Monday, July 30, 2018

New Thomas Town Themed Area Opens at Kennywood

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This past weekend saw the first visitors to Kennywood's newest expansion, a fully themed area named Thomas Town.  Featuring the famous Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends from the Island of Sodor, the new area features multiple new rides, attractions, a live show and play areas.  Thomas Town is aimed at families with smaller children, though parents can ride most of the attractions with their kids.

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Kennywood's Thomas Town is the second largest permanent Thomas & Friends area in North America, and the park is also celebrating the grand opening by showing Thomas & Friends 4D: Bubbling Boilers in their 4-D Theater now through August 3rd.

The main attraction in Thomas Town is a trip on the park's classic train ride, which has seen one vehicle totally made over into Thomas himself.  Pictured above, the journey takes riders out to the edge of Kennywood park and back, offering magnificent views along the way.

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There are additional new rides in the area as well, above is Diesel Drivers, a smaller train ride that features the characters Diesel and Iron Bert.  For kids feeling a bit more adventurous, Cranky's Drop Tower will lift them up above the area for a great view, only to have them gently fall back to the ground.

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For young heroes in training, Thomas Town features Flynn's Fire Training, seen in the photo above, where kids can shoot water to put out fake fires as they rotate around the center structure.  Lastly, Harold's Helicopter Tour is a circular flat ride that allows kids to slowly move their helicopters up and down as they spin.

Thomas Town also features a live stage show named Steel City Adventures! which takes place several times per day.  The area has a large indoor play space as well, named the Thomas & Friends Big Adventure Zone, filled with interactive features and play areas.  Rounding out the offerings of the new area are a special Thomas & Friends gift shop, and a birthday pavilion that can be rented.

For more on Thomas Town at Kennywood, check out the park's website.