How do you get from Disney’s Boardwalk Resort to Disney Springs?
If you are staying at the Boardwalk or planning a future visit, you probably want to know how to get to Disney Springs from the resort.
Below I will detail THREE specific ways you can make this journey.
Boardwalk Resort to Disney Springs:
Option #1: Take the FREE Disney bus to Disney Springs!
Did you know that Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from the Boardwalk Inn to Disney Springs?
And the best part is that the bus stop is just a short walk outside the main lobby entrance. When you exit the front lobby, turn left and follow the covered walkway.
Walk until you arrive at a pavilion, where you will turn right to the bus stop. If you go left, you will go to the conference center.
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.
You will find a screen at the bus stop showing when the next bus to Disney Springs is expected to arrive.
Disney Springs is only a few miles from the Boardwalk Inn, so you won’t be on the bus long. I estimate that your ride should last 8 to 10 minutes, but this depends on traffic.
Since the Disney buses are free to ride, it’s the most popular way to travel to Disney Springs from the Boardwalk. You can expect a bit of a line to board the bus at certain times of the day, such as around dinner. So make sure to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at 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 a rideshare from Disney’s Boardwalk to Disney Springs
If you want to get to Disney Springs fast, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from the Boardwalk is easy. This option can save a lot of time, especially if you just missed the bus.
The easiest place to meet your driver is outside near the Boardwalk front lobby, as there are plenty of spots for them to stop and for you to get in the car.
The driving distance from Disney’s Boardwalk to Disney Springs is 2.7 miles (4.3 km), and the drive should take less than 10 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 within Disney World, I’ve had to wait less than 10 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 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 the Boardwalk to Disney Springs. It’s probably the fastest way to travel since you don’t have to wait for someone else to pick you up. 🙂
The distance between these two locations is 2.7 miles (4.3 km). The drive should take under 10 minutes unless traffic is heavy.
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.
- 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.
Can I take the Disney boats from the Boardwalk to Disney Springs?
There is boat transportation at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, but the boat does not travel to Disney Springs. You can only take the Friendship Boats from the Boardwalk to Hollywood Studios, Epcot, the Beach and Yacht Club, and the Dolphin and Swan Hotels.
Can I walk from the Boardwalk to Disney Springs?
The short answer to this question is NO. First, the distance between the resort and Disney Springs is fairly long, at around 2.7 miles (4.3 km). And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must either take the bus, a taxi or drive yourself!
Can I take the Disney Skyliner from the Boardwalk to Disney Springs?
No, the Disney Skyliner does not travel to Disney Springs. But you can walk to a Disney Skyliner boarding station at the Epcot International Gateway from the Boardwalk. From there, you could travel to the Riviera Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort, Hollywood Studios, Art of Animation, or Pop Century.
Can I take the Disney Monorail from the Boardwalk to Disney Springs?
No, the monorail does not have a boarding station at the Boardwalk, 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.
What is your favorite way to travel from Disney’s Boardwalk to Disney Springs?
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