BREAKING: The Brightline high-speed rail station at Disney Springs has confirmed its cancellation

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A Disney representative confirmed today that the Brightline high-speed rail station scheduled to open in Disney Springs has been cancelled.

The station, which was to connect Walt Disney World to Orlando International Airport and Tampa by high-speed rail, has been confirmed canceled by the Orlando Business Journal.

Originally, the route was to bypass Orlando from the south and go directly to Walt Disney World before following I-4 to Tampa. But city lobbies, including trade associations along International Drive and Universal Orlando Resort, have pushed for a resort along the Orange County Convention Center’s tourist corridor, across from the upcoming Epic Universe park, before continuing to Walt Disney World.

As a result of this change, it is believed that Disney has canceled its plans and the train will travel directly from International Drive to Tampa.

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Walt Disney World spokesperson Avery Mather said: “As many people involved with this project are aware, the new route configuration does not support a Disney Springs resort and therefore we do not not planning to be part of this project.” Brightline representatives were unavailable for comment.

Brightline is currently working on plans to connect Tampa and Orlando by high-speed rail, with a planned stop at the Orange County Convention Center across from Universal Orlando Resort’s upcoming Epic Universe park. Running along the I-4 corridor, the train was to connect to Disney Springs and allow access to Walt Disney World.

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Jose P. Rogers