Walt Disney World has announced plans to partner with Brightline to add a rail station to Disney Springs.
Brightline is currently building a near-high-speed rail service from South Florida to Orlando International Airport and now a deal has been reached with Disney for a station on Disney property.
Said Brightline in a statement, “The design concept for the proposed station at Disney Springs at Walt Disney World includes a lobby on the ground level, passenger facilities and an upper-level train platform. The proposed location would be in close proximity to Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks, two water parks, and more than 25 hotels.”
No timeline has been provided at this time for when construction will begin or an estimate for opening. It is likely to take 2 to 3 years to complete.
Although some have speculated this will replace Disney’s Magical Express, it is not likely that will be the case. Brightline would allow visitors to travel from Orlando International Airport to Disney Springs but Disney’s Magical Express provides unique, convenient service from the airport to each resort, and then would have to rely on bus service to get to their resort.
“Our mission has always been to connect our guests to the people and places that matter, and Walt Disney World Resort is a tremendous example of this.”Brightline
The South-to-Central Florida rail line will start at Terminal C at Orlando International Airport. The line will connect to Miami with stops that include West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
The company is also designing a route from Orlando to Tampa.
“We’re excited to work with Brightline as they pursue the potential development of a train station at Walt Disney World Resort, a project that would support our local economy and offer a bold, forward-looking transportation solution for our community and guests,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Walt Disney World Resort.