Thomas Land Expansion at Drayton Manor

April 10, 2015

Earlier this week the Boo Roo and Tigger Too household were invited to an extra special event – the launch of the new Thomas Land™ expansion at Drayton Manor. This was especially special for us as both Roo and Tigger adore visiting Thomas Land™ and in turn Drayton Manor. We first visited Thomas Land™ when Roo was just two years old and have been back at least once a year since.

Over the years we have watched Thomas Land™ grow in popularity, add new ride and features. Please take a look at my previous Thomas Land™ ride guide for an idea on what was available within Thomas Land™, I say was as Wednesday saw the grand opening of a whole new expansion. The new expansion sees Thomas Land™ grow by an additional 40%! at a cost of 2.5 million pounds!

The expansion is accessed through the are where Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy  previously stood (don’t worry it hasn’t gone just relocated into the expansion). You are welcomed into the Thomas Land™ expansion by an impressive Fat Controller water statue which will keep the children entertained running in and out of the falling water as well as cooling them down on warm days.


Walking into the new area it immediately feels open and able to accommodate lots of young and old Thomas & Friends fans. The Sodor Airport building is the focal point as you make your way into the expansion before your eyes are drawn to the mixture of new and old Thomas Land™ rides.

Thomas Land™ Expansion – The rides!

Blue Mountain Engines


The Blue Mountain Engines have moved from their base towards the entrance of Thomas Land™ into the new expansion. With the arrival of Merrick to sit in the middle of the Blue Mountain Engines he has really added a focal point to the ride and happily watches over Rheneas, Skarloey, Peter Sam and Sir Handel.

The Blue Mountain Engines is one Tigger’s favourite rides, those narrow gauge engines hold a special place in his heart.


Captain’s Sea Adventure

One of the new ride additions to Thomas Land™ is Captain’s Sea Adventure – a wonderful water ride that is sure to cause a splash between children and adults alike.


Sitting inside Captain you are armed with water jets which require a little bit of muscle power to wind up before it releases a short burst of water to either other rides or an unsuspecting quest in the queue. Guests can get there revenge by squirting the water jets located around the outside of the ride.

With Mr Boo and Roo taking on the challenge of Captain’s Sea Adventure they were full of giggles and tales of squirting other rides as they came off looking a little splashed.

Flynn’s Fire Rescue

Another one of the new Thomas Land™ expansion rides which offers a riders who are happy to get a little wet the opportunity to stand in the back of Flynn’s fire engine, raising up and down as you go round spraying water into holes within the tower. Riders who aren’t so keen on getting wet can take a ride driving Flynn around the tower, perfect for little riders.


Tigger doesn’t like to get splashed so was quite happy to sit in the front of Flynn and driving him around the tower as Mr Boo and Roo tackled the water cannons above, going up and down the ladders attempting to get the water within the holes in the tower.

Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy

A Thomas Land™ favourite has relocated from its previous stand to a new pride of place in front of the Sodor Airport. Pressing the button to rise high up in the air or let go to descend back down – Jet off with Jeremy on a 360 degree ride up and around the Thomas Land™ expansion, taking in all the views of the new rides, peering out over the rest of Thomas Land™.


A firm family favourite, one that we have been on time and time again. Whilst the children are busy raising and lowering Jeremy we are able to take in the views of the park.

Toby’s Tram Express

The final of the new Thomas Land™ rides is the Toby’s Tram Express, which at first glance looks like a calm ride to hop upon, however Toby is anything but calm. Take a trip with Toby or should I say a spin as he goes up in the air, spins around and twists forwards and backwards (please take a look at my video below for a better idea). Children will think it is wonderful, adults might suddenly feel old and decide that their stomachs can’t handle it.

Not feeling up to the challenge I politely offered to film Mr Boo, Roo and Tigger’s experience on Toby’s Tram Express. Watching them twist up and down I was quit pleased I wasn’t on it, they however came off full of enthusiasm for it – declaring it the firm favourite of all the new rides! 

