Disney Springs Hotels Bus Information

Discussion in 'Orlando Hotels and Attractions' started by writerguyfl, Dec 20, 2017.

  1. margot31

    margot31 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 18, 2015
    Messages:
    949
    I am wondering the same thing....I look at google map and see something but just not sure. Be nice to plan mom's weekend away and go grab a drink and be able to walk back.
     
  2. dizneefan13

    dizneefan13 Earning My Fins

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    437
    I checked the google maps and it says .6 miles, 12 minute walk to the Marketplace, which is the DS area closest to the Disney Springs hotels.
     
  3. Avatar

    Advertisement


  4. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2003
    Messages:
    20,844
    Very nice walk, even from the farthest hotel. The road has wide sidewalks on both sides, nice landscaping the entire stretch and pedestrian bridges across the roads. It is VERY VERY safe and as I said we have walked from many including the farthest, Doubletree.

    [​IMG]
     
    Darlynne and writerguyfl like this.
  5. writerguyfl

    writerguyfl DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2015
    Messages:
    1,678
    As HopperFan notes, it's a pleasant walk. Here's a Google Maps Street View image giving another example of how the sidewalk is separated from the street by landscaping.

    [​IMG]
     
    Darlynne and HopperFan like this.
  6. margot31

    margot31 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 18, 2015
    Messages:
    949
    While I know disney trasportation is "best" even on its worst days but how is the transportation while staying at one of these hotels?
     
  7. writerguyfl

    writerguyfl DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2015
    Messages:
    1,678
    I actually wouldn't agree to that statement. While Disney's transportation system can be better, it's not always better than other options.

    For me, the main bonus to the Disney Springs Hotels Buses is that they run on a schedule. Aside from unexpected traffic, I've always found them to be quite punctual. Knowing that the bus will be there at 10 and 40 minutes after the hour (or whenever) is a lot better than showing up at the bus loop and hoping the next Disney bus will be to your destination. And you never have to stand there and watch 3 empty buses going to the same place pass by while you wait.

    The key to the Disney Springs Hotels Buses is understanding the system. The knowledge helps set expectations. Here are the critical factors:
    • Transportation and Ticket Center: The stop for Magic Kingdom is the Transportation and Ticket Center. That means you'll need to use the ferry, monorail, or bus (if one of those isn't running) to get to the park entrance. If you know you need to transfer, it's less of a problem.
    • Two Parks per Bus: My biggest gripe is that each bus heads to two parks. If you're going to the first park on a route, there's no issue. But having to make a detour when going to a park or returning to your hotel can be a pain. During that time on that "detour", I try to remember that if I were staying at a Disney Resort, I might be stuck standing outside in the heat/cold waiting for a bus while empty ones going to other parks/resorts pass by.
    • Multiple Hotels per Bus: Each bus stops at multiple hotels in the Disney Springs area. Usually, each stop is only a few minutes. It's similar to how Disney's Moderate Resorts have multiple stops. The only time it takes longer is when a wheelchair or ECV must be loaded.
     
  8. MrKnight

    MrKnight Former WDWCM & Proud DIS Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2014
    Messages:
    630
    Does anyone know the current schedule for bus transportation between Hilton LBV and Epcot? The link in the OP is no longer working.
     
  9. dizneefan13

    dizneefan13 Earning My Fins

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    437
    Are Disney Springs buses still using the AK/Epcot and TTC/HS routes?
    We arrive at The B on Saturday....so excited!
     
  10. writerguyfl

    writerguyfl DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2015
    Messages:
    1,678
    What link isn't working for you? I just checked and every link in the first post is functional.
     
  11. dizneefan13

    dizneefan13 Earning My Fins

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    437
     
  12. CapeCodTenor

    CapeCodTenor Dis Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2005
    Messages:
    5,769
    So glad I found this thread. This has already answered a few questions for me with regards to staying off-site.
     
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2018
    writerguyfl likes this.
  13. WiganTony

    WiganTony DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2007
    Messages:
    666
    Same here. As it looks as if we cannot book OKW or SSR for our preferred dates next year, we have booked the Doubletree Suites as we needed a separate sleeping area for two teenagers.

    I was a little concerned about the buses, but from the posts above, it seems that they are fairly punctual and not too busy, only downside being the two parks per route. However, as it has saved us a considerable sum of money over booking two Disney Hotel rooms, it’s a small price to pay!!!
     
  14. CapeCodTenor

    CapeCodTenor Dis Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2005
    Messages:
    5,769
    I hear ya. I think for my family's first trip to Disney World we'll stay onsite, I want my daughter to have the full immersion at least once, but future trips will be offsite. The buses hitting two parks per route is a bit of a problem, but it sounds from some posters that it isn't too much of a problem.
     
  15. Lewisc

    Lewisc DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 23, 2000
    Messages:
    18,772
    The real problem is with the real offsite buses which drop everyone off at the TTC and let you use Disney transportation to all parks.
     
    CapeCodTenor likes this.
  16. dizneefan13

    dizneefan13 Earning My Fins

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    437
    Just returned from a week at The B. The bus system was fine.They were always on time.
    But we only took it TO the parks, and Ubered or Lyfted home. With the money we saved staying offsite, it was very affordable.
    If interested in staying offsite I wouldn't let the two park bus system stop you. Its really not a big deal.
    And the proximity to DS is great. It was a pleasant walk from The B, very close to Marketplace area.
     
    writerguyfl likes this.
  17. dizneefan13

    dizneefan13 Earning My Fins

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    437
    We stayed, like I said, at The B for a week in October. The bus service was fine.
    One thing I noticed was that they had two different types of busses.
    Unlike Disney resort busses, they had an ECV lift at the front door, not a ramp but an actual
    lift that the ECV user had to drive on, then the driver raised it up and the ECV user had to
    drive it off forward and then maneuver it to turn around and park with the front of ECV facing
    forward to drive off. My Mom had a hard time with this and DH had to do it for her after she
    tried to get parked in place with difficulty.
    The second kind of bus was like a Disney cruise bus or Disney magical express, nice busses
    with big storage compartments underneath. The driver opened the compartments for the ECV's
    and loaded them inside himself. We really appreciated when we saw these types of busses
    coming.

    Does anyone know if its just hit or miss with these "compartment" type busses coming to the
    Disney Springs resorts? I am hoping they use them most of the time now and we will see them
    more often on our next trip in March.
     
  18. DisneyFranatic

    DisneyFranatic Earning My Ears

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2017
    Messages:
    26
    Last trip there I used a scooter for the whole week we were there. Most buses were normal buses and you had to drive up on the lift to get on the bus. I found the bus drivers to be very helpful. I only had the big buses with storage underneath a couple of times when it was busy. The problem with those buses is that you have to walk up the steep steps to get on the bus. I had one time that no one offered to get up to give me a seat even when I asked since I didn't have my scooter to sit on. One really good thing is that at the Hilton Palace they kept my scooter at Bell Services and I didn't have to keep it in my room. When we stayed at AOA I had to keep it in my room.
     
  19. dizneefan13

    dizneefan13 Earning My Fins

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2013
    Messages:
    437
    I'm sorry no one gave you a seat on the bus. Maybe no one realized you used a scooter? and needed a seat?
    We never were on a bus that was completely full, thankfully.
    Yes the stairs were steep. My husband had to help her up them, but she liked not having to deal with her
    scooter on the bus.
     

Share This Page