I rode the Polar Express this year with my neice, newphew and my 12 week old son and some adults. This year i put us on 1st class instead of standard like last year. Let me tell you, the 1st class was definitely worth it. Instead of feeling like i'm back in high school on a school bus, they have nice big tables and comfortable chairs. The windows are really big for the kids to see out of. The 1st class also holds fewer people which was nice because we all had our own room. I got the hot chocolate which was me was cold, but perfect temperature for the kids, it came in a cute little red polar express mug that we all got to take home with us. The treats they gave us were pretty good, some muffins, cookies,and pastries as well as the chocolate covered marshmellow santa which was russell stovers chocolate... We all danced and sung songs as we rode into the night. The moonlight overlooked the river beautiful making it seem kind of majestic. As we got to the North pole, the car attendents said "Everyone, look and see the North Pole, you have to wave to Santa or he wont know there is anyone on our car!" My nephew who is 4 just jumped up and started waving like crazy. After a little while Santa arrived at our car. He picked up my 12 week old son and posed for pictures and picked up my 1year old neice to get some pictures with her. Then Santa got next to my newphew and took pictures with him. We didn't have books, but Santa signed the mugs and out Golden Tickets. My son as young as he is wouldn't stop smiling for Santa and started to cry when he left!!! But I was excited about the whole trip, it's not great for adults but if the kids are happy it makes it all worth it. You have to have a positive attitude because if you don't enjoy it then the children wont enjoy it. To see the smiles on their faces, I will be riding again next year!!
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