Miami To Disney On Brightline Is Confirmed; Direct Train Service To Orlando Begins In 2022

Brightline and Disney announced that they have finalized an agreement for a new train station at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

The new station will allow passengers to arrive in Disney without a car, directly from Miami.

Around 1,000 workers are now building the tracks from Miami to Orlando Airport, with service on schedule to begin in 2022.

The trip from Miami to Orlando Airport will take around 3 hours and will cost around $100 per ticket.

After stopping at Orlando Airport, the proposed site of the next Orlando station is Disney Springs, a popular shopping, dining and entertainment complex.

“Brightline will offer a car-free connection to the millions of visitors from around the state and the world who plan to make Walt Disney World Resort part of their vacation plans,” said Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline. “Our mission has always been to connect our guests to the people and places that matter, and Walt Disney World Resort is a tremendous example of this.”

The new station at Disney Springs is proposed to include a lobby on the ground level, passenger facilities and an upper level train platform.

“We’re excited to work with Brightline as they pursue the potential development of a train station at Walt Disney World Resort, a project that would support our local economy and offer a bold, forward-looking transportation solution for our community and guests,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Walt Disney World Resort.

Brightline is also working on an onward connection to Tampa. The company said it began engineering and design work for the Tampa connection in February 2020, after being awarded the right to execute lease agreements with FDOT and the Central Florida Expressway Authority in 2018.

Other Brightline stations either planned or under construction include Aventura, PortMiami, and Boca Raton.

 

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Anonymous
8 months ago

I’m all for trains but wouldn’t it still be cheaper for a family of four to drive to Disney from Miami even if they have to rent a car?

Anonymous
8 months ago

I assume they are not targeting the budget family vacation sub-category. The best bet is for the pre/post cruise tourist, especially foreigners that do not want to go through the hassle of driving. Remember, the vast majority of trains in Europe are heavily subsidized by the tax payer to make fares more affordable. While I wish the fare would be cheaper, I do not want the government to take more money from me just so that a train to Orlando is $60 rather than $100. Also, I suspect that the off-hour trains will be cheaper than during prime hours/days.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Europe is a different place. There are 80+ million people in Italy which is a country the geographical size of Florida. Gasoline is 5 times as much. Generally, they have all uncomfortable small cars. This is beautiful America. Big open beautiful roads, big cars and cheap gasoline. It is a pleasure to jump on the turnpike and drive the 3 hours. The service will not work at that price. Even two people traveling = $200 there plus $200 back =$400.

Anonymous
8 months ago

It is by no means a pleasure to drive 3+ hours on the mind numbingly boring turnpike. But even though this competes with airlines more than the car, I do agree, it’s still pricey and hopefully, the off peak price will be cheaper. For comparison, the Amtrak from MIA to Orlando is only $25 a trip (even though this will be far better)

Anonymous
7 months ago

This comment honestly sounds like some propaganda. Are you selling streamlined cars, baseball, apple pie, and “The American Dream”? Some facts: Italy has 60 million people in a country which is twice the geographical size of Florida.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Whoever is driving must be sober and sound of mind in order to pay attention at all times. This way, everyone can leave the driving to someone else and enjoy the entertainment or company with family or friends. Anyone can call UBER or LYFT once they get from Orlando to Miami.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The market for drunk drivers between Miami and Disney is probably much smaller than you imagine.

Anonymous
8 months ago

There’s a “market for drunk drivers?”

Um, when did that began and how much are they paying?

Azarius
8 months ago

Ok yes for a couple or single trip but for a family or group of 4 or more you’ll be better off renting a car. The saves money and it takes about the same time (depending on who drives) and you’ll have transportation to move around Orlando ( car dependent city) for shopping and nightlife or even the parks

Anonymous
8 months ago

Not everyone prefer to fly or drive.

