NEWS: Airport Train to Disney World Sets Construction Timeline

The recently announced Brightline train service will connect Orlando International Airport to Tampa, with a stop at a station in Disney Springs.


The train was originally supposed to open in 2023, but was later pushed back by several years. Recently, Brightline announced a potential start date for the construction of the new train line!

Following Brightline’s announcement that the opening was significantly delayed to 2026, the Orlando Business Journal reported that the segment from the airport to Disney World is to begin construction in 2024!


At a recent presentation to Orange County, Brightline said construction on the train segment “could get started by first-quarter 2024.” The company still needs some approvals to officially begin construction, but this is their planned timeline.


Although this is much later than many people expected the line to be constructed and opened, it’s still good to know that progress has been made on the project! The line will make travel super convenient between Disney World and the airport, especially considering the end of Disney’s Magical Express service in 2022.

Disney’s Magical Express

The construction is still expected to finish in time for the 2026 opening date, but this could change pending approvals. As this story develops, we’ll be on the lookout for the latest news! Stay tuned here for more!

Click here to read more about the end of Magical Express! 

What do you think of the new Brightline train service? Let us know in the comments! 

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4 Replies to “NEWS: Airport Train to Disney World Sets Construction Timeline”

  1. ‘Super convenient” to go to and from MCO? Really? Is that the way the AllEars crew will likely do it? Drag their luggage and kids from a resort hotel onto the buses to Disney Springs , get off drag it to wherever the train station will be , get on the train and go to the airport and go through security after the hassle of checking your luggage? You call that super convenient? Compare that with : take your bags to bell service for airline check in, get on a motorcoach to the airport, and go right to security and then your gate. After an exhausting, albeit fun, vacation. Something about the new experience you know you aren’t sharing with us? And what about the other Disney guests, the ones going to Disney Springs to shop/eat? Bet they are just going to love all that luggage and stuff taking up space on the bus. Or is there going to be buses that go from the resorts to the train station, stowing the luggage underneath? Once everyone’s on board the bus and the luggage is stowed, why not just keep going past the train station and go to the airport?

  2. The only problem with ME was luggage delivery. If guests were responsible for getting their own bags from the plane to the bus, that problem would be solved.

    Without ME, off site hotels are much more attractive.

    WDW will lose resort bookings once ME is gone.

  3. Curious. To Disney. Would this be a constant back and forth? With ME it ran often to accommodate the incoming and leaving times of flights. If train is only going to operate several times a day. Seems like it won’t work.

  4. I am unclear how getting to the airport 2 hours ahead of your flight, dealing with all air travel’s indignities and then having to pay for and wait for a train you have to drag luggage and kids onto to go to Disney Springs where you have to wait for and take an as yet unmentioned third (fourth if you count how you got to the airport) mode of transportation for the day is “super simple”. It sounds like a big hassle and I thought ME was a giant waste of time driving around to multiple resorts, so that is staying something. They are basically making Lyft/Uber richer because who wants to put up with trains, planes and automobiles?