3 Ways from Contemporary Resort to Disney Springs!

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

If you are staying at the Contemporary or planning a future visit, you probably want to know how to get to Disney Springs.

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

Contemporary Resort to Disney Springs:

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

Did you know Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from the Contemporary Resort to Disney Springs?

And the best part is that the bus stop is just a short walk outside the main entrance of the Contemporary. When you exit out the front, turn right and follow the walkway until you arrive at the bus stop.

Contemporary to disney springs

As you can see on the map above, if your room is in the Bay Lake Tower, you will find getting to the bus stop easier by staying outside and coming from the north. If you walked to go through the Contemporary Resort lobby coming from Bay Lake Tower, you would backtrack quite a bit to get to the bus stop.

Once you arrive at the bus stop, you will find plenty of benches to sit on while waiting for the next bus to Disney Springs.

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.

A screen at the bus stop shows when the next bus to Disney Springs is expected to arrive.

Once your bus leaves the Contemporary, it should take about 20 minutes to arrive. Just a warning that traffic can get pretty heavy as you get closer to Disney Springs.

Since the Disney buses are free to ride, it’s the most popular way to travel to Disney Springs from the Contemporary. You can expect a bit of a line to board the bus at certain times of the day, such as around dinner. So give yourself plenty of 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.

Option #2: Take an Uber/Lyft (or taxi) from the Contemporary to Disney Springs

If you want to get to Disney Springs fast, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from Disney’s Contemporary Resort is easy. This option can save a lot of time, especially if you just missed the bus.

I know some people don’t like the idea of using Uber or Lyft because they don’t know about the person driving. If this describes you, then it’s also easy to call a traditional taxi company for a ride. I recommend calling Mears Taxi, a well-known and trusted company in the Orlando area. You can even schedule and book your ride online.

Regardless of your decision, the best place to meet your driver is outside the front of the Contemporary. There is lots of space for you to find a good pickup spot.

There is also a HUGE parking lot at the Contemporary where you can meet your driver. No matter where you decide on your pickup location, make sure to mark the correct spot on the map in the Uber/Lyft app.

The driving distance from the Contemporary to Disney Springs is 7.4 miles (11.9 km), and the drive should take about 15-20 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic. Another benefit of taking an Uber or Lyft is that they will typically be able to drive to Disney Springs faster than the slower Disney buses.

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

In my opinion, if you have limited time to travel to Disney Springs, it is money well spent!

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 rideshare at Disney, 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!

One 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.

Option #3: Drive yourself to Disney Springs!

Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way from Disney’s Contemporary 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 7.4 miles (11.9 km). The drive takes about 15 minutes, depending on traffic.

contemporary 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.

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Can I take the monorail from the Contemporary Resort to Disney Springs?

One great benefit of staying at the Contemporary is that you can board the monorail from the resort! But, unfortunately, the monorail does NOT go to Disney Springs. To get to Disney Springs from the Contemporary Resort, you must take a Disney bus, drive yourself, or take a rideshare.

You can use the monorail from the Contemporary to get to TWO theme parks, Magic Kingdom or Epcot.


Can the Disney Skyliner take me from the Contemporary Resort to Disney Springs?

The short answer to this question is NO. The Skyliner does not travel to Disney Springs. Additionally, there is no boarding station for the Skyliner at the Contemporary Resort.

Can I walk from Disney’s Contemporary Resort to Disney Springs?

The short answer to this question is NO. First, the distance between the resort and Disney Springs is very long, around 7.4 miles (11.9 km). And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must either take the bus, a taxi or drive yourself!

But you can walk to Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary. It only takes 10 minutes!

What is your favorite way to travel from Disney’s Contemporary 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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