Thomas Land (Drayton Manor)
|Opening date||15 March 2008
Staffordshire, England, U.K.
|Attraction type||Themed area|
|Theme||Thomas and Friends|
Thomas Land is a themed area at Drayton Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire, England, based on the TV series Thomas and Friends. It stands on the former site of Robinsons Land, a themed area sponsored by the soft drinks brand of the same name. The construction began while the park was still open in September 2007, and many of the Robinsons Land rides were moved to other areas of the park for the remainder of the season. Many of the rides housed in Robinsons Land except the Veteran Cars (now Sodor's Classic Cars) were sold to Funland in Hayling Island. Thomas Land officially opened to the public on 15 March 2008. An expansion of Thomas Land with additional attractions and private party rooms opened on 8 April 2015.
Thomas Land is set in 3 acres (12,000 m2) of parkland and features 13 themed rides.
- Troublesome Trucks roller coaster-Queue Lines Are Available In Knapford Station
- Jeremy's Flying Academy
- Terence's Driving School
- Diesel's Locomotion Mayhem
- Crazy Bertie Bus
- Lady's Carousel
- Sodor's Classic Cars
- Harold's Heli-Tours
- Cranky's Drop Tower
- Emily's Indoor Play Area
- Spencer's Outdoor play area
- Rockin' Bulstrode
- Blue Mountain Engines (Opened in 2011)
- Winston's Whistle Stop Tour (Opened in 2013)
- Captain’s Sea Adventure (Opened in 2015)
- Flynn's Fire Rescue (Opened in 2015)
- Toby’s Tram Express (Opened in 2015)
- James and the Red Balloon (Opened in April 2017)
Models of Thomas, Percy, and Rosie are used on the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge Thomas Land Railway that takes visitors through Thomas Land. The line features Tidmouth Sheds, where stationary models are kept, Knapford Station, which serves as the main station and a refreshment stand, Dryaw, and Tidmouth Hault. It also has many sidings and sheds along the way, one of which carries a sleeping model of James.
Discover Thomas & Friends
In early 2009, HIT Entertainment announced that the original models from the television series would be put on display at Thomas Land in an exhibit called "Discover Thomas & Friends", as production was to move to Canada, now that the series is to be animated with full CGI. The models were then put on display in 2009. So far, the layout features Great Waterton, a town that first appeared in "The Great Discovery", and the Fishing Village. Many other buildings have been seen from previous seasons from the show, such as "Neptune's Refreshments", "Ben's Books", Toby's Shed, the Windmill, Castle Lock, the ruined Castle and Bluff's Cove signal box. Models have also appeared in the workshop, including: Bulgy, Terence, Trevor, Elizabeth, Butch, 3 Horrid Lorries, a canal boat, A Tug boat (Lucinda), A Harbour Ship, 2 red and white express carriages, 2 green and cream express carriages, Thomas, Edward, Toby (stolen or put into storage or taken back) Stepney, a blue narrow engine, Rosie, Harvey (Taken back to HIT Entertainment in 2012), Bulstrode, Toad the brake van (faceless), and various trucks. Also, under the layout, in storage are models of Gordon and Diesel along with assortment of props.
- List of theme parks in the United Kingdom
- Thomas Land (Fuji-Q Highland), a Thomas & Friends theme park in Japan
- Britt Allcroft
- "Thomas Expansion Announcement". Drayton Manor website. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- Tourist and Enthusiast Railways - West Midlands