Ever wish you could just hop on a train from Orlando International Airport or even from Miami, Florida, and ride right over to Disney World?
A high-speed rail service is currently being built from South Florida to Orlando International Airport. Last year, there was some talk about Disney World potentially getting a direct train from the Orlando airport, and now a deal has been reached that will make that a reality!
According to a press release issued by Disney today, Brightline and Disney have reached a deal on building a near-high-speed rail station at Disney Springs! In its press release, Disney also confirmed that “Brightline’s expansion from West Palm Beach to OIA is on track to be completed in 2022.” Disney’s agreement with Brightline is conditioned, however, on “Brightline’s satisfaction of certain obligations including obtaining all necessary government approvals.“
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.
Patrick Goddard, Brightline’s Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement to Spectrum News Monday, “Brightline will offer a car-free connection to the millions of visitors from around the state and the world who plan to make Walt Disney World a part of their vacation plans…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 is targeting to have the train from South Florida to Central Florida completed by 2022. This rail link will be anchored by a station at the new Terminal C in Orlando International Airport. Once that line is complete, Brightline will offer near-high-speed rail service from Orlando International Airport (OIA) all the way down to Miami, Florida, with a few stops in between including West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and other cities.
Brightline is also working on a route that will run from Orlando to Tampa. According to the Brightline website, the Disney Springs station would serve as a stop on this expansion route.
This new rail line will ideally provide incredibly convenient transportation for millions of guests straight into Disney Springs. Jeff Vahle, president of Walt Disney World Resort, said “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”
In addition to the work in Orlando, Brightline West, a Brightline affiliated company, is working on a train line that will connect the 260 miles between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Wondering what the Brightline train experience will be like? According to the Company’s website, they will be the first fully ADA-accessible train in the country with easy access from their stations to their trains. The seats on the train will be large, hand-stitched leather seats, which recline for comfort, and are located alongside full windows. There will reportedly be two ways to ride — Smart and Select. Smart is a business-class option with a variety of food and beverage options available for purchase. Select is a first-class experience with all-inclusive amenities.
Some items will be available for both classes — like complimentary onboard Wi-Fi and power & USB outlets at each seat, while other features are only available for Select passengers, or are included in Select passengers’ fare, while only available for an additional cost for Smart passengers.
Brightline’s website also indicates that their trains will be pet friendly and will have space for bike and carry-on storage. Brightline will also provide guests with the ability to check their luggage before they board. There will be drinks and beverages on board, and state-of-the-art restrooms with an “innovative hands-free experience.”
In terms of your experience at the Brightline stations, the website notes that you’ll be able to book rides online and within the Brightline app, there will be smart turnstiles, Wi-Fi available, and a “variety of provisions to complement your travels.”
We’ll continue to keep an eye out for more information regarding this train station at Disney Springs and exactly where it would be placed, when construction would begin, and other updates. Stay tuned for all the latest.
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What do you think about this? Would you use the Brightline train to travel to Disney World or elsewhere in Florida? Let us know in the comments!