Editor’s Note: Lou’s email inbox is often full-to-overflowing with questions from listeners. As such, he has enlisted the WDW Radio Blog writers to assist him in answering some of your questions.
This is a question from WDW Radio listener Sean Maranda.
He writes to us about DISNEY TRANSPORTATION:
“What is the best way to get to and from Disney Springs from each of the parks? Is there a Disney bus that will take you directly to DS from AK (example)? Or do I have to take a bus from AK to a resort and then catch another bus? Could I bus to Saratoga Springs and then walk to DS? Is there a previous podcast that discusses Disney transportation? Love the podcast!“
Hi Sean! My name is Kristin, and I am part of the WDW Blog Team. Thank you so much for your question about transportation to Disney Springs and thanks for your support of the the WDW Radio Podcast.
You are not alone in asking this question! A lot of guests ask about park hopping and getting to Disney Springs. I have a few options for you:
1.) You can take a bus from the theme park back to your hotel, and then catch a bus from your hotel to Disney Springs. While this is not the fastest way to go, it is an option that you can count on, it is free, and it is included as part of your stay at a WDW Resort.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any buses directly from the Theme Parks directly to Disney Springs. The bus system goes from the resort properties to each of the Disney Parks, or from resort properties to Disney Springs. Plan on at least 1-1.5 hours of transport time to Disney Springs if you are planning for a dining reservation.
2.) Take a bus from the Parks to Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, Disney’s Old Key West Resort or Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside/French Quarter. If you take the bus from a theme park to any of these resorts, you can then easily access Disney Springs. These options are also free and can be a great way to see these resorts. There are two options once you are there:
a.) Saratoga Springs has an easy walking bridge directly to Disney Springs. The bridge is part of the new construction of Disney Springs and takes about 10 minutes from the resort. It is large, scenic, and great for people-watching. The bridge and walking paths connect you to The Marketplace and West Side sections of Disney Springs.
b. ) Old Key West, Saratoga Springs, Port Orleans – Riverside and Port Orleans – French Quarter have the Sassagoula River Cruise (aka “the Water Taxi”) to Disney Springs. The boat ride takes approximate 25 minutes, and it is picturesque and relaxing.
3.) Use a rideshare service or taxi cab. Uber, Lyft and Taxi Services are all available around Disney Parks!
For taxis: Taxi stands are located at the entrances to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Ticket & Transportation Center. (Of note: Taxis do not go directly to the Magic Kingdom.) You can also get a taxi directly to Disney Springs from your WDW resort. This is the most expensive option for getting around the resort and Disney Springs, but it can be great for last-minute transportation needs. It costs approximately $10-$15 one-way between any of the parks, hotels and Disney Springs.
For ride share services: Communication with your driver is crucial for Uber/Lyft transportation. Download the app and set up your account with Uber or Lyft before you get to Walt Disney World. The cost is about 1/3 less than taxi pricing.
Make sure to check where the drop-off/pick-up locations are before you book a ride.
Both ride share and taxi services have designated locations around the resorts and parks where they can pick you up and drop you off. Uber, Lyft & Taxi drivers are well-versed in these pick-up/drop-off places and can help direct you to where you need to go.
I have used all of these ride share and taxi services for fast ways to get between the parks, and from hotel-to-hotel for dining reservations.
To find out more, check out the official “Getting Around” FAQ page for Walt Disney World.
Have a great time on your trip and enjoy Disney Springs!
To our readers: Do you have any Disney Transportation Tips & Tricks? Let us know in the comments below!
Kristin is a food writer and social media manager in the great State of Maine. When she is not seeking out the next-best-thing-she-ever-ate, she is busy planning for her runDisney vacations and cooking with her family. She can be found at @kafcooks.