We first told you about it Sunday, but today Kennywood officially announced that Thomas the Train is coming to an all new kids area at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, PA. The new area will be built around the parks existing train area, and will bring the Island of Sodor to life.
The new area will also see four all new attractions, all themed to Thomas the Tank Engine and friends, including a complete overhaul of the parks signature train, to a full size Thomas the Tank Engine.
“We’re so excited to welcome Thomas & Friends to Kennywood,” says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. “Thomas Town presents a huge addition that expands our family offerings while introducing the park to Thomas & Friends fans from around the globe. We couldn’t ask for a better gift for Kennywood and our guests to help celebrate our 120th anniversary season in 2018.”
Set on a bluff overlooking the Monongahela River and the historic Edgar Thomson Steel Works in nearby Braddock, the site of Thomas Town fits in perfectly with the Island of Sodor. It will be one of the largest single-year additions in Kennywood’s 120-year history, adding four new family rides, plus retheming The Olde Kennywood Railroad into a Thomas & Friends story. The area will also include a retail center, soft-play area, Birthday Center, and an entertainment show featuring Thomas’ friends Percy, James, Emily and Gordon. All the attractions will be placed in and around the existing footprint of the park’s train ride, which has operated at Kennywood with various themes since 1945.
Here’s the full ride line up!
Journey with Thomas*
Climb aboard for an unforgettable journey with the Number 1 Blue Engine! Guests of all ages can hop aboard a Thomas-themed train ride that takes you along the back side of Kennywood, with wondrous views of the Monongahela River and the Edgar Thomson Works, the oldest steel mill in the Steel City. It’s a beautiful setting that looks like what you might see on the island of Sodor!
Cranky’s Drop Tower*
Strap in tight for a truly Cranky experience! Sodor’s strongest crane will lift you high above Thomas Town™, and then drop you down!
Harold’s Helicopter Tour*
All set and ready for action! Kids can take control of their own Harold Helicopter and pilot him up and down as they spin round and round.
Flynn’s Fire Training*
Junior firefighters shoot water to extinguish flames on this unique, interactive ride.
Don’t forget the Diesels! Climb aboard Diesel, Iron Bert and other Diesel engines for a fun ride.
*Attraction names are not final and subject to change
The new area will officially open later this year!