The Mt. Hood Railroad Polar Express was a stellar experience for our grandchildren and for us, it was a perfect way to begin the Christmas season in our opinion. We are well traveled, and are pretty discerning about where we take our grandchildren; we would recommend this experience highly. We read the kids the Poar Express book and watched the movie with them before we took the trip, so they understood the significance of the bells, the hobo, Santa and the elves. Our grandchildren thought it was "the best adventure ever!". We did purchase the upgrade to the dome car and had a fabulous view of the beautiful scenery along the river and forest. It got dark during the trip so the Christmas lights showed well, and Santa was dramatically illuminated as we came to the North Pole- the experience for the kids was very much like the movie. As for everyone who works on the Polar Express Train, they made the experience so much more meaningful-from the conductor, the chefs, Santa, the elves, the hobo. They were all enthusiastic, friendly, smiling, and engaged the children at all times-leading us in songs, getting us ready for Santa, hot cocoa and cookies, the North Pole, etc. In some earlier reviews there were complaints about the cocoa and cookies, but the cookies were yummy and the cocoa was not so hot that the kids had to wait to have it. We wanted to praise the Mt. Hood Railroad for the wonderful family experience they provided us, and to let others know this Polar Express is meaningful and well worth the money spent. Great job, Mt. Hood Polar Express Staff!!!!!!!
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