Mention the word “choo-choo” and the older generations may smile with memories of the upbeat 1940s song “Chattanooga Choo-Choo.” But the younger generations will likely become excited about a particular blue locomotive named Thomas.
Regardless of which generation you are part of, there is no denying the appeal of Thomas the Tank Engine and the wildly popular, internationally televised series Thomas and Friends.
Over the course of three spring weekends, your children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews can let their imaginations soar as they ride on the beloved train. But the fun doesn’t stop there.
The $18 admission fee for ages 2 and older includes a 25-minute train ride, videos of the television show, a chance to meet and take pictures with Sir Topham Hatt (head of Thomas’s railway), storytelling, building with Mega Bloks, live music, temporary tattoos of Thomas and his friends from the Island of Sodor, the Imagination Station with coloring and art projects, and a model train club demonstration.
To reach Wales West from our Gulf Shores area beaches, follow Highway 59 north to County Road 32. Turn left (west) and continue 5.6 miles to County Road 9. Turn right to travel north 2.3 miles to the park entrance on the right.
Advance ticket purchase is encouraged due to assigned train departures (every 45 minutes), but you may also purchase at the door. The first train departs at 9:45 a.m. and the final train at 4:15 on Saturdays and Sundays through May 9. Cameras and strollers are welcome for this family event.
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