Fla. Fun-Train Brings Passengers Near Kissimmee Hotels

By Henry Magenheim

Reed Travel Features

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- When the Florida Fun-Train inaugurates daily service on Oct. 2 between Hollywood (near Fort Lauderdale) and Orlando, arriving passengers will be only 3.5 miles southwest of Kissimmee.

A temporary train station facility has been established one block southwest of Poinciana Boulevard and Old Tampa Highway. For an additional charge, at each station there will be public transportation to area hotels and attractions as well as rental car availability.

According to the Aurora, Colo.-based Fun-Train reservations office, negotiations for these services were under way in early September.

Agents booking travelers into Kissimmee and Orlando hotels should ask whether courtesy or paid transfers will be available for rail passengers. The same question should be asked of Hollywood-area hotels.

Each station will offer self parking, valet parking and a ticket office next to the boarding platform. The 200-mile, nonstop trip takes about four hours and 20 minutes. Trains will leave Hollywood (I-95 and Sheridan Street) at 10 a.m. Mondays to Thursdays; 8 a.m. and 7:40 p.m. Fridays; 3 p.m. Saturdays, and 1:50 p.m. Sundays. From Orlando, trains leave at 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 1:50 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m. Saturdays, and 8 a.m. and 7:40 p.m. Sundays.

The train will have up to eight glass-domed passenger cars and four double-decker entertainment cars. There will be live entertainment provided as well as a video arcade.

A 1950s-style diner and two bars will be available as well.

The train is operated by First American Railways, which also runs the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Colorado.

For information, call (888) 889-8011; fax (888) 889-8022.

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