What do Disney World and the New York City subway system have in common — besides frequent sightings of bigger-than-life mice?

Both do a good job of transporting people and giving their customers entertaining rides.

When passengers are carried through animatronics-infested waters on the Jungle Cruise, Disney knows that a guide who cracks jokes is part of the customer's magical Disney experience.

And as dank as the NYC subway can be, officials still brighten people's days by letting more than 100 performers, ranging from salsa singers to hipster harpists, play music for money.

What can Central Florida learn from this as the launch of SunRail nears?

Reasonable ticket prices, a comfy ride, a convenient schedule and connecting buses are all necessary for success.

But state funding is in place for only seven years. If the project is going to build ridership and reach some sort of sustainability, SunRail would be wise to become FunRail. Designated cars offering enter-train-ment such as singers and musicians would appeal to the tourist in all of us.

Unfortunately, SunRail marketers appear to be on the wrong track. Judging from SunRail's website, they're using logic to get riders out of their cozy cars and onboard the train. They say SunRail riders will avoid rush-hour traffic.

They add that mass transit can protect the environment from nasty emissions. They plan to offer Wi-Fi and nice views, but it will take more than that to change people's commuting habits.

Instead of social networking, I believe people will ride the rails for old-fashioned socializing.

During a family vacation in Cancun, we discovered the charming Mexican version of interaction when we hopped on the bus. At the next stop, the driver picked up performers and passengers. Then the passengers were serenaded by a singer crooning Sinatra to a mariachi beat.

We opted for the bus each day after that and looked forward to the performer du jour. In many cases the journey was more memorable than the destination.

SunRail execs have time to make their ride a trip to remember by putting out a call for quirky performers.

Phase one from DeBary to Sand Lake Road is due to open a year from now. And phase two is set for 2016.

I know I'd be likely to buy a ticket to ride if I could hear a Beatles-inspired barbershop quartet singing "Here Comes the SunRail."

Peter Reilly lives in Lake Mary.