Walt Disney World's Minnie Van service is returning this summer

Mar 24, 2022 in "Minnie Van Service"

Minnie Van Service overview
Posted: Thursday March 24, 2022 1:10pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's Minnie Van Service will return to operation this summer at Walt Disney World.

No further details are yet available, including pricing, availability or a start date.

The Minnie Van Service came to a halt alongside the shutdown of the parks in 2020 due to COVID pandemic, and did not return with the subsequent reopening.

Much of the Minnie Van fleet has been sold off, but a number of SUV's remain in storage at the EPCOT parking lot.

Walt Disney World's Minnie Van Service was introduced mid-2017 using a flat-rate billing model per trip, and operated with 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Premier mid-sized SUVs. As a competitor to Uber, Minnie Van Service was powered by Lyft and soon expanded to provide transfers to and from Orlando International Airport. In late 2018, the service switched to distance-based pricing, and became significantly more expensive.

The upcoming return comes at an interesting time, as Disney's Magical Express service came to an end at the start of 2022, leaving guests with only third-party options for airport transfers. Prior to the pausing of the Minnie Van Service, airport transfers were $155 per car each way plus tip. The return of Minnie Vans will mean an official Disney operated transportation system will once again be available.

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crazy4disney6 days ago

This is literally 1 thing people should NEVER complain about price... its an option a luxury one as well with plenty of other options ie Uber/Lyft & yes i know they cant drop you off at the MK doorstep but you can be left right at the Light by Contemporary and walk a casual 5 minutes to the park. Or simply rent a car granted that has gotten expensive but probably still cheaper depending

mikejs786 days ago

Between $25 and $40. It was always somewhere in the middle of the pricing for Lyft Lux Black and Lyft Lux Black XL (a little more than Lyft Black but less than Black XL. Yep, we took it when we were either time crunch or wanted an escape hatch back to our hotel. And the car seat factor definitely played into it.

mikejs786 days ago

It's a small sample size, but I probably took a half dozen rides over the course of the week, and every single one was previously a Minnie Van driver. One told me that they hired back 70-80% of the furloughed Minnie Van drivers.

MisterPenguin6 days ago

Funny, I thought they were all fired and only a handful were hired back. According to the Internet.

RememberWhen6 days ago

I looked up a trip this morning, maybe around 10:30, from Boardwalk to Wilderness Lodge. It was $35. Which is a lot. But. I have 2 car seat aged kids, and taking the bus then the boat to get from one hotel to another is cumbersome. Would I do it every day? No. Am I planning to use it to get to that ADR on our arrival day? Yep.

nickys6 days ago

Do you remember what kind of prices you paid for some of the trips?

mikejs786 days ago

Another side to it - I took a bunch of these in the last week (during soft openings) and every single driver I spoke to was thrilled that they were back. Most have been laid off and doing other things for the last two years, some had other jobs within WDW. Now they have their jobs back and it's a job they love. And this wasn't BS, you could see it. This isn't outside the realm of the more premium Uber/Lyft offerings.

lewisc6 days ago

MV wouldn't be able to book a return fare. You'd have to pay an hourly rate which includes time needed for the MV to drive empty one way. At least 4 hours. ,$400 to Vero Beach. Not enough demand. Plus Disney might not have enough vehicles and drivers to handle local customers

moles.family.disney6 days ago

You know what, mini vans is yeah a pricey option but if they actually offered more options, I would pay. I know they are a distance but the fact they won’t go to Port Canaveral for the cruises or Vero Beach baffles me

lewisc6 days ago

Its priced between Lux Black and Lux Black XL. It's not competitive when compared with casual drivers using personal vehicles. Drivers are Disney employees driving Disney owned (leased) vehicles. It would be impossible to meet demand, or cover costs, if was priced to compete against basic Lyft. MV is a premium product with premium pricing. JMO, I don't include MV in my long list of greedy decisions

HauntedPirate6 days ago

"Yeah, they're a bit overpriced, but..." Full stop, right there. There is NO excuse for this service being overpriced unless you were going to be teleported from Point A to Point B or provided some amazing benefits available nowhere else. STOP ENABLING THEIR GREED.

Walt d6 days ago

We want you here’ but we wont bring you ha” ha” walk!

DCBaker6 days ago

Use the > on the right to move through the photos -

mikejs7819 days ago

Did not realize that. Thanks for that info.