If you have ever been to the Magic Kingdom and have gone to leave anytime after the fireworks, you know that leaving the park and getting back your resort can be a bit of a pain. Long lines and tired feet don’t make for very happy guests. Disney has come out with their version of Uber ride-sharing called Minnie Vans. This service will be helpful for some guests, but not for all. Here is everything you need to know about the Disney Minnie Van service including how much it costs, tipping, availability of car seats, and how to request one.
What is the Disney Minnie Van Service?
The Disney Minnie Van Service is an Uber-like ride sharing service that is run by the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney is using Chevrolet Traverse mid-sized SUV’s that are decorated in Minnie’s famous red and white polka dot pattern. One nice perk is that these cars feature USB charging ports.
Disney Cast Members are the drivers.
Right now the service hours are 6:30 am to 12:30 am.
How Do You Get a Disney Minnie Van Ride?
Disney is using the Lyft App that is available for both iOS and Android Users. You will request a ride through the app and pay directly through the app. You can also go to your resorts concierge desk and they will help you request a ride as well.
As of May 2018, the Minnie Van Service is available for all the resorts.
Where Will the Minnie Van Service Take Me?
The service will take you anywhere on property you would like to go. This includes park to park, resort to park, resort to resort, etc.
Guests can now use the Disney Minnie Van service to go to the airport for a hefty fee of $150.
After starting the service with just deluxe Disney resorts and then all Disney World Resorts. The Disney Minnie Van service expanded in mid-September 2018 to include guests at Bonnet Creek, Flamingo Crossings, and Hotel Plaza Boulevard resorts.
How Much Does it Cost?
Starting September 2018, the service has changed from a flat $25 fee to a distance-based fee. There is a flat fee of $15 and then $2.75 per mile traveled (this is not 100% confirmed yet).
Club Level Resort Guests can use the Minnie Vans to go to the airport for a cost of $150. That is a bit insane to me, but club level guests could probably afford it. Budget conscious guests can continue to use Disney’s Magical Express for free.
If you have a big family, this is cheaper than getting an Uber. Since the Chevy Traverse can comfortably seat 7-8 passengers. This may be cheaper than getting an UberXL, especially during surge pricing.
Since the payment is through the app, I am guessing you do not have the option to pay with Disney Gift Cards. I also do not know if Lyft coupon codes will work with the Disney service. I will be looking for that information and updating this article once I find out.
Choosing Uber or Lyft is still cheaper overall, but you don’t get the cute theming. You can usually find a free code for Uber or Lyft as well. Here is an Uber Code you can use if you are a first time user. This coupon code is good for new users for a free ride up to $20. UBER CODE gordonh1706ue (my husband is a driver and this is his code)
Continuing to use Disney’s free transportation methods is the most cost effective, but can be unpredictable and time-consuming.
Disney Minnie Van Car Seats
Parents will be excited to learn that car seats ARE available with the Minni Van Service. Many times Uber and UberXL do not have car seats and this makes a regular Uber and Lyft impossible to use.
Is the Minnie Van Service Wheelchair Accessible?
Yes! The wheelchair vans by default do not have car seats but they are available upon request. The wheelchair accessible vans have vinyl seats unlike the seats in the regular vans.
Who Should Use the Minnie Van Service?
Doing Disney on a Budget means considering how valuable your time is during your trip. Wasting 2 hours to get to resort to resort for dining is a waste of money could you could be getting more fun out of your Disney vacation hours. Though I think $20 is a little more than I would like to spend, there are several times where I think using the Minnie Van service is a great budget-friendly idea.
- Early Breakfast reservations.
- When you are extremely
tiredleaving a park at night and have children who need car seats.
- If you are on a tight schedule and need to get to another park/resort quickly.
- I am hoping these become available for early race hours.
Disney Minnie Van Secrets and Tips
- Minnie Vans don’t just rock Minnie’s dots! Look for a Hidden Mickey on your sweet ride.
- Disney Minnie Vans have been added to the Disney Transportation Card collection. Politely, ask your driver if they have one you could have. These are completely free.
- Don’t forget to budget in a tip.
- Since Disney Minnie Van drivers are Disney Cast Members ask them if they have any insider tips or favorite things to do. They love sharing that info with you!
Overall, I think this a great addition to Disney transportation options. Do you think you will be trying out the Minnie Vans on your next Disney vacation? Let me know in the comments!