Minnie Vans are the newest form of transportation at Walt Disney World, and worth every penny to me. They operate similar to Lyft and Uber, but are a flat rate of $20 to take you anywhere on Disney property.
Here are the top 5 reasons you should try the Minnie Van service the next time you’re in Walt Disney World
1. It’s a Disney Service – Safety First
There are car seats for the little ones and each driver goes through a rigorous 8 hour training class on how to install them. There are vans that are equipped to transfer guests with wheelchairs and ECVs. The Cast Members driving know exactly where they’re going without looking at the GPS on their phones. Safety first – and it shows.
2. Access to Cast Member Only Roads
Did my drive seem shorter with a Minnie Van vs a regular Lyft? Absolutely! Our driver was able to utilize the Cast Member Only roads in the back of Fort Wilderness to get us to our destination quickly.
3. Preferred Drop Points
Since this service is Disney, they obviously give preference to their drivers. The drop off and pick up points are much more convenient to guests. At the Magic Kingdom you will not have to go to the Ticket and Transportation Centre first, they will drop you at the bus dock right outside. Regular Lyft drivers are not able to go to the bus stops at the Magic Kingdom so we found this a huge plus. Less walking and much more convenient to be in a Minnie Van.
4. Uninterrupted Cast Member Time
On a recent trip we took as many as 8 Minnie Van trips – all with wonderful cast members! Having the time in the vehicle to chat with them one on one was such a treat, we even had the same cast member twice.
The Cast Members we met had such great stories about their careers with Disney, there were a few that we didn’t want the ride to end because we were enjoying the chat so much!
5. Convenience and Comfort
Being able to see where the car was when it was on it’s way is one of the great things I love about Uber and Lyft. Knowing the approximate arrival time is somehow comforting when you’re waiting after walking around all day.
With Air Conditioning controls in the front and the back – we never had an uncomfortable temperature and the background Disney music was an added bonus.
Being able to go from resort to resort without transferring to a different bus made me very happy!
Minnie Vans are being rolled out slowly across property beginning with the Deluxe Resorts first. With new ones being added every day, you should check with the concierge in your resort if they are available to you. If you would like to know how to use the service – click here for instructions.
Is this something you would use?