Anonymous
8 months ago

When people say they’re going to Orlando, they really just mean Disney or Universal, which have excellent shuttle service to get you to the parks and hotspots around the parks that they own. Not a lot of people go to actually see Orlando though, so once you reach the hotel, you probably wouldn’t be driving that much anyway if at all

Anonymous
8 months ago

Even for a couple or single, you are better off flying. Spirit gets you there for $65/$75. Total travel time, including getting to the airport early is about the same.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yeah, I’m not sure about that pricing. I can get from Miami to Orlando on a full tank of gas, that’s about 50 dollars. Talking about $100 round trip on gas. I think $50 per person would be more reasonable, still more expensive but the convenience of not having to drive.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The pricing is high for locals like us but if they are to turn a profit quickly and pay their investors they need to charge a premium. With time they will need to increase ridership but only after they have proved themselves profitable with their creditors. I wish the price was cheaper, but I understand they will not survive if they default on their loans.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The pricing is high for locals like us but if they are to turn a profit quickly and pay their investors they need to charge a premium. With time they will need to increase ridership but only after they have proved themselves profitable with their creditors. I wish the price was cheaper, but I understand they will not survive if they default on their loans.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Its cheaper to drive up. I fill up my car once in the middle of my trip up there. I arrive in orlando with half a tank. So yes cheaper

Anonymous
8 months ago

I bet we’ll see family pricing and Disney cruise line tie-ins too.
Driving will still be cheaper, but flying is their real competition.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Remember, anyone who came to Miami from Europe probably came by plane. Do you know how long a plane flight that is? After flying for almost half a day to get anywhere on the east coast, a pleasant train ride like this is a bargain.

Azarius
8 months ago

This is great even though they are going to catch hell trying to build the east west corridor (Tampa)… they are trying to make Brightline connect to the SunRail to MCO and Orlando officials are arguing over routes to serve the Convention center and Universal…. another 4years added to the project before a final design smh

Anonymous
8 months ago

Good. Just as highways don’t operate with a profit motive neither should passenger rail transit.

These trains should be open, available and accessible to all.

Anonymous
8 months ago

We can thank our glorious then-Governor, now-Senator, Rick Scott for rejecting federal funds to build Florida High Speed Rail. This could have been already under construction, if not built and operating, in the public sector, but someone needed to make sure private companies’ pockets get lined instead. The public option was available and he blew it on political vanity so he could say “No to Obama!” and silver spoon it over to the private sector for profit later.

At least someone’s finally going to build it.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Just because Federal funds are available does not mean a public option is a sure bet. Look at California’s glorious high-speed rail project. Not only have federal funds been squandered, but the tax payers of California are on the hook for hundreds of millions and will continue to dish out from state coffers every few years the project encounters “delays”. I am glad that then governor Scott avoided a Marlins Park style debacle with public rail option #2 (does everyone forget about comatose Amtrak?!).

Anonymous
8 months ago

1-Unlike California, the Tampa to Orlando leg was planned and ready to go. (Right of way had already been secured).

2-Because of it’s geography, Florida is very cheap to build this system. (No mountains)

3-Brightline is a train that travels at 80 mph vs 200mph. No high speed. So we get an inferior product.

4-Amtrak does not own the tracks and it’s at the mercy of freight trains.

California took the money and are building the first leg with it. Additional funding is coming from the carbon tax and gas tax.

Anonymous
8 months ago

This offer came with a bunch of ridiculous shoe strings attached. Governor Rick Scott was correct in rejecting these funds in exchange for our state sovereignty.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Strings attached like hey Florida! you have to maintain the infrastructure.

At one point Florida had to come up with $400M to get $1.9B The excuse was that we could not afford that, but legislature borrowed $400M to pay for unemployment instead of accepting the $400M Obama was giving the state for that.

In any case, Florida ended up getting the full cost of the system, $2.3B

If we don’t have a train is because of politics that’s all.

