A Disney representative confirms that the mouse has derailed the Brightline station set to open at Disney Springs. ‘Downtown Disney’ is now ‘Disney Springs’ at Walt Disney World Resort.
The new route configuration does not support a Disney Springs station, but Brightline will still connect Miami to Orlando and Tampa, according to Walt Disney World News Today.
Originally, the route bypassed Orlando to the south and traveled directly to Walt Disney World before following I-4 to Tampa.
But according to Walt Disney World News Today, “Lobbies in the city including business associations along International Drive and Universal Orlando Resort pushed for a station along the tourist corridor at the Orange County Convention Center, across from the upcoming Epic Universe park, before continuing on to Walt Disney World.”
As a result of this change, Disney has cancelled plans for a Brightline connection and train will proceed directly from International Drive to Tampa.