During our most recent trip to Disney World we decided to try out the new Minnie Van service. We wanted to be at the parks early and this helped us get there faster than waiting for the bus.
To start with, this is a partnership that Disney has with Lyft. So, in order to us the Minnie Van service you will need to download the Lyft app on your phone. Once it’s downloaded, and you have entered a credit card, you can start using the service.
The first time we used it we were not sure if we needed to set a time or just book when we needed a ride. We waited until we were ready to leave and I booked our ride. I did not see any option to set a specific time for pick up, so we just made sure we were ready to go. Once the ride was booked they were at the cabin in 10 minutes or less.
During this trip my husband and kids were with me, so I loved the fact that each Minnie Van has two child car seats in the back. It didn’t take long at all for the car seats to be put in the car either; the Cast Members installed the seats quickly and properly.
Another important factor is that these Minnie Vans are driven by Cast Members. We had the pleasure of chatting with Nathan during our first ride and Erika during our second ride. Both Cast Members chatted with us during the drive to the parks and gave us tips and information about Disney World. Both Nathan and Erika have been with Disney for a while and have experienced different jobs in the parks. So it was interesting to hear about their different experiences working at Disney World.
When we used the Minnie Van service we were staying at a Moderate Resort. There were multiple bus stops in the resort, so it can take a bit of time just leaving the resort before heading to the park. This was another reason why I liked the Minnie Van service. We didn’t have to worry about getting a seat on the bus or making a bunch of stops before getting to our destination.
- There are now about 68 Minnie Vans on Disney World property.
- The Minnie Vans will go anywhere on Disney World property.
- The cost is $25 per ride.
- You can leave a tip through the app once the ride is complete.
Using the Minnie Van service is definitely more expensive than taking a cab or using Uber or Lyft, but we found it to be worth the cost. The drop-off and pickup locations at the parks are closer than if you took other non-Disney transportation and the time from when we booked the car to when they showed up was very fast.
The whole service was so easy and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to get to the parks fast. It’s also great if you have reservations at one of the Disney Resort hotels, because you don’t have to go to a park to catch a resort bus. The Minnie Van service helps you cut out the need to use the parks as a transfer station to get to a resort, which saves a lot of time. Plus, the Minnie Mouse polka dot design of the cars is really cute!
Not only is this service fast, but you get to have a friendly and informational chat with a Cast Member! Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about Nathan and Erika.
Have you tried the Minnie Van service? If so, what did you think?
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