What You Should Know About Disney’s Minnie Van Service

Disney's Minnie Van Service
Disney's Minnie Van Service - Photo by Steps to Magic

At the D23 Expo, guests were treated to an announcement that Cast Members had been working on for months in secret, the Minnie Van Service.

What You Should Know About Disney’s Minnie Van Service at Walt Disney World

Contemporary Resort Concierge Minnie Van Sign
Contemporary Resort Concierge Minnie Van Sign – Photo by Steps to Magic

It’s a point-to-point transportation service in which guests arrange their own private “Minnie Van” from the LYFT App and are driven where ever they want to go on Disney property.

The vehicles are adorable! They bring to life the personality of Minnie Mouse in each van, with a very distinct look.


THE NUMBERS

Minnie Van at Magic Kingdom Transportation
Minnie Van at Magic Kingdom Transportation – Photo by Steps to Magic

The vans accommodates up to 6 guests and is equipped with 2 car seats.

When first announced, it was a flat $25 fee to use the service. *The price was raised from $20 in February 2018.

The current pricing through the website states:

  • “Prices vary based on distance traveled from pick-up location to requested destination within Walt Disney World Resort.
  • You’ll see the total cost and pay for the service conveniently through the Lyft app.”

COMPARE THE MINNIE VAN SERVICE WITH UBER

Uber / Lyft at Disney World
Uber / Lyft at Disney World – Photo by Steps To Magic

The big difference is that with Minnie Van, you’re able to be dropped off in previously under-utilized and off-limit areas that were reserved for Disney Transportation. This is a big win, especially if you’re going to the Magic Kingdom, as they drop you off directly at the Bus Transportation Hub, vs UBER which can either drop you off at the Contemporary or at the Transportation and Ticket Center.

Pricing, it’s still cheaper to use UBER (or LYFT), but having this option will actually help guests who may be dealing with issues like Surge Pricing or times when there are no pick-ups available, which happens from time to time).



FAQ

Minnie Van vs Disney Bus Transportation
Minnie Van vs Disney Bus Transportation – Photo by Steps to Magic

WILL YOU BE ABLE TO GO FROM DISNEY TO UNIVERSAL?

No. For the time being, the Minnie Van service will only transport guests around the Walt Disney World Resort.

IS IT A 24-HOUR SERVICE?

Currently, the service is available from 630am til 1230am, although we are expecting the service to adapt to the park hours during prime season.

CAN ANY GUEST USE THE SERVICE?

The program initially started as small market test with a select few moderate & deluxe resorts, however the full service is now available through the LYFT app for all guests.

IS THE MINNIE VAN WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes, there are vehicles that are specially made for the service that are wheelchair accessible.

IS THE MINNIE VAN GOOD FOR FAMILIES?

Absolutely! The vehicle comes with two child car seats, in which the drivers have been trained on the utilization procedures to speed up the service. Car Seats are free with the service, vs other services where you’ll actually see an addition surcharge.


WHAT TO EXPECT

When you initially open up your Lyft app on Disney Property, you’re able to choose the options (Lyft, Plus or Minnie Van Service).

You’re able to choose the pick-up location, and then request the service. Once you initialize payment, the car is requested.

The app is similar to Uber, where it will actually show you the location of the car once it’s accepted your call. Along with the license plate number, the graphic also gives you the number of the car, which will definitely help avoid any confusion for guests or drivers.

When the driver is at the location requested, you’ll then receive a phone call letting you know that your chariot has arrived and then you’re ready for your adventure. If you require a special vehicle (ECV or Wheelcare), this is your chance to make that request.

Sit back and enjoy the conversation and the experience. Remember, these drivers are real Disney Cast Members from multiple areas of business (transportation, guest relations, etc), so they’ll give you that extra Disney Magic along the way.

When you arrive at your location, you’re able to process a tip for the driver and rate the ride. Keep in mind that the cast members are hourly, so it’s completely up to you whether or not you’d like to express your gratuity.


For More Information, guests can visit the Bell Services Desk at the participating Disney resorts.

Source: Disney Parks Blog and the official Disney World Website

What You Should Know About Disney's Minnie Van Service
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