To top it all off, we just watched the new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD Mickey's Choo Choo Express, where the kids were able to see this train in action. Now they are more sure than ever that it was the right thing to do to write to Santa asking him to please bring Mickey's Magic Choo Choo for Luke this year.
What I thought about this Disney toy train made by Fisher Price:
1) I have to point out how parent-friendly the packaging is. There are two perforated openings on the box . . . one on the back and one on the bottom. These pop open to reveal the twist ties that need to be undone in order to remove the toy from the box. This was much better than trying to pull the inner box out while it is glued to the outer box or just trying to rip the cardboard packaging apart with my bear hands just to get to these twist ties.
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2) I like that there are not a lot of small parts to lose for this toy. This train set comes with the basics with no frills, which is perfect for a young child.
3) Another parent-friendly feature is the battery compartment. It is secured with only one screw and then the compartment pulls out like a drawer.
4) The on/off switch is very prominent so your child can find it easily. This will help your toddler or preschooler to be more independent and decreases the amount of battery-operated toys that are left on accidentally at my house.
5) This toy train works in two modes . . . Magic and Classic. In Magic Mode, the train uses the two straight tracks. As the train moves forward, it picks up one track and expels it from its mouth to lay the piece of track down in front of the train. This allows the train to drive onward using only two pieces of train tracks. Although the track does not get laid down quite right once in awhile, this function still has a pretty high coolness factor.
6) Although the train working in Magic Mode is cool, it actual goes very quickly. You need to have a large space where the train can drive itself in a straight line for awhile. It did not work well on our large train table because, even travelling diagonally, it only had enough space to lay down a piece of track three times and completed this in about 3 seconds.
7) What helps the train track pieces stay in place are the rubber treads underneath that grip a flat surface or carpeting very well.
8) The pieces of track are large and chunky, making them perfect for little hands. It is pretty cute that the connection for each track are shaped like Mickey Mouse's famous silhouette.