Prior to even entering Thomas Land (as they call it), Edaville is filled with rides perfect for elementary age children. Meg and Clare enjoyed classic rides such as the tilt-a-whirl and flying planes. There was a ladybug roller coaster that they absolutely loved, which both twirled and zoomed. While Anne was tall enough to ride many of these rides with an adult, she was very timid that day and refused to ride most of them. When I rode with her on the flying planes that we could maneuver up and down in the air, she said, "This is like a really scary carousel." Hmmm, probably not what the park was going for with those rather tame planes. The jolly caterpillar ride was much more Anne's style. Considering Anne's timidity that particular day (which might have been attributable to motion sickness), I was very glad that there were several calm quiet rides that suited her perfectly. While the big sisters rode every crazy wild ride they could find, Anne occupied herself with little train rides and other tame options.
I'm happy to report that all of Anne's joy returned once we entered Thomas Land. Our first view of Thomas Land came from the Thomas Train, which departs every hour on the hour. From the train, riders can easily see all the amusement park has to offer as well as the cranberry bogs that surround the park. The Thomas Engine pictured above pulls that train.
Once inside Thomas Land, I was struck by what an incredible job Edaville has done in recreating the charm of the Island of Sodor. Little buildings and miniature people create the perfect set of Thomas the Tank Engine all around you.