The new Disney World Minnie Mouse Van Service, dubbed “Minnie Vans” was announced in the Summer of 2017 at the D23 Expo and soon after the new polka-dotted fleet of crossover SUVs began popping up around the resort. Here is a complete rundown of what you need to know about the new Minnie Van service.
What is the Disney World Minnie Van Service?
The Minnie Van system is simple: Vacationers are able to order a van from their smartphone, which will take them anywhere they wish to go on-property.
How Do You Sign Up for it?
The service is run through the Lyft app, which will allow you to send for a driver, check where your driver currently is and pay via credit card.
Our friends at DVCinfo.com did a great job at giving a step-by-step rundown of how to activate the service and find a van (with screenshots) here.
How Many People Do the Vans Seat?
The SUVs seat six passengers and come equipped with a car seat just in case.
What Time Do the Vans Run?
Regular in-park van service is available from 6:30am – 12:30am.
Where Do They Go?
Minnie Vans will take you anywhere within the confines of Walt Disney World Resort. They will also now take you to Orlando International Airport for a drop-off at a significantly higher fare (see below). It should be noted though that thee airport drop-off option is only available to Yacht & Beach Club Resort and Boardwalk Resort guests staying at the club level for now, although most people expect that this service will be extended to other resorts and levels over time, much like the regular services did.
Update 8/30/18: The Minnie Van service to Orlando Airport has been expanded to two-way service. It is also now available to all resort guests, not just the two Epcot area resorts it had been available to.
One major difference between an in-park trip and an airport trip is that you cannot book the airport through Lyft. In order to hail an airport Minnie Van, you need to call 407-WDW-PLAY.
The shuttle service is available for flight arrivals from 7am-11:59pm and for flight departures from 9am-12am. Each van holds up to 6 passengers and 8 suitcases and are equipped with up to 3 car seats.
Update 10/18/19: Airport transfers to and from Orlando International Airport can now be added to a Walt Disney World Resort vacation package. Airport transfers can be added to vacation packages up to 6 months in advance.
What Resorts Do the Vans Pick Up At?
As of 4/30/18, the Minnie Van service is available at ALL Disney-owned Walt Disney World resorts.
As of 10/16/19, guests of a number of non-Disney-owned, Disney Wold area hotels can utilize the minnie van airport traffic service. These hotels include:
- Swan and Dolphin
- Disney Springs area hotels:
- B Resort & Spa
- Best Western Lake Buena Vista
- DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
- Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
- Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
- Holiday Inn Orlando
- Wyndham Lake Buena Vista
- Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
- Four Seasons Resort Orlando
- Flamingo Crossings Resorts
- Bonnet Creek Resorts:
- Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
- Waldorf Astoria Orlando
- Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
How Much Does a Ride Cost?
The cost of a ride begins with a flat, fixed rate of $15 per vehicle per trip to locations within Walt Disney World and then an additional $2.75 per mile variable charge. The service was introduced at a $20 per trip rate, raised in February 2018 to a $25 per trip flat rate and then this new fixed/variable mix was instituted in September 2018.
A trip to Orlando International Airport is under a different pricing schedule. It currently costs $155 each way per trip plus gratuity to travel in a Minnie Van to the airport.
Also under a different pricing schedule is a trip to Port Canaveral, where the Disney Cruise Line terminal resides. It currently costs $249 each way per trip plus gratuity to travel in a Minnie Van to the Port.
How many people use the Minnie Van Service?
On June 18th, 2019, Disney announced the service had transported its 1 millionth guest.
As always, stay tuned and I will post updates about the Disney World Mouse Van service as they are released.