Walt Disney World is getting its own train station!
Earlier today, we shared the news that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Trains USA (formerly known as Brightline) will extend its high-speed rail service to The Most Magical Place On Earth by building a brand new station at Disney Springs.
“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,” Jeff Vahle, president of Walt Disney World Resort, said in a prepared statement.
Once construction has begun, the project is going to take at least two years. So as we look to a future with a far faster, cleaner, and more convenient way to visit Disney World, let’s first take a look at how this new construction project could affect your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacations.
Disney Springs Brightline Station Construction
While the news declared the partnership between Disney World and Virgin Trains USA has been officially made, many people–including this reporter–are still left asking questions like “Where? When? and How long?”
No groundbreaking date has been set yet, but once it has begun, the construction project is expected to take 2-3 years. Luckily, Disney Springs is situated away from the four main theme parks, so it is unlikely to affect their operations. The main concern, as of now, involved traffic and transportation to and from Disney Springs, and Walt Disney World as a whole.
The Disney Springs station will be an expansion from Brightline’s station at Orlando International Airport which means that we can expect that all westward Disney-bound traffic will be affected the most, specifically in the corridors between MCO and Disney World.
Surface street traffic at the Disney Springs entrance at Apopka-Vineland Rd and Hotel Plaza Blvd, which provides direct access to the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels, is bound to be affected as well by the construction of both the station and the installation of rail lines. This could cause Disney Springs-bound traffic to experience higher-than-normal congestion at that entrance or divert to different routes resulting in more intense east-bound traffic along E Buena Vista Dr.
At this point, however, it is all pure speculation. Once ground is broken and the official site is announced, we will be able to advise future Guests further on what they should expect in regards to Disney Springs area traffic. Future Disney World Guests looking to stay at one of the Disney Springs Resort Area hotels should also expect to receive an official statement from the hotel and/or Walt Disney World Resort with further details regarding how the Brightline construction will directly affect their stay.
We at Inside the Magic will keep our ears to the ground ready to update our readers as more information on this exciting project comes to light!
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