How much does a Minnie Van cost? Well, it all depends where you’re going!
When Disney launched this service as a pilot in 2017 it was $20 USD for a trip anywhere on Disney property. I was a big fan of the Minnie Vans and have used them on multiple trips. The service is so easy to use and has become a permanent fixture on property. As the program has evolved over time, so has the pricing. What started out as a flat fee has now become based on distance.
The price for a Minnie Van is now $15 USD flat rate PLUS $3.15 per mile.
While Uber and Lyft generally have a price surge model (fares go up when demand is greater), the two companies are very similar on pricing. Both Uber and Lyft charge around $1.00 to start a ride and $1.50 per mile, and .25 cents per minute. When we average that out, it equals about $2.00 per mile. These are just general estimates and vary by city – but it gives you an idea of the pricing comparison.
There are many reasons that I would prefer a Minnie Van vs an Uber or Lyft, but the biggest one is peace of mind. I know that the person driving me is a cast member and not a random stranger. I know that effectively a cast member is a stranger – but I think I trust Disney’s ‘screening process’ a little more than those other companies.
The biggest challenge in my mind now is the price. It is more expensive than ever to take a Minnie Van on property, unless you’re going a short distance. $29 USD is quite a bit in my opinion for a lift from the Grand Floridian to Epcot – but I can tell you that at the end of a long day… I will gladly pay $30 to take me back to my resort if I don’t have to wait for a bus or monorail and get to travel in style!
What do you think? Would you use the Minnie Van service to avoid the bus?