When it comes to visiting Disney Springs, there are several forms of transportation available. Naturally, which Disney Springs transportation options are available to you will depend on what part of the Walt Disney World Resort you are coming from.
One of the things I find most challenging when visiting Disney is figuring out how to get around. And I figure that most people on a Disney vacation eventually make it over to the shopping, dining, and entertainment venue.
If you haven’t visited Springs lately, you might be surprised at how much the place has grown. Since I have practiced using these forms of Walt Disney World transportation, I wanted to put together a guide to help fellow travelers.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at the various Disney Springs transportation options. That includes how to get to Disney Springs along with how to get around once you’ve arrived.
Disney Springs Buses
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, bus transportation is provided to Disney Springs. When you reach Disney Springs, their bus stop sits outside the entrance to Town Center.
Disney added the Town Center entrance a few years back. Its central location is a huge advantage to guests. Instead of being dropped off on one end, you are now dropped off in the middle. This will keep you from walking the entire property. If you are only trying to reach a specific destination like a dining reservation, you don’t want to do a lot of backtracking.
Per their website, buses begin running from the resorts 30 minutes before Disney Springs opens and continue until 1.5 hours after it closes. Their bus schedule is available here.
Additionally, their website indicates that the after 4:00 p.m. bus from the theme parks is not available at this time. If you are leaving a theme park, you can walk or bus to a Disney resort hotel. From there you can take a bus to Disney Springs. There are several ways you can do this. I’ll add a few tips at the end of this review to give you a better idea.
Disney Springs Parking
You’ll be happy to know that parking is free for those of you planning to drive to Disney Springs. The venue offers several garages and lots.
The parking garages are as follows:
The Orange garage is located on the West Side of Disney Springs. It exits near the Coca-Cola Store.
The Lime Garage is at Town Center and exits near The Polite Pig. Disney fans tend to argue that Lime is the better of the two garages. Location-wise it is more preferable to me. However, I often feel like I’m in an episode of the Fast and Furious when I’m trying to find a parking space there. It can be very competitive.
Grapefruit’s garage is across the street from the venue and has a raised crosswalk over the street for access.
Additionally, there is a Strawberry and Watermelon parking lot available.
Anyone wanting to rideshare or use a car service will more than likely get dropped off at the old Marketplace Bus Loop on the East Side of Disney Springs.
Water Taxis to Disney Springs
Our next form of Disney Springs transportation is the water taxis that run to and from this location. Water taxis run from select Disney Resorts to the Disney Springs area. Those resorts are as follows:
- Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Old Key West
- Port Orleans Riverside
- Port Orleans French Quarter
Update: Water taxis to Disney Springs might not be available. Make sure to check what transportation forms are available when you arrive at the resort. You might be aware that the Epcot monorail isn’t operating as of this update in March of 2021. Additionally, the resort monorail is operating on a limited schedule. Make sure to check out our Disney World monorail guide for updated news and tips.
Walking to Disney Springs
My favorite form of Disney Springs transportation, or any really, is walking. Guests visiting Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort have the option to walk to Disney Springs.
Along the waterway at the back of the resort, you can see Disney Springs in the distance. All you have to do is follow the path towards the Marketplace end. That will be on the opposite end of the large Aerophile balloon.
Marketplace landmarks in the distance include Paddlefish, the boat restaurant that sits out on the water. And you’ll be able to see the volcano that’s part of Disney’s Springs Rainforest Cafe.
When you get to the end of the walkway, you’ll cross a bridge and enter into the Marketplace at Disney Springs.
Additionally, guests of a Disney Springs area hotel can use one of the raised pedestrian bridges to access Disney Springs. These will be on the opposite side of Disney Springs, close to Lake Buena Vista Drive.
Water Taxis at Disney Springs
So far, we’ve talked about how to get to and from Disney Springs. Now I would like to share a few tips for using the transportation available to get around Disney Springs while visiting.
This location is so expansive that you could easily walk a long way to reach your desired destination. Due to the size, there is water transportation available at three different areas of Disney Springs. The different boat docks are as follows:
- The Marketplace
- The Landing
- West Side
The Marketplace boat dock is located in the middle of the bridge from Saratoga to Disney Springs. This is also where you might want to make a different decision depending on where you are headed at Disney Springs. If you continue on the bridge, you’ll end up at The Marketplace.
But you might want to head over to The Landing or West Side, which will be a fairly decent walk. Personally, I prefer to walk. But if you are not acclimated to walking long distances, especially in the heat, you might elect to wait and take a boat over to that side of Springs.
The Marketplace Dock will head to West Side first and then travel to The Landing before returning to the Marketplace. All of the water taxis travel in this direction. The most important thing you’ll want to know is which landing is closest to your desired destination.
