5 Ways to go from Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs!

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How do you get from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney Springs?

If you are staying at Caribbean Beach, you probably want to know how to get to Disney Springs from the resort.

Below, I will detail FIVE specific ways you can make this journey.

Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs:

Option #1: Take the FREE Disney bus to Disney Springs!

Did you know Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs? Being able to jump on and off these buses is one of the best benefits of staying at a Disney World Resort.

To use the buses to get to Disney Springs, you must first find the bus stops! Because Caribbean Beach is such a big resort, there are SIX different locations where you can board the buses. The good news is that no matter where you stay within the resort, you shouldn’t have a very far walk to one of the bus stops.

Here are the SIX different bus stops, listed in the order they PICK UP guests at Caribbean Beach:

  • Pick up #1. Martinique

  • Pick up #2. Old Port Royale – this is the stop outside the main lobby. It is considered the MAIN bus stop. It is the largest and busiest.

  • Pick up #3. Barbados
  • Pick up #4. Trinidad
  • Pick up #5. Jamaica
  • Pick up #6. Aruba

Here is a map of where you can find each bus stop at Caribbean Beach.

Also, because Caribbean Beach is so vast, there is an internal shuttle operating. It operates continuously in a big circle. You can use it to go anywhere you need within the resort, which should save you some long walks.

When you arrive at any of the bus stops, you will find a screen that shows when the next bus to Animal Kingdom is expected to arrive.

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.

Since the Disney buses are free to ride, it’s the most popular way to travel to Disney Springs from Caribbean Beach. You can expect a bit of a line to board the bus at certain times, such as in the evening around dinner. So, give yourself ample time to get to Disney Springs for a reservation or show. Our family usually leaves our room about an hour before we want to arrive, just to be safe.

Once your bus leaves Caribbean Beach, Disney Springs is 2.4 miles (3.9 km) away. The bus ride should take under 15 minutes, depending on traffic.

But please be aware that you will probably be on the bus longer than 15 minutes, depending on which stop you board the bus.

That’s because you must wait as the bus drops off and picks up guests at the other stops in Caribbean Beach before finally leaving for the theme park. For example, suppose you get on the bus at Martinique (Pick up #1). In that case, it’s estimated that it will take around 15 minutes to get through the other five bus stops within Caribbean Beach before finally leaving for Disney Springs.

This time can vary greatly, depending on how many guests get on or off the bus. Also, it will take longer if anyone boards with a mobility issue (scooter or wheelchair).

Some guests use a strategy to walk directly to the last bus stop (Aruba). They do this to avoid spending additional time on the bus.

But I want to warn you this plan could backfire.

During busy times, such as in the morning, the bus may already be full of guests by the time it reaches the last stop (Aruba). If that happens, the bus will drive by, and you must hope the next one has room for you.

Additionally, if you are staying in Aruba or Jamaica, you may find that the buses are almost always full when they get to you. If this becomes a problem during your stay, I recommend walking across the lake (Barefoot Bay) to board the buses outside the main lobby, Old Port Royale (stop #2).

You can also use the internal shuttle to travel to whichever bus stop you desire.

If using the free bus transportation to get to Disney Springs sounds frustrating, keep reading to learn about other options. 🙂

Option #2: Take an Uber/Lyft from Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs

Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs via uber

If you don’t want to ride on or wait for the bus, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from Caribbean Beach Resort is easy. Just open the app and select Disney Springs as your destination, and you will be matched with a driver within seconds.

Because Caribbean Beach is such a big resort, you must mark your location CORRECTLY in the app to avoid any delays. There is plenty of space outside the main lobby, Old Port Royale, for your driver to stop and pick you up.

But Old Port Royale is far from parts of Caribbean Beach, especially if you are staying in the Trinidad section. The great news about using a rideshare is it can pick you up ANYWHERE you want. No matter which building you are staying in, a parking lot will be nearby, offering plenty of room for your driver to stop quickly for you to jump in.

Below is a picture of the large parking lot outside the Aruba buildings.

The driving distance from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney Springs is 2.4 miles (3.9 km), and the drive should take less than 15 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic. Another benefit of Uber or Lyft is that they can drop you off on the west or east end of Disney Springs, depending on the shops or restaurants you want to visit.

I have found the one-way fare from Caribbean Beach averages under $15.

If you have limited time to travel to Disney Springs, I think it is money well spent! The best part about using a rideshare service while staying at Caribbean Beach is that you don’t have to deal with your bus stopping at multiple places within the resort before finally leaving for the park. You also don’t risk the bus being full when it arrives at your bus stop.

Between Uber and Lyft, there are a lot of drivers cruising around. Almost every time I’ve used a rideshare to the parks, I’ve had to wait less than 10 minutes to get picked up. 🙂

Option #3: Take a TAXI to Disney Springs

Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs via taxi

I know some people don’t like using Uber or Lyft because they don’t know about the person driving or don’t feel comfortable using the app. If this describes you, calling a traditional taxi company for a ride is easy.

Taking a taxi has many of the same benefits as rideshares, such as not waiting for a bus. But of course, you must pay for the taxi ride, where the Disney buses are free.

If you want to take a taxi from Caribbean Beach Resort, I recommend calling Mears Taxi, a well-known and trusted company in the Orlando area. You can even schedule and book your ride online.

Option #4: Ride in a MINNIE VAN to Disney Springs

One fun thing about using the rideshare service Lyft is that they have partnered with Disney World to provide MINNIE VANS, which are Minnie Mouse-themed mini-vans! 

A big benefit of using a Minnie Van is they are driven by DISNEY CAST MEMBERS. I know many people like this fact because the drivers are employees of Disney, which provides additional peace of mind.

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 this option is fun, as you can see above, it is more expensive than a regular Lyft vehicle. But in addition to a Disney Cast Member driving, here are a few additional benefits of a Minnie Van.

  • They can fit up to SIX people.
  • Includes two car seats, which your driver will install for you.
  • These vans can fit scooters and wheelchairs, but please pre-arrange your ride if you need this service.

Option #5: Drive yourself to Disney Springs!

Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort 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 2.4 miles (3.9 km). The drive only takes about 10 minutes, depending on traffic.

Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs

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. Pay attention to where you park, as some of these lots are HUGE, and it can be hard to find your car again.

Related Posts:

Can I walk from Disney’s Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs?

The short answer to this question is NO. First, the distance between the resort and the theme park is long, around 2.4 miles (3.9 km). And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must take the bus, a taxi/rideshare, or drive yourself to get there!


Can I take the Disney Monorail from Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs?

monorail at disney

No, the monorail does not have a boarding station at Caribbean Beach. In addition, the monorail does not travel to Disney Springs. The monorail only travels to two theme parks – Magic Kingdom and Epcot. If you want to use the monorail from your hotel, you must stay at the Contemporary Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or Polynesian Village Resort.


Can the Disney Skyliner take me from Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs?

The short answer to this question is NO. While there is a Skyliner boarding station at the Caribbean Beach Resort, it does not travel to Disney Springs. The Skyliner only goes to two parks, Hollywood Studios and Epcot.


Can I take the Disney boats from Caribbean Beach to Disney Springs?

friendship boats epcot

No, there is no boat transportation available at Caribbean Beach.


What is your favorite way to travel from Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney Springs?

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Scott K
Scott K

Scott is the owner and creator of Resort Rat. He and his family were bitten by the Disney bug in 2017 on their first DW visit with kids. They have been on a Disney bender ever since, visiting the park numerous times per year. He loves writing about Disney, especially the incredible resorts. You can learn more about him on his author page. Or hear more about the Resort Rat story on this page.

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