Thomas Land™ Expansion – The videos

Thomas Land™ Expansion – The facilities

Sodor Airport

The addition of the Sodor Airport not only looks impressive but provides a much welcomed cafe area serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and baguette’s and kid’s meal boxes as well as some of the most wonderful cakes (you must try one of their chocolate eclairs).


Later this summer there will be some Thomas themed rooms available to hire for parties, get together’s and hey even meetings (how cool would it be to hold a meeting in a Thomas theme room?)


Drayton Manor have given some thought about how the area will be used and by adding large, spacious toilet facilities it makes them accessible by families of all ages.

Bandstand and Victorian fairground rides

Walking Thomas Land™ isn’t all about great rides it is about the experience, so the addition of a bandstand where the brass band will play plus appearances by the Fat Controller, the thin controller and other Thomas Land™ favourites.

The Victorian fairground rides offer that element of all the fun of the fair with hook-a-duck, coconut shy, ring-toss and knocking the teeth down within a bully. Tigger had a go at these fairground rides and I was surprised at just how good his aim was (although he was getting closer and closer each time).

Boo Roo and Tigger Too’s thoughts…

As a family we love visiting Thomas Land™, the park has that family fell to it without being commercialised and feeling like they are looking for us to spend addition money every five minutes. The addition of the Thomas Land™ expansion has increased both Roo and Tigger’s love of the park with old and new rides being made welcome in the new area.

Book your tickets today!

Have I whet your appetite for the new Thomas Land™ expansion? What are you waiting for book your tickets today so that you can enjoy all that Thomas Land™ and Drayton Manor has to offer –

Disclosure: We received entry to Thomas Land™ and Drayton Manor FOC for the purpose of review

  • Mummy Matters April 11, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Looks like you had a great time, we couldn’t make it this to which is a shame as we always have a great time at Thomas Land. Hopefully we will get over to see the new expansion this summer.

  • Mummy Matters April 11, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Looks like you had a great time, we couldn’t make it this to which is a shame as we always have a great time at Thomas Land. Hopefully we will get over to see the new expansion this summer.

  • angela hamilton April 11, 2015 at 11:10 am

    aww looks like a fun time was had!! We had looked into taking our son to Thomas Land when he was younger but coming from Scotland it was costing too much x

  • Debbie April 11, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Oh that does look so much fun- the boys would absolutely adore it (and I’ve just checked that I can use my tesco clubcard vouchers as well)… oh I wish I had thought far enough in advance as we have an inset on Monday and I do prefer it when queuing times are minimal…. I think we’ll have to try and get organised for the beginning of the summer holidays- there’s no way I’d be forgiven for not taking them to this! It is so good to see so many rides they’ll love and they can go on (nothing worse than great rides with height restrictions!!).

  • Amanda April 11, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Oh wow it looks amazing fun, I’ve never been so loved reading your review x

  • Mummy of Two April 11, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    We visited last summer when they were just starting works. It looks like the expansion is great and they have added some fabulous new attractions. Great photos, it looks and sounds like you had a brilliant day!

  • Mammasaurus April 11, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Awesome! My eldest just turned 20 and he was THE biggest Thomas fan growing up – a family fave here x

  • otilia April 11, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    It looks so great! Another place to visit when we come to UK~

  • My Family Ties April 11, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    What a great day out even though my daughter is a little older I think she would still really enjoy it here! 🙂

  • polly April 11, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Looks great. Maybe Vega will like it when he’s bigger 🙂

  • Mum of One April 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    Looks so brilliant and not too far away from my folks. I know The Boy would love it being a huge Thomas fan so might need to check it out this summer.

  • Sarah Bailey April 11, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I adore Drayton Manor – many fond memories from there over the years, Thomas Land looks really nice for the younger people 🙂 x

  • Agata April 11, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    It looks like a wonderful day out. I bet kids would love to visit it.

