3 Ways from the Polynesian to Disney Springs (2024)

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

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If you are staying at the Polynesian 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.

Disney’s Polynesian 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 Polynesian to Disney Springs? And the best part is that the bus stop is just a short walk outside the entrance to the Great Ceremonial House (main lobby). When you exit out the front, turn left and follow the walkway until you arrive at the bus stop.

polynesian to disney springs

The bus stop is located next to Lilo’s Playhouse Laundry Room. As you can see below, it’s also smaller than the bus stop at most of the other Disney resorts.

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.

Once your bus leaves the Polynesian, it should take about 15-20 minutes to arrive. Just a warning that the 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 Polynesian. 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 the Polynesian to Disney Springs

rideshare at disney's polynesian resort

If you want to get to Disney Springs fast, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from Disney’s Polynesian Resort 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 the Great Ceremonial House, the Polynesian front lobby.

If outside the main lobby seems too busy, you can also turn left as you exit and head toward the bus stop. Before you reach the bus stop, you will see a small pull-off, which is a perfect spot for your driver to stop. 

There is also a HUGE parking lot at the Polynesian where you can meet your driver. Regardless, make sure to mark the correct location on the map in the Uber/Lyft app, and you should have no problems.

The driving distance from the Polynesian Village to Disney Springs is 6.7 miles (10.8 km), and the drive should take about 15 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 your destination MUCH faster than the slower Disney buses.

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 the parks, 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 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 to go from Disney’s Polynesian 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 only 6.7 miles (10.8 km). The drive takes about 15 minutes, depending on traffic.

polynesian to disney springs map

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 the Disney Skyliner take me from the Polynesian 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 Polynesian.


Can I take the Disney boat transportation from the Polynesian Resort to Disney Springs?

While there is boat transportation at the Polynesian, the boats do not travel to Disney Springs. You can only take boat transportation from the Polynesian to Magic Kingdom.

Can I take the Disney Monorail from the Polynesian Resort to Disney Springs?

One great benefit of staying at the Polynesian Village 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 Polynesian, you must take a Disney bus, drive yourself, or take a rideshare.

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

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

The short answer to this question is NO. First, the distance between the resort and Disney Springs is very long, at around 6.7 miles (10.8 km). And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must either take the bus, a taxi or drive yourself!

What is your favorite way to travel from the Polynesian 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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    • The bus service from Polynesian Village to Disney Springs and back is direct, with no stops in between. Thanks for your question Denia!

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