Edaville Railroad wants to scrap Thomas Land, focus on Christmas season and accommodations


Operators of the railway-themed amusement park in Carver want to build 336 accommodations on unused portions of the property and only open during the Christmas season.

A few future changes are in store for Edaville Family Theme Park, the popular train-themed attraction in Southeast Massachusetts.

Operators of Carver Park, which opened 76 years ago, plan to scrap the Thomas Land section of the park and only want to open during the months of November and December, with some off-season events. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Edaville was open nine months of the year.

Another proposed update to the park is the addition of hundreds of rental units, including affordable housing, to be built on park property. Plans include an open space that would include two-mile walking trails, as well as biking and kayaking for subdivision and town residents.

The theme park offers family-friendly kiddie rides, gift shops, and two historic steam locomotives that take visitors on a tour of its scenic cranberry lands. Thomas Land opened in the summer of 2015, but along with the park’s Dino Land remained closed when the park reopened following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proposed changes were revealed at a meeting of Carver’s board of directors on January 3, when owner Jon Delli Priscoli told city officials, “Christmas would be our priority.”

“It’s going to be transformed into something like you see in Europe, which is a Bavarian Christmas market…with all these artisans and people selling goods and things that would make it a very unique Christmas experience for people. families,” said Delli Priscolli, who has owned the park for 25 years.

The majority of Edaville’s business—between 60 and 70 percent—comes from the Christmas Wonderland and Edaville Festival of Lights. Delli Priscoli told selectors that the sole focus on Christmas would be good for the longevity of the park.

“I want to see Edaville survive. I want to see Edaville move forward,” Delli Priscolli said during his remarks.

Delli Priscolli spoke about proposed plans for seven apartment buildings that would create 336 rental units. The buildings would be constructed over part of the Edaville parking lot and other unused areas of the sprawling property. Delli Priscolli said the housing development would not impact visitor parking.

Regarding the park permanently cutting ties with Thomas the Tank Engine, Delli Priscoli told selectors, “We came to the conclusion that Thomas and this whole concept really didn’t work. Our partner, unfortunately, did not respond, our brand partner. And COVID really hurt us.

Delli Priscolli said he made the proposed changes to the board so that there is “a collaborative effort with the city, so there’s a lot of input from city leaders and stakeholders into the project. “. No votes or approvals have been made yet.


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