weekend. #sharewithme

  10. Michelle Murray

    11th April 2015 at 8:08 pm

    I haven’t been to Drayton Manor for years. It was brillinat back then so can imagine it to be even better now. Just waiting for little J to be a little older popping over from #sharefriday Mummy2Monkeys xx

  11. LittleOandMe

    11th April 2015 at 1:09 pm

    What a great day out, think we will have to take Oliver for a day out. Fab photos!
    Becky xx

  12. mardykerrie

    11th April 2015 at 11:00 am

    This looks brilliant. We will definitely have to make to effort to take the kids one day! x

  13. Mini Travellers

    11th April 2015 at 8:52 am

    Sounds like a fab day. Poor Toby though! We wet last year and loved it, we are heading back down in May to meet up with some family.

  14. Susanne Remic (@Ghostwritermumm)

    10th April 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Sounds fab, we’ll have to make the effort to get down there soon! x x

  15. Notmyyearoff

    10th April 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Ooh wow we’ve never quite made it to Drayton Manor but Thomas land would be a massive hit with little z. He really loves Thomas!

  16. rachelreallife

    10th April 2015 at 4:38 pm

    This looks awesome. We are trying to decide whether to take Harry here or to Legoland Windsor for his birthday.

  17. Colette B

    10th April 2015 at 2:20 pm

    My little dude never really had a mad Thomas phase like so many boys but I always wanted to take him to Drayton Manor to see Postman Pat!

  18. Erin Ek Rush

    10th April 2015 at 8:49 am

    Poor old Toby! Things never seem to work out for him. Looks like you guys had a great day, I know my kids would LOVE a visit!

  19. mummyslittlepeeps

    10th April 2015 at 8:41 am

    The expansion looks really good, I have been waiting to see some photos as we went late last year. I am planning on returning with the boys in a few weeks time. I know they will love the captains

  20. redrosemummy

    10th April 2015 at 8:34 am

    The expansion looks really great. We commented that Toby was under represented when we visited last year so it’s fab he has his own ride now. I think we may need to visit again this Summer.

  21. Something Crunchy Mummy

    9th April 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I was so excited to read this as we are going there next week. Looks like you had a great day xx

  22. MrsShilts

    9th April 2015 at 11:00 am

    What a brilliant day out. I have loved seeing your pictures on Instagram and Facebook and it’s made me book up for Friday to take my Son who is just going to be amazed at seeing Thomas and Friends in real life. Great write up, we can’t wait to experience Thomas Land for the first time x

  23. Mothergeek

    9th April 2015 at 10:58 am

    Looks like you all had a fab day! Syd watched your video and is now begging to go and see Thomas with LEAH! Methinks we’ll have to venture down there one day soon!

  24. sam

    9th April 2015 at 10:48 am

    So gutted I couldn’t come along. The expansion looks awesome.

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