Minnie Vans - Point to Point Transportation On Property **UPDATED**

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Minnie Vans - Point to Point Transportation On Property **UPDATED**

In collaboration with the popular ride-share service Lyft, guests at Disney's Deluxe Resorts can arrange their own private Disney vehicle right from the Lyft app on their smartphone. Guests simple need to visit Guest Services at their resort to activate the Minnie Van option from within the Lyft App, or activate it through the MyDisneyExperience App.

Minnie Van service will be available between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. and the cost around property is At $25 per ride

This service accommodates up to six guests and provides two versatile car seats (for an additional fee) so even the tiniest of passengers can travel in style! Handicap accessible rides are also available through the service.

As of 6/4/2018 All WDW Resort Hotels offer Minnie Van Service, and Minnie vans are now available for anyone to use, not just resort guests!

Update 3/29/18: Minnie Vans are now offering service from all Walt Disney World Resort Deluxe hotels to Orlando International Airport (MCO).

The service is available for airline flight departures from 9am to midnight.
Minnie Vans can carry 6 passengers with up to 3 car seats for guests under the age of 6.

The cost is $150 from Disney Deluxe Resorts to MCO

mickey What do you think about this new point to point service? Do you think you will you use it? As someone who takes taxis on property I think I can see myself switching to these Minnie Vans. I do wonder though what this will do to the current Mears Taxis that service the resorts.

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I think this service is going to run more in price than the taxis do. I'm just saying this because of typical Disney pricing. We have never spent more than $25 in a cab to get to anywhere on Disney Property.

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We were using Lyft and Uber pretty regularly last year during out stay at Riverside. All of our rides were $10 or less. I'm honestly not sure if we'll be using the Minnie Vans service at all. Our upcoming trip is a short one and we'll have a rental car for the non-Disney parts of the trip. For longer stays....I think I'll probably still stick with Uber or Lyft.

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Adorable! I want one in my garage! muchlove

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How do we think this will affect services like Uber and Lyft? Are Ubers going to not be allowed into the Disney resorts and theme parks for drop offs and pick ups now?

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How do we think this will affect services like Uber and Lyft? Are Ubers going to not be allowed into the Disney resorts and theme parks for drop offs and pick ups now?

Those are great questions! I have zero answers... BUT! The below image came across my Facebook feed this morning.

One of the reasons that I don't Uber on property is because I have an ECV. If Disney would stick scooter carriers onto the back of these it would open up a whole new market for them that Uber and Lyft couldn't compete with.

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I've used both Uber and taxis on occasion. I would give it a try.

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I've heard a price point of $20 for these, which is no worse than a taxi, but uber is still a better price, so as long as uber is available, that will be my go-to unless the pricing structure changes. What I AM excited for is the fact that the Minnie Vans are reported to have 2 car seats. I know that has been a problem for people with youngsters in using ride sharing services.

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I've heard a price point of $20 for these, which is no worse than a taxi, but uber is still a better price, so as long as uber is available, that will be my go-to unless the pricing structure changes. What I AM excited for is the fact that the Minnie Vans are reported to have 2 car seats. I know that has been a problem for people with youngsters in using ride sharing services.

Oooo that's really good to know! That would be a huge benefit for a lot of families. Even upgrading to Uber Family with one guaranteed car seat you are getting closer to that $20 price point so makes this seem like a much better deal for some.

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Still in Orlando, but left WDW on Monday. Attending a conference at Renaissance/Marriott SeaWorld. Really, really wanted to catch a ride in one of the Minnie Vans, but there is no telephone number and BLT was unable to contact them. BUT, the front desk did say that My Disney Experience will soon be updated with a LYFT app so a ride can be summoned. Will use it in October when we return for Food & Wine!

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I deffo want to have a ride in one of those!! with it looking like it's a set fee we are thinking of using it to get to Animal Kingdom as its the longest journey might aswell do it in style!

If we do use it in October I'll report back!

