Ellis D. Atwood gave this historic amusement park its name, his initials (E.D.A). He started this railroad by purchasing most of the surviving equipment from Maine’s once expansive network of two-foot gauge rail’s and had them trucked south to Carver, Massachusetts. This was the making of Edaville Railroad.
In Maine, these two-foot gauge rails covered several sections of the state starting in the late 1800’s. These short line railroads fell prey to the depression and competition from automobiles. With the railroads shutting down, Ellis D. Atwood began purchasing the remaining rails in 1946 and 1947 and had it trucked to cranberry bogs of Carver, Mass.
Atwood had a plan, he built a railroad 5 ½ miles long around his 1,800-acre plantation of cranberries. He used the trains to service his bogs as well as hauling paying customers through the plantation for sightseeing. This operation evolved into a “Family Fun Park;" with an emphasis on carnival type rides, bright lights and extravagant Christmas displays. Edaville Railroad became a local institution, and drew visitors from far and wide.
Jon Delli Priscoli purchased Edaville and it’s 250 acres in 2002. There have been many exciting changes under his ownership including the reconfiguration of the entire rail course, renaming the park to Edaville USA, and the incorporation of vintage amusement rides such as an antique carousel and an illuminated Ferris Wheel. Other attractions throughout the year include, “Pumpkins AGLOW” in October, and Christmas Festival of Lights offering train rides through brilliant displays lit with over 7 million lights during the Christmas season.
In 2015, the latest and greatest addition to the park debuted - Thomas Land! This section added 11 new rides, along with a stage show and multiple dining and shopping venues while bringing the Island of Sodor to life in the picturesque New England landscape of Carver, Massachusetts.
If you are looking for a fun filled day with the kids, then you need to check out Edaville USA! Edaville USA is a terrific amusement park for kids of all ages!! With classic rides like the Big Eli Ferris Wheel, a classic carousel and bumper cars, to exploring Dino Land, and Thomas Land, there is something for everyone in the family!
The first thing you will notice when you arrive will be the huge park entrance sign.
If you happen to travel during the summer season, you are treated to the option to go fishing in the pond right in front of the "Greetings from Edaville" sign!
Get the best view from the highest point in Carver. Since 1951 people have enjoyed the breathtaking vistas of South Carver from- "Big Eli" the Ferris Wheel. A true classic and fun for the whole family.
We loved riding the Ferris Wheel! It was a lot of fun, and the view was the best!
Dinosaurs have their own land in Edaville USA, so make sure when you enter you hold on to your kid's hands and be ready to run! Just kidding!
The newest attraction in Edaville USA is Thomas Land!
Make sure you visit with Sir Topham Hatt and check out the many rides including Sodor’s Cranberry Carousel, Toby's Tilting Tracks, Winston's Skyline Express, and Troublesome Trucks Runaway Coaster. You can also visit Tidmouth Sheds and see some friends!
Make sure you also save some time to ride on Thomas the train himself! He will take you all around the park. It is a fun 15-minute ride and a great way to rest your tired feet!
We are very excited to head back to Edaville USA this fall to see their Pumpkins AGLOW exhibit in DinoLand.
Kid friendly Pumpkins AGLOW is back by popular demand and is better than ever! Come and see Edaville USA's magical garden of endless pumpkins throughout Dino Land. Admission to Pumpkins AGLOW includes access to Edaville Proper, Thomas Land & DinoLand, with over 90 rides and attractions!
We are hoping to go back to see their Christmas Festival of Lights which starts November 18th, and runs until the new year!
This is Edaville USA’s most memorable New England Tradition with over 17 million lights illuminating the park! You and your family can enjoy over 90 attractions including Edaville’s newest attraction: Thomas Land! Come on down and create a magical experience where your family can grow and bond together while creating traditions that turn into unforgettable memories lasting a lifetime.
You can also hop aboard the Santa VIP train for a once in a lifetime interactive experience with Santa himself and his elves straight from the North Pole! As Santa goes through the train cars, he will give each child a specially wrapped gift which completes their magical holiday experience.
Make sure you keep up with all the latest about Edaville USA by visiting their website, following them on Facebook and Twitter and by following along on my site here. I will be sharing with you lots of fun things to come at Edaville USA over the next year!
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