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Day Out With Thomas™ is an annual event that offers children and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with Thomas, the No. 1 blue engine, have your photo taken with Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a day of fun-filled Thomas & Friends™ themed activities and much more! ©2022 Gullane (Thomas) Limited.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Day Out With Thomas™ is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™, at regional heritage railroads across the country.

Since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot more than 70 years ago, this Really Useful Engine and his Island of Sodor friends have chugged their way into the hearts of preschoolers and grownups worldwide. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories authored by a father who loved trains and wanted a shared experience with his son, Thomas & Friends™ is a rite of passage that inspires the imagination while teaching life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation.

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

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

Yes, Sir Topham Hatt will take time away from his busy schedule as Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor to take pictures with guests at the Hacienda. He will be available for 30-minutes beginning at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 (10:00 on Saturdays).

Tickets are required for guest ages three and up.

Your Tweetsie Railroad Day Out With Thomas™ ticket is valid for park admission and includes one train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, as well as a variety of Thomas & Friends themed entertainment, including the opportunity to have your photo taken with Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor.

Yes, plenty of parking is available on site.

No, parking is free at Tweetsie Railroad.

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!

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

The ride is a 3-mile loop that incorporates live entertainment along the route. It is approximately 20 minutes.

There is one train ride per ticket.

Day Out With Thomas events take place rain or shine.

Absolutely! Guests are encouraged to capture their Day Out With Thomas memories for their photo albums and to share online. Don’t forget to tag your photos with the hashtag #DayOutWithThomas and @tweetsierr

Yes, Tweetsie Railroad has a variety of food venues that include pizza, ice-cream, popcorn, salads, hotdogs, pretzels, cotton candy, fudge and more.

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. Strollers and wagons are available for rent at the Photo Depot on Main Street ($10 per day). Guests are encouraged to bring their own stroller. There is a limited supply and they are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance.

Yes. Sections of the park are level; however, due to mountain terrain, there are some hills. There is a bus that runs regularly from the Tweetsie Palace up to Miner’s Mountain. Both the Wild West Train (second car) and Mouse Mine Train are accessible for standard-sized wheelchairs. All show and food venues are accessible to guests with special needs. Wheelchairs are available for rent at the Photo Depot on Main Street ($10 per day). Guests are encouraged to bring their own wheelchair. The park has a limited supply and they are rented on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance. Please note: the park does not have electric wheelchairs or electric convenience vehicles (ECV) for rent.

Yes, pets are allowed at Day Out With Thomas. Pets must remain on a leash and attended at all times. Pets are not allowed on the train, on rides, in the Deer Park Zoo, the bus, or on the Chair Lift. Please have a member of your party look after your pet while you ride the train and other rides. Pets are also prohibited in food service areas, unless they are Registered Service Animals.

Yes, Tweetsie welcomes service animals, as that term is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Consistent with the ADA, a service animal may be excluded from venues, rides, or attractions when the service animal poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others; permitting the service animal would require a fundamental alteration in the nature of Tweetsie’s operations; the service animal is not under control; or the service animal is not housebroken. For example, a service animal may be excluded from rides on which the service animal cannot be safely restrained from falling or being ejected. Service dogs are also excluded from the Deer Park Petting Zoo due to the presence of natural prey animals that could become aggressive or agitated by the service dog’s presence. If your service animal is excluded from a particular venue, ride, or attraction, Tweetsie will work with you and your party so that you can enjoy the venue, ride, or attraction without your service animal.

Because Tweetsie welcomes pets to the park, it might not always be obvious that a particular animal is a service animal. In those circumstances, as permitted by the ADA, the staff member might ask you whether the animal is a service animal required because of a disability and what work or tasks the animal is trained to perform.

Emotional assistance animals, comfort animals, and other assistance animals that do not meet the ADA’s definition of service animal are welcome to attend the park, but will not be permitted in any area where pets are not permitted.

If you plan to stay overnight, make reservations early. For information on area lodging contact: ExploreBooneArea.com, 800-852- 9506 or BlowingRock.com, 877-750- 4636.

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