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I think this service is going to run more in price than the taxis do. I'm just saying this because of typical Disney pricing. We have never spent more than $25 in a cab to get to anywhere on Disney Property.

The price is $20 (no tipping) per trip. Per trip according to Disney is from initial pick-up to drop-off. If you are part of a group staying at two different resorts, it would still be $20 even if you are getting picked up at Polynesian and have to pick-up friends at Grand Floridian (or even Animal Kingdom Lodge) before all of you heading to Disney Springs. Also, the $20 includes the child seats which Uber charges extra for and most cabs don't have.

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How do we think this will affect services like Uber and Lyft? Are Ubers going to not be allowed into the Disney resorts and theme parks for drop offs and pick ups now?

This "Minnie Van" service is through Lyft. You have to be staying on property and the bell hop will give you an access code for you that will allow the "Minnie Van" option to show up on your Lyft app. As for Uber, the rumor is that Uber will only be allowed to bring guest on to WDW property and back off but not around WDW property itself.

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One of the reasons that I don't Uber on property is because I have an ECV. If Disney would stick scooter carriers onto the back of these it would open up a whole new market for them that Uber and Lyft couldn't compete with.

There are "Minnie Van" available that for people for ECV and wheelchairs. Disney didn't forget you.

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Here is a list of the current resorts that have the Minnie Van:

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Villas at Jambo House and Villas at Kidani Village
Disney's Beach Club Resort and Villas
Disney's BoardWalk Inn and Villas
Disney's Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and The Villas
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort and Villas & Bungalows
Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Boulder Ridge Villas and Copper Creek Villas and Cabins
Disney's Yacht Club Resort

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One of the reasons that I don't Uber on property is because I have an ECV. If Disney would stick scooter carriers onto the back of these it would open up a whole new market for them that Uber and Lyft couldn't compete with.

There are "Minnie Van" available that for people for ECV and wheelchairs. Disney didn't forget you.

This is the first that I've heard of this! That is truly fantastic.

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mickey Just announced today - Minnie Vans are now offering service from select Walt Disney World Resort hotels to Orlando International Airport (MCO).

The service is available for airline flight departures from 9am to midnight.
Minnie Vans can carry 6 passengers with up to 3 car seats for guests under the age of 6.

The cost is $150

Rumor has it that WDW to Port Canaveral is next!

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I still will rent a car. I'm a transportation control freak. But I think it's an excellent option for Disney to offer!

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Hello all!
We just got back from WDW. Used the Minnie Van service several times and loved it. The CM drivers were all wonderful. The Minnie Vans are $20 anywhere you want to go on Disney Property. You use the Lyft app and set it up through Bell services or the front desk at your hotel. The Minnie Van service actually piggybacks on the Lyft app. We were staying at SSR and Monday Jan 22 was the first day for the Minnie Van service there. I had the the Lyft app on my phone, the woman at Bells services was so excited I was the first person for her to setup with the service. She just asked my cell number, she sent me a text with a link, I clicked on it and boom, the Minnie Vans were showing up on my phone. You choose you pickup point, verify it, choose your destination point, verify it and then request a Minnie Van.

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We've used the Minnie Vans on our last two visits and love them. Both times we've used them, we were going from BWV to AKL for dinner reservations. I waited less than 5 minutes (time it took to walk from room to pick up area in front of BW resort) on both occasions for the van to show up at BWV to pick us up. It was well worth it for my family of four. We'll use them again and again in the future, although the one-way to the airport is a bit pricey for my taste.. The vans are super clean, smell good (new car smell), and the drivers are courteous and pleasant to talk to.. All and all a great experience.. awesome

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Updated to reflect the new $25 rate.

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Kristen K. wrote:
Updated to reflect the new $25 rate.

That was a fast price increase!

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MrHub wrote:
Kristen K. wrote:
Updated to reflect the new $25 rate.

That was a fast price increase!

Right? Very fast.

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MrHub wrote:
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Updated to reflect the new $25 rate.

