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Old 03-28-2009, 09:35 PM   #46
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Just finished reading your latest update! Love your pictures. Thanks for fun trip report. I was there when you were.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:09 PM   #47
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I got up early this morning and found you again.
Thanks for the good morning read.
I'm going down in a few days, and I think I am going to try and sign up for the Citrus thing you did.
Thanks for reading! The Showcase of Citrus was really quite fun. The monster truck ride was great. The people running it were very accommodating. They worked around our schedule without a problem. The truck ride took about an hour total. The driver had a running commentary the whole time, telling us about their operation. If anyone had a question, he'd take the time to answer fully. Occassionally, he'd stop the truck to point out something interesting, or help to answer a question. It was a lot of fun. Also, picking fruit straight from the tree was great. It was SOOOOO tasty!

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Just finished reading your latest update! Love your pictures. Thanks for fun trip report. I was there when you were.
Thanks for reading! Wasn't it a great time to be there?? The crowds weren't too bad, and the weather was beautiful.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:19 PM   #48
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November 1st and 2nd -- Days 13 and 14

November 1 – We got up around 7:00 or so. I finished packing up stuff. We went to Old Port Royale to get breakfast and to fill our mugs. We took a few more pictures along the way.








We spotted this guy in the tree outside our room.


Mom had a bit of fun playing around in a hammock.




DH didn’t want anything, Mom had a large chocolate muffin, I had french toast with bacon, and DD had a western omelet with potatoes. Total cost $15.74.

We took the food back to the room and ate. We finished packing up the van. We left the Caribbean Beach Resort at 10:38 am. We got on I-4 and headed toward Sanford. We arrived at the train station at about 11:30 am. We checked in and got our tickets. We didn't need to be there for a while yet, so we drove to a nearby McDonald’s for lunch. DH had the big mac meal, I had a fish meal, mom had the cheeseburger happy meal and DD had the chicken nugget happy meal. She didn’t eat any of the nuggets, though. I have no idea what we spent here, as I didn't write it down and can't find the receipt.

From there, we went to Walmart, about 2 miles down the road from the McDonald's. I picked up some candy, two mini WWE wrestlers for DD (she just couldn't manage to survive the train ride without them, ya know), Sims FreeTime (an expansion pack for my Sims2 game) and a couple of magazines. Total cost $43.35.

We were back to the train station by about 1:30. They put a magnetic number on the car and we waited in the station. I got DD a pop-ball toy, two drinks for us and some Advil for DH (his jaw was kicking in - he has some occasional TMJ issues). Total cost was $12.81.





Hooking up the engine.


Loading docks for the vehicles.






While we waited to board the train, DD played in their little playground, and we just watched people. Some people... you just have to watch them. You can't look away. There was a group near us, about four adults and I couldn't count the kids. They took 2 luggage carts and blocked off the end of one of the aisles. One said to the other, "Now the kids can play and we don't have to watch them." Um.. OK. This same one was saying loudy, "Ohh. My throat hurts still." Remember this.

This is before that group showed up...


The waiting rooms are starting to fill up...


This was the check-in line. We had checked in much earlier, and had no wait.


This was our car number.


This was our car.


Better quit here. Continued in the next post. (too many pictures)

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Old 03-28-2009, 10:32 PM   #49
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November 1st and 2nd -- Days 13 and 14, continued


We boarded the train at about 2:30 pm. The train took off just before 4:00 pm. We had a little time to get settled in our cars. We opted for two roomette sleepers. We were on the lower level, and our roomettes were right across from each other. There was an older couple in the family bedroom, and the two attendants had the other two roomettes in our car on the lower level. So it was really peaceful and quiet.





Between the time we boarded and the time we actually left, they had snacks offered in the lounge car. Free bottled water was also offered. Mom, DD and I went to the lounge car to check out the snacks. They had little bowls of Chex-type snack mix and fresh fruit. We took a couple bowls of mix and a bit of fruit and went back to our rooms. You can see some of the snack mix on the mini table here.


The rooms were actually quite comfortable. The seats were large and cushy, but not too soft. There wasn't a lot of storage space, but we made do.



Looking down the hallway from our roomettes.


We had supper at the 7:00 serving (they offered 5:00, 7:00 and 9:00 dinners). DH and I had NY Strip steak with baked potato. Mom had Zinfindel braised chicken. DD had chicken tenders with mac & cheese. DH and Mom had cheesecake for dessert, and DD & I had ice cream. Everything was delicious! We all cleaned our plates -- even DD! I was really surprised how good the steak was. Very tender and flavorful, and cooked just right. Yum.

Mom was admiring the real coffee, after the "plastic" stuff offered at Disney World...


Remember the lady with the sore throat? Well, she shared! As we were finishing supper, my throat started burning. I know that feeling, and it's never good. I was going to be sick, but good.

We spent the time watching the landscape go by, talking and reading. DD put her video game systems to good use, and had fun with the little wrestlers that she just couldn't live without.


