Brightline Construction Into Disney Springs Remains Empty After Indefinite Halt

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The new Brightline expansion in Orlando, Florida, has had a difficult path coming to fruition, especially as of late.

One of the newest lines in development is meant to connect Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Disney Springs, which would allow Guests to easily travel to Disney property after landing. This will be very beneficial for many once Disney’s Magical Express concludes. It also would give Disney World Guests without a car the ability to use the train to visit other areas of Florida on their vacation.

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The train has been said to be completed in 2026 — after being delayed once before — but is now being held indefinitely until a route can be agreed upon. That being said, construction at Orlando International Airport was moving at a good pace until the indefinite hold.

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Photographer Bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) posted multiple photos of the Brightline construction to Twitter, showcasing where the station will be placed, and the track that was ready to be inserted before committees in the International Drive area voted against the preferred route chosen by Brightline.

Aerial look at the Orlando International Airport Intermodal Terminal. At left are the Brightline high speed rail tracks intended for continued routing to the attractions area.

As we can see above and below, the green windowed building will be where Guests will go to board the train to head to Disney Springs once a route has been agreed upon.

Aerial look at left at construction of the South Terminal in @MCO Orlando International Airport. Green windowed building at right is the Intermodal Terminal, which will include the Brightline train station. Train bed in foreground in routing for extension to the attractions area.

The Brightline train will also give Guests at Disney World access to Miami, the Cocoa Beach area, West Palm Beach, and more. Below, we can see an example of what the tracks will look like for all of these different routes.

Aerial look at where @GoBrightline train crosses SR 417 Greeneway. The 417 interchange with SR 528 Beachline is at top.

Hopefully, a new route to Disney Springs is agreed upon shortly so that construction can resume. The once busy construction area now looks empty and deserted, but will surely be bustling with life once construction can move forward. There is no word as of yet that specifies if the construction delay will push back the completion timeline of the expansion for a second time.

What do you think of the Brightline expansion? Would you use the train to get to Disney from MCO? 

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