Thursday, 23 August 2018

Our Day at Thomas Land

The other weekend we headed off to Thomas Land. The kids were super excited and so were me and Mark. We had a 2.5 hour drive and hit a lot of traffic near the end but we arrived very excited at around 11am. We parked up and headed in. 


First up we had to collect our tickets. We didn't have any problems getting them, we also got given a little map too which came in very handy. Next stop was the toilet after our long drive, only 3 of the ladies toilets were working so the queue was very long. We eventually got inside the park at 11:30am. 

We headed straight for a PJ Masks meet and greet. Parker and Paige both love PJ Masks. Drayton Manor have a few of these special events happening so we were very lucky that the day we went it was PJ Masks. They came out on stage and started taking pictures. The queue was very, very long, we decided not to wait and headed straight for the rides in Thomas Land. 


The thing that appealed to us the most in Thomas Land was that a lot of the rides the kids could ride themselves. The one Parker was most excited about was Flynn's Fire Rescue. We queued for 40 minutes before they got on. The big two both went on together and loved it. 

After the queue and ride we were all hungry so took an early break for lunch. We went to the chicken diner and lunch for 2 adult meals and 2 kids meals was £33. A bit much in my eyes but you did get big portions of the chips. We didn't love it but it did the job. We also took a picnic but decided to save that for in the car on the journey home. 



There is also a zoo inside Drayton Manon which we loved. It was really good and the kids loved it, we didn't see all the animals but you can't predict when they will be out. We did see monkeys, reptiles, a red panda, birds, meerkats. There was also a lovely play area but it was packed. The kids did enjoy the dinosaur trail. In the zoo there is a train ride to take you back to Thomas Land, we waited 40 minutes and the ride was barely 5 minutes long. It was nice to do but we wouldn't do it again. 



Around 3pm the queues died down a little and wait times were between 20 minutes for more adventurous rides and 5 minutes for the slower rides. We didn't mind the 20 minute wait but it was rough with three kids and waiting in line for 40 minutes. It was the summer holidays but I imagine it gets quite busy on a normal weekend too as it seemed very popular. 


We caught the end of the fat controller show with singing and dancing which was nice and entertaining. Some of the rides were pregnancy safe too so I could enjoy them with the kids too and children under 90cm could also ride them, with an adult. As well as the rides there were also arcades type game stalls that you had to pay extra for, most were £5 with the chance of winning a teddy. There was also an actual arcade which you'd find at the seaside. 


The nappy changing facilities were good and clean but it was a shame that all the toilets weren't working, especially as it was during the busy summer holidays. They also had lockers which you could rent to store extra things in you didn't want to carry around, very handy!


Overall we had a nice day, very tiring with lots of standing and walking but it was fun. I would recommend Thomas Land to others, just maybe try pick a quieter day or prepare for long waiting times. It was clean, the staff were lovely and the selection of rides for little ones was great!

Have you visited?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We were provided with tickets for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

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