I think that it had the potential to be a good trip, but it just wasn't quite there. We rode the Woodbridge train on Saturday. We got to the station at about 8:45 b/c we knew it would be crowded, and since there weren't assigned seats, we wanted to get seats together. It's a good thing we did, b/c by the time the train arrived, the line was backed up all of the way into the parking garage. It was a COLD wait though.
The trip started off well. DS was really excited, particularly to see REAL CONDUCTORS on the train. He wanted to know if we were going to go to the North Pole to see Santa like on the Polar Express. The whole trip was a surprise for him, so that made it even more exciting for him. As the train got started, people came through passing out colored pencils, coloring books, train engineer hats, and candy canes. This helped keep the kids entertained until Santa arrived. Both kids didn't want to be touched by Santa, so we got this awesome picture:
Note DS's body language and DD glaring in the background. :-)
Now for the bad part. Either Santa was slow so they delayed the train, or something happened on the tracks, b/c at one point they stopped the train for a LONG time. Perhaps 20-30 minutes. It resulted in the entire ride being an hour and a half instead of just an hour, which was just too long for our duo, and for a lot of the other kids too. Luckily, at some point on the ride back, some carolers came through and sang for a few minutes. Unfortunately, they couldn't stay long enough to keep the kids happy for the rest of the ride back. :-P
Overall, without the delay, I think it would have been a good trip. I'm not sure that we'll ever have kids that are jumping up and down with excitement to see Santa, but we at least got through it without DS having a panic attack, LOL. I thought he was close at one point. As Santa was nearing us, he started just repeating, "I don't want presents. I don't want presents. I don't want to talk to Santa. I don't want presents." Luckily, he did pretty well.