Thomas Land Expansion at Drayton Manor

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.

Thomas Land™ Expansion - Fat Controller Water Statue

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

Thomas Land™ Blue Mountain Mystery Merrick

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.

Thomas Land™ Blue Mountain Mystery Tigger

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.

Thomas Land™ Captain's Sea Adventure Confetti

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.

Thomas Land™ Flynn's Fire Rescue

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™.

Thomas Land™ Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy

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

Thomas Land™ 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).

Thomas Land™ Sodor Airport

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

Sarah Anguish

Sarah Anguish is the blogger behind this award-winning family lifestyle and top 10 UK mum/parenting blog. Started in August 2011 as she returned to work following maternity leave with her second child. Boo Roo and Tigger showcases family life, home decor, travel and everything in between.

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  1. April 11, 2015 / 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.

  2. April 11, 2015 / 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.

  3. April 11, 2015 / 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

  4. April 11, 2015 / 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!!).

  5. April 11, 2015 / 3:11 pm

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

  6. April 11, 2015 / 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!

  7. Mammasaurus
    April 11, 2015 / 3:59 pm

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

  8. April 11, 2015 / 4:13 pm

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

  9. April 11, 2015 / 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! 🙂

  10. April 11, 2015 / 4:57 pm

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

  11. April 11, 2015 / 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.

  12. April 11, 2015 / 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

  13. April 11, 2015 / 9:25 pm

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

  14. April 11, 2015 / 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.

  15. April 12, 2015 / 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!

  16. April 12, 2015 / 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

  17. April 12, 2015 / 6:59 am

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

  18. April 12, 2015 / 7:58 am

    ah that looks great fun haven’t been for years

  19. April 12, 2015 / 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!

  20. April 12, 2015 / 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!

  21. Boo
    April 12, 2015 / 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

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  23. April 12, 2015 / 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.

  24. April 12, 2015 / 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

  25. April 12, 2015 / 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

  26. April 12, 2015 / 4:40 pm

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

  27. April 12, 2015 / 6:41 pm

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

  28. April 12, 2015 / 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.

  29. April 12, 2015 / 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?

  30. April 12, 2015 / 7:53 pm

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

  31. April 13, 2015 / 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”

  32. April 13, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    there is so much choice of little ones now

  33. April 13, 2015 / 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

  34. April 14, 2015 / 12:10 pm

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

  35. April 14, 2015 / 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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  37. April 16, 2015 / 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.

  38. Michelle
    April 16, 2015 / 11:24 am

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

  39. April 17, 2015 / 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.

  40. April 19, 2015 / 7:49 pm

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

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