Disney Springs Transportation Tips
Before we wrap things up, I wanted to provide a review of the basics of using Disney Springs transportation, along with a few tips. In case you weren’t aware, there is no cost to visit Disney Springs. And anyone visiting Disney Springs can use the transportation available even if they are not staying on the property.
Here are the main factors that you’ll want to know when headed out to Disney Springs.
- Parking is free at Disney Springs.
- All Walt Disney World Resorts provide transportation to Disney Springs during operating hours.
- Guests staying at Saratoga Springs have the luxury of being able to walk or boat over to Disney Springs.
- Guests staying at Port Orleans Riverside, French Quarter, Old Key West, and Treehouse Villas can take a boat to Disney Springs.
- There are water taxis that provide transportation to three different ports within the Disney Springs area.
- There are no buses from Disney Springs that travel directly to a Disney theme park.
Additionally, I have listed a few ways I have gotten to Disney Springs after leaving a Disney theme park.
From Magic Kingdom to Disney Springs:
- Walk over to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and take a bus to Disney Springs.
- Take the resort monorail to the Contemporary, Polynesian, or Grand Floridian and take a bus from that resort to Disney Springs.
- Take a bus from the Magic Kingdom to any resort. Then stay at that bus stop until the next bus to Disney Springs arrives. (Some resorts will be out of the way distance-wise.)
- Take the bus from the Magic Kingdom to Saratoga Springs Resort, get off at the “Congress Park” bus stop, and take the walkway to Disney Springs.
From Disney’s Animal Kingdom to Disney Springs:
- Take a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge (the closest resort to Animal Kingdom), and then take a bus to Disney Springs.
- Take the Saratoga Springs Resort bus from Animal Kingdom, get off at the “Congress Park” bus stop and take the walkway to Disney Springs.
- Catch any bus from Animal Kingdom to a resort. Stay at that bus stop and take the next bus to Disney Springs. (Keep in mind some resorts will be out of the way.)
From Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Disney Springs:
- Walk or take a Disney Friendship Boat over to the Boardwalk, Beach and Yacht Club, or the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. Then take a bus to Disney Springs.
- Take the Saratoga Springs Resort bus from Hollywood Studios, get off at the “Congress Park” bus stop, and take the walkway to Disney Springs.
- Catch any bus from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to a resort. Then stay at that bus stop and take a bus to Disney Springs. (Use this tip with discretion, some resorts will be really out of the way from this location.)
- Take the Disney Skyliner to any available resort and then head to that resort’s bus stop and take a bus to Disney Springs.
From Epcot to Disney Springs:
- Walk or boat over to Disney’s Boardwalk, Beach and Yacht Club, or the Swan and Dolphin Resorts. Then take a bus to Disney Springs. This can be done by exiting Epcot at the International Gateway. The International Gateway exit is located between the United Kingdom and France pavilions of the World Showcase.
- Use the Disney Skyliner system at Epcot’s International Gateway to visit a Disney resort. From that resort, head to the bus stop and take a bus to Disney Springs.
- Take the Saratoga Springs Resort bus from Epcot and get off at the “Congress Park” bus stop. Then take the walkway to Disney Springs.
- Catch any bus from Epcot to a resort and then stay at that bus stop and take a bus to Disney Springs. (Some resorts will be further travel distance using this tip.)
*All of these travel tips can be great when transportation at Disney is running smoothly. Some of these scenarios might end up taking a longer time than expected. That might be due to the luck of bad timing or other unforeseen issues.
My best luck has always been taking the bus to Saratoga Springs and walking over to Disney Springs. This tip eliminates the possibility of having to wait on two different buses.
If you elect to take the resort bus to Saratoga Springs from a theme park, here is a picture of the bus stop where you will disembark.
Saratoga Springs is a massive resort, and by the time they finally call Congress Park over the speaker system, you might be a bit worried about finding your way over to Disney Springs. Fear not. This walkway sits directly across from the bus stop.
See how the sign even states Disney Springs with an arrow pointing down the pathway?
And within just a few moments you’ll be directly facing this view of Disney Springs below.
And here is the bridge you will cross over to enter Disney Springs from Saratoga Springs Resort.
We’ll finish up with a few photos of the water taxis and views! Below we have a look over to Saratoga Springs from a water taxi.
And then out our right side back toward the Springs.
Seating is a standard park bench-style.
Make sure to pick a good spot!
I hope these Disney Springs transportation tips will come in handy on your next visit. Make sure to visit our Disney transportation page here for the full list of reviews on getting around Disney property.
Make sure to leave me a comment below with your thoughts on Disney Springs.