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New Seats Available for High-Demand Days Aboard The Polar Express as Holiday Season Officially Gets Underway

  (December 05, 2012)

Hood River, Oregon (PRWEB) December 05, 2012

As the countdown to Christmas continues, the Mount Hood Railroad today announced that new seats have been added for high-demand days aboard The Polar Express.

The 2012 season marks the eighth for the tremendously popular Polar Express train ride, which will continue to transport passengers to the North Pole through December 28.

The weeks leading up to Christmas are our busiest days on the rails as families look to enjoy the most magical time of the year. We hope that adding additional seats will offer more people the opportunity to make this a holiday tradition, said Mount Hood Railroad General Manager Ron Kaufman. We look forward to welcoming families aboard as they create holiday memories to last a lifetime.

The Polar Express brings passengers on a magical round-trip journey to the North Pole. Throughout the trip, the characters of the animated motion picture based on the classic childrens story come to life while the book is read aloud and music from the movie plays for all the kids to sing along.

At the North Pole, Santa Claus awaits the children and climbs aboard with several cheerful elves and classic silver bells for children on the train. The return trip is full of holiday cheer with Santa meeting each child and festive caroling with Santas elves.

The Polar Express offers four seating options: coach; parlor car; lower dome; and upper dome.

Coach cars offer a family-friendly alternative with seating on both sides of the aisle. The vintage-style premium coach cars are an ideal option for travelers seeking an experience similar to the classic childrens film, offering two spacious seats on each side of a wide center aisle and well-suited for large parties.

Lower dome booth seating is a cozy grouping for a party of four with padded seats and a center tabletop. Elevated 16 feet above the tracks, the upper dome offers spacious seating and glass-domed windows for optimal views. All upper dome, lower dome and parlor car passengers receive a commemorative Polar Express hot cocoa mug. Seating configuration in the dome cars require guests to purchase tickets in even numbers in order to best accommodate all passengers while not splitting up groups.

Coach tickets are $26 for adults and $18 for children ages 2-12. Parlor car tickets are $36 for adults and $28 for children ages 2-12. Lower dome tickets are $36 for adults and $28 for children ages 2-12. Upper dome tickets are $46 for adults and $38 for children ages 2-12.

The Polar Express Train Ride is approximately a one-hour, round-trip train ride departing at various times throughout the day from the train station in Hood River, OR. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas to keep in the spirit of the story.

Tickets can be purchased by phone and online. For more information about The Polar Express, including a complete schedule and to purchase tickets, please call 1-800-872-4661 or visit:

About The Mount Hood Railroad
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Mount Hood Railroad is a passenger and freight railroad located in Hood River, Oregon. Each train ride transports passengers through the beautiful scenery inherent to the area including views of Mount Adams, Mount Hood and the majestic Hood River Valley.

The train offers a unique experience for both locals and visitors with a variety of themed excursions that are available throughout the year, including Dinner Trains, Wine Trains, Brunch Trains and even a Western Robbery-style trip.

For a complete list of events, please visit our web site here.

About The Polar Express Film
The Academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for The Polar Express, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Sony Pictures Imageworks and visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston, Oscar winners for their innovative work, help bring the story vividly to the screen in full CG animation through Imageworks next-generation motion capture process that allows live-action performances to drive the emotions and movements of the digital characters. Warner Home Video will once again offer The Polar Express in standard-definition, Blu-ray and 3D DVD versions this holiday season.

About The Polar Express Book
The Polar Express movie is based on Chris VanAllburgs classic holiday picture book, which tells the story of a boy who takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. First published by Houghtin Mifflin Company in 1985, The Polar Express became an instant holiday favorite and has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. In 1986 it won the prestigious Caldecott Medal for Illustration.

Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters TM & © 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Brooke Dale Liaison

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