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Walt Disney World offers direct bus service from theme parks to Disney Springs

in Disney Springs, Theme Parks, Walt Disney World

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen direct transportation service between Walt Disney World’s theme parks and its shopping quarter, but the service is finally back in a limited capacity.

Disney is now offering service from its theme parks to Disney Springs after 4pm. I don’t think the logic behind it is hard to follow. After all, Disney Springs is the property’s nighttime district. It makes sense to facilitate movement from the main gates to their locale for nightlife. This way it’s less likely that guests will go exploring outside of Disney property when the theme parks close, and that is always a goal of the Walt Disney Company.

The truth is that it is an incredible convenience for guests as well. Prior to this change, park guests who didn’t have their own vehicles had two choices if they wanted to get to Disney Springs in the evenings. They could either get on a bus destined for a Walt Disney World resort and THEN switch to a bus that would take them to Disney Springs, or they could pay for a taxi to take them there directly. The issue of time and/or money required for these options certainly wasn’t enticing, but now those issues are irrelevant. Disney’s complimentary and direct bus service meets the needs of guests wanting to cap their evening with shopping, dining, and live entertainment.

It’s important to keep in mind that the service is only one way. The buses from Disney Springs do not return to the parks. They transport guests to the Disney resorts, and that is it. This means that you can’t expect to easily return to your vehicle if it is left in a theme park lot. It also means that you can’t directly return to a park for a late firework show or Fast Pass reservation. Once you are at Disney Springs, getting back to a theme park is a tad more complex.

Nevertheless, this renewed service provided by Disney is a welcome one. Any step in the direction of convenience is a step in the right direction.

6 Comments

  1. JimJ

    Not exactly a convenience if it isn’t convenient to return. I would think most people will pass on the offer and drive themselves to Disney Springs. This is more of a service to guests staying at the resorts.

    1. JeniLynn Knopp

      I can’t say that I disagree. The “convenience” here is only partial and oriented towards Disney Resort guests that have no personal means of transportation; nevertheless, it is a convenience as opposed to the inconvenience of not having direct transportation in either direction. The plus is that it is an option now for people who do want to take it, whereas before there was no option.

  2. EricJ

    The reason we DIDN’T have direct two-way Springs buses for a while was that Disney was discovering that some cheapskate park day-guests were using DtD as “free parking” for the parks, and shuttling over t the parks rather than pay the TTC parking.
    Now the Parks->Springs buses only run in the evenings and -to- the parks, so that those who actually want to use the shuttles for a Springs after-park dinner can do so. Makes more logical guest sense than a few jerks ruining it for everyone.

    1. JeniLynn Knopp

      So true, Eric. It is a shame that the original convenience of a shuttle going both ways was removed due to the “free parking” issue.

  3. Jamie Collingwood

    They could easily fix that by checking magic bands couldn’t they? I remember back in the day the bus drivers used to check for your disney ID card.

  4. JimJ

    They should consider giving park patrons an one-way return ticket. Otherwise, the guests will decide to just drive to Disney Springs directly and clog up the parking spaces as what you’ll expect anyways. Overall, this new benefit wasn’t well thought out.

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