One very fascinating development that we have been following is the upcoming Brightline train expansion that will give Disney World Guests the ability to travel to and from Disney World and the Orlando International Airport, as well as other areas of Florida.
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The expansion has been set to debut in 2026, which was good news for Disney Guests considering Disney’s Magical Express is ending this year, giving Guests fewer options when it comes to transporting themselves to Disney World after they land in Orlando. Now, however, it seems that Brightline’s plans may be more up in the air than they previously anticipated.
The Orlando Sentinel reported:
The Central Florida Expressway Authority agreed unanimously Tuesday to delay indefinitely a decision over whether to allow Brightline Trains to build passenger rail beside the agency’s State Road 417 on the way from Orlando’s airport to Walt Disney World and Tampa.
It seems that Brightline was hoping to achieve a more direct route from the airport to Disney Springs, but representatives of the International Drive tourism strip, which includes Universal, and the Hunter’s Creek residential community to be denied access by the private rail company to the tolled S.R. 417 expressway.
The I-Drive route would have been more cost-effective for Brightline. Still, John Sprouls, executive vice president, and chief administrative officer for Universal Parks & Resort, has agreed to donate 17 acres for the rail corridor at the convention center. Sprouls wants to be “part of the solution.” Now, it seems that a new route will need to be agreed upon in order for the project to move forward. At the moment, the project is being held at an indefinite pause.
Stay tuned to Inside the Magic for all of the latest developments regarding the Brightline train coming to Disney Springs.
What do you think of the new Brightline train coming to Disney Springs? Would you plan to use it?