ProTransit
8 months ago

I completely and 100% agree. The reason that federal funding for California was squandered is because the State didn’t take into account the difficulty of California’s terrain and size. Florida on the other hand is more flat with existing right-of-ways. Florida’s terrain is the exact reason that the Obama Administration wanted Florida to be the 1st example in the United States. It was also helpful that we are the most visited and traveled State in the United States and the 3rd Most Populist State. What Brightline is building is at-grade and slow. Defeats the purpose of High-Speed Rail. The Private Sector only wants to build for tourists, so that they can price gouge! Plain and simple!

Concrete Salesman
8 months ago

That’s it! Mountains made California squander their train money!

Anonymous
8 months ago

Jeez, that comment went wayyy over your head.

Anonymous
8 months ago

If it takes 10 years or more to do extensive environmental studies for highways you don’t think that they forgot about California’s terrain?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Yes I hate to line the pockets of all people that work to build the lines, and the trains, etc…

Public vs Private…. When you shop online do you prefer FedEx next day or USPS 5-7 days.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Same argument.. look at the cost. Usually USPS is much cheaper. Maybe it takes a couple days more, but the cost savings is worth it. Same with a public train system vs a private one.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Much cheaper because it is constantly bailed out by US the tax payer. FedEx would have long been bankrupt if it operated as USPS does. It’s always an easy argument to push the public option at the cost of the tax payer.

Anonymous
7 months ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postal_Accountability_and_Enhancement_Act …why is the USPS in so much trouble? And even until recently it’s been rated the country’s favorite government agency.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Exciting but as usual will be cost prohibitive for locals.

Whereas it takes a tank of gas and tolls for locals to drive to Disney this will be priced similarly to airplane tickets.

Anonymous
8 months ago

It’s a private venture. If Brightline deemed to profitable to market the fares at $50 or at the price you deem would be affordable, than I am sure that they would as it would mean more revenue for them. Apparently the company is trying to gear the service to tourists that are much more willing to pay $100 per ticket. If Brightline is successful, in time I am sure they will try to expand their customer base. Remember, Henry Flagler’s railway was not affordable to 99% of Americans when it was first inaugurated. Over the years it became more affordable and it is what led to the growth of cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach.

Anonymous
8 months ago

It’s not as private as you think. Public money & tax-free bonds are supporting Brightline.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Not on the order of magnitude to even make a dent in the pricing structure of the train fares. To get a European style train system you would have to have a quasi-private company that regularly gets hundreds of millions of tax payer money annually. Brightline may get tax advantages due to investment in infrastructure, but Florida is not on the hook for billions that have been raised privately by investors.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Henry Flagler didn’t have to compete with airlines and Turnpikes.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Hopefully Disney can bundle tickets to the parks with train tickets. Or maybe some kind of special deal with an annual pass for discounted train tickets or something. Not sure if I’d permanently switch to this over driving, but we’ll definitely try it atleast once.

Charlie Miami
8 months ago

Why isn’t Brightline running in south Florida anymore? I live next to the tracks and forget how many months it’s been since a Brightline has come by.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Shesshhh!.. do you read?

I bet you have a smart phone?

Anonymous
8 months ago

This little thing called a pandemic vaporized what little ridership they had.

TRPCLRMNTCST
8 months ago

This is a great point as to the benefits of public vs. private ownership of infrastructure. Trains in publicly held systems have continued to run.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yes at the cost and burden of the taxpayer. It’s all well and good until you have to take a large tax hike to pay for a couple of nearly empty Amtrak trains. In a perfect world we can run everything and build millions of miles of high-speed rail throughout the country but alas, we do not live in such a place and the basic principles of economics rule.

Anonymous
8 months ago

They need to lower the price. Way to pricey $100 one way from Miami to Orlando and still 3 hours to get there. I rather drive up there. Way cheaper only fill up my car once and i arrive with half a tank.

Anonymous
8 months ago

They aren’t marketing this for local Floridians to use between Disney and Miami. The real money they are going for is the nonstop rail connection between MCO and Disney.

