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Old 08-15-2012, 07:19 PM   #1651
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Advice for 1st time on Autotrain

My family of 4, DH, DS (4) & DS (2) are considering taking the Autotrain to Disney next April. We are going back and forth with just doing coach or doing two roomettes. Any recommendations or advice on traveling with 2 energetic little boys is appreciated.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:33 PM   #1652
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Try for a family bedroom.
It would work better considering your children's ages.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:33 AM   #1653
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You mean that there are no rooms available northbound from Easter until mid-May. Right?
That's what the lady told me. I don't know, it seems I've read on here that they add more cars if the train gets booked. Honestly, the lady I talked to was less than professional. It seemed like I was bothering her, that she was annoyed her phone rang.
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:37 AM   #1654
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Thought you may like a visual to go with the blue print. As you've seen, the handicapped bedroom has windows on both sides... it runs the width of the car.



There's a curtain (that closes with velcro and snaps) to separate the "bath" area from the seating/bed area. Your DH will be sleeping on the bottom bunk which means you'll have to navigate your way up to the top bunk.

They will bring your dinner and breakfast to your bedroom. I was also able to board earlier.
Maybe it is just me, but I think it is rather disturbing to have to look at a commode the whole trip! And I highly doubt that I could easily get to the top bunk. In fact, that kind of makes me wonder what they were thinking when they designed the room. Consider the fact that many of the AT users are snowbirds. That means they are anywhere from 65 on up. Now, if they are using an accessible room, that means one of those senior citizens has to climb up to the top bunk. And then when the handicapped person needs assistance, they have to climb back down. That could mean several trips during the course of a night for a 70+yo person. Just doesn't make any sense to me. Risk of falling is greatly increased just being on a train, as it is, let alone having to climb up and down a ladder. Should have been one big birth or two lower berths instead of the upper berth.

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Old 08-16-2012, 09:24 AM   #1655
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I think it works the other way around: There's space above the bottom bunk that would go unused if they didn't offer the top bunk to those who could make use of it. It helps those folks avoid the costly alternative, which is to have to book two bedrooms. However, for those who truly cannot make use of the top bunk, that alternative is still available to them. I don't really see how they could design the cars differently so that the available space is best used. Anything that gives us that much more room and lower bunk space would require reducing the number of passengers that the car can accommodate and that would naturally increase the costs by the amount of the reduction in passengers. The Autotrain is already so expensive that I cannot imagine having to pay double even though it would mean that we both get a bottom bunk, so as long as we're physically able to use the top bunk safely I'm going to be happy for that option.
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:03 AM   #1656
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:54 PM   #1657
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We leave on Wednesday for the auto train to Disney! This thread has been so useful - thanks to everyone!!
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Old 08-17-2012, 03:58 PM   #1658
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Just packing up for our trip to Disney....is the autotrain chilly? We have a roomette, not sure if there is individual air controls. I am thinking I should definitely bring sweatshirts for us...any suggestions? Thanks
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Old 08-17-2012, 04:44 PM   #1659
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In all our August Auto Train trips we have never needed anything warmer than t-shirts.
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Just packing up for our trip to Disney....is the autotrain chilly? We have a roomette, not sure if there is individual air controls. I am thinking I should definitely bring sweatshirts for us...any suggestions? Thanks
Just got off the train today. You shouldn't need any sweatshirts. The rooms are comfortable but not too cold. Also, when the top bunk is down in the roomette the lower bed gets less circulation and may get s bit warm
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Just got off the train today. You shouldn't need any sweatshirts. The rooms are comfortable but not too cold. Also, when the top bunk is down in the roomette the lower bed gets less circulation and may get s bit warm

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:01 AM   #1662
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My family of 4, DH, DS (4) & DS (2) are considering taking the Autotrain to Disney next April. We are going back and forth with just doing coach or doing two roomettes. Any recommendations or advice on traveling with 2 energetic little boys is appreciated.
I think coach is perfect for a family like yours. They put families in the same cars together so the kids end up making friends and having a great time. They can walk around, watch movies, etc. I'd go for coach myself.
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quick question, do u tip the attendant in a sleeper car?


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Old 08-18-2012, 10:36 PM   #1664
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My family of 4, DH, DS (4) & DS (2) are considering taking the Autotrain to Disney next April. We are going back and forth with just doing coach or doing two roomettes. Any recommendations or advice on traveling with 2 energetic little boys is appreciated.
A family bedroom may be cheaper than two Roomettes and provides a larger lower bunk bed, too.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:43 PM   #1665
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