Disney World Minnie Vans

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Minnie Van information for Disney World

Disney World Minnie Vans are a personalized ride service that will take you and your family all over the Disney property simply by requesting a ride on your smartphone. You can get there quickly and in comfort in a super clean automobile decorated in Minnie-themed polka dots that will accommodate up to 6 people. With so many free transportation options available, should you use a Disney World Minnie Van?

Disney World Minnie Vans

Where Can You Go?

  • all the Disney resort hotels
  • the four main theme parks
  • Disney Springs
  • water parks Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon
  • Bonnet Creek Resorts (Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort, and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek)

Minnie Vans will take you all over the Disney World Resort property, but they won’t work for a trip to the malls, outlet malls, grocery stores, or other theme parks.

Who is Driving You?
Minnie Van drivers are Disney Cast Members trained to get you where you need to be with a smile. As a bonus, y
our driver is expertly trained to install the two child safety seats that come equipped in each vehicle for you.

What’s the Cost of a Disney World Minnie Van?

Prices will vary based on distance traveled from pick-up location to requested destination within the Disney Resort. The Lyft app will show you the total cost, and you can pay through Lyft as well. You’ll be using your credit card or Apple Pay information.

All Disney Word Minnie Van trips will start with a flat rate of $15.00, and from there you pay an additional cost per mile of about $2.75. Most park to resort trips are about 6-8 miles, which translates into the average cost for a Minnie Van will average about $30-35. Some trips will cost over $40. Unlike riding on a crowded bus or monorail, you will pay a premium to ride in comfort by yourself. 

Hours of Operation
Minnie Van service operates from 6:30 AM to 12:30 AM daily, and these hours are subject to change.

What is You Need an Accessible Vehicle?
Call a Minnie Van Service Specialist at 407-828-3500 to request an accessible vehicle. Make your request 45 to 60 minutes prior to needing the vehicle. The Minnie Vans can accommodate people using standard wheelchairs, motorized vehicles and electric conveyance vehicles (ECVs); however, an additional wait time may occur.

Can I Tip the Driver? 

Drivers do not accept gratuities, but tipping is allowed through the Lyft app.

Car Seat Info. 

All Minnie Vans come standard equipped with two convertible car seats which can operate as both forward facing or rear facing traditional seats. You can also use them as booster seats either with and without the back portion.

different types of Minnie Vans available at Disney World

Airport Service

You can now secure a ride from the Orlando International Airport to your Disney Resort hotel or select surrounding hotels, and vice versa, up to six months in advance.

How to Book an Airport Ride
Have your flight information handy and call 407-WDW-PLAY or 407-939-7529 to arrange a one-way or round-trip ride.

  • Traveling domestically? Request a pickup at least two hours prior to your flight departure.
  • Flying Internationally? Request a pickup at least three hours prior to flight departure.

As of Dec 2019, Minnie Van Service rides cannot be booked through the Lyft app.

What’s the Difference in Vehicles with Airport Service?
Your Minnie Van vehicle will be just as roomy and comfortable, and each vehicle accommodates up to six people. Your ride will accommodate six medium-sized suitcases and can be equipped with up to three complimentary car seats. Cars driving on property offer just two car seats. 

Checking Your Bags
While your Minnie Van vehicles can accommodate up to six medium-sized suitcases, you can also check your bags in advance using Resort Airport Services/Check-In before you leave. You will not be able to take your bags separately on Disney’s Magical Express.

The Cost for Airport Rides?
The cost of the Minnie Van airport service is $150 each way, and gratuity is not included.

Hours of Operation for Airport Rides

The Minnie Van airport ride operates from between 6:00 AM and 11:59 PM, and these hours are subject to change. Guests needing an accessible vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair or ECV can make arrangements by calling 407-828-3500.

Resorts Available for Minnie Van Airport Service

  • all Walt Disney World Resort hotels
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan Hotels
  • Four Seasons Resort Orlando
  • Shades of Green
  • Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels
  • Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
  • Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
  • Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort
  • SpringHill Suites Orlando and TownePlace Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings

Important Info. to Know Before You Ride

  • Minnie Vans can pick up or drop off from the airport to any Walt Disney World Resort hotel. 
  • Rides may be booked until 11:59 am the night prior to arrival.
  • Pick-up location at the Orlando International Airport is located by the baggage claim escalators.
  • All cancellations made within 24 hours of pick-up time will forfeit a refund.

Arriving by Private Jet?

If you are traveling to or from Orlando Area Airports in a private jet (I can’t even imagine but good for you!), please contact 407-828-3500 to learn more about Minnie Van Airport Services to local airports. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.

instructions to rent a Minnie Van at Disney WorldCruises

Guests taking a Disney Cruise now have the option to use a Minnie Van for transfer services to and from Port Canaveral. The cost is a $240 each way (plus tip) and can be set up by calling Disney Cruise Line Embarkation Services at 1-800-395-9374.

Drop-Off locations for Disney World Minnie Van

Magic Kingdom – they drop you off at Magic Kingdom where the busses drop off and pick up. Since you are not being dropped off at the Ticket & Transportation Center, this drop off point could save you some travel time.

EPCOT – they drop you off near the busses at the front of the park.

Hollywood Studios – they drop you off near the front of a parking lot down from where offsite buses and buses for Disney Springs pick up. This could change due to ongoing construction. 

Animal Kingdom – they drop you off close to the parking lot trams’ boarding area at the front of the park.

Disney Springs – they drop you off at the Taxi Station on the far west end as you pass the AMC Movie Theater and at the east end Taxi Station by the World of Disney store. Simply tell your Cast Member driver which location you prefer. 

Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon – they drop you off by the taxi area close to the front of the water parks.

Resorts – they drop you off at the front entrance, or if your resort has separate buildings, they will drop you off at your actual building.

Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue or Trail’s End at Fort Wilderness – they drop you off at Pioneer Hall very close to the restaurants.

Once you start looking, you’ll see Minnie Vans all over the Disney resort property.

Minnie Van pulls up to Bay Lake Tower Resort

Minnie Van polka dots

The question is, will you be in one?

Why Use a Disney World Minnie Van?

Why would anyone want to pay extra money for a Minnie Van, besides the cuteness factor of the paint job?

If you’ve ever thought of calling a taxi on Disney property, this is potentially a better option. The service is more expensive than using Uber or Lyft, but it might be more fun and possibly more reliable since actual Cast Members are doing the driving.

Many people don’t realize you need to give yourself more than an hour, sometimes two during holiday traffic, to get from your resort to a dining reservation. Busses can be unreliable. If you won’t make your reservation time on time, then a Minnie Van could be worth the additional cost.

Busses do not travel from resort to resort, so for example, you can not catch a bus from Wilderness Lodge to Port Orleans for dinner. Resort to resort travel will require transferring busses from a theme park or Disney Springs, which can add significant time to your travels. Here, a Minnie Van could again be worth the additional cost.

From reading through multiple reviews and numerous user comments, I’ve noticed you could have almost zero wait no time – there may be an empty van parked outside your resort – or you could wait about 20 minutes. Obviously you’ll wait more during crowded holiday periods of the year. 

The Bottom Line is Money

You’ll pay more to ride around with under six people in quiet, clean Minnie Mouse polka dots than traditional taxis or Lyft rides, and you’ll certainly pay more than taking the free monorails or resort busses. Catching a ride to the airport or to Port Canaveral will definitely cost you a pretty penny, but in certain situations and to save time, it may be worth the extra money. 

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