Those planning a visit to Typhoon Lagoon will want to know their best route to the water park. Whether you’re visiting from a Walt Disney World Resort or off-property, the options vary.
This article discusses transportation options to and from Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Then you can decide which option will work best for you.
Disney Resorts to Typhoon Lagoon
If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you’ll have access to complimentary bus transportation to Typhoon Lagoon. This bus transportation works one of two ways.
Under ideal circumstances, direct bus transportation is offered to Typhoon Lagoon from the resorts with the same return service. However, this option is rare these days. If the resorts are running direct buses, you’ll encounter signage indicating which bus stop will get you back to your resort.
Usually, Disney implements a transfer bus option to and from Typhoon Lagoon and the resorts. This way requires an extra stop on your way to Typhoon Lagoon, and it’s a bit of a hassle.
If the transfer bus system is in place, here’s how it works. First, you’ll board a bus from your resort to Disney Springs. Then, when you arrive at Disney Springs, you’ll disembark and walk to the nearby bus stop for Typhoon Lagoon.
Typhoon Lagoon sits across the street from Disney Springs, so you shouldn’t wait long for the bus. Unfortunately, guests cannot walk from Disney Springs to Typhoon Lagoon.
You’ll take the same transfer bus from Typhoon Lagoon to Disney Springs upon return. When you arrive at Disney Springs, you’ll have to locate and walk to your resort’s bus stop. This part of the return is a nuisance.
First, you’ll have a bit of a walk to your resort’s bus stop at Disney Springs. Then you might encounter a long line of guests leaving Disney Springs to return to the same resort.
I don’t know about you, but I’m usually a mess when I leave a water park. My hair is still damp, and even though we bring a change of clothes, we’re carrying a decent size bag of wet swimsuits and usually a small cooler.
So taking a bus to Disney Springs, finding the bus stop for your resort, and waiting for the next bus is a headache. Hopefully, we’ll see direct bus service to and from the water parks return. As of 2023, direct resort-to-water park transportation is being tested at a few resorts.
Special Mention for guests of Saratoga Springs, Port Orleans, Treehouse Villas, and Old Key West Resorts:
A sign at your resort’s bus stop might indicate you should take a boat from the resort to Disney Springs. If you’re headed to Typhoon Lagoon, YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO THIS OPTION. Rest assured, buses run from the resorts mentioned above to Disney Springs, even though boat transportation is provided.
It is a considerable distance between the boat dock at Disney Springs and the bus stop at Town Center, where the transfer bus picks up. You would have to walk through the Marketplace and halfway through Town Center to get to the bus stop.
You would also need to know where you are going. Disney Springs is a massive place, and you could easily get turned around.
Depending on your pace, it could take 15-30 minutes to get from the Marketplace boat dock to the bus stop. Your best option is to wait for a bus from your resort’s bus stop to Disney Springs.
In addition to buses, your alternative is to drive or take a car service to Typhoon Lagoon, which brings us to parking.
Parking at Typhoon Lagoon
Thankfully, there is no charge for parking at Typhoon Lagoon. So whether you are a resort guest or visiting from off-property, you can park at the water park for free.
If you visit first thing on a weekend or holiday, cast members direct guests where to park. For those that drive over later in the day, I recommend driving to the front of the lot and finding a spot where someone else has left early.
Many passholders visit the park for a couple of hours at a time. So it’s common to find parking closer to the front of the park after lunchtime.
Final Thoughts on Transportation at Disney Springs
Before we wrap things up, let’s look at a quick recap of your options:
- Unless direct resort-to-park transportation is offered, resort guests need to take a transfer bus from their resort to Typhoon Lagoon via Disney Springs and return the same way.
- There is no charge to park at Typhoon Lagoon.
- You cannot walk from Disney Springs to Typhoon Lagoon.
I hope this article provided the information needed for traveling to and from Typhoon Lagoon. We have an entire list of articles for the waterpark with planning information.
Related: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
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- Height Requirements at Typhoon Lagoon
- One-Day Touring Itinerary for Typhoon Lagoon
- Characters at Typhoon Lagoon
- Typhoon Lagoon Dining Options
Which transportation option will you choose for Typhoon Lagoon? Do you have any other questions this article didn’t answer?