Multiple sources are reporting today that Disney has confirmed that they are in talks with a company called Brightline, which is soon to be Virgin Trains, to develop a high-speed rail station on Disney property.
Back in 2018, documents were filed by Brightline with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that included a map with a Disney station featured along the route. Disney did not confirm, until today, there interest in having a stop on their Florida property.
“As the top vacation destination and largest single-site employer in the United States, Walt Disney World Resort is an obvious choice for a rail station between Orlando International Airport and Tampa. We have been in conversations with Virgin Trains USA, and, while we have not yet made any definitive commitment, we have mutually agreed to more formally explore developing a train station on our property,” a Disney spokesperson said as reported by WESH.
Construction has already begun on a high speed rail line that will connect Orlando and West Palm Beach, and a depot has already been constructed for the service at Orlando International Airport.
Brightline officials said a Disney stop would give visitors from near and far a new and car-free option to get to the world’s most popular theme park.
As mentioned above, Brightline is soon to be Virgin Trans USA as they have partnered with British billionaire Richard Branson.
Talks are getting serious to bring a stop to Walt Disney World that would allow guests to access Disney property via this high speed transportation option. These would be a part of a route to Tampa that has already been proposed by Brightline.
Disney officials have states, “as the top vacation destination and largest single-site employer in the United States, Walt Disney World Resort is an obvious choice for a rail station between Orlando International Airport and Tampa.”
They went on to state, “while we have not yet made any definitive commitment, we have mutually agreed to more formally explore developing a train station on our property.”
He said a proposed station would provide a direct rail connection to Orlando International Airport, and serve as the initial segment for Virgin Trains’ future extension to Tampa.
The Brightline expansion from West Palm Beach to Orlando International Airport is a $4 billion, 160-mile projfect that is privately financed and includes a new rail corridor alongside State Road 528 that will meet with an existing track system that spans Brevard County to South Florida. The connection to an existing track line is a common practice used in rail transit to save millions as opposed to developing an entirely new track system.
Brightline has already broke ground on a $4 billion link to Orlando, this route will travel up southeast Florida, through along State Road 528 and the train will reach a top speed of approximately 125 miles per hour. In addition, the company is set to open three new stations in late 2020 in Boca Raton, Aventura, and PortMiami.
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(Source: WESH, Sun Sentinal, Miami Herald)