How do you go from the Art of Animation to Disney Springs?
If you are staying at Art of Animation or planning a future visit, you probably want to know the best ways to get to Disney Springs from the resort. Below I will detail THREE specific ways you can make this journey. 🙂
Option #1: Take the bus!
Did you know that Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from the Art of Animation to Disney Springs? And the best part is that the bus stop is right outside the Art of Animation entrance. Just turn right when you walk out of Animation Hall. You can’t miss it!
When you walk to the bus stop, make sure you find the correct line for the bus that is going to Disney Springs. Don’t worry; there are signs clearly marking where you need to stand.
Bus service to Disney Springs operates when they are open and ends 1 hour after closing. Once they start, the buses run continuously throughout the day. I have found that you can typically expect a bus to arrive around every 20 minutes.
At the bus stop, you will find a screen that shows when the next bus to Disney Springs is expected to arrive.
As you can imagine, Disney buses are the most popular way to travel since they are free. However, at certain times of the day, such as around dinner time, you might experience a line to board the bus. So make sure to give yourself plenty of time if you need to arrive at Disney Springs for a reservation or show.
Option #2: Take an Uber, Lyft, or MINNIE Van
If you don’t want to take the bus, it’s very easy to take a taxi from the Art of Animation to Disney Springs. The easiest place to meet your driver is outside near the front lobby, as there are plenty of spots for them to park and jump in the car.
Once you are in the car, the drive is fairly short. The total distance from the Art of Animation to Disney Springs is 3.1 miles (5.0 km) and should take about 10-15 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic.
TWO rideshare companies operate in Disney World – Uber and Lyft. Between them both, there are a lot of drivers cruising around. Almost every time I’ve used a taxi to go to Disney Springs, I’ve had to wait less than ten minutes to get picked up.
One neat thing about using Lyft is that they have partnered with Disney World to provide MINNIE VANS, which are Minnie Mouse-themed mini-vans!
While using the Lyft app inside the resort, choose Disney Springs as your destination. Then order the Minnie Van to come and pick you up!
While using this option is fun, it is more expensive than a normal Lyft vehicle!
Option #3: Drive yourself!
Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way to go from the Art of Animation to Disney Springs. It’s probably the fastest way to travel since you don’t have to wait for someone to pick you up. 🙂
The distance between these two locations is 3.1 miles (5.0 km). The drive is about 10-15 minutes long, depending on traffic.
One nice thing about Disney Springs is that parking is FREE! Seriously, it’s rare for anything to be free at Disney World. 🙂
There are multiple parking lots and garages when you arrive at Disney Springs. Make sure you pay attention to where you park, as some of these lots are HUGE, and it can be hard to find your car again.
- Click HERE to view a printable map of Disney Springs. This map can help you determine the best place to park, depending on the shops or restaurants you want to visit.
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Can I take the Disney Skyliner between the Art of Animation and Disney Springs?
The short answer to this question is NO.
A huge benefit of staying at the Art of Animation is that you can walk to the Disney Skyliner. But there is no way to go to Disney Springs this way. The Skyliner only goes to two parks, Hollywood Studios and Epcot.
Can I walk from Art of Animation to Disney Springs?
The short answer to this question is NO. First, the distance between the resort and Disney Springs is fairly long. And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must either take the bus, a rideshare/taxi, or drive yourself!
Can I take the Disney Monorail from Art of Animation to Disney Springs?
No, the monorail does not have a boarding station at Art of Animation, nor does the monorail travel to Disney Springs. If you want access to this transportation option from your hotel, you must stay at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or Polynesian Village Resort.
Is there boat transportation from Art of Animation to Disney Springs?
No, Art of Animation does not provide boat transportation anywhere. If you want to get to Disney Springs on a boat, you must stay at the Saratoga Springs, Old Key West Resort, Riverside Resort, or French Quarter Resort.