The classic masterpiece “The Wizard of Oz” was released just under 80 years ago and still has a place in the hearts of many movie fans. L. Frank Baum’s story about Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man is so beloved that “Oz”-themed experiences are popular even today.
One such event is a themed two hour train ride to Emerald City. Along with Dorothy and company, guests encounter the Wicked Witch, Good Fairy and more as the story unfolds in front of passengers. Now, that enchanting event is available for a limited time in the theme park capital of America: Central Florida.
The Royal Palm Railway Experience (Orlando & Northwestern Railway LLC) is offering the ultimate summer event during the month of June. The Wizard of Oz Train Ride is a two-hour adventure of oz-standing caliber.
“Licensed by the same team that brought you THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride, this magical journey will retell the story of the beloved film on board a real train at select heritage railroads across the United States.
Guests will board the train with DOROTHY™ and her special friends as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road. Help them defeat the WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST™ before arriving at the Emerald City and experiencing the thrill of meeting THE GREAT AND POWERFUL OZ™ himself during a live stage show!
The trip will begin in Tavares, Florida, with the boarding location Wooten Park. The show begins in Munchkinland where you will meet the beloved characters in this classic story. You will then board The Emerald City Special and travel to the Emerald City as the adventure of this classic tale unfolds.” -Royal Palm Railway website
WATCH – Promo for a similar excursion on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad:
No need to wait for a twister to take you away! Excursions depart daily (except Mondays) from Tavares, located just northwest of Orlando, from June 8 – 24.
Three levels of seating are offered. Standard Coach Class is available weekdays ($19.97-34.97) and weekends ($29.97-39.97); pricing depends on the time of day and age of the guest. Custom Coach Class is priced from $29.97 – $44.97 for a weekday ticket, or $39.97 – $49.97 for a weekend adventure (again prices depend on time and age). Theater Class is offered only for adults at a cost of $49.97- $59.97. Special “Family Packs” of four admissions are also available at a discount (starting at $99.98).
Tickets (along with the age and time breakdowns) can be purchased by visiting the event website. Refreshments are included.
Would-be munchkins and their adult chaperones should arrive at least half an hour prior to departure (check-in available a full 90 minutes ahead of show time). Restrooms are available on board and at the Emerald City destination. Nearby parking is available (200 N Sinclair Ave, Tavares, FL 32778) and the train departs from Wooten Park in Tavares (305 East Ruby Street).
Of note, The Wizard of Oz Train Ride is not the only adventure offered by the Royal Palm Railway Experience. A magical fantasy takes place for Christmas time (November 9th – December 30th) when the Polar Express comes to town. Additionally, a Cinco de Mayo Train Ride takes place May 5th at 4 and 6 pm.
For those who cannot make it to Central Florida, Rail Events Inc. offers similar experiences around the country. In addition to the Polar Express and Wizard of Oz rides, a series of seasonal Peanuts adventures are available to delight fans of the Charles Schulz characters.
Source and Images: Rail Events Inc., Royal Palm Railway Experience, YouTube