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I’m 53 and can remember a 2 lane exit and 2 lane road leading to Walt Disney World…Magic Kingdom. Now it’s a major interstate and 192 is a busy road.
This is an unnecessarily large land purchase and high price buying up existing commercial acreage. You can’t find another example of a purchase like this in Florida. The excuse of traffic pattern doesn’t fly either, look at the tons of other just as busy ramps like I-4 and 436 that didn’t do anything like this. Also, this isn’t the exit you use to get to any of the parks themselves. I would question if the purchase wasn’t to get these competing restaurants and businesses closed on purpose
100% correct, those businesses pulled tons of cash away from Disney Springs where vacations could grab a bite without having to take out a loan. There is nothing wrong with the main World Drive entrance just plain Disney greed.
They didn’t need to buy this land to extend the I-4. I think the other person who commented was right, it was to get rid of these businesses! Sad and wrong.
Exactly – just a ploy to get rid of affordable eateries and grocery stores near the Disney parks.
My husband and I were talking about this months ago when we heard of this buyout. Simply a way for the competition to be closed. All the resorts on Resort Way will now be almost forced to eat in their own property or visit Disney Springs for food. Many cast members had gatherings over there after shifts because it was a place to go to socialize that was not too far off their different paths home yet it was away from “work” (Disney). So its just an excuse not a necessity for expansion.
Way too much money on one project. Many other smaller projects need to be done to ease traffic, not just for tourist but residents of the area. Roads around Championsgate for example. Building all these housing developments and huge apartment complexes but don’t build up the roads???
That’s way too far north for those going to and from the Tampa area. The real problem is ChampionsGate, there’s always a back up.
And the I-4 exit for both Disney and the airport is a back up too. There should be separate exits for each.
AND where’s this bullet train we’ve been told we’d have from Tampa to Orlando?! We need alternatives to I-4!!
that’s where the Brightline commuter train from the airport is going to have a station, if i remember correctly from what they announced before, that’s also the reason why they are stopping the Magical Express buses on Jan 2022
I-4 is 121 miles long, not 21. This project makes a lot of sense. For this intersection always seems to be overwhelmed with traffic. The new “fly-in” will greatly improve the situation for locals and tourists alike.
It’s sad that a little Disney magic was not used to allow most if all of those businesses to remain. We have traveled to Disney for more than 25 years and used what we called the “back Main Gate” when it opened. It’s equally as sad that Diamond Resort, West Gate Resorts, and others were not able to help create a better option.
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