By now you’ve probably heard of, or at least seen photos of Disney’s Minnie Van Service. Launched late last year, the Minnie Van service is a fun way for guests to get around the Walt Disney World Resort in a jiffy. I knew going into our trip that I just had to take a ride in one of Disney’s Minnie Vans. I mean, it’s a car decked out like my girl Minnie, this girl had to go for a ride. So I bet you’re wondering, is it worth the hype? Is it worth the cost? Well, let me tell you all about it!
Besides that the fact that it’s a fun way to get around, is it really worth the extra $25, one way, for a ride?
In one word, absolutely.
Now I’ve never stayed in a monorail resort on any of our trips but I’m pretty well versed in the bus transportation system in Walt Disney World. There are some trips that it’s been a smooth ride and others we’ve waited our fair share of time for a bus.
We may have even missed a dining reservation or two over the years waiting for a bus. So having another option like this is a nice touch.
The first night we tried the Minnie Van service was after our dinner at Chef Mickey’s. I could only score a 9:15pm dinner and by the time we were done it was almost 10 pm. I had a few options, take the monorail back to the Magic Kingdom and wait for a bus, walk over to the Magic Kingdom from the Contemporary and wait for the bus or call a Minnie Van.
I figured the bus line would be packed with everyone leaving the park so I went for the Minnie Van. After spending the entire day in the parks then a late dinner, my toddler just wasn’t going to wait long with the crowds and if she did, there surely would have been a meltdown.
I was surprised with how simple it was. It was SO EASY and within minutes we were on our way back to our resort. Truthfully, I may have been a little spoiled with how simple the process was. The wait time was minimal (under 10 minutes), and it was nice to not have to worry about standing up on a packed bus while holding a sleepy toddler. I loved it so much, I used it again the next morning for our breakfast at ‘Ohana.
HOW IT WORKS
First you need to download the Lyft app to your smartphone. Once you have the app downloaded, you’ll see a list of the available vehicles and the Minnie Van should be one of them. (It didn’t show up for me at first and a quick trip to the front desk at the Contemporary fixed it for me).
Once it populated on the app, I clicked on the Minnie Van and it paged a driver for us.
It gave us an estimated time (9 minutes) and the number of the vehicle that would be arriving to pick us up.
Once it arrived, the driver came over to greet us and install the car seat for Evie. Each Minnie Van has two Graco car seats in the trunk should you need them. When I asked the driver about the car seats, he explained to me that each driver goes through an extensive car seat training course certifying them to install the seats. Having a little one with us, that was nice to hear.
Once the seat was installed, we loaded in and headed on our way back to Caribbean Beach Resort. We were dropped off right at our building and honestly it couldn’t have been easier. At that time of night, it was well worth the $25 to not have to wait for the bus.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Every Minnie Van driver is a Disney Cast Member
- The service will drive you wherever you want to go around Walt Disney World Resort. They will not leave property. (see the one exception below)
- Disney’s Minnie Van service has recently expanded to the Orlando International Airport for Club Level guests.
- The Minnie Van service runs from 6:30 am – 12:30 am
- There are 2 wheel chair accessible Minnie Vans in the fleet currently
- The Minnie Vans are either a 2017 or 2018 Chevy Traverse
- You have to be staying at a resort they pick up at to unlock the Minnie Van in the Lfyt app (but if it doesn’t show, a quick trip to the front desk will get it taken care of for you)
ABOUT THE MINNIE VAN VEHICLES
The Minnie Vans are 2017 & 2018 Chevy Traverses. Each vehicle is wrapped in red vinyl with giant white polka dots for the Minnie look. We had a ride in both of them. Each vehicle holds up to 6 passengers and they have car seats in the trunk for any little ones you might be traveling with. The vehicles were spotless despite being used to transport guests all day long.
RESORTS WITH MINNIE VAN AVAILABILITY
According to the drivers I spoke with, the goal is to eventually roll out the service to all the resorts but for right now it’s only available at certain resorts:
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- Disney’s Pop Century Resort
- Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
MINNIE VAN SERVICE TO MCO FOR CLUB LEVEL GUESTS
Disney’s Minnie Van service to Orlando International Airport is also for Club Level guests at certain resorts. The Minnie Van Service to the airport can be booked via the Concierge Cast Members once checked in at your resort, up to one day before departure. The cost is $150, one way only, from your Disney hotel to Orlando International Airport. Airport Minnie Van Service can carry 6 passengers and up to 3 car seats for guests under the age of 6.
The service is available for flight departures from 9am to midnight, and it’s recommended that you use the Resort Airline Check-In Service alongside Minnie Van Service.
You can utilize this service at the following resorts:
- Disney’s BoardWalk Resort
- Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort
- Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
Overall, I think it’s a great service and well worth the $25 for a ride. Especially after our late night in the park and our early breakfast the next day. It’s definitely easy to get a little spoiled by it and if I could, I’d probably use it all the time but obviously that would get pretty pricey. But I loved having this option available to us. Knowing I could have another way back to the resort if my toddler was overly cranky and not willing to wait another minute in a bus line was priceless.
If you have any questions about the Minnie Van service, let me know! I’d be happy to answer anything I missed.
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