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    What is Day Out With Thomas™?

    Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers children and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the No. 1 blue engine,, Thomas the Tank Engine™, at heritage railroads across the country.

    Who is Thomas the Tank Engine?

    Thomas the Tank Engine™ was created over 70 years ago by a British clergyman, the Rev W Awdry, as a storybook for his son. That story quickly grew to become the award-winning global brand franchise it is today, enjoyed by families in more than 150 territories and in over 40 languages across multiple touch-points and formats, including: 400+ original TV shows; 12 feature-length films; 14 websites in nine languages; apps; toys; consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more.  The famous and cheeky No.1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train.

    What are the appropriate ages for Day Out With Thomas?

    Day Out With Thomas is a family event that welcomes passengers of all ages.

    Will Thomas the Tank Engine be there?

    Thomas the Tank Engine has traveled all the way from the Island of Sodor and has arrived Right on Time to take you and your family on a ride.

    Will Sir Topham Hatt be there?

    Yes, Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway on Sodor, will be visiting your Day Out With Thomas event to meet and take pictures with guests.


    Where can I find the tour schedule and purchase tickets?

    Visit to view the schedule and purchase tickets!

    Who needs tickets?

    Tickets are required for guests ages two and up.

    What is included in the ticket price?

    A ticket for Day Out With Thomas includes the train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including Storytelling and Video Viewing, Temporary Tattoos of Island of Sodor friends, and an Imagination Station with Arts & Crafts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor.  Additional activities vary per railroad but may include bounce houses, mini golf, bean bag toss, face painting, and musical entertainment.

    How will I receive my tickets?

    If purchased three weeks or more in advance of the event, guests will receive their tickets in the mail. Guests that purchase tickets closer to the event date can pick up their tickets at Will Call the day of the event.

    Are there any refunds?

    There will be no refunds or exchanges.

    Do you recommend purchasing tickets in advance?

    Due to the popularity of Day Out With Thomas, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. It is not uncommon for events to sell out. When purchasing tickets you will be asked to select a specific date and time for your ride with Thomas. Your ticket is valid only for that date and time.


    When should we arrive for our train ride with Thomas?

    It is recommended that guests arrive at the event at least one hour before their scheduled departure. Feel free to come as early as you’d like to enjoy all of the other activities before your train ride!

    Is there assigned seating on the train?

    Tickets are assigned by time. Guests must be together during boarding if they wish to sit together on the train.

    How long is the train ride?

    Approximately 20-25 minutes.

    Are you limited to just one train ride?

    There is one train ride per ticket.

    Will any of Thomas’s friends be there?

    Percy will be visiting select events during the 2017 Day Out With Thomas tour. Please check the ticketing page to see if he will be at your event. Tickets for Percy are listed as a combo ticket. They are not sold separately.

    What if there is inclement weather?

    Day Out With Thomas events take place rain or shine.

    Are cameras allowed?

    Absolutely! Guests are encouraged to capture their Day Out With Thomas memories for their photo album and to share online. Don’t forget to tag your photos with the hashtag #DayOutWithThomas!  JED Photography will also be available on-site to take professional photos of you with Thomas and Sir Topham Hatt.

    Are strollers permitted?

    Day Out With Thomas is a family event that welcomes guests of all ages. There is even a designated area for "stroller parking" during the train ride.

    Are pets allowed?

    No pets are allowed at Day Out With Thomas.

    How do I find out about other events?

    For information on other Thomas & Friends experiences, please visit and click on “Events.”

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