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New hot air balloon attraction for famous theme park

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Drayton Manor has recently announced that it will be adding a new attraction to its collection that features hot air balloons.

The attraction is set to be opened in the Park’s Thomas Land, where all rides are based around the popular children’s book and television series, Thomas the Tank Engine.

This particular ride is based on one of the stories from the collection, ‘James and the Red Balloon’. As part of the ride, families will be lifted towards the skies in their own hot air balloon, which is set to rise to around 15 feet high and tilt to one side.

From the highest point of the ride, people will be able to see the sights of the whole theme park, and in particular Drayton Manor’s take on Sodor, the fictional island in which the Thomas the Tank series is set.

The ride cost a total of £250,000 to put together and features a total of eight gondolas, which will each hold either four children or two children and two accompanying adults. It is set to open this spring, officially opening alongside the other 20 Thomas the Tank themed rides on Saturday 1st April.

Thomas Land is the only attraction of its kind in Europe and underwent an expansion worth £2.5 million back in 2015.

Hot air ballooning adventures are becoming more popular in the UK, and there are plenty of opportunities for those who want to experience the wonders of the skies for themselves to book their own flight.

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