This past Saturday we enjoyed our experience on the Saratoga Polar Express Ride with our family and friends. We were all pleasantly surprised at how wonderful it was and how great the employees were. They did an amazing job and looked like they were all enjoying their part of the show. The children in our group ranged from 1yo up to 7 yo. They loved every part of it as well as us adults. We were a little hesitant taking a 4 hour ride from Long Island but this was certainly worth the trip.
A couple of tips: we took the 5:30 train which I would highly recommend. The 7:30 was much more crowded and a parking lot disaster! The cars stretched out in a line all the way to the main road waiting for spots, which we were all in from the earlier show. We ran into people in our hotel that said it was a nightmare because it was so crowded and stated they would definitely do the 5:30 next year. You definitely need to arrive an hour before the 7:30 show, and maybe 20-30 mins for the 5:30 show.
Also, we chose the standard class seating which had comfy seats facing each other. We were so pleased we decided on the standard class because of the seating arrangement, and not to sit around the table. It was much easier for the kids to get up and dance with the characters and move around to see Santa and take pictures.
I've read reviews that people thought the North Pole lighting outside the train seemed fake, not to our children. Remember…this is for them not necessarily for us. They believe!!
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