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Disney in a Minute: What are Minnie Vans?

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We’re here with a series of quick posts, “Disney in a Minute,” bite-sized nuggets of information that can better help you understand a Disney term or planning topic. Enjoy!

Among the many transportation options at Walt Disney World are Minnie Vans. Minnie Vans are essentially a subset of Lyft service only available at Disney – a paid service that can take guests around Walt Disney World property. When you open the Lyft app at Disney World, you’ll see Minnie Vans among the options to select for rides.

Minnie Vans pick up and drop off from Disney World locations. Hotels that are eligible for Minnie Van service include any official Disney Resort hotel, as well as the Four Seasons, Shades of Green, and the Swan, Dolphin, and Swan Reserve. The service currently runs from 6:30 am to 12:30 am.

The pros of using a Minnie Van instead of a regular rideshare are:

  • The cars are super cute.
  • The cars are driven by Disney cast members, knowledgable about the parks.
  • The cars are guaranteed to have child car seats.
  • Accessible Vans are available.
  • Pick ups and drop offs are close to the theme parks. This is particularly valuable at the Magic Kingdom where standard ride share vehicles must use the Transportation and Ticket Center.

Child car seats are free of charge in Minnie Vans, and Disney is currently using the Graco4Ever model that can also be used as a booster. Regular Minnie Vans have seating for 6, including two in car seats. Accessible Minnie Vans, which can also be requested in the app, come with regular seating for five (including one in a car seat), as well as two spaces for an ECV or wheelchair. Guest can stay in their mobility vehicles during the ride, making a maximum of seven passengers for an Accessible Minnie Van.

The major con to using the Minnie Van service is that it is expensive. The lack of car seat fees that other services charge may offset some of this, but Minnie Vans are typically about three times more than the standard ride share price in the area. This is obviously infinitely more expensive than the free transportation options readily available across Walt Disney World. You can see below two examples of Lyft options on Disney property in late March 2024; they are typical of what you’ll likely encounter when requesting a Minnie Van. Note that in addition to the higher price, it may take longer for a Minnie Van to arrive than it would for a standard rideshare or taxi due to the limited number of vehicles in service. (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Have you used Disney’s Minnie Van service? Did you feel like it was worth the price?

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

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