My son was SO excited when we pulled up to his surprise. We got onto the train about 10minutes before the ride started. The story teller int he car started introducing herself and what she did in real life, then introduced the "elves". The "elves" were kids, probably in their early teens. They wore Christmas colors for the most part but only 1 person was dressed as an elf. One boy, about age 12, wore a shirt that said "who needs mistletoe with a face like this" and fleece pajama pants. Another girl probably about age 14, wore a white dress with garland on the sleeves and a totally non-Christmas-y skirt. VERY disappointing. The story teller lady read the story and it seemed to be over all too quickly. Upon nearing the "North Pole" the adults on one side of the train were asked to move so that the kids from the other could get in to see. The narrator told the kids they had to watch for "elves" but that the elves were very quick. Then, she would say "oh, did you see that one". Of course, there was nothing there and only 1 or 2 kids said they saw something. The North Pole toy factory was some old warehouse with no lights on or anything. There was an empty trailer not even attached to a truck. No Christmas decorations on this building whatsoever. I was SO disappointed as was my 4 year old son who turned to me and said "Mom, that's not the North Pole". During the ride, they tried to sing some songs, but frequently got interrupted by the conductor or santa (a cheesy one at that) and Mrs. Claus. They played "limbo" but that was simply the "elves" putting their hands on the seats in the aisles and the kids walking underneath. They gave out hot chocolate in styrofoam cups with some random logo on them. The cups were half full and so hot that it took a long time before my son and his friend could drink them. My son, who was so excited when he saw the train and is usually enamored by this sort of activity was really let down. He told me about 4 or 5 times that he was bored. He had more fun at the hotel we stayed out so that we could do this activity.
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