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A New Rail Line May Connect the Orlando Airport and Disney World

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A New Rail Line May Connect the Orlando Airport and Disney World
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The recently opened Brightline connects the Orlando Airport to Miami and back. Brightline was originally supposed to stop at Disney Springs, making it easy for Guests to get to Disney World. Unfortunately, that was canceled. But, a new rail line would pick up where Brightline left off.

Brightline at Disney Springs: Canceled

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Brightline gives travelers flying into and out of Orlando another option. The Orlando Airport now serves as the hub for the new Brightline train route running from Miami to Orlando. There are also plans in the works for the expansion of this train service throughout Orlando and to Tampa.

The ride between Orlando and West Palm Beach is about 2 hours, and 3.5 hours between Orlando and Miami. The current schedule between Central and South Florida includes 16 daily round trips, with hourly northbound and southbound departures. Read more about Brightline HERE.

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One of the proposed stops when the project was still under construction was Disney Springs. The service would still require you to travel from Disney Springs to your resort via a Disney bus, boat, personal car service or taxi.

However, the Disney Springs leg was canceled.

New Proposed Rail Line

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However, not all hope is lost! The Florida Department of Transportation proposes a new rail line that would run from Disney Springs to the Orlando Airport.

It would be called “Sunshine Corridor” and would be an extension of Sunrail’s main line. With the creation of this line, more daytime routes would be added as well as the addition of night and weekend routes.

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During the meeting where the project was proposed, overall feedback was positive. While still in the very early stages of planning and designing, attendees liked the idea of keeping traffic off the interstate as much as possible.

The proposed cost is $2 Billion.

Were you sad to see Brightline cancel its Disney Springs stop? Are you hopeful Sunshine Corridor will be approved? How do you feel about taking a train to Disney World? Let us know in the comments, and share this post with a friend.

Source: WFTV


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4 COMMENTS

  1. This story is a bit incomplete. Brightline is still planning a stop at Disney on its line to Tampa, it just won’t be on Disney property, but the opposite side of I-4 from Disney Springs which is Kissimmee.

    The Sunshine effort is a special taxing district set up around the I-Drive Hotel District and the Universal properties (Including the new Epic Universe) to build out a complementary transit service along with the costs of having a Brightline station across from the Orange County Convention Center.

    Disney refused to participate in this agreement.

  2. I agree with Linda. If you have to hire other transportation (e.g., Uber) to get to Disney Springs, why not just hire this transportation to take you to/from the airport. Anyone who has hauled luggage around knows that this is no fun.

  3. It makes no sense. You need to take your own transportation to Disney Springs (you can’t take luggage on the Disney resort buses) and THEN take the train to the airport. And vice versa

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