From theme park rides to Amtrak, trains in Orlando will move you in style (Winter Park Station pictured).
Updated Feb. 17, 2021
The golden age of rail travel might be long gone, but here in Orlando, trains are still going full steam ahead at theme parks, attractions and commuter rail services throughout the area. Don your best engineer's cap and grab a whistle — it's time to board some of the coolest trains in Orlando!
Train Rides & Experiences at Orlando Theme Parks
Train-lovers can catch a ride at all of Orlando's world-famous, open-air theme parks, including Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort!
Walt Disney World® Resort
Trains have been part of Disney's DNA ever since Walt Disney built a railroad in his backyard in 1949. Today, Disney's parks offer several ways to ride in Orlando, starting with the Walt Disney World Railroad. Located inside Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World Resort, the attraction's vintage, steam-powered trains provide a relaxing, 20-minute tour of the park, with stops in Fantasyland, Frontierland and Main Street, U.S.A.
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Prefer a train ride with a little more action? Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train won't take you far, but they sure will do it in a hurry!
You can also ride the rails at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park courtesy of the Wildlife Express Train at Rafiki's Planet Watch. Lasting approximately 7 minutes, it will take you on a backstage journey through Disney's zoological theme park, where you'll see housing and veterinary facilities for elephants, rhinoceroses and other wildlife.
Universal Orlando Resort
You don't need an official acceptance letter to visit Harry Potter's alma mater — just hop aboard the Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando! Part of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando Resort, this iconic train has stops in King's Cross Station at Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade Station at Hogsmeade™ at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Park-to-park passholders can board at either station and travel to the other by way of the British countryside. Keep an eye out for wizard-friendly points of interest during your journey ... not to mention Dementors!
Part of Sesame Street Land™ at SeaWorld Orlando's main theme park, Elmo's Choo-Choo Train is a pint-sized train for younger guests. It's one of many ways to play in the iconic children's-television neighborhood when you visit SeaWorld. Learn more about Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando!
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LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
Designed for toddlers, DUPLO® Valley at LEGOLAND Florida Resort is filled with attractions built just for kids — including the DUPLO Train! Children are invited to board the train on their own or with family members for a trip through DUPLO-style countryside featuring farms, campgrounds and fishing spots. However, kids must be at least 34 inches tall to ride without an adult.
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Train Rides & Experiences Throughout Orlando
You'll also discover train rides and experiences throughout Orlando's main tourism districts and other places around the destination, including these favorites.
There's a lot to see and do at the ICON Park entertainment, dining and shopping hub on International Drive — including The Wheel — and the Pearl Express Train is a fun way to get an overview. Perfect for the whole family, the train departs from ICON Park's central courtyard before traveling all the way around the premises.
Although the Gatorland Express Railroad is a separate-ticketed experience, paying the nominal fee gets you unlimited riding privileges during your visit. The complete circuit, which takes about 20 minutes, travels around the park on a loop that passes the Alligator Breeding Marsh and other exhibits.
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SunRail and Amtrak
Not all of Orlando's trains are for fun. For instance, Amtrak maintains a station in downtown Orlando. Featuring Mission Revival-style architecture, the historic facility has been welcoming travelers to the destination since 1926.
Once you've arrived, you can use our commuter rail service, SunRail. Currently, the train runs from Poinciana in the south, close to Walt Disney World, up to DeBary in the north, about 30 minutes from downtown Orlando. Apart from select weekends, SunRail operates Monday through Friday only, with varying schedules for each station. Check SunRail's website for complete details on hours of operation during your visit.
Honorable Mention: Central Florida Railroad Museum
You can't actually ride a train at this unique museum in Winter Garden, about 25 minutes from Walt Disney World, but it's a must-visit for anyone with an interest in rail travel. Housed in the historic Tavares and Gulf Rail Company building, the museum chronicles the history of Central Florida's railways with photos, displays and exhibits. Artifacts include a caboose, a velocipede handcar and a 1938 Fairmont motorcar.
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