How do you get from the Walt Disney World Swan Resort to Disney Springs?
If you are staying at the Swan 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.
WDW Swan to Disney Springs:
Option #1: Take the FREE bus to Disney Springs!
Did you know that the Swan provides FREE bus transportation 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 until you arrive at the bus stop.
Bus service to and from Disney Springs typically begins 15 minutes prior to opening and ends 90 minutes 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 or so.
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 Swan, arriving at Disney Springs should take about 10 minutes.
As you can imagine, since the buses do not cost anything extra, they’re the most popular way to travel. However, at certain times of the day, such as in the evening around dinner, 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.
Option #2: Take an Uber from the Swan to Disney Springs
If you want to get to Disney Springs fast, using a rideshare service (Uber or Lyft) from the Swan is easy. This option can save a lot of time, especially if you just missed the bus. Just open the app and select Disney Springs as your destination, and you will be matched with a driver within seconds.
The easiest place to meet your driver is outside near the Swan Resort’s front lobby, as there are plenty of spots for them to stop and for you to get in the car. You must mark your location CORRECTLY in the app to avoid any delays.
The driving distance from the Walt Disney World Swan to Disney Springs is 3.5 miles (5.6 km), and the drive should take about 10 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic. 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 Swan averages under $15.
If you have limited time to travel to Disney Springs, I think 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 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 from the Swan to get to Disney Springs is they are driven by DISNEY CAST MEMBERS. I know many people like this fact because the drivers are Disney employees, 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 to Disney Springs has many of the same benefits as rideshares, such as not having to wait for a bus. But of course, you must pay for the taxi ride, where the buses are free.
Option #5: Drive yourself to Disney Springs!
Getting in your car and driving yourself is an often overlooked way to go from the Swan 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 3.5 miles (5.6 km). The drive takes under 10 minutes, depending on traffic.
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 Swan to Disney Springs?
There is boat transportation at the Swan, but the boats do not travel to Disney Springs. You can take the Friendship Boats to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, the Boardwalk, or the Yacht and Beach Clubs.
Can the Disney Skyliner take me from the Swan Resort to Disney Springs?
No, the monorail has no boarding station at the Swan. In addition, the monorail does not travel to Disney Springs.
Can I walk from the WDW Swan Resort 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 3.5 miles (5.6 km). And second, there are no walking paths that connect them. You must take the bus or a rideshare/taxi or drive yourself!
Can I take the Disney Monorail from the Swan Resort to Disney Springs?
No, the monorail does not have a boarding station at the Swan, 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 the Walt Disney World Swan Resort to Disney Springs?
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