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Orlando is one of the two Amtrak stops (Kissimmee is the other stop) that serve tourists going to Disney World.

 

The Orlando station is located a couple of miles south of downtown near Orlando Regional Medical Center. The area around the station is fairly industrial, but there are a few places to eat across the street. There is usually a hot dog vendor right outside the station and there are vending machines inside the station.

 

The station is airconditioned (a necessity in Florida) and is fairly comfortable. I have never been there and not been able to find a seat. Since a lot of the passengers travel with children, the noise level is usually pretty high and it can be a bit chaotic.

 

There are bus stops in front of the train station. To get to downtown Orlando, one should take the bus that stops across the street from the station. It runs once an hour. The final stop on that northbound route is the bus terminal. One can transfer to another bus to get to Disney, Sea World and surrounding hotels (or many other places in the area).

 

There are usually plenty of taxis and vans at the station. There is also a Hertz counter inside the station, but I believe arrangements must be made in advance for rental cars. There is an Enterprise agency in downtown Orlando on East Colonial Drive (walking distance from my condo) that is open Monday through Friday. I have heard that they will pick passengers up at the train station and drive them to the downtown office to pick up the cars.

 

Four trains come through Orlando daily, the southbound Silver Star (91) before noon, the southbound Silver Meteor (97) a little after noon; the nortbound Silver Meteor (98) around 1:45pm; and the northbound Silver Star (92) around 7pm. If the trains are running on time, sleeping car passengers will get lunch on 97 and 98 and dinner on 92.

 

I am pretty sure most people know about the tourist attactions in Orlando: Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Wet and Wild, Kennedy Space Center (an hour away). Legoland is expected to open later this year in Winter Haven, the former location of Cypress Gardens. There are a slew of outlet malls in Orlando also. :(

 

There is a zoo in Sanford (home of the southern terminus of the Auto Train). There is a science museum and an art museum in Orlando and there are museums in Winter Park.

 

There are plenty of state parks around Orlando. Also, there are other activities in the general area: riding on an airboat; skydiving in DeLand; St. Johns River Boat Cruise; Daytona Beach; Silver Springs near Ocala

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Penny~ aren't there Thruway connections behind the depot in Orlando? I might hjave been hung over but I was pretty sure I was in Orlando...

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I'd sit in the Orlando station and watch the passing CSX and Florida Central Railroad freight trains!

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Penny~ aren't there Thruway connections behind the depot in Orlando? I might hjave been hung over but I was pretty sure I was in Orlando...

Might have been??? :lol::lol::lol: Were you actually in Florida Jay??? ^_^

 

(Isnt that where you do the bustitution to St. Petersburg??)

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Only Thruway connection that I know about was a bus run by Coach USA for a few years that would take people from ORL over to the various Disney & I-Drive hotels. I think that lasted maybe 4 or 5 years and was discontinued at least 3 or 4 years ago. It loaded in front of the station.

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Penny~ aren't there Thruway connections behind the depot in Orlando? I might hjave been hung over but I was pretty sure I was in Orlando...

Might have been??? :lol::lol::lol: Were you actually in Florida Jay??? ^_^

 

(Isnt that where you do the bustitution to St. Petersburg??)

 

Yes, Lakeland, Tampa, St Pete, Bradenton, Sarasota, Port Charlotte & Ft Myers.

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Penny~ aren't there Thruway connections behind the depot in Orlando? I might hjave been hung over but I was pretty sure I was in Orlando...

 

Jay, you might have been hung over, but you actually may have seen thruway buses. :wacko:

 

There are thruway busses to the cities mentioned by Rail Freak to connect the Silver Meteor with the west coast of Florida. I would not say that they are behind the depot. I would say that they are located in the northern section of the parking lot.

 

Alan, now there is a van service that is somehow/somewhat affiliated with Amtrak that will transport passengers to hotels, etc. Unlike the taxi cabs, who have to wait on the street, the vans (I believe it is Florida Van Pool - but do not quote me) are permitted to park and wait for passengers in the Amtrak parking lot (using the spot(s) closest to the station). I took a van the 3 miles to my home once when there was not a lot tourist demand for the vans, and the fare was much less than a taxi cab.

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I might hjave been hung over

Might have been??? :lol::lol::lol:

Sounds like Jay still is!laugh.gif You better check the stock from J&J's Saloon, Jim!mosking.gif

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The Orlando station is located a couple of miles south of downtown near Orlando Regional Medical Center. The area around the station is fairly industrial, but there are a few places to eat across the street. There is usually a hot dog vendor right outside the station and there are vending machines inside the station.

I recommend the Jazzy Dog Cafe to anyone visiting the Orlando station. It is a great little eatery, located right across the street from the station parking lot. If you are a Silver Meteor passenger connecting to the Thruway Motorcoach, the cafe has nice, big, self-serve fountain drinks that are nice to bring along for the bus ride. :D

 

JazzyDog.jpg

 

You can see the cafe's location in relation to the station in my video "Meteor-lando II" (at around 4:36). I shot the video one day as I was connecting from Thruway to Silver Meteor (as a follow-up to an earlier video I did called "Meteor-lando").

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up6tb79qQbE

Edited by TampAGS

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Hello, first time poster.

Do the buses from the Orlando Station to Disney Hotels allow bags? We're going to be 3 people and 6 bags hence the question

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Hello, first time poster.

Do the buses from the Orlando Station to Disney Hotels allow bags? We're going to be 3 people and 6 bags hence the question

In order to take a city bus (Lynx bus) from the ORL station to Disney, you would need to first either have to take a bus (or SunRail if a weekday) to Lynx Central Station. From there, you would take bus 50 to Lake Buena Vista Hotels, Downtown Disney or Magic Kingdom. There is no specific area for luggage (no racks), but if there is room on the bus and you do not obstruct the aisle, I assume that you would be permitted to carry your luggage on the bus. When I ride the bus with luggage, I place my backpack on my lap and my roller bag in front of my seat. is bus 50's schedule.

 

There is a private van service that transports passengers from the Amtrak station to Disney hotels.

 

Here is the schedule for bus 50.

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