Disney will begin offering bus service from Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Magic Kingdom on Sunday August 28th. Buses will run from 4pm to 11pm or up to two hours after a Park closes, whichever is earlier. It’s one-way service, so buses will not run from Disney Springs to the theme parks.
The website usually recommends visiting Disney Springs earlier in the day and then closing down a Park instead, but this will certainly make dinners and evening shopping a little easier for those that no longer have to transfer to a resort before taking another, often crowded, bus to Disney Springs. The advantages of visiting Disney Springs earlier is that it’s much less crowded, much easier to walk up to most restaurants for a meal without a reservation, several restaurants offer less expensive lunch menus, and wait times at the theme parks typically drop as closing time approaches. With Star Wars Galactic Spectacular and Rivers of Light(?), you may find yourself eyeing a couple more late evenings in the Parks than previous trips.
But with few exceptions, the Disney Springs restaurants are the best version of that type of cuisine on property. Morimoto is the best Asian restaurant. BOATHOUSe is the best steak restaurant. Frontera Cocina is the best Mexican restaurant. I can see some afternoon escapes from Hollywood Studios or Magic Kingdom, where the culinary landscape might not be as interesting as Animal Kingdom or Epcot, in a lot of people’s futures. It will also hopefully reduce crowding on resort buses to Disney Springs.