The attendent came and put our beds down at 9:00. DH and DD took the top bunks. We spent some time just sitting in the bunks. I was working on my laptop a bit, DD was playing. I think DH went to sleep, and Mom was just watching the trees go by. I was just feeling worse and worse. If I hadn't been getting sick, I know I would have really loved the ride at night. I did wake up a few times when the train would rock extra hard. I just had a hard time sleeping because of the sore throat and stuffiness.





November 2 – We woke up just after 6:00. I took a quick shower. Oh, man, this was a different experience! The shower was... Interesting. Of course, I forgot to get a picture of it! But I did get a picture of one of the restrooms!




We all went up to breakfast. The dining and lounge rooms were on the upper level. There were these tiny little stairs to go up.


Breakfast was listed as a continental breakfast, but they had the tables all set up, as they did for supper. Cereals, bagels, bananas and muffins were offered, as well as orange juice. We all enjoyed a good breakfast.

That basket held nice warm muffins and bagels when we were seated.

This is the lounge car. They showed movies in the evening, and you could get sodas/drinks and snacks here.


When we got back to our roomettes, the beds had been put up.


We got to the Lorton station around 8:30 (which was really 7:30 - Daylight Savings Time), and got off the train around 9:15. Our van didn’t come off the train until just before 9:30.

Unloading vehicles from the upper level.


Our van unloading.


The Lorton station.



We loaded up and hit I-95.

We stopped for gas at 9:36 - $2.45/gallon. Total cost $41.00. We stopped at a Hardee's for lunch, at 12:04. I was really feeling lousy by this time. DH had a 1/3 lb cheeseburger with fries, Mom had the 1/4 lb cheeseburger with fries, I had the Big Roast Beef. All DD wanted was a chocolate shake and some fries. I didn't care at that point. I ate the meat out of my sandwich and sucked down some cold pills with my soda. Total cost here was $14.24.

We drove the rest of the way home without stopping. (I think. I was so out of it by that time... I didn't write down anything else in my notebook.) The only other picture I took for the rest of the trip was the Maryland state sign, and that didn't come out very well.


We made it to our driveway at about 4:30. I unloaded only what I needed and went inside. I made sure DD got her stuff inside and I hit the bed. I felt lousy. After being off for two weeks, I ended up calling in sick on Monday. My throat was so sore by then that I could barely talk. We had Tuesday off (Election Day is a holiday for us - I work for the local county gov't offices). By Wednesday, I was able to go back to work. What a way to end a vacation, huh? I'm just glad it did happen at the end, instead of the beginning!!

So, the good -- the train ride! It was amazing. Comfortable, easy and clean!

The bad -- rowdy people with uncontrolled kids at the train station.

The ugly -- I got nice and sick on the way home.

Overall -- we had a wonderful time. All of us. DD was really well-behaved for most of the trip. Even for a nine-year-old. She did well in lines, and didn't do the "gimme gimme" buy-me-this stuff. She doesn't normally, but we all know how kids can act on vacation. We did learn to keep her fed, though. If she started getting ornery, we knew to stop and get her a snack. Worked like a charm.

DH didn't ride many rides, but we didn't expect him to. He did go on a few with us, and really had a good time people-watching. He also enjoyed meeting Cinderella, even though DD hated it. He thought she was a sweetie. She was spot-on for her character.

Mom -- what can I say about her? She enjoyed everything. It was like taking another kid along. And not one so used to traveling as our DD. She simply took everything in and loved the new experiences. She is a total Disney addict now. She's talking about saving up and taking a trip again. Little did she know what her Christmas present was -- she's going with us again this November!!

I really enjoyed our trip as well. We didn't get to see some of the things I wanted to. We missed most of the shows -- Finding Nemo, Festival of the Lion King, Beauty & the Beast, Fantasmic, etc. However, that just gives us something to look forward to on our next trip, I guess. I also missed most of the World Showcase. We kind of skimmed by it, but didn't really spend much time exploring. That, too, will be rectified on our next trip.

I guess that's about it for this trip report. Kinda sad to end it. I did love re-living our trip, though.
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Old 03-28-2009, 11:02 PM   #50
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I just read your whole trip report and it was great. The smile on your mothers face says everything. Love the idea about taking the train home...I will have to look into that.
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:46 PM   #51
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I'm sorry you got sick coming home.


Thanks for sharing your ride home on the Amtrak train.
I had no idea, you could take your car/van along.
While I was reading, it, I was wondering how I missed the train ride to Orlando, but then I remember you drove down.

I rode the Amtrak train over 30 years ago, from Chicago to Bowling Green. We had only a seat like a bus. I remember being so miserable and I was only with my sister who was 14, I was 12, and my 2 cousins were 13 & 14. I sure don't know what our parents were thinking.

Glad you are going back. It is fun, because you make a point to do things you missed, and you don't have to redo things you didn't like.

You should start a pre-trip, lol.

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Old 04-02-2009, 01:05 PM   #52
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Loved the photos and the TR. I was especially interested in the train experience. I had considered doing this for our trip this summer, but discoverd that to get from our Amtrak depot in texas to Orlando, you have to go through chicago. It's like a 50 hour trip one way.
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