From Fodors Travel
If you’ve ever tried to leave the Orlando airport during rush hour, you know that traffic is the worst. Just getting out of the airport and onto the highway is an odyssey. And driving to Walt Disney World often means inching down I-4 or 417 for what feels like an eternity. But there’s a new option coming that will connect the Orlando airport to The Most Magical Place on Earth with top speeds faster than Test Track and Rockin’ Rollercoaster combined. Say it with us:High. Speed. Rail. Brightline and Disney World have finally reached an agreement and a Mickey-bound train—government approval pending—is officially happening. Here are all of the details as well as how this will change your future Disney vacation travel.null
Getting to the Magic Faster
While Brightline is nowhere near as fast as Japan’s bullet train or the infamous TGV, it is the first significant stretch of high-speed track in the Southeast. Since 2018, the Florida company has connected Miami to Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach on shared lines with freight trains at speeds up to 79 miles per hour. But by 2022, Brightline will operate upgraded lines and some dedicated high-speed lines with top speeds up to 125 miles per hour. This second phase of construction will connect West Palm Beach to Cocoa, Florida, and then onto the Orlando airport. The final phase will continue from MCO to Disney World and then on to Tampa. A datenor year has been announced for the third phase of connections. But Disney and Brightline have agreed on the construction of a new train station on Disney property, and the proposed design includes “a lobby on the ground level, passenger facilities and an upper level train platform.” The station will be located at Disney Springs, Disney’s outdoor shopping center, which means anyone with a long layover in Orlando can skip the MCO food court for themed bars, EPCOT food trucks, and much cooler shopping.
Servicing Disney Springs means that Brightline won’t get you directly to a Disney hotel on the property. But from Disney Springs you can take a bus, a boat, a Minnie Van (a premium, polka dot-clad Lyft), or a rideshare to your hotel. However, if you’re staying at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, you could just walk from the new train station, as this resort is right next to Disney Springs. This Disney Vacation Club property doesn’t get a lot of hype, but it’s undergoing a total design overhaul and the updated villa rooms are gorgeous with elegant parquet flooring, modern brass fixtures, and a soaking tub. Room rates for Saratoga are a lot cheaper than properties closer to the theme parks, so it’s a great way to stretch your budget. And this resort might justbe the fastest way to get on the property from the airport via Brightline.