  • Clare Nicholas April 11, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    OH MY – Harry would absolutely love this, I’ve been looking for a while now but keep putting off as it’s quite a drive from us.

    It looks amazing and will have to go very soon.
    What a wonderful day you had.

  • Queen Boudica April 12, 2015 at 12:08 am

    That looks amazing, I’m just wondering if my boys would decide they’re too old for it though. (5&8) We keep meaning to take them and never got round to it. I think I love Thomas as much as they do!

    • Boo April 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Tigger is 4yrs and Roo is 8yrs and both love it, plus you have the added bonus of the zoo, play park and the bigger rides within Drayton Manor to enjoy

  • Merlinda Little ( April 12, 2015 at 6:58 am

    My son is just pointing out on the characters that he knows while I am reading your post! Love the they are making ways to be better than ever =) #countrykids

  • Erica Price April 12, 2015 at 6:59 am

    We particularly liked the Captain’s Sea Adventure ride – a lot of fun to be had with squirting other people.

  • Becky April 12, 2015 at 7:58 am

    ah that looks great fun haven’t been for years

  • Ruth April 12, 2015 at 8:05 am

    My son was peering over my shoulder as I read this and I thought he was going to pop with excitement looking at all those photos! It looks so brilliant – if only we weren’t so far away!

  • Michelle April 12, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I wish this had been around when my son was little – he used to love Thomas the Tank Engine! Looks like so much fun!

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  • Coombe Mill April 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    thomasland looks larger than life and must be a total hit with every young child. I remember my older boys being Thomas mad and I would love to have taken them here. We did manage to see Thomas on Tour at our local station which was the nearest thing back then. How times have changed, this truly looks a day to remember. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  • liska April 12, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Oh you have really brought the expansion to life for me thank you. I’ve been wondering about it, as we’ve been 3 times. Just caught up on all of your vids too. We’ll definitely go this Summer. So glad that you commented on #MySundayPhoto so that I found all of this. xx

  • Michelle Twin Mum April 12, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    We’ve never been to Thomas land and it looks as if it is so well themed, I fear my kids might be a bit old for it nowadays sadly. Mich x

  • Nayna Kanabar April 12, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I am loving all these trains, a great extension added to the park.

  • Ickle Pickle April 12, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Oh wow this looks great! It is so far from us – maybe one day we will plan a trip there x

  • Ness April 12, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Somehow we’ve never been to Thomas Land despite having a house full of books and toys of Thomas and his friends. It looks absolutely massive now.

  • Penny Carr April 12, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    We’re planning to take the kids to Thomas Land this year as they’re both hugs fans, but is it wrong that I’m actually quite excited myself about going?

  • Mummys little blog April 12, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Thomas land looks alot of fun who doesnt like trains ! those water jets sound like alot of fun too!

  • Kara April 13, 2015 at 7:01 am

    We went to Thomasland last year despite not being huge Thomas fans and the kids adored it. We have to go back now as Sebby is obsessed with all things “choo choo”

  • ninjacat April 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    there is so much choice of little ones now

  • Rachel April 13, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    OOh this does sound like such a good visit. I mentioned it to my Sister-in-law today for my nephew, he would love it x

  • Globalmouse April 14, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    We’re going in a couple of weeks and can’t wait – it looks great! Love the review.

  • Cass April 14, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Your photos bring back memories of lots of happy visits we’ve had here – looks even more amazing now x x

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  • Ryan Costello April 16, 2015 at 8:56 am

    I’ve seen a few people post about this recently and it looks great. I think it will be a popular addition to the park.

  • Michelle April 16, 2015 at 11:24 am

    My boy would absolutely love to go there, I’ll have to plan it! xx

  • Laura April 17, 2015 at 5:00 am

    This expansion looks good. My son in particular adores Thomas the Tank Engine and we haven’t been to Thomas Land yet so I think a visit has to be on the cards soon.

  • Fritha Strickland April 19, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    wilf would love this as he’s really getting into trains lately! looks fab x

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