So you may have already heard of the latest mode of Disney transportation, Minnie Vans! They were released in 2017 as an Uber/Lyft style service to help you get anywhere around Walt Disney World. The coolest thing about the Minnie Vans is the SUVs and vans actually are fully decked out like Minnie Mouse herself. Plus the drivers of these cars are actually vetted Disney employees. The downside to this service is it isn’t the most cost-effective option for transportation. Disney has now changed pricing to the variable rates of ride-sharing services of Uber and Lyft. When Minnie Vans first launched they were a flat fee but it’s now a $15 flat fee with a charge for each mile driven. So let’s look a little closer at how to ride in a Minnie Van at Disney World.
Where Can You Get on a Minnie Van
These polka-dotted vehicles can be requested from 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. (Hours subject to change) at every Disney World Resort plus everywhere else at Disney World. Disney has slowly been ramping up this service and is now available to everyone.
As mention before you can use your Minnie Van to go throughout all of Walt Disney World. This includes all the Disney resort hotels, the four theme parks, Disney Springs, Blizzard Beach, and Typhoon Lagoon. Just recently Minnie Vans also started taking guest to MCO, the airport here in Orlando. This service is going to cost you a lot more money however, airport travel is available from 9 a.m. to midnight and costs $150.
How to Order a Minnie Van at Disney World
In order to request a ride, you do so via the Lyft app. First off download the Lyft app to your cell phone, if you don’t have it already. Now you need to actually get the Minnie Van service activated on your phone. Most can do so via a pop-up notification you receive in your My Disney Experience app. Some people don’t get a pop-up. If you don’t want to use the Lyft app simply visit a Cast Member at the Concierge Desk of your resort.
Once you have the service activated open the Lyft app back up and request a car as you normally would. It’s not until after you enter your pickup point and destination that the option for you to order a Minnie Van will appear on your phone.
One confusing thing we found and wanted to mention is the price. The price estimate for the van on the app will likely say less than $20 but it is important to understand that the total no matter what will be $25.
Once you select Minnie Van Service you’ll be shown a map with all the available vans and the estimated time for the arrival of yours. With all Minnie Vans looking alike, there is a number on the side of the vehicle which makes it easy to pick out yours! This is especially helpful if several pull up at the same time, as we have seen it happen before!
Minnie Van Car Specs
Minnie Vans are a polka-dotted wrapped Chevy Traverse. A Traverse can seat up to 6 and they do have car seats available for your little ones. The Minnie Van fleet also includes vans for guests with special needs, such as those in wheelchairs or ECVs.
Parents of young princesses and princes need not worry! ALL Minnie Vans are equipped with 2 versatile car seats. These convertible seats can operate as both forward facing or rear facing traditional seats. If your child is in that in-between phase they can also be used as a booster seat.
How Much Does a Minnie Van Cost
As we mentioned before the pricing has changed from the original launch of the Minnie Vans. You will now be charged a $15 flat fee in addition to a variable charge for each mile drive. You can check the prices yourself using the Lyft app and entering your starting location and ending location on Disney property. Then the option of choosing a Minnie Van will be listed as you view all the options.
Is the Minnie Van the Right Choice for You?
Again, we say this all the time, you always are the one who can make the best decision for your family. Minnie Vans tend to make sense for families with kids who still are in need of a car seat. Really the only time non-Disney transportation is necessary is if you are traveling to a park or resort extra early for a character breakfast or needed in the case when you are running late and need to get somewhere fast. There are times that those bus lines can get really long. You could request an Uber with a car seat for around the same price but then you would lose out on the Disney service and the exclusive access Minnie Vans have.
A plus of Minnie Vans is they can normally drop you off closer than other transportation can. There are two places you really get a major benefit, Magic Kingdom, Trails End and Hoop-dee-do revue. In both cases, they take you right up to the front. At the Magic Kingdom, unless you use a Disney bus, you will have to take a boat or monorail before you get to the park. For Fort Wilderness, there is no way other than a Minnie Van that you are getting a direct drop off to those two dining locations!
So if you are traveling without little kids there is no real cost benefit to choosing a Minnie Van. You would be much better off catching an Uber or a regular Lyft to get to those early morning breakfast reservations or to travel somewhere quick.
I have been visiting the parks annually since my parents first brought me at just a year old. Recently I was able to fulfill my life long dream of being a Florida local and moved from the wintery Northeast to the sunshine and fun of central Florida. Now I am hoping to share my Disney knowledge with you so you can have the best vacation possible!