Transportation is a BIG piece of any Disney World trip, and sometimes that includes getting to and from the airport.
Disney recently announced the discontinuation of the Magical Express airport shuttle next year as we get ready for the debut of the train between the airport and Disney Springs the following year. Now, we’re taking a look at just what it might cost to be a passenger on this train and what that means for your vacation!
What is the train to Disney World?
Brightline, a railway company, is actively constructing a new high speed rail line to bring passengers from the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach stops that already exist on its Florida line to Orlando. And this will include a stop in Disney Springs.
According to announcements thus far from Disney and Brightline, service connecting South Florida to Central Florida is expected to open in 2022 with the Disney Springs station set to begin revenue service in 2023.
For Disney visitors, this will mean a rail connection to many South Florida cities and the Orlando International Airport (MCO) — a valuable travel tool with the discontinuation of the Magical Express.
How much do current and proposed Brightline train tickets cost?
To figure out how much the MCO to Disney Springs route could cost passengers, we’re going to take a look at some of the Brightline ticket prices for existing rail lines and how that translates to the shorter trip.
For the one-hour train ride between Miami and West Palm Beach with a stop at Fort Lauderdale at the 30-minute mark, a Brightline ticket will cost you between $17 and $28 depending on your origin point and final destination. If we lean towards the upper end, we can say that the $28 is the price for the approximately 75-mile trip.
According to The Next Miami, the trip from Miami to Orlando Airport will take around 3 hours and will cost around $100 per ticket. The price does seem to scale appropriately based on mileage considering Miami to MCO is about three times the mileage of Miami to West Palm Beach and will cost approximately three times as much.
So, how much will the train between Disney World and the airport cost?
Based on that math, we can come up with some idea of how much a base price for the train might be. It is about 18 miles from MCO to Disney Springs. So, if we scale that based on the $28 per 75 miles price, we’re looking at less than $7 per ticket. For reference, a rideshare at time of writing costs approximately $30 to $60 or more from MCO To Disney Springs.
On top of that, it is possible that Disney and Brightline will strike a deal. The Magical Express was a free perk for guests staying at Walt Disney World resort hotels. That was a huge deal for many guests, especially those with families of all ages not looking to deal with the hassles of renting a car. Disney hasn’t said anything concerning if they could strike a deal with Brightline to transport guests to and from Walt Disney World, but it’s certainly possible. If Disney were to negotiate a deal, Brightline service could be free for those with a confirmed reservation as an added resort perk.
There is also a chance that this line will be in high demand, so it may go the other way and come at a slight premium. This will be difficult to discern until the line is complete and we know how many trips Brightline is running each day. Right now, they run 51 trips on a regular day.
We’ll be sure to keep a close eye on news from Brightline and from Disney about this project. It certainly would be a GREAT perk to have a quick and (possibly) FREE train ride from the airport to Disney Springs.
But then how do I get to my hotel with my luggage?
But the next question that a lot of our readers are asking is this: How do I get from Disney Springs to my hotel with all of my luggage?? Your first thought might be to take a bus to your Disney World Resort hotel from Disney Springs after disembarking from the Brightline train. But Disney’s policies note that “No luggage or alcohol of any type is permitted on Walt Disney World Resort buses.” So, Disney would likely have to change their rules to make this possible. Even so, Disney buses are not equipped to carry lots of luggage…they’re made to handle lots of people, but not a bunch of suitcases.
This question also hasn’t been answered by Disney, so here are some potential outcomes. One option is to create a Magical Express-type bus coach service from Disney Springs to individual Disney World hotels. This could be a paid service, or could replace Magical Express as a free service (which would cost Disney less than the original Magical Express service most likely, since the distances covered would be much shorter than they were with Magical Express from the airport). Disney could also reinstate Minnie Vans, their branded rideshare service, with a dedicated fleet to take train passengers to hotels. Finally, Disney could do nothing — assuming guests will take rideshare services or just lug their suitcases onto the already crowded Disney transport (assuming Disney ultimately allows the luggage on their buses). Regardless, this is going to be a problem, and Disney will have to figure out how to respond.
Stay tuned to DFB to make sure that you’re up to date on all the latest news with this project. We’ll be sure to update you as we hear more about the opening time, the price, and the length of the train trip, and how you’re supposed to get to your hotel afterward!
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