Possible Train Station at Disney World in Advanced Negotiations

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Possible Train Station at Disney World in Advanced Negotiations

Earlier this year it was announced that Virgin Trains wanted to build a train station near Walt Disney World for a line that would run from Central Florida to South Florida. Disney and Virgin have both confirmed that they are in “advanced talks” about a station on or near theme-park property as part of a route to Tampa.

“As the top vacation destination and largest single-site employer in the United States, Walt Disney World Resort is an obvious choice for a rail station between Orlando International Airport and Tampa. While we have not yet made any definitive commitment, we have mutually agreed to more formally explore developing a train station on our property,” Disney officials said in a statement.

Virgin Trains is currently working on a $4 billion, 160 mile expansion that runs from West Palm Beach to Orlando International Airport. Their stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach are hubs for real-estate development while the station at the Orlando International Airport will only be for transportation.

It is yet to be determined whether the new station connecting Walt Disney World to Tampa will be tied to real-estate development.

“When you look at the millions of out-of-state visitors traveling to Florida, as well as the 21 million residents of the state, providing a car-free option would be a big win,” said Ben ​Porritt, a Virgin senior vice president.

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