That was a fast price increase!

Still worth it in my opinion. awesome mickey

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Updated to reflect the new $25 rate.

That was a fast price increase!

Still worth it in my opinion. awesome mickey

Oh definitely!

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Kristen K. wrote:
mickey Just announced today - Minnie Vans are now offering service from select Walt Disney World Resort hotels to Orlando International Airport (MCO).

The service is available for airline flight departures from 9am to midnight.
Minnie Vans can carry 6 passengers with up to 3 car seats for guests under the age of 6.

The cost is $150

Rumor has it that WDW to Port Canaveral is next!

I haven't heard or read anything about this "rumor".

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Updated to reflect the new $25 rate.

That was a fast price increase!

The rate increase coincides with the price increase of parking and tickets. So, when you think of it as the entire Walt Disney World Resort, the increase would be expected and not too fast.

Also, the fleet of Minnie Vans has increase by 70 new 2018 Traverses.

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I haven't heard or read anything about this "rumor".

Most of the major Disney sources covered it.
Here's one link http://attractionsmagazine.com/minnie-van-service-airport/

Port Canaveral also just got a grant for roadway improvements, so that would make it a lot easier for Disney to put Minnie vans on the road to the Disney Cruise Terminal.

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Kristen K. wrote:
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I haven't heard or read anything about this "rumor".

Most of the major Disney sources covered it.
Here's one link http://attractionsmagazine.com/minnie-van-service-airport/

Port Canaveral also just got a grant for roadway improvements, so that would make it a lot easier for Disney to put Minnie vans on the road to the Disney Cruise Terminal.

I am sure the prices would be greater the $150.00. Then the question would be asked if it would be worth it.

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On March 23rd, it was announced that the Minnie Van Airport Service has been extended to all Disney Deluxe Resorts.

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I was so disappointed when Geordon and I were in Disney over Princess Half Marathon Weekend. We tried to get a Minnie Van three different times from Animal Kingdom Lodge (so that I could write a review to post on the blog) and all three times they weren't available. One try we weren't in a hurry, so we even kept trying to request a van for a solid half hour before we finally gave up and took the bus. It was really disappointing to me.

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I was so disappointed when Geordon and I were in Disney over Princess Half Marathon Weekend. We tried to get a Minnie Van three different times from Animal Kingdom Lodge (so that I could write a review to post on the blog) and all three times they weren't available. One try we weren't in a hurry, so we even kept trying to request a van for a solid half hour before we finally gave up and took the bus. It was really disappointing to me.

Sorry you hear you didn't get to use the Minnie Van but that just goes to show how popular they are and why in February 2018 Disney announced that they are in the process of expanding their fleet. Disney had purchased and detailed over 40 new vehicles for use soon. The new vehicles appear to be 2018 Chevy Traverse, keeping with the model of the original Minnie Van, just bumping the year.

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I was so disappointed when Geordon and I were in Disney over Princess Half Marathon Weekend. We tried to get a Minnie Van three different times from Animal Kingdom Lodge (so that I could write a review to post on the blog) and all three times they weren't available. One try we weren't in a hurry, so we even kept trying to request a van for a solid half hour before we finally gave up and took the bus. It was really disappointing to me.

Sorry you hear you didn't get to use the Minnie Van but that just goes to show how popular they are and why in February 2018 Disney announced that they are in the process of expanding their fleet. Disney had purchased and detailed over 40 new vehicles for use soon. The new vehicles appear to be 2018 Chevy Traverse, keeping with the model of the original Minnie Van, just bumping the year.

The main problem is there are not enough drivers. Every driver we had in January told us the same thing. They can add as many cars as they want but without drivers it wont make a difference. It also will not be as hard to get one once the popularity dies down either because truthfully, how often did you ever see Uber or Lyft or even taxis lined up at any of the Parks at closing. 2 or 3 maybe, but not 10 -15 of them. Most people are not going to pay $25 Plus tip when they can get a free bus ride back to their resort.