Anonymous
8 months ago

It won’t be non-stop. You will go to Orlando Airport and change trains for the Disney leg (which will eventually be the Tampa leg). It will also stop at several stations along both routes.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Florida residents should have reduced fare costs the way the Disney parks offer. $100 is a lot for a 3 hr trip that can be driven for much cheaper.

Anonymous
8 months ago

and in just a little longer than 3 hours

Anonymous
8 months ago

At that price point, this can only be a tourist train. No one living in Miami, Orlando, or Tampa is paying $100/person EACH WAY to save 30 minutes taking a train. Even a couple going on a weekend trip from Orlando to Miami would have to pay $400 for the train trip. A family of 4 going from Miami to Disney would have to pay $800 round trip. Good luck surviving as a tourist train. Sure glad we voted for this “higher” speed railway. Oh wait…we didn’t. We voted for a HIGH speed railway.

Anonymous
8 months ago

The Brightline Train will be able to hit speeds of 120mph during it’s long stretches of travel.

Anonymous
8 months ago

It would be great if they could run a non-stop from Miami to Orlando. That would really compete with air travel. Hopefully also, they could run a line that runs southwest of the current planned route to have a non-stop to Tampa as well.

Nik
8 months ago

There is a huge market of international visitors (Brazil, Argentina, Europe, Middle East) that would happily pay these fares for easy access between Orlando and Miami (it goes both ways). They didn’t just decide to build this with hopes… they have data to back it up.

Anonymous
8 months ago

South Florida and Florida in general is making all the right moves for the future. Good to build the Brightline before all the land is developed. California’s high speed rail is a joke & a pipe dream. Much love from an Overtown Owner from the Northeast.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Great news

Anonymous
8 months ago

Begins 2026

Michelle
8 months ago

Not a done deal. Amtrak has exclusive rights for intercity passenger rail on SunRail corridor, which Brightline would need to use to get to Disney and Tampa.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Think they had visitors in mind.
Travelors that come from other
Countries to spend time in disney
Can now go to Mia for a quick
Visit an vice versa.That goes
For cruisers too.
If prices are to low then that make it deteriate etc.
I love it can’t wait for it to reopen

Anonymous
8 months ago

But how many of them really want to spend $800 round trip for a family of 4 to do that?

Anonymous
8 months ago

Don’t worry, they’re not waiting for you to spend any money.

Anonymous
7 months ago

Yet no station at FLL airport 🙁

Tony stark
4 months ago

This aint directed at any particular type of people or group but I hope they figure out how to manage the foolishness and watnot from the “riff raff” that will be piling on the trains too. Yknow, the clowns that can’t just “be and let be”. It’s a shame you can’t take the family somewhere without having to watch for who gonna pop off with that BS….we notorious in the 305 for that these days

Anonymous
8 months ago

Florida winning!! Our transit systems is stuck behind other states and countries until
Now

Anonymous
8 months ago

Not really.. we will be first in it’s kind to have a transit system like this. You’re thinking about major cities and even those major cities don’t have a transit system that’ll take them 3 hrs out to a different city.
I lived in LA and their transit system sucks and slow. I’d say NYC is best but that’s just city not the state nothing that’ll take you to Canada border.no other state has what we’re getting. Which is why all states are jealous and hateful of FL.

Anonymous
8 months ago

I can’t wait for the hyperloop.there in 15 min.lol
At least bright line fares will be dirt cheap but 3 hrs though lol

Anonymous
8 months ago

Was excited but this is pure garbage. Its slow and expensive. Wasn’t this suppose to get there in under 2 hours? Wasn’t this suppose to disrupt the hotel industry in Orlando? This is a waste of time and taxpayer money. Yes its still being funded by the taxpayers.

Anonymous
8 months ago

Brightline pretend to charge $100 per person, Miami to Disney, still is more convenient to rent a car. Europe trains are so cheap, they make here a luxury ride.