The Polar Express invited our family to a media preview of the event. All opinions are my own.
All aboard The Polar Express at Union Station in St. Louis! We had the opportunity to preview the Polar Express this week to share with you the ins and outs of the changes to this year’s event. We’ve gone every year for the past five years and if you have gone too, you’ll notice some differences. From Hattie’s first visit at 23 months to 4 years old visit, they have all been special in their own way. This year was no exception. With all that is going on in 2020, we still wanted to make those magical holiday memories.
Walk-Thru Train Experience
This year, the Polar Express is a walk-thru train experience. Timed ticketing, crowd size, and social distancing measures are put in place for safety for all. Before you begin the experience, you’ll have your temperature check and enter with your group. You’ll enter to walk through visual pages of The Polar Express to meet the Train Conductor to head off on the tour of the train. You’ll still get your ticket like always and enjoy the trip!
Don’t worry, there are still stops for cute photo opportunities!
As I mentioned, the train is a full walkthrough experience with not much room for extra belongings. There is a tent for strollers to be stored for safekeeping.
If you have little ones who scare easily, there is one train car that features lifesize wolves that are very realistic. For my almost 7-year-old, she was a little scared. Otherwise, it took us about 15 minutes to walk through the train experience. Once exiting the train, we were directed to another tent closer to The Soda Fountain where Santa’s Toyshop is located. There you can color a picture and send it off to the North Pole. Afterward, you’ll have the opportunity to have your photo taken with Santa. Pricing is $10 for a digital image and no personal photos allowed. The backdrop is really pretty and perfect for the change in the experience.
Don’t forget the HOT HOT HOT Chocolate, Cookies and for children under 12 a bell. As you exit the tent through the gift shop, there are a couple of small tables, and a row of chairs to sit and enjoy your treats.
The Polar Express has taken all the necessary precautions to keep you and your family safe while making memories. The signage is visible and plenty of people pointing you in the right direction. Per St. Louis City Health Department guidelines, all guests over the age of 9 will be required to wear masks. All characters and helpers will also be wearing a mask, even Santa!
Timed tickets are available from 3pm to 9pm Monday – Thursday and 1pm to 9pm Friday – Sunday. You can purchase your tickets online.
What Else To Do
While you’re at Union Station, make it an event to remember! Come early to check out the Aquarium, ride The Wheel, or even grab a Freak Shake at The Soda Fountain. These are holiday memories your family will remember! How are you making the holidays memorable this year?