About the Ride

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What to Expect

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a magical one-hour trip to the North Pole. Once on board, your car hosts will work their way through the coach and punch your golden ticket before hot chocolate and a delicious cookie are served by dancing chefs. Passengers then read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg.

Santa and his helpers board the train to greet passengers and each guest is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. During the trip, characters on each car lead passengers in caroling and onboard entertainment – just like in the film! Each guest will take home a keepsake sleigh bell in addition to the wonderful memories made on this magical trip. First Class passengers also take home a collectible THE POLAR EXPRESS™ ceramic mug issued with their hot chocolate.

Passengers are required to arrive approximately 45 minutes before their listed departure time to park and check in at Whippany Station at 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, Hanover, NJ 07981. Further event information is available in Frequently Asked Questions.

Classes of Service

Coach Class

Coach Class cars seat approximately 100 passengers inside of restored Comet commuter coaches adorned in festive holiday decor. Seating is arranged in a 3-2 configuration with three seats on one side of the aisle and two on the other. Designated wheelchair spaces are located in Glacier Gulch (2) and can be booked online by selecting the wheelchair space icon and adjacent companion seats as needed. Not all seats face the same direction in Coach Class, so please review seating charts carefully when booking. All seats on board the train are assigned and you will select your own seats during the checkout process.

Coach Class Pricing

Value Dates: $45 Adult, $40 Child │ Standard Dates: $50 Adult, $45 Child │ Holiday Dates: $65 Adult, $60 Child

Additional ticketing service fee and local tax will apply

First Class

First Class cars seat 52 passengers inside of beautifully restored 1940’s era coaches from the golden age of rail travel. First Class cars feature festive holiday decor, ample legroom, overstuffed reclining chairs in a 2-2 seating arrangement, and large windows for the best view of the North Pole. In addition to more comfortable accommodations, First Class passengers are served their hot chocolate in a collectible THE POLAR EXPRESS™ ceramic mug which is theirs to take home. All seats on board the train are assigned and you will select your own seats during the checkout process.

First Class Pricing

Value Dates: $60 Adult, $55 Child │ Standard Dates: $70 Adult, $65 Child │ Holiday Dates: $75 Adult, $70 Child

Additional ticketing service fee and local tax will apply

Location

Whippany Station