Have you seen one of these red with white polka dot Minnie Vans traveling around the Walt Disney World Resort? Did you ask yourself, “Are those just for Cast Members or can anyone ride in them?” The answer to that question is – anyone who wishes to utilize this new service can hail one via the Lyft app for Apple or Android devices. Or if you require an accessible Minnie Van, you can call 407-828-3500 to make arrangements for your ride, as the Lyft app does not have the option to specify if you need an accessible vehicle. All Minnie Van vehicles are owned and operated by Disney. A unique feature of these vans is that they are driven by Disney Cast Members that have been trained on the various routes within the property – no GPS needed.
As of this posting, the point-to-point cost for any Minnie Van on property is $25. The vans can be used to travel from any WDW resort to any of the parks, Disney Springs, or other resorts. WDW Resort Club Level guests can use a Minnie Van to take them to the Orlando International Airport for a higher fee of $150. The regular Minnie Van is a Chevy Traverse which can seat up to six people. There are even forward and rear-facing car seats for children of various ages that the Cast Member can install for you at no extra charge. The accessible vehicles are the larger Ford Transit. We did notice that the Ford logos are all covered while the Chevy logos are visible on their vehicles.
So why pay to be transported on property when you can use free Disney transportation? Unlike the buses, Monorails or watercraft, you don’t have to transfer at the Ticket and Transportation Center or a park to change your mode of transportation. For example, last year prior to the Minnie Van launch, I wanted to travel from Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside to the Disney’s Beach Club Resort. In order to do this, I had to take a bus to Magic Kingdom Park and then take another bus out to the Beach Club. Not only did I have to transfer vehicles, but I had to wait in the cold and rain for the next bus to arrive. All in all, it took about an hour to make the one-way trip. On my most recent trip in January, I made the journey from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to the Beach Club using an accessible Minnie Van in less than half an hour. That included using the van’s lift and having my wheelchair secured into the vehicle. Plus, the Cast Member was very friendly, knowledgeable, and we had great conversations during our rides. We were able to charge the ride directly to our resort room with a simple tap of our MagicBand. Not only is it convenient, but it is the most magical way to travel around the Walt Disney World Resort.
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Please note that the cost and options referred to in this article are subject to change without notice.
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