Using the Disney Springs Buses: Everything You Need to Know
Knowing the fastest way to get from one Disney property to the other can get a bit overwhelming for new visitors.
In this guide, we'll explain how the Disney Springs Buses work, where you can find them, what destinations they go to, and what you can expect when riding the Disney bus.
How Does Disney Bus Transportation Work?
The Disney Springs Buses are a free service that transports guests from one Disney property to the other by picking up and dropping off guests at designated Disney Bus stops.
Once at the Disney Bus stop, Guests can use the Bus Directory sign to find the correct bus to their intended designation and then board the bus, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Fun Fact - Throughout many Disney properties, you'll notice there is an additional lane that Disney vehicles such as the Disney buses can use, allowing them to skip traffic and provide visitors with a laid-back experience.
Which Disney Properties Do the Disney Springs Buses Go to?
These Disney Springs Buses primarily take visitors to all of the different Disney Resorts including Disney's:
- All-Star Movies Resort
- All-Star Music Resort
- All-Star Sports Resort
- Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Art of Animation Resort
- Boardwalk Resort
- Caribbean Beach Resort
- Coronado Springs Resort
- Grand Floridian Resort
- Fort Wilderness Resort
- Old Key West Resort
- Polynesian Resort
- Pop Century Resort
- Port Orleans - French Quarter Resort
- Port Orleans - Riverside Resort
- Riviera Resort
- Saratoga Springs Resort
- Wilderness Lodge
- Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
- Typhoon Lagoon
Find the Disney Bus Stop Location
The Bus Directory sign will show exactly where each bus is headed.
Find the Correct Gate Number to Your Destination
The Bus Directory will also show which gate the buses will be located at.
There are 4 total gates, with each gate having a range of numbers.
If for example, you wanted to go to the Fort Wilderness Resort, the Bus Directory sign will show that you would need to go to Gate 25.
Each gate will have a giant number sign, right above the line to easily ensure that you're in the correct line.
If you arrive at the gate and there's no bus there, don't worry.
Buses typically come and go every 15 minutes, which means that your bus is already on the way.
Buses Show Their Destination Location At the Front of the Bus
Since many Disney buses look the exact same, they have their destination digitally printed on the front of the bus and the side of the bus.
Before you enter the bus, just take a glance to make sure that you're headed to the correct destination.
You can see above, that Fort Wilderness is printed on the front and side of the bus.
Grabbing a Seat Inside of the Disney Bus
Seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
This means that if you're one of the last people entering the bus, chances are that you'll have to squeeze into a seat.
If you can, try to arrive early to ensure good seats.
If you have a large party, you may have to wait for the next bus to ensure there are enough seats to accommodate your party.
What to Expect When Riding the Disney Bus
Riding the Disney Bus is a very laid-back experience, as you can simply relax as you're transported to your destination within minutes.
The best part about riding the Disney bus is that the chances of getting carsick are very low.
These buses use their own lane, which only other Disney vehicles such as the Minnie Van Service can use.
This eliminates having to deal with bumper-to-bumper traffic during the busier days, which means the bus isn't stopping and then going, every few seconds.
What If I'm on the Wrong Disney Bus?
If you accidentally end up on the wrong bus, don't panic and stay on the bus.
Disney Buses will head to their destination, and then head back to Disney Springs.
The easiest way to get back to Disney Springs is by staying on the bus after it has dropped off all of the visitors at the stated destination.
Do Disney Springs Buses Take You to Disney Theme Parks?
These buses will not take you to the Disney theme parks directly, however, it doesn't mean that you can't get there.
You can still get to the Disney theme parks, you'll just have to head to a Disney resort first.
These resorts have direct transportation to the parks, so you'll take their Disney buses directly to the theme park.
Disney Springs to Magic Kingdom
A great option to get from Disney Springs to Magic Kingdom is to walk from Disney Springs to Saratoga Springs, and then catch the bus directly to Magic Kingdom.
You do not have to stay at the resort to be able to ride the bus.
This is around a 2-mile walk, depending on where exactly in Disney Springs you begin walking from. Despite the walk, it will save you plenty of time and money if you're able to do so.
This is a common tip that many Disney Springs guests use to make their way to the Magic Kingdom.
Disney Springs to EPCOT
The quickest way to get from Disney Springs to EPCOT is by taking the Disney bus back to the Swan Hotel and then walking to EPCOT. You do not have to stay at a Disney Resort to use the Disney buses.
The walk is a little less than a mile (0.7 miles) and is about a 15-minute walk.
Disney Springs to Animal Kingdom
The best free way to get from Disney Springs to Animal Kingdom is by walking to Saratoga Springs, and then catching a bus directly to Animal Kingdom.
The walk is about 15 minutes long (0.8 miles), and you'll walk alongside a beautiful view.
Disney Springs to Hollywood Studios
Our favorite way to travel from Disney Springs to Hollywood Studios is by taking a Disney bus to Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort and then taking the Disney Skyliner directly to Hollywood Studios.
It'll take a total of 20-25 minutes, and you'll have amazing views on the way.
Where is the Disney Bus Stop Location?
The Disney Springs Bus stop is located right next to the Orange garage and behind Wolfgang Puck.
Where to Park to Use the Disney Bus
If you're planning to use the Disney bus for any reason during your visit, you'll want to park in the Orange garage as it is by far the closest garage to the bus stop.