Kennywood Park in Pennsylvania is getting an all new kids park, scheduled for 2018. That much we know for sure, thanks to a press release from parent company Parques Reunidos, but up until this point we had no clue as to what, as Kennywood has been very secretive about it.
Now, thanks to a very avid Kennywood fan, we have a pretty big indication that the park is bringing the international sensation Thomas the Tank to the park.
Last night a reader, calling himself KPFan found a Google alert that went out with a press release on the official site. The alert lead to a dead page, but a cached version of the site (just a few minutes earlier) revealed the full release.
Here’s the screen grab from a cached version of the website:
How amazing is that! The park is unveiling four new rides, and seems to be converting the Olde Kennywood Railroad into a life size, rideable Thomas the Tank engine! The $8.5 million dollar investment will feature all the friends from the series including Percy, Harold, Cranky and Diesel. The new area will feature rides, a live stage show, gift shop and more.
With the new area comes four new rides. The website had those listed as well:
The entire area will revolve around the existing train area, and will feature a new entrance to the land, new gift shop and even a new soft play area.
This is the first big land featuring Thomas the Tank and friends, though the train has been around on television since 1984, and has been a part of a series of children’s books since the 1960’s. It’s a very family friendly show and series with a huge following of kids ages 2-9. The character seems to be an exact fit for Kennywood, which has attractions aimed at families with kids of all ages.
Keep in mind that this just a rumor at this point , and until it’s officially announced, it’s not happening.
What do you think about the new kids area? Will you be making a special trip to Dollywood just to experience Thomas the Train?