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Thomas Land is a themed area at Drayton Manor Theme Parkmarker in the UK, based on the TV series, Thomas & Friends. It stands on the site of what was 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. All but the Veteran Cars (now Sodor's Classic Cars) were removed and sold to Funland at Hayling Islandmarker. Thomas Land officially opened to the public on 15 March 2008.

Rides at Thomas Land

Thomas Land is set in of parkland and features 13 themed rides.

  • Troublesome Trucks Roller Coaster
  • 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


Train rides

Narrow gauge models of Thomas, Percy and Rosie are used on a miniature 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 CGI. So far, the layout featured Great Waterton, a town that first appeared in "The Great Discovery", the Fishing Village and Brendam Docks. Many other buildings have been seen from previous seasons from the show, such as "Neptune's Refreshments", "Ben's Books", Toby's Shed 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, 2 Harbour Ships, 2 red and white express carriages, 2 green and cream express carriages, Thomas, Edward, Toby, Stepney, Rosie, Harvey, Bulstrode, Toad the brake van (faceless), and various trucks.

Japan

The first Thomas Land opened in 1998 in Japan within the Fuji-Q Highlandmarker amusement park in Fujiyoshida, Yamanashimarker, Japanmarker. It attracts 1.7 million guests each year.

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