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Universal Wants New Train Route to Disney to Stop at Universal Orlando First

Disney and Brightline recently announced they entered into an agreement to construct a train station at Disney Springs which would provide guests flying into the Walt Disney World area an easy, quick transportation option! Now, we’re learning Universal Orlando Resort has further ideas about a new route that would be stopping by Universal before reaching Walt Disney World.

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As reported by OrlandoSentinel: “Universal’s opposition to proposed service by Brightline Trains from Orlando’s airport to Walt Disney World and Tampa echoes the region’s history of missteps and failures in launching passenger rail. Universal wants Brightline to construct what looks to be a vastly more costly route from the airport to the tourist strip that spans International Drive, Universal’s attractions and Orange County’s convention center, before continuing on to Disney and Tampa.”

Brightline is working to make Orlando the hub of Florida’s upscale, high-speed passenger rail. If Brightline were to add the Universal stop, it could break the already very large budget, according to officials. For the rail run from Miami to Orlando (complete next year), the cost is roughly $4 billion. Brightline has said they expect to invest billions on an 80-mile extension from Orlando to Tampa. The project includes station construction on a leased parcel at Disney World’s Disney Springs.

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According to OrlandoSentinel, the matter is likely to be dealt with by many government agencies but is poised for pivotal action July 20 by the Central Florida Expressway Authority, where the passenger-rail company is seeking access to a segment of the road right-of-way. “Brightline’s current planned route is not the right one for our community,” said Tom Schroder, spokesperson for Universal Parks & Resorts, the parent of Universal Orlando.

What do you think? Should Brightline consider this Universal route? Brightline estimates the additional expense of Universal’s preference ranges from $780 million to $1.3 billion. To read the full story, visit OrlandoSentinel.

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.