PHOTOS - Disney's Minnie Van Service begins testing at Walt Disney World

Jul 18, 2017 in "Minnie Van Service"

Minnie Van Service overview

Disney's all-new Minnie Van service has begun testing around the Walt Disney World Resort.

Minnie Van service provides a point-to-point transportation service, aimed at giving guests a more seamless resort vacation from start to finish. 

Minnie Van will be priced at $20 per trip per vehicle, and the service is planned to officially begin late July 2017. Testing is currently underway at Disney's BoardWalk and Yacht Club Resorts with guests being transported at no cost during the test.

Later, the service will expand to more locations throughout Walt Disney World along with an app that will allow guests to request a Minnie Van, much like Uber. Unlike Disney's Magical Express service which is operated by third party Mears, Minnie Van drivers are actually Disney cast members.

Under the wrap, Minnie Vans are a 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Premier mid-sized SUV, which offers three rows of seating. The second row features captain's chairs (two full size seats), and the back row can seat three, giving a guest capacity of six. Disney has also equipped its fleet of Minnie Vans with two Graco car seats.

This new car service comes alongside the official confirmation of the gondola transport system - Disney Skyliner.
Discuss on the Forums
Article Posted: Jul 18, 2017 / 1:45pm EDT
View all comments →

gmajewJun 18, 2019

I tend to agree with you especially when I use them in Chicago but Lyft cars were spotless each one we used over the week. I was amazed at how clean they were... Car seats I agree if you need them they are not the option.

MisterPenguinJun 18, 2019

Access to MK's gate bypassing the lagoon barriers, buses, and the walk from the Contemporary may be worth the extra money, especially if you have people with mobility issues with you (children, elderly, infirm).

CaptainAmericaJun 18, 2019

Lyft and Uber are basically the same price if you need one car seat, and they're impossible to get with two car seats. Also they're gross.

ThatMouseJun 18, 2019

How do you find your Lyft driver when there is 100 of them out there at the end of the night?

tissandtullyJun 18, 2019

Minnie Van is great because of the car seats and the training the CMs receive on it, I only use it when we have the kids with us, adult trips it’s Lyft or Uber.

tissandtullyJun 18, 2019

The typo head was a great mental image.

gmajewJun 18, 2019

Minnie Van is almost $23 more a ride for this service. Only thing you get is drop of at bus station and to ride in a cool looking car. We did Lyft all week last week but I could not justify the extra money per ride for the Minnie car. Did it a year ago not again.

mikejs78Feb 11, 2019

I've found Uber and Lyft to be both more reliable and drivers to be more careful in general than what I've seen in cabs. Also a cab driver is just as much a complete stranger as an Uber/Lyft driver.

SirwalterraleighFeb 11, 2019

No...but it had mears. It’s actually a weird phenomenon that people have a compete disdain for cabs...but now ard Comfy with complete strangers in private cars...isn’t it? I blame Danny devito

Tony the TiggerFeb 11, 2019

A transport system decades ago did not anticipate Lyft or Uber, which they are simply mimicking and rebranding.

SirwalterraleighFeb 11, 2019

If you’re point is “people love overspending at Disney”...yes, I’m fully aware. Life in the bubble. Doesn’t really Translate to the vanity of the Minnie van though...a good planned transport system - 2 Decades ago - would have made them unnecessary. “People will pay it” is not an end all explanation. Capitalism need not be listed in Roget’s next to “silliness”

Tony the TiggerFeb 11, 2019

And Victoria & Albert's is also extremely overpriced. However, on a special occasion trip, we enjoyed it and didn't regret it at all. We could have eaten at Jiko or Ci-Ci's pizza (offsite) and been just as full, and paid less. On that same trip, we took a Minnie-van one time, in the same context: special occasion splurge, knowing it was overpriced, fun, and they were cheaper when they first started. It's not something I would do on a regular basis (we usually have our own car) but it was a fun little extra that one time. We also pay for a beer what we could pay for a 12 pack on sale.