How do you get from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to Disney Springs?
If you are staying at the magnificent Wilderness Lodge 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.
Wilderness Lodge to Disney Springs:
Option #1: Take the FREE Disney bus to Disney Springs!
Did you know Disney World provides FREE bus transportation from the Wilderness Lodge 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 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 Wilderness Lodge, it should take about 10-15 minutes to arrive at the entrance. Just a warning that 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 Wilderness Lodge. 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.
Option #2: Take an Uber from the Wilderness Lodge to Disney Springs
If you want to get to Disney Springs fast, using a rideshare service from the Wilderness Lodge, such as Uber or Lyft, 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 Wilderness Lodge front lobby, as there are plenty of spots for you to get in the car. You could also walk down to the bus stop, as there are open areas there 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 Wilderness Lodge to Disney Springs is 6.8 miles (10.9 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 typically drive to Disney Springs faster than the slower Disney buses.
I have found the one-way fare from the Wilderness Lodge 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 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 having to wait for a bus or cramming yourself onto a bus with lots of other people. But of course, you must pay for the taxi ride, where the Disney buses are free.
Option #5: 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 Wilderness Lodge 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 6.8 miles (10.9 km). The drive takes about 15 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 the Disney Skyliner take me from the Wilderness Lodge 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 Wilderness Lodge.
Can I take the Disney boats from the Wilderness Lodge to Disney Springs?
There is boat transportation at the Wilderness Lodge, but the boat does not travel to Disney Springs. You can only take the boats from the Wilderness Lodge to one theme park – Magic Kingdom.
Can I walk from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge 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 6.8 miles (10.9 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 Monorail from the Wilderness Lodge to Disney Springs?
No, the monorail has no boarding station at the Wilderness Lodge. In addition, the monorail does not travel to Disney Springs.
What is your favorite way to travel from Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to Disney Springs?
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