5 Ways to go from Riviera Resort to Disney Springs (2024)

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

If you are staying at the incredible Riviera Resort or planning a future visit, you probably want to know the different ways to get to Disney Springs from the resort.

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

Riviera 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 Riviera Resort to Disney Springs?

And the best part is that the bus stop is just a short walk outside the main entrance.

Riviera Resort to Disney Springs

When you exit the front lobby, turn right and follow the covered walkway until you arrive at the bus stop.


When you arrive at the bus stop, make sure you find the correct line for the bus going to Disney Springs. Don’t worry; signs clearly mark where you need to stand.

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 Riviera Resort, arriving at the entrance should take about 10 minutes. Please be aware that traffic can get 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 Riviera. 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.

Lastly, the buses will drop you off in the center of Disney Springs. This is also where you will board the bus to return to the Riviera.

Map of Disney Springs

Option #2: Take an Uber from the Riviera Resort to Disney Springs

Riviera Resort to Disney Springs

If you don’t want to ride on or wait for the bus, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from the Riviera Resort is easy. 

The easiest place to meet your driver is outside near the Riviera front lobby, as there are plenty of spots for you to get in the car. You could also walk down to the bus stop or one of the large parking lots at the resort, as there are many open areas for the driver to park quickly.

Regardless, make sure you mark the location you want to be picked up CORRECTLY in the app to avoid any delays.

The driving distance from Disney’s Riviera Resort to Disney Springs is SHORT, as it’s only 2 miles (3.2 km) away. The drive should take under 10 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic. Another benefit of Uber or Lyft is that they typically drive to Disney Springs faster than the slower Disney buses.

I have found the one-way fare from the Riviera Resort 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 #3: 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 #4: Take a TAXI to Disney Springs

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 the Riviera 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: Drive yourself to Disney Springs!

Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way from Disney’s Riviera 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 2 miles (3.2 km). The drive usually takes under 10 minutes, depending on traffic.

Riviera Resort 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 Riviera Resort to Disney Springs?

The short answer to this question is NO. Even though the distance between Disney Springs and the Riviera is only 2 miles (3.2 km), no walking paths connect them. You must take the bus, a taxi/rideshare, or drive yourself to get there!


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

The short answer to this question is NO. A huge benefit of staying at the Riviera Resort is that you can walk to a boarding station for the Disney Skyliner. But there is no way to go to Disney Springs this way. The Skyliner only goes to two parks, Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

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