A Day Trip to Edaville USA
We were recently given the opportunity by Edaville USA to visit in exchange for giving an honest review. Early Saturday morning my mom, two kids and I packed up picnic lunches and head out to Carver, MA home of Edaville Railroad and Thomas Land. Leaving early was a great idea as we avoided traffic (it only took a little over an hour to get there) and getting there when they opened meant no lines or short lines for our first couple hours there. On this given day it was sunny and in the upper 60’s when we arrived and by noon it was 80 degrees I would not recommend going on really hot days as there is not much shade around the rides.
After entering Edaville we headed past the carousel and Dickens Village (which still is not done) to the bathrooms. Also found in this main building is a nursing room, arcade, small indoor rides including bumper cars, first aid/lost and found, model trains, museum and gift shop plus some benches and train tables if you need a break from the heat and sun. We used the bathrooms sunscreened up and went to Dino Land walking tour. The walking tour starts with this sign “Why are They Here? No one knows for sure! 25 years ago this part of the park, and the once popular Gnome Coaster was suddenly closed by the park management.
Employes always said “there are things in the woods and bogs” near this section of the park. Management remained silent and enforced a DO NOT ENTER policy. In 2013 major renovations and park improvements began in preparation for the all new Thomas Land. All this activity seemed to attract the attention of these prehistoric animals. Management could no longer remain silent, and E.P.I.C.; Edaville’s Prehistoric Institute of Carver’ was created. Using new technologies barriers have been put into place to protect these creatures and you. Enjoy your walk among the prehistoric residents of Edaville!” The walk consists of a foggy exhibit about 23 motorized dinosaurs that make sounds and move as you go by and there is info about each type of dino. You can also see the old rusting ride pieces, signs and decorations plus silly signs about not feeding the dinos your brother or sister and such. Some of the dinosaurs are in need of some repair plus the mosquitos are plentiful due to the fog so my kids ran through the walk swatting mosquitos away. I would recommend bug spray if you want to stroll through and enjoy the dino walk.
Next up was Thomas Land where we spent most of our visit. My three year old son is the one who likes the fast spinny rides and unfortunately he is not tall enough for most of the bigger ones. In Thomas Land all of us enjoyed Harold’s Lift Off, Firefighting Flynn, Winston’s Skyline Express and Diesel Derby. My son loved Rockin’ Bulstrode and rode it four times but my 5 year old hated it and could not get off fast enough. In Thomas Land we also enjoyed the Cran-tastic Cranberry Celebration Show which is an about 20 minute show at the Tidmouth Shed in which Sir Topham Hatt, Conductor Sam, Percy, Emily, James, Gordon and the audience get ready for a cranberry jubilee (we enjoyed it twice actually).
Before having lunch in the shady picnic area behind Thomas Land we rode Thomas around Edaville. The ride around Edaville is a nice change to sit and rest but the music and story on the ride was way too loud to make it enjoyable.
After lunch the lines had started to get long and my kids were not into waiting in lines and it was getting hot. So we hung out in the Post Office (in Thomas Land) which had AC, a train table and tons of duplo blocks and the Thomas gift shop plus watched Cran-tastic Cranberry Celebration Show again. By now it was 2:30 and the kids were starting to get tired so we headed back to the main building bathrooms and for our last ride took a spin on the carousel. Then managed to all walk back to the car without a melt down!
Our day at Edaville was a fun time and the kids had a great day. Thomas Land was definitely the highlight. The park overall is definitely a work in progress and some of the rides are old or in need of some improvements. Also around the park are attractions that started to be built and now look abandoned. And as my mom pointed out the rides were not really meant to handle huge crowds so if you go get there early.
Have you ventured to Edaville? Do you think it is worth the trip and cost?
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