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Orange Blossom Cannonball

305 E Ruby St, Tavares, FL 32778-3829
+1 352-742-7200
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I think it is closed

Was in Mount Dora this afternoon and as always walked down to the railway. Looks pretty well... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Newbury, United Kingdom

We took our friends who were visiting from out of town on a ride on the Orange Blossom Cannon Ball... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Rae Lynn D
Tavares, Florida
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All Aboard America’s Favorite Movie Train - "The Orange Blossom Cannonball" on the Tavares, Eustis & Gulf Railroad. Your journey begins from our centrally located depots in either Mount Dora or Tavares. Take the train, stay to eat & shop, and catch a later train back to your starting point. Your excursion is a 1 hour and 45-minute roundtrip between depots. You will travel in vintage coaches pulled by our 1907 wood-fired steam locomotive (most Saturdays) or our 1941 GE 45 ton center cab locomotive (Wednesday – Friday & Sunday). Ride in the actual train cars that stared in over 20 movies, including: “True Grit”, “Appaloosa”, “3:10 to Yuma”, and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?.” Ride in the actual coaches where famous stars such as Robert Redford, Johnny Cash, and George Clooney once performed.
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  • Average11%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible21%
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305 E Ruby St, Tavares, FL 32778-3829
+1 352-742-7200
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

Was in Mount Dora this afternoon and as always walked down to the railway. Looks pretty well abandoned, rusty track, weeds and bushes all along as far as I could see. Station building locked up, no advertizing anywhere. No sign of any activity except for...More

1  Thank oxford71
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We took our friends who were visiting from out of town on a ride on the Orange Blossom Cannon Ball. What a huge disappointment! We were hoping to see some beautiful Florida countryside and lakes. Instead it was an overpriced tour of a bunch of...More

Thank Rae Lynn D
Reviewed 23 January 2017

my friends and I did the Land, Sea, Air excursion. It was the best. We started with the boat ride on the lakes - wonderful....highly recommend. Then we were dropped off to take the sea plane ride - fabulous and exciting...and ending with a ride...More

2  Thank karenT7139ZR
Cannonball1907, Guest Relations Manager at Orange Blossom Cannonball, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

We are so glad that you enjoyed your Land, Sea & Air excursion. It's a lot of fun and a great value. We are going to miss all of our guests and friends in Central Florida. Thanks for your support.

Reviewed 22 January 2017

A fun family trip. The ride is approximately 35 minutes on this quaint, historical train and you can travel from Mount Dora to Tavares or vice versa. You pass beautiful views of Lake Dora and the surrounding houses. Tavares is great for a family with...More

Thank Marina E
Cannonball1907, Guest Relations Manager at Orange Blossom Cannonball, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Thank you for the review. It's always fun to ride on trains and it's rare to find a 100-year old train still in daily service. We're glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 24 December 2016

This was the most disappointing thing I have ever experienced. there were 9 of us so that means we spent over 250 dollars for basically nothing. Train moved about 2 miles then stopped, sat for about 5 minutes then went back to the station. There...More

1  Thank David W
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

I never write bad reviews but we were in the back of the train when it hit a truck. 2 hours on the train with only one announcement of what was happening without updates from there. No offer of refund or voucher as only went...More

Thank cindymay
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Anyone who attempts to keep the memory of train travel alive for younger generations deserves credit for the attempt. We take our visitors here, paying an exorbitant price for an abbreviated experience because we want to nourish the concept. It is a very short trip...More

1  Thank Busy-retired
Reviewed 22 December 2016

So over priced. My 4 year old granddaughter loved it.....but definitely not worth the money. The cold apple cider was warm....the cookies were awful. They went 4 miles going backwards then went 4 miles forward. Santa....was sweating so bad that it was dripping all over....More

Thank vacationer0610
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

12/18/16 Huge disappointment! Would not recommend even if I had children. After reading a response from Customer Relations Management to another disappointed patron compelled me to write. Apparently some changes were forced due to copyright issue and some other stuff No excuse for substandard product....More

Thank bcdg1rl
Reviewed 10 December 2016

So disappointed in the Santa train ride tonight. We previously took the ride in 2012, 2013, and it was great. In 2014 it changed and was not as good. We skipped 2015. Decided to try it again tonight and it was nothing like before. It...More

Thank janetroberts2016
Cannonball1907, Guest Relations Manager at Orange Blossom Cannonball, responded to this reviewResponded 14 December 2016

Hello Jane, As I said when you e-mailed us, a lot of the things that were in the previous years we are prevented from using as they were too close to the "Polar Express" and we don't have the license to use them.  Once we...More

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Vanessa A
11 February 2017|
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Response from Cannonball1907 | Property representative |
The Tavares, Eustis & Gulf Railroad - which included the Orange Blossom Cannonball and the Lake Dora Limited - ceased operations as of January 29, 2017. Thank you for your interest and for almost 6 years of fond memories.
6 September 2016|
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Response from Rory M | Property representative |
305 E Ruby St, Tavares, FL 32778
31 August 2016|
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Response from Cannonball1907 | Property representative |
Years ago there was a dinner train that ran in the Eustis, Mount Dora area. Sadly it is no longer operating.