Certainly one would think that Disney wouldn't want to be left out of a new transportation option, but I don't exactly have much trust in Disney's decision making right now.I have a hard time believing that Disney is going to just watch this be built to send people straight to their competitor without them having a stop on the line. I have to think they'll pony up to not be left out of this. It also won't help Sunrail/Brightline for Disney not to be on the line since that's where at least half of the tourists are heading anyway.
The best possible rail line we can hope for is one that stops on I-Drive/OCCC, Universal, and Disney. It would hit up any place tourists are looking to go (for the most part) and have the highest likelihood at being profitable. Also being connected to MCO, Cocoa, West Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale, and Miami also helps. Future potential Tampa and Jacksonville connections would only strengthen the system.
I just have this bad feeling that Disney never wanted an MCO to Disney Springs train for guests to start with, and said train now having an I-drive stop isn't going to make it more appealing to them given the risk of guests using it to add Universal days to a WDW trip.
Having the station at Disney Springs is obviously optimal from a transportation perspective, but I'm not optimistic about that happening right now.
Universal giving the 13 acres is nice, but it's land with basically no development potential so it's actually a really low value donation.It says they'll be giving 13 acres for the station. That's probably a big chunk of it.