Disney Springs is about to become an even bigger tourist destination thanks to the addition of a brand new Brightline train station.
Orlando reporter Ashley Carter just took to Twitter to confirm that Brightline and The Walt Disney Company have reached a deal.
JUST IN: Brightline and Disney have reached a deal to build a station at Disney Springs. The project is expected to take at least 2-3 years to complete once construction begins.
JUST IN: Brightline and Disney have reached a deal to build a station at Disney Springs. The project is expected to take at least 2-3 years to complete once construction begins. pic.twitter.com/q0QXVJAlB8
— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) November 23, 2020
The Orlando Business Journal also provided more information about the project:
“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 Resort part of their vacation plans,” Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline, said in a prepared statement. “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.”
The concept for the proposed Disney station includes a ground-level lobby, passenger facilities and an upper level train platform. Exact location of the the station and timeline on completion were not immediately available from Disney or Brightline.
“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.
No groundbreaking date has been announced at this time.
Brightline is a privately run railway line that is designed to help Americans travel better. Their official website includes these details about their Florida train routes:
Brightline is actively constructing a new rail line to bring passengers from our Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stops to Orlando. Our team is hard at work to continue our excited expansion plans. Service connecting South Florida to Central Florida is expected to open in 2022.
We are also pleased to announce another three additional stops along our South Florida Express line including stations in Aventura, Boca Raton and PortMiami.
- 100% Carbon Neutral footprint (proud partners with FPL)
- Fast Company’s World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2020
- 2 Million passengers since inception
- Metrorail, Metromover & Tri-rail access
The fact that train transportation is coming soon to Disney Springs is big news for retailers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Both shopping and dining establishments have been struggling as Florida tourism has dwindled.
The agreement between fast-growing Brightline and Disney gives hope for a “bright” future ahead for Disney Springs tenants. Several new offerings, including Gideon’s Bakehouse, Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew, and Rustic Cuff accessories, are now available — or will be available — before the end of 2020.
Have you visited Disney Springs lately? Are you excited about the Disney Springs Brightline train station?
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