My kids love the Polar Express story so much, that even after seeing the movie a half a dozen times, Ryan still wanted to take the DVD out from the library. James will watch it over and over too . Ever since the movie came out, we watch it as a family year after year. In fact, because I am late on returning the DVD, they are watching it as I type this.
I heard that to ride the Polar Express in North Conway, NH you needed to pay to get into a lottery, and even then, you weren’t guaranteed a ride. That just wasn’t going to happen. So, I was absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity to take the boys on the Polar Express on the Cape Cod Central Railway, where there is no lottery required. (I think we got this opportunity in just the nick of time, because they are growing up quicker than I’d like.) Click here for details on how you can get tickets to ride at the Cape Cod Central railway until the end of December.
The ride for us to the Buzzard’s Bay station was two hours. We arrived to find the parking lot was conveniently located and parking was free. (We were told it was $5.) We were off to an excellent start. We picked up our tickets and the boys received their special tickets to ride!
About 20 minutes before the ride, the conductor gathered the children around for an important message. It seems there is this hobo (remember in the movie?) that rides the train, but the conductor can never catch him. He asked the children to keep a look out for him so that they could tell him where he was. He even made them pinky swear! This was serious.
Then, the train arrived and we settled into our seats.
As the train moved down the track, these young chefs greeted us and served us hot chocolate and chocolate chip cookies. This was James favorite part. The hot chocolate was rich and creamy- just like the movie. I added this fun clip for your viewing pleasure!
These treats must have filled the air with their sweet smell, because that darn hobo came out of hiding and started asking us about the conductor. We don’t know whatever became of the hobo and his kettle full of Jo, because he disappeared into the next car.
Meanwhile, different bits from the movie played over the sound system, like the hot chocolate song. The chef’s had the Polar Express Book and they walked around sharing the pictures with everyone as a narrator read the story.
The train had reached it’s destination! We arrived at the North Pole, where Santa greeted everyone from outside and then boarded the train. Santa (with the help of his elves) visited with every single kid on the train, including mine and gave them each a nice big bell – “the first gift of Christmas.” Keep this in mind, because if your kid is anything like mine, he win want the nice big bell in the gift shop! Suffice it to say, receiving this bell was Ryan’s favorite part of the trip.
The conductor returned to punch every child’s ticket. He punched a very cryptic “P E”. What could that possibly mean? Patience? Peace? No! Why “Polar Express” of course! (After all that punching, I bet he had a nasty blister!)
While I have no doubt that very young children will absolutely love this ride, even my two boys at 8 and 11 had a wonderful time. Every staff member, from the conductor, to the chefs, the hobo, the elves and good old Santa, was very enthusiastic and great with kids of all ages. Our coach had some technical difficulties with the lighting, however, this made the whole ride a little more magical (as if the ghost hobo had something to do with it!)
Tickets to the Polar Express
For tickets to The Polar Express ride, visit http://www.capetrain.com/ or call 888-797-7245.
I received 4 free tickets for The Polar Express train ride, courtesy of US Family Guide, to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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