When the Minnie Van service was first announced, I was pretty excited. Having another option to renting a car or taking the bus was something I had been hoping for. I love that Disney has so many transportation options, but it isn’t always the most comfortable at the end of a long night when I just want to get back to my room.
I had the opportunity to try the Minnie Van service on a recent trip and could not have been happier. I didn’t just try the service once, I loved it so much I used it 8 times in 4 days! My poor rental car stayed in the parking lot for 4 days untouched!
Starting to use the app was a bit of a challenge. We assumed because it was rolled out to our resort that it would just appear on the Lyft app. That wasn’t how it worked at the Grand Floridian, the Cast Members at the resort had to activate it for us. When the Minnie Van option is activated, you can use it anywhere on Disney property going forward – not just at the participating resorts.
Once you download the Lyft app and have the Minnie Vans activated, you will see all of the options for cars – and one clearly marked “Minnie Van” (with ears of course!)
You select the Minnie Van as the car you want – and then ‘Request Minnie Van Service’. It will show you if any vans are in your area. Mine was so close because it was literally parked outside while I was requesting it!
You’l be able to see on your app the car number, the licence plate as well as the estimated time of arrival. You can watch the car on the map as it’s coming and will get a text message (if enabled) when the car arrives.
The app itself takes care of the payment using the credit card you entered when you set up the app. It’s a flat fee of $20 anywhere on Disney property. After your ride you do have the option to tip the cast members, but they will tell you that tips are not required.
The vans are Chevy Traverse vehicles that can seat up to 6 passengers. Each Minnie Van has 2 car seats in the trunk if you need them for the little ones! There are vans that also service guests with special needs such as wheelchairs or ECV’s, those can be arranged by calling 407-828-3500.
Minnie Vans are being rolled out slowly across property beginning with the Deluxe Resorts. Check with the Cast Members at your resort if it’s available to you.
There are many reasons to use the Minnie Van service, you can read about my top 5 here. From what the drivers told me the service has had quite a high demand, I’m hopeful it becomes a permanent transportation option at Walt Disney World!
Is this something you would use at Walt Disney World?