Getting from a Disney World park to Disney Springs may seem challenging at first, but it’s actually quite easy.
Below, I’ll show you some of the quickest and most affordable ways to get from Epcot to Disney Springs.
How to get from EPCOT to Disney Springs for Free
Here are some of the best ways for you to get from Epcot to Disney Springs in as little time as possible.
Walk to Disney’s BoardWalk Inn (Easiest Method)
The easiest way to get from EPCOT to Disney Springs is by walking to Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, which is about a 6 to 7 minute walk, and then taking a free Disney bus from the resort to the Springs.
1. To get started, you must first exist Epcot from the International Gateway (the area near the Skyliner Station by France and the United Kingdom)
2. Follow the path up the small hill then take the first left across the bridge
3. Follow the path until you make it to the boardwalk and then you’ll find the resort entrance to your left right past Flying Fish Cafe.
4. Once you arrive to the resort, make your way to the bus loop and board the bus that says “Disney Springs”
Disney resort buses are always free to all guest and generally open to everyone. The best part is that you don’t need to stay at a Disney World Resort to use them.
Alternatively, you can also catch a resort bus from Disney’s Beach Club Resort.
To get there, just exit as you would if you were going to the Boardwalk, but instead of turning left and crossing over the bridge, you’ll just continue to go straight until you see the Beach Club entrance on your right.
Take the Ferryboat to the Boardwalk
If walking is out of the question, then taking the free ferryboat from the International Gateway exit at Epcot is a good option too.
The only downside is that this boat ride will take about 20-30 minutes. But it will drop you off right near the rear entrance of the BoardWalk Inn.
Catch a Bus to a Disney Resort
Since there is no direct transportation from any Disney Park to Disney Springs, the only way you can get there is by catching a Disney Resort bus to the hotel then connecting to Disney Springs.
The good thing is that you can connect at every Disney Resort.
Personally, I recommend you either catch a bus to resort that’s either in the Disney Springs area or Epcot Resort area.
These hotels include:
- Disney’s Art of Animation resort
- Disneys’ Pop Century Resort
- Disneys’ Caribbean Resort
- Disney’s Riviera Resort
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs
- Disneys Port Orleans Riverside or French Quarters
One thing to note is that Disney’s Port Orleans and Saratoga Springs also offer a free ferry to Disney Springs from the resort, in addition to their bus service. So that’s always a cool, scenic option to consider.
You’ll find all of these buses at the Epcot Bus Transportation Terminal near the main entrance of the park.
Walking to the BoardWalk vs catching a Disney Resort Bus from Epcot
Walking to the BoardWalk versus catching a bus to the nearest Disney Resort depends entirely on one thing – where you are in the park.
If you are in the World Showcase or anywhere near the right side of the World Showcase, then walking or taking the ferry to the BoardWalk Inn is the best option.
However, if you are near the front of the park, there is no point to walk all the way to the rear exit in the World Showcase. Instead, just catch a bus to one of the closest Disney Resorts and then just connect to Disney Springs from there.
Regardless, both ways will require a little bit of walking. But technically speaking, it’s a shorter walk from Epcot’s entrance to the main bus terminal, compared to the walk from Epcot’s International Gateway entrance to the BoardWalk Inn bus stop.
Skyliner to Disney Springs
Now, if you are looking for a truly scenic method to get to Disney Springs, then hopping aboard the Disney Skyliner gondola is a pretty cool option.
However, just like the bus method, you’ll need to take the Skyliner to one of the resort stops. These Skyliner stops are:
- Disneys’ Riviera Resort (stop 1)
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort (stop 2)
- Pop Century / Art of Animation (stop 3)
I recommend you get off at the Riviera Resort since it’s the first stop and it’s the closest to Disney Springs.
Uber, Lyft, and Minnie Vans to Disney Springs
If connecting at a Disney Resort seems pretty time consuming and you don’t mind spending a few bucks, then using a ride share service like Uber, Lyft, or even Minnie Vans is by far the quickest, and easiest way to get to Disney Springs.
To get to Disney Springs using Uber or Lyft, you’ll just need to meet your driver in the designated pickup area, which is the second lane of the Journey Parking Lot (near the electric car chargers).
You’ll then be either dropped off at East Pickup or West Pickup.
You can expect to pay around $9 to $14 using Lyft or Uber.
If you use Minnie Van via the Lyft app, your Epcot pickup location is at the Disney bus station. The Disney Springs drop-off locations remain the same.
You can expect to pay around $30 to $40 in a Minnie Van.