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Old 09-19-2012, 11:26 AM   #1771
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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)
We booked the lower level with no problems and we have 3 kids
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:37 AM   #1772
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It was alway my understanding on either regular Amtrak and the Auto Train , lower level coach seats were for handicapped guests....I guess you could be moved if some handicapped guests boarded...
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:37 PM   #1773
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View is great on upper level...on lower level is neat too, ESP when you go past the boats!

We just did Roomette in July for me and my DD7. Previous to that I envisioned adding my DD3 so the 3 of us could go together. NOPE!! I would not put 3 people in a Roomette for any time...and we even spent 2-3 hours in the lounge for snacks and then movie. My DD7 was squirming in the Roomette..can't imagine 2 kids plus me in that small room.

I know the family rooms are more money but they work out much better for our family of four. Two seats face each other, one long "sofa/cushioned bench" plus floor space to the entry door. My kids either take the seats or play on the floor. dH or I lay on the bench and/or stretch out with feet propped up on the walls.

Also the family room lower bed can fit two people on it, plus the long bunk, a small bunk and one other small bed.

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Old 09-20-2012, 09:35 PM   #1774
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We are officially booked down and back for our March trip. Super excited. DD4 has been playing Autotrain all day!
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:45 AM   #1775
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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)
We are a family and we booked the lower level seats no problem. We have lower level going both ways for our trip in December. As for the view, it isn't much different on the upper vs lower.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:19 AM   #1776
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View is great on upper level...on lower level is neat too, ESP when you go past the boats!

We just did Roomette in July for me and my DD7. Previous to that I envisioned adding my DD3 so the 3 of us could go together. NOPE!! I would not put 3 people in a Roomette for any time...and we even spent 2-3 hours in the lounge for snacks and then movie. My DD7 was squirming in the Roomette..can't imagine 2 kids plus me in that small room.

I know the family rooms are more money but they work out much better for our family of four. Two seats face each other, one long "sofa/cushioned bench" plus floor space to the entry door. My kids either take the seats or play on the floor. dH or I lay on the bench and/or stretch out with feet propped up on the walls.

Also the family room lower bed can fit two people on it, plus the long bunk, a small bunk and one other small bed.

YMMV.
Thanks for the info! We simply can not afford $569 for the family room at this point in time. Guess we will stay in coach and maybe next time book family
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:44 AM   #1777
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We just did Roomette in July for me and my DD7. Previous to that I envisioned adding my DD3 so the 3 of us could go together. NOPE!! I would not put 3 people in a Roomette for any time...and we even spent 2-3 hours in the lounge for snacks and then movie. My DD7 was squirming in the Roomette..can't imagine 2 kids plus me in that small room.
I think this is what everyone has to keep in mind when trying to fit X number of people into any of these rooms. Its not the beds but the seats.

For an least 9 hours or so you not sleeping and would be sitting. While chummy people can share a bed. I can see a lot "He's touching me" trying to share a seat.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:21 PM   #1778
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We finally made it to lorton. we left NY around 6am and made it here by 10:30 or so. Went straight to the Potomac mall did some shopping then had lunch at red Robin and came bavk to check.in around 12:30. Seating was open for all three times.
So excited to be here after so many.months of planning.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:27 PM   #1779
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:33 AM   #1780
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Well we made it! We actually arrived at 8:30 but we were one of the last 50 cars so we just left the station at 10:25...I had planned on delays so we are still ahead of schedule. Lol good luck to everyone. The train was Amazing. We are a family of 4. My boys are 11 & 2 and we were very comfortable in the family bedroom. We actually did not end up using the smaller lower bed. Baby and I were on the bottom one, hubby was above us and DS was on the smaller top bed. Again very comfortable and spacious for us. That if we had another child it would still be ok for us.
Dinner was great and very tasty. And our attendant was very attentive.
Breakfast was nothing to write home about. Run of the mill bagels, muffins and cereal, but good none the less.
The ride was smooth and to be honest the bumps and jiggling are to be expected you are on a train after all.
For us even with the extra $$$ for the room it makes sense to keep doing. Gas would have cost $500 or more with our car, $100 at least for a hotel room,$50 or so between dinner and breakfast, not to mention the wear and tear on the car. Oh and we can bring whatever we want instead of being redirected by an airline.
So a huge success for our family and will definitely be doing this anytime we go to Disney.
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:57 AM   #1781
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That if we had another child it would still be ok for us.
But would it have been OK when the bunks are not down and you are sitting?
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But would it have been OK when the bunks are not down and you are sitting?
There is more than enough room for two adults and one child on the "couch" in the family bedroom. I could see three adults on it without a problem.
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Old 09-23-2012, 02:19 PM   #1783
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I think this is what everyone has to keep in mind when trying to fit X number of people into any of these rooms. Its not the beds but the seats.

For an least 9 hours or so you not sleeping and would be sitting. While chummy people can share a bed. I can see a lot "He's touching me" trying to share a seat.
Yeah, although my girls play really well together, having them share one seat for all that time would be worse than driving, YMMV. But they would definitely be arguing after an hour or so, being that close..

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Well we made it! We actually arrived at 8:30 but we were one of the last 50 cars so we just left the station at 10:25...I had planned on delays so we are still ahead of schedule. Lol good luck to everyone. The train was Amazing. We are a family of 4. My boys are 11 & 2 and we were very comfortable in the family bedroom. We actually did not end up using the smaller lower bed. Baby and I were on the bottom one, hubby was above us and DS was on the smaller top bed. Again very comfortable and spacious for us. That if we had another child it would still be ok for us.
Dinner was great and very tasty. And our attendant was very attentive.
Breakfast was nothing to write home about. Run of the mill bagels, muffins and cereal, but good none the less.
The ride was smooth and to be honest the bumps and jiggling are to be expected you are on a train after all.
For us even with the extra $$$ for the room it makes sense to keep doing. Gas would have cost $500 or more with our car, $100 at least for a hotel room,$50 or so between dinner and breakfast, not to mention the wear and tear on the car. Oh and we can bring whatever we want instead of being redirected by an airline.
So a huge success for our family and will definitely be doing this anytime we go to Disney.
Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! Sounds like all went well. If you go to the lounge cars in the morning they have really good blueberry muffins, better than what is served in the dining cars.

Yes, when you consider all the factors, many times the AutoTrain is same or cheaper than other modes of transport and there is less risk to accidents or breakdowns than driving. It is our favorite way to go to WDW... The only downside I see is it isn't for a short trip to Disney...if only we could Acela down to Florida!
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There is more than enough room for two adults and one child on the "couch" in the family bedroom. I could see three adults on it without a problem.
Yes, the couch makes all the difference. It is a shame that there really is no practical way of laying out the roomettes so that the the seats are a couch instead of two separate seats facing each other.
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:51 PM   #1785
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How much room for carry-ons?

For anyone who has stayed in the Family Bedrooms, how much room is there to store carry-ons? Is there a closet? Or overhead area (besides the bed)? I know there is limited floorspace and don't want it to be wall-to-wall duffle bags! Where do you put what you bring onboard?
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