Today, a Disney spokesperson confirmed that plans for the Disney Springs Brightline Station have been canceled. The much-anticipated train station, that has been teased to Disney fans for the past few years, held the promise of a convenient way to get to Disney World from the Orlando airport. Now, we’re hearing reports of the Disney Springs station being scrapped according to an official statement released by Disney spokesperson, Avery Mather.
Brightline’s New Route Through Downtown Orlando
This comes as a surprise to many, as Disney had been promoting the new station for some time now. The announcement comes off the heals of the recent adoption of a new route for Brightline through the Downtown Orlando area that promises to connect the Orlando International Airport with the Orlando Convention Center before extending all the way to Tampa within the right-of-way of the I-4 median and other existing transportation corridors.
The plan originally called for Brightline’s high-speed train to take a route that went south of Orlando near State Road 417, bypassing the Downtown Orlando area to the south and traveling directly to Walt Disney World before heading east on I-4, but that plan has been met with resistance recently.
Recently, Universal and other local area businesses, have joined forces to lobby for the new Downtown route that is being called the Sunshine Corridor. Universal has been in favor of this new Sunshine Corridor route, as it features a station at the Orange County Convention Center, which will be in close proximity to their new Epic Universe theme park.
Why Would Disney Cancel The Disney Springs Station?
As of June 1st, 2022, it was announced that Central Florida has received a grant award of up to $15,875,000 in federal funding from the United States Department of Transportation. The grant would go toward developing Central Florida’s Sunshine Corridor, and Brightline’s proposed Tampa to Orlando intercity passenger rail project. This federal grant money all but solidified the use of the Sunshine Corridor route, and made Disney’s preferred route along State Road 417 very unlikely to be used.
According to reports, it seems Disney has canceled its plans for the Disney Springs station due to the recent developments regarding the new route that will connect the airport directly to Disney’s competitors before passengers would reach the Disney Springs station. Now, Brightline’s exact route on its way to Tampa has once again become unclear.
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