family did several summers ago. It was a very relaxing way to start our
vacation. Check out my newest article on The Disney Planning Blog.
If you live near Washington DC you should consider taking the Amtrak
Auto Train to Disney. The Auto Train leaves daily and runs between
Lorton, Virginia and Sanford, Florida (43 miles from Disney World).
This is my kids’ favorite way to reach Florida. At times it has been
more relaxing than the normal 2-hour flight with all the stress of air
travel. Your fare includes coach seating and all your meals (dinner and
breakfast). You can upgrade your ticket for sleeping accommodations at
an additional cost.
Once at the terminal you will be directed to park your car. Each
passenger will be allowed to bring two carry-on bags. Make sure you put
any medications or other important items in your carry-on. Once your
car is taken away you will not have access to it until it is unloaded
the next day. All other items will remain in your car. Upon arrival
inside the welcome center you will check in and choose your dinner
seating time. Passengers wait until boarding is announced.
The Auto Train leaves each station at 4:30pm and arrives at its
destination by 8:30am. It takes approximately 2 hours to load and
unload all vehicles. Therefore you are requested to be at the train
station to load no later than 2:30pm.
There are restrictions on vehicle size. You should check http://www.Amtrak.com for more information or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.
If you have coach tickets you will be seated in a Superliner coach
car. The seats here have footrests and lean back. First Class
passengers will be assigned a sleeping car. A train attendant will be
able to direct you to the correct sleeping compartment.
Once the train leaves the station, guests will be able to visit the
Club car for refreshments and light snacks. A wine tasting is offered
in the Lounge Car an hour prior to departure. Dinner is usually served
at three different times. Meals are included in the cost of your fare.
Dinner usually consists of a choice of 5 different entrees – chicken,
fish, beef, vegetarian and special. You will also be provided with
drinks, salad and dessert, wine is complementary at dinner. Children
can order from another menu if they prefer. Breakfast is continental
with your choice of cereal, muffins bagels, fruit, juices and coffee.
For entertainment movies are shown several times during the evening.
Bedding is provided for sleeping car passengers. Your attendant will
inquire prior to dinner what time you would like your seats converted
to beds. Coach passengers will be given a blanket and small pillow.
Feel free to bring your own pillow on board.
Watching the countryside fly by while sipping a glass of wine is so
much better than fighting traffic on I-95. The kids love the freedom of
the train, being able to walk around and stretch their legs. Our
family was able to start our vacation the moment the conductor said “All
The procedures for travelling north are similar to traveling south.