VEGAS 09: Hit plans Thomas Town Japan

Firm teams up with Pleasurecast, the attractions division of Bandai Namco Group to launch attraction in Shinmisato.
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Located within a new shopping centre adjacent to Shin-Misato Station, Thomas Town Shinmisato is approximately 45 minutes from Tokyo Station.

The park will have five themed zones including English Market Place, which serves as the heart of the attraction and will be the main zone for themed events such as mini-live stage shows and carnival events.

The fully immersive experience will also offer children the use of Thomas & Friends currency to pay for rides and games throughout the attraction.

Thomas Town Shinmisato will also feature:

  • An attraction zone featuring a Thomas & Friends dark ride and a cranky play structure
  • An educational and craft area with a library and activity area
  • A café and museum offering a quintessentially English setting
  • A Thomas retail shop including exclusive Thomas Town merchandise and imported product

Pleasurecast is set to open Thomas Town Shinmisato in September 2009 with further plans to open up to 15 Thomas Town attractions in shopping malls across Japan.

The firm has partnered with the UK-based design company RMA Limited, which was also commissioned by Hit and Drayton Manor Theme Park in 2008 to design and project manage Thomas Land in the UK.

Frank Foley, general manager of Asia at Hit Entertainment commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Pleasurecast to deliver such a unique attraction for young Thomas fans in Japan. Pleasurecast is one of the most highly regarded and respected attractions operators in the country.

"The depth and breadth of the company’s success is easily demonstrated in their portfolio of existing attractions in Japan including Nanja Town and Character World and we are thrilled to be working with them on Thomas Town.”

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