6 Ways to Go from French Quarter to Disney Springs

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How do you get from Disney’s French Quarter – Port Orleans Resort to Disney Springs?

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

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

French Quarter to Disney Springs:

Option #1. Take a boat to Disney Springs! (FREE)

The most fun way to get to Disney Springs from the French Quarter Resort is to ride on a boat!

To find the boat dock, walk out the back of the main building, where you check-in. Keep walking until you reach the Sassagoula River. You should be able to see the boat dock. There should also be signs pointing you in the correct direction.

Another point of reference is the boat transportation is directly behind the Doubloon Lagoon pool.

french quarter to disney springs using boat transportation

When you arrive at the dock, get comfortable and wait until the next boat gets there. The worst part about taking the boats to Disney Springs is WAITING for one to arrive. This can be especially frustrating if you walk out to the pier and see a boat just pulling away.

I know our family has made mad dashes to the dock, attempting to board a ferry that is preparing to leave. 🙂 You can typically expect a new boat to arrive every 15-20 minutes.

And don’t worry if you have a stroller, as they are allowed on the boats, but you must fold them. The boats are also accessible for wheelchairs and motorized scooters.

Once the ferry leaves the French Quarter Resort, it’s about a 15-minute journey to Disney Springs.

It’s a relaxing ride, and you get some unique views as you travel across the lake. The ride ends at a boat dock near the Marketplace at Disney Springs. As you approach, you will see Disney Springs and all the shops and restaurants on your right.

Here is where you are dropped off at Disney Springs from the boat. Please pay attention to where it’s located so you can find it again to go back to the French Quarter.

french quarter to disney springs

Once you disembark, Disney Springs is just a short walk to your right!

Lastly, the boats are typically scheduled to operate from the French Quarter to Disney Springs from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The last boat that leaves Disney Springs to return to the French Quarter leaves at 11:30 p.m. But check these times when you arrive, as they are subject to change.

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Option #2: Take the FREE Disney bus to Disney Springs!

Did you know Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from the French Quarter 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 right and follow the walkway until you arrive at the bus stop.

french quarter to disney springs using bus transportation

When you arrive at the bus stop, make sure you find the correct line for the bus going to Disney Springs (Bus Station A). Don’t worry; signs clearly mark which bus station you need to stand at.

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. It’s blank below because I took this picture before Disney Springs had opened. 🙂

Once your bus leaves the French Quarter, arriving at Disney Springs should take about 10 minutes. Traffic can get pretty heavy as you approach Disney Springs.

As you can imagine, since the buses do not cost anything extra, it’s the most popular way to travel. However, at certain times of the day, such as in the evening, you might experience a bit of a line to board the bus. So make sure to give yourself plenty of time to arrive at Disney Springs for a reservation or show.

Option #3: Take an Uber/Lyft from the French Quarter to Disney Springs

using uber from french quarter to disney springs

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

It’s important that you mark your location CORRECTLY in the app to avoid any delays. No matter which building you are staying in, there will be a parking lot nearby, offering plenty of room for your driver to pick you up. There is also plenty of space outside the front lobby for your driver to pick you up.

The driving distance from Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort to Disney Springs is only a few miles, and the drive should take under 10 minutes, depending on the traffic and where you park. 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.

The one-way fare from the French Quarter averages under $15.

If you have limited time to travel to Disney Springs, I think it is money well spent!

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 #4: Take a TAXI to Disney Springs

french quarter to disney springs using a 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 to Disney Springs 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 the French Quarter 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 #5: 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! 

french quarter to disney springs using a minnie van

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 #6: Drive yourself to Disney Springs!

Getting in your car (if you have one) and driving yourself is an often overlooked way to go from Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter 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 very short. The drive takes under 10 minutes, depending on traffic and where you park.

french quarter to disney springs driving your own car

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 Port Orleans French Quarter 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 French Quarter Resort.

If you want a Skyliner boarding station at your hotel, stay at the Riviera Resort, Caribbean Beach Resort, Art of Animation, or Pop Century.

Can I take the Disney Monorail from the Port Orleans French Quarter to Disney Springs?

monorail at disney

No, the monorail has no boarding station at the French Quarter. In addition, the monorail does not travel to Disney Springs.

What is your favorite way to travel from the French Quarter Resort – Port Orleans 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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