Took the family there for a birthday dinner and train ride. Pricey is my first observation, but money is no object when my wife's happiness is concerned. The train ride goes up the canyon and then backs down, so what ever side your seats are on, is the side you get to see. The right side is not the good side. The observation car is vey nice and I suggest that you spend at least some time outside. The actors will come get you when it is time for the performance. The food is really good. I had the salmon and guests had the prime rib and the veggie plate. All cooked very well for my taste. I suggest that you enjoy the wine list. It is not bad for a train. It is extra, but by the time you have mortgaged the house for the train ride, another Hamilton is not going to hurt you too badly. the murder mystery is cute. The secrete to winning (and we did) is to watch the characters closely and write down all the clues you can. You are graded on quantity not quality. if you can't find specifics, make something up. They love it. Start talking to the characters before you get on the train and let them tell you their story.
All in all, I would give the trip a 9.5. My grandkids loved it and my wife loved the fact they did.
If the Murder Mystery is a little too pricey for you, you can take the regular ride without the dinner, or even ride in the cab with the engineer. (extra) For train buffs it would be a once in a lifetime experience.
By the way if you get the tables on the wall side. Either go out to the open air car for the ride back, or walk to the back of the train. There is usually some empty tables on the water side.
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