• Brightline Orlando (MCO) and Disney Extension - PHASE 2

  • This is a forum for all operations, both current and planned, of Brightline, formerly All Aboard Florida and Virgin Trains USA:
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This is a forum for all operations, both current and planned, of Brightline, formerly All Aboard Florida and Virgin Trains USA:
Websites: Current Brightline
Virgin USA
Virgin UK

Moderator: CRail

  by nctrains
 
Interestingly enough, Brightline was asked in a presentation to the Central Florida Expressway Authority about competition with Sunrail over that corridor from the airport to Disney World. Brightline's response was that they do not see Sunrail as competition and that they have no plans to market the connection between the two stations. That, to me at least, would indicate that they have no plans to replace the Disney Magical Express bus.

I find that to be a very bold strategy since selling a premium transportation service from the airport to Disney would likely give them much needed revenue and publicity. Logistically, I would think that it will also be a great benefit given that Disney will serve as the endpoint on the line until Tampa is completed in 2029 (I believe)-- since many passengers may end their trips at the airport, the trains would conceptually have capacity to spare for an airport to Disney crowd. But I wonder if they are more willing to hand that advantage to Sunrail in exchange for track access fees and a commuter rail service that will allow Brightline travelers to connect from the airport to downtown Orlando and other points along the Sunrail north/south corridor.
  by bostontrainguy
 
But a commuter type service between WDW and the airport could run much more often. I can see how Brightline would serve a different long-distant market vs. a shuttle type local service.
  by R&DB
 
Sunrail will handle the WDW - MCO shuttle service. Brightline is interested in the traffic from the east coast to WDW.
  by NaugyRR
 
I'd be more comfortable with a shuttle service, even more so if Disney had transfer buses just for guests arriving by train and visa-versa. I'm still wondering if Disney's gonna start their own bus shuttle or something evolved from the Minnie Van service. We're planning a trip (hopefully) for next Christmas and at this point it sounds like I'll be booking a MEARS shuttle.

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  by troffey
 
HenryAlan wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:05 am
NaugyRR wrote: Mon Jan 11, 2021 3:18 pm I wonder if Disney and Brightline are planning an airport rail shuttle; I'm sure people will use it as such, although I'd rather have direct transport to Port Orleans rather than airport-train-Disney Springs-boat/bus.
Yeah, it's a shame, because the one seat ride plus luggage handling at no cost was nice. Just the same, there were times when the bus I was on would be routed through multiple resorts before reaching my destination. I might prefer a single transfer with a direct connection from there to the resort over hitting multiple other locations. Knowing Disney, they will likely still handle the luggage part, so people will take a train to Disney Springs, probably spend some money there, and then after a few hours, hop on a bus. Might work better for a lot of folks, and certainly for Disney.
Disney suspended luggage handling on the buses post Covid already. They take it on the bus, but you handle it yourself https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/a ... -delivery/