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Old 09-13-2012, 05:19 PM   #1756
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I would say if the PP did want to take the AT down before the cruise to just plan to arrive the day before the cruise and drive to PC and stay in one of the many hotels there overnight before the cruise.
I second that idea. A nice relaxing night on the coast, maybe a little sightseeing. Sounds good to me!
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:15 PM   #1757
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i was wondering if its "worth it" to do this. i was seriously contemplating doing this but i'm not sold on it yet.... wanna sway me
We have AP so it's nothing for us to go in to a park for 1-2 hours after check-out and get on like 1 or 2 rides, grab a final Mickey Ice Cream bar and see a character.

When we didn't have AP or needed some final souvenirs, we'd head to DTD instead.

I look at it this way -- even just one or three hours in the park on my last day is better than nothing.

Oh and we always do our "sad face" photo, too.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:20 AM   #1758
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Does anybody have a packing list/prep list for Autotrain trips? We'll head down in late January (1/26) and return in early February (2/9) and I'm trying to start planning what we'll need.

One of our issues is that our youngest child has celiac, so we have to prep a pretty significant amount of snacks and meals, since I don't think she can eat on the train.

Also, does anybody know how busy that time of year is for down and back?

This is our first attempt at Autotrain travel. It's shaping up to be a very interesting trip for us, full of "First Time" events which, after a decade of DVC and doing the same things, might be cool or might be a disaster.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:55 PM   #1759
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One of our issues is that our youngest child has celiac, so we have to prep a pretty significant amount of snacks and meals, since I don't think she can eat on the train.
Call Amtrak ask them if they can accommodate you daughter's allergies. They may or may not but a call in advance might get a special meal made for her.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:39 PM   #1760
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Call Amtrak ask them if they can accommodate you daughter's allergies. They may or may not but a call in advance might get a special meal made for her.
I was surprised to read the following on the Amtrak site:

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Amtrak does not offer meals specifically designated as low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, gluten free, wheat free or peanut free. Most dinner entrees are not prepared on the dining car. The fat, cholesterol, sodium, gluten, wheat and peanut content may vary, and cannot be controlled or modified by the chef.
Kind of surprising, no?
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:13 PM   #1761
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That does surprise me too.
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:43 AM   #1762
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Auto train does provide a gluten free meal. It consists of grilled chicken breast, steamed vegetables and baked potato. All of these items are prepared and cooked from scratch on board! In first class a salad is also provided. Amtrak does not have gluten free bread products. Breakfast is a problem. I would suggest bringing a small box of gluten free cereal or pastry. Milk, fruit and juice will all be there to round out the meal.

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Old 09-17-2012, 07:19 AM   #1763
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Auto train was totally useless with my son's peanut allergy and I mean useless. Thankfully I had just finished a stay at DVC so we had left over food that we brought on for him.
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:27 AM   #1764
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Auto train was totally useless with my son's peanut allergy and I mean useless. Thankfully I had just finished a stay at DVC so we had left over food that we brought on for him.
Did you call in advance? Don't know if that would have helped though.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:15 AM   #1765
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Auto train was totally useless with my son's peanut allergy and I mean useless. Thankfully I had just finished a stay at DVC so we had left over food that we brought on for him.
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Did you call in advance? Don't know if that would have helped though.
Got back from the Auto-Train a few weeks ago. My son has food allergies (nuts, seeds, etc.) and we called ahead. That was useless as we were told to just make sure we tell our server. He ended up having Mac and cheese and Jello so he was happy. We also brought snacks. We would not go to the lounge car because they serve bowls of snacks that he coudl not have.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:25 AM   #1766
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Wondering if we can book 2 roomettes for the 5 of us and if so should I call to make sure they are in the same car across from each other? It's only $264 totalfor 2 of them or $569 for 1 family one...yikes!
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:41 AM   #1767
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Wondering if we can book 2 roomettes for the 5 of us and if so should I call to make sure they are in the same car across from each other? It's only $264 totalfor 2 of them or $569 for 1 family one...yikes!
Hi Loveysbydesign,

I'm sure more experienced AT riders will chime in on this, but I don't know that you would be comfortable with 5 people in 2 roomettes. I have not seen them in person, but after looking at the layouts and several YouTube videos, they look pretty small. And, when they are set for day-time, each one has two seats facing each other so I'm not sure where your 5th person would sit? Maybe you could book a Roomette and a Superliner Bedroom (I think I have seen posts where they will book 3 in a SB?), would that be less than the FB? I think somewhere on this thread there was a layout of the cars so you could see if there are any Roomettes next to SBs. Just a thought.... Good luck!
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:49 AM   #1768
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If you could put two roomette seats next to each other, and pull up the arm between them, maybe three small people could sit there, though for 16 hours I'm not even so sure of that. However, that's not how the roomette seats are arranged: The seats face each other. So it would only work if two of you could sit next to each other in something about the same size as a business class airline seat for 16 hours, without even an armrest between you. Only very young children are that small, and I have never met any that could calmly sit right on top of each other for 16 hours.
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:53 AM   #1769
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I'm not sure how true this is (and it really doesn't affect me anyway): a gentleman I work with uses the AT to go to FL in June and come back in late August (his wife is a school teacher). He told me families were not allowed to book in the lower level. I responded I was pretty sure this wasn't true, but hubby & I had already decided to book on the upper level.

He also said that there is no view on the upper level. He said it was due to the grass being so high on both sides of the track. Is that true? (not that it will matter all that much, I plan to sleep for the majority of the trip)
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:58 AM   #1770
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I'm not sure how true this is (and it really doesn't affect me anyway): a gentleman I work with uses the AT to go to FL in June and come back in late August (his wife is a school teacher). He told me families were not allowed to book in the lower level. I responded I was pretty sure this wasn't true, but hubby & I had already decided to book on the upper level.

He also said that there is no view on the upper level. He said it was due to the grass being so high on both sides of the track. Is that true? (not that it will matter all that much, I plan to sleep for the majority of the trip)
You can see fine on the upper level. In fact I watched a beautiful sunrise during breakfast.
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