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Mattel opens second-largest Thomas & Friends attraction in North America

Mattel has launched the second largest permanent Thomas & Friends attraction in North America with the opening of Thomas Town in Kennywood Park.

Thomas Town feautres five rides including a train ride with Thomas, a stage show, themed play and entertainment areas, retail store and more.

The new attraction is set overlooking the Monongahela River and the historic Edgar Thomson Steel Works in Braddock. Thomas Town is one of the largest single-year addition in Kennywood’s 120 year history, re-theming The Olde Kennywood Rail Road into a Thomas & Friends story.

The area also includes an indoor play zone, Birthday Room, a retail store featuring a section to Pick Your Own Minis custom collection and an entertainment show featuring Sir Topham Hatt, Percy, James, Emily and Gordon.

“With 120 years of history, Kennywood is one of the most beloved amusement parks in the country and we are so excited to bring our latest Thomas & Friends attraction to Pittsburgh for families to enjoy for many years to com,” said Julie Freeland, senior director of global live events and attractions for Mattel.

Jerome Gibas, general manager at Kennywood, added: “It’s a great joy to welcome Thomas and his friends into the Kennywood family. Guests have been eagerly contacting us for months and we can’t wait to welcome them all into Thomas Town at Kennywood Park.”

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