‘Thomas & Friends’ comes to life in North America! Here’s how

Everyone’s favorite Blue Engine and the Island of Sodor come to life! Mattel has launched the second largest permanent ‘Thomas & Friends’ attraction in North America with the opening of Thomas Town.

Located within Kennywood Park, one of the world’s most renowned family amusement parks, Thomas Town features five rides including a train ride with Thomas, a live stage show, themed play and entertainment areas, retail store and more. It will be the second-largest permanent Thomas & Friends attraction in North America.

Set on a bluff overlooking the Monongahela River and the historic Edgar Thomson Steel Works in nearby Braddock, Thomas & Friends debuts a new home in Steel City.

Thomas Town is one of the largest single-year additions in Kennywood’s 120-year history, adding five new family rides, plus retheming The Olde Kennywood Rail Road into a Thomas & Friends story.

“It’s a great joy to welcome Thomas and his friends into the Kennywood family,” said Jerome Gibas, General Manager at Kennywood. “Guests have been eagerly contacting us for months, and we can’t wait to welcome them all into Thomas Town at Kennywood Park.”

The area also includes an indoor play zone, birthday room, a retail store featuring a section to ‘Pick Your Own MINIS’ custom collection, and an entertainment show featuring Sir Topham Hatt, Percy, James, Emily, and Gordon.

“With 120 years of history, Kennywood is one of the most beloved amusement parks in the country and we are so excited to bring our latest Thomas & Friends attraction to Pittsburgh for families to enjoy for many years to come,” said Julie Freeland, Senior Director of Global Live Events & Attractions for Mattel.

The rides and attractions feature beloved characters such as Thomas, Diesel, Cranky the Crane, Harold the Helicopter and more favorites. Guests can visit familiar destinations around the Island of Sodor like Tidmouth Sheds and Knapford Station. Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor, will be on site to greet and take photos with guests.

Specific attractions include:

  • Journey with Thomas
  • Cranky’s Drop Tower
  • Harold’s Helicopter Tour
  • Flynn’s Fire Training
  • Diesel Drivers
  • Steel City Adventures Live Show at Tidmouth Sheds

Celebrating 120 years in 2018, Kennywood is America’s finest traditional amusement park. Kennywood is owned and operated by Palace Entertainment in the United States.

Thomas the Tank Engine was created more than 70 years ago by a British clergyman, the Rev W Awdry, as a storybook for his son. That story quickly grew to become the award-winning global brand franchise, enjoyed by families in more than 150 territories and in over 40 languages across multiple touch-points and formats.

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