This is What we thought of the New Disney Minnie Van Service
Walt Disney World is always adding new and improved services to enhance guest experience. No stone goes unturned for the comfort and ease of your trip, adding that extra bit of pixie dust. I mentioned in my post on the biggest mistakes to avoid at the parks how staying on resort and avoiding cabs will make your vacation much better and convenient. Well, combine those two conveniences with the new Disney Minnie Van service, an adorable coach to help you get from one corner of the complex to another.
Disney Minnie Van Facts:
- The service launched in 2017.
- The Disney Minnie Van service takes guests to and from the parks, Disney Springs, and between resorts, from all resorts from 6:30 am-12:30 am daily.
- Disney Minnie Van service is accessible through the Lyft app! Similar to Uber, Lyft is (in my opinion) a more ethical alternative to Uber services. Disney resorts will provide the details for you to book one directly from your phone.
- Make sure you download the Lyft app to your phone. This can be done quickly and easily with Disney’s free WIFI all over the complex. The cast members will walk you through finding the Minnie Van details within the app. When you’re ready to book a ride, state your current location, where you are going, and provide your payment details to get charged directly through the app. You can also add a gratuity to pay at the same time.
- The fee is a flat $25 USD. (Tips are extra.)
- Disney Minnie Vans now offer airport transfers from Disney resorts.
- Each vehicle in the fleet is wheelchair accessible.
- The make of the Minnie vans is Chevrolet Traverse.
- Car seats are available for families requiring them at no extra cost. (some cabs charge extra!)
- If on Disney property, you should be able to book a Disney Minnie Van within minutes. Just make sure you pay close attention to the pick-up spot and how much time you need to wait. You shouldn’t have to wait more than 5-10 mins. If you wait longer than this, that would be rare.
- Disney Express transportation was eliminated and therefore, it is easy to assume that this will be a top choice for commuting for guests on Disney property. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get a ride in such an adorable SUV by a friendly cast member instead of a weird stranger?
Our Disney Minnie Van Experience
Disney Minnie Van services I found to be luxuriously convenient when dining and enjoying experiences at resorts, shopping in Disney Springs, or enjoying the magic of one of the parks. After breakfast at Ohana’s and doing an evening tour at the Animal Kingdom Lodge (reviews coming soon!), it was a welcomed experience that took the stress of waiting for a monorail, hailing a cab, or finding another way of getting to the parks/my resort away.
Based on the fact that the trial period passed with flying colours and talks of more vehicles being added to the fleet, the investment in this new-age transportation service is inevitable.
Disney Minnie Van Service Puts Guests’ Minds at Ease
At first I thought the $25 flat ride fee was hefty. I mean, when I stayed off property (though a huge mistake I address in this post,) I paid a fraction of this in Uber/Lyft tariffs. But, I am a chicken. I seriously am not too fond of strangers, especially in the wee hours in the morning after a wonderful evening of magical fireworks. The comfort in knowing that the driver of the Minnie Van service I pay for is a paid cast member on Disney property gives me that extra ease on my mind in getting back to my room safely. Plus, after walking over 20,000 steps in a day, I want a comfortable way of heading to my room. With Disney’s bus line, seats are never guaranteed and standing for a 20-minute ride can be overly painful.
Cleanliness and Comfort
When the Disney Minnie Van pulled up, I was in awe of how clean it was inside! I am so terrible at getting my car detailed. I could learn a thing or 2 from the Disney Minnie vans as they are immaculate.
So, when I go to the resorts, I have taken advantage of the Mickey’s Magical Express bus. However, if you haven’t booked that for your trip back to the airport, you can consider Disney Minnie van services to take you straight to your terminal for a flat fee of $150 USD. That to me, seems a bit pricey, but sometimes you pay for convenience. They are wheelchair accessible, have car seats if necessary, and can accommodate families of up to six members per vehicle. Make sure you use the Resort online check-in along with the service. This is highly recommended.
Cheaper than Taxis
I have mentioned how expensive the cab fleet on contract with Disney can be. They start anywhere from $30 USD and depending on the size of the car, can accommodate as few as two people and usually do not have car seats or accessibility for the handicapped. This makes the Disney Minnie Van service a much better choice. If you think about it, the Minnie Van service is a flat rate from park to resort, park to Disney Springs, resort to resort etc. If you have a family of 5, that would equal $5 a person for the commute. That is pretty cheap compared to the cost of cabs. If you are staying off property, that is a different story, but on property, there is no comparison.
The drivers that were chosen for this elite transportation option I feel truly give guests that VIP treatment. I had incredible conversations with the cast members, they didn’t hesitate to do whatever it took for our ultimate comfort and they drive in a safe manner. Uber (more so than Lyft) is a hit or miss service and I could tell you about a few truly scary encounters with Uber drivers…(let’s not bring up the incident in Chicago that made the news….) so having a transport experience equally magical as certain experiences in the parks, makes me highly recommend the new Disney Minnie Van service to ANYONE staying on property.
So there you have the ins and outs of the new Disney Minnie Van service! What are your thoughts? Have you given them a try? It is important to note that other than the airport transfers, they are ONLY offered on Disney property to take you to a drop-off spot in the complex. You cannot head to Universal Studios, Sea World or any other theme park in the area. You will need to hail an external cab, Uber or the regular Lyft.
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