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Old 08-16-2004, 02:29 PM   #91
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Hi Lisa, we leave the day we took the train, we leave at around 5:00 a.m. we are so excited by then, that it is fine anyway, and we get to a mall which is about 10 miles from Lorton at about 11:30, we have lunch at the rain forest cafe (to get in the mood for all things Disney) and then go to Lorton and get ready for the train. We love it, it is part of the trip.

Jane, I would not take it to arrive the day of the cruise, personally I would be too anxious.
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Old 08-17-2004, 06:16 PM   #92
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Lisa--
when we had a baby along they gave us the bulkhead seat which has extra room for a baby carrier. (downside is no footrest)
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Old 08-17-2004, 07:31 PM   #93
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Is the autotrain running again from Sanford to VA? Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2004, 08:02 PM   #94
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Yes.

Timekeeping isn't what it should be, though.
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Old 08-18-2004, 07:02 AM   #95
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Thank you DC7 - we will be taking back home from our WDW vacation soon for the first time.:D
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Old 09-10-2004, 03:36 PM   #96
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Another great Autotrain trip!

We took the Autotrain round trip going south on 8/19 and going north on 9/3. The southbound train arrived right on time and was much smoother than last year. There was plenty of space, and we were all able to snag two seats apiece in coach.
On the north bound trip, we were lucky to be scheduled to leave on the 3rd, as they were only running the north bound train in preperation for Francis. Again the train was not full and we were able to snag two seats apiece. The train arrived in Va. 45 minutes early.
The food was very good both ways, and the movies were good.
As far as we are concerned, the Autotrain is a real treat.
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Old 09-11-2004, 02:21 PM   #97
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We took the Autotrain back on Wed. 9/1. (That Monday's train that was scheduled to arrive in Lorton, VA - did not arrive til midnight that night (due to flood/storm in Richmond, VA. Tuesday's because of this, was cancelled). We lucked out that we left on Wed. I was very impressed with the whole procedure and how they also video tape your car. We got there early so we took the 5 PM seating for dinner. Our train was full because of the cancellation and many people leaving before Frances hit. We did have two sleepers and of course noticed a big difference with the coach we had last year (would do either one but sleepers a little nicer) - I think the main big difference though was the ride itself as far as we had no picking up and dropping off passengers every 20 - 30 minutes. Dinner and breakfast was great too. We did leave almost an hour late due to technical (bathrooms not flushing/vacumuning) problems and we slowed down a bit at Richmond, VA). We arrived at 10:00 am instead of 8:30. Again, everything went smoothly when we waited and picked up our truck. Would definitely do this again in the future.
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We have a mini-van. Does that count as a car or a van in terms or rates?
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Old 09-15-2004, 04:12 PM   #99
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A mini van will count as a van in terms of rates.
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Old 09-15-2004, 04:40 PM   #100
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See the Vehicle requirements page for detailed info
http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...m2Copy&ssid=43
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and they have a limited number of minivan/van slots--the earlier you reserve the better.
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Old 10-06-2004, 02:48 PM   #102
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We will be booking a Superliner room on our next AutoTrain trip.
Just wondering if there is a weight limit and what it might be for the upper bunk. I was hoping my husband would be able to sleep in the top bunk, but he weighs about 230 pound and is
6 foot tall. I'm not fond of sleeping in a top bunk, but if I have to I will.
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Old 10-08-2004, 11:08 AM   #103
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I was finally able to get an answer from AMTRAK. In case anyone else needed to know, there is no weight limit for any berths on the Auto Train. So I guess DH can sleep in the upper berth.

Now I just have to wait for 1 year for our
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Old 11-03-2004, 03:08 PM   #104
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One other tip: Amtrak accepts Continental miles (you have to convert Continental miles to Amtrak points, but it's a 1:1 swap). It cost us 20,000 miles/points for a one-way deluxe sleeper in November (we're driving back). The cost is for the sleeper, and it does not matter how many are travelling -- we will have 2 adults and 2 small kids, which they said was fine. Roundtrip it would be 40,000 points, but we have a lot of Continental miles to burn and this worked out great for us (cost would have been around $900 one way for the four of us in this deluxe sleeper -- instead it's free!)

Something to consider.

We leave Friday! Let me know if anyone has questions.
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Old 11-03-2004, 10:45 PM   #105
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They also except starpoints too.
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