Minnie Van Review: My Newest Disney Obsession

At the end of June 2021 Minnie Vans return to Disney World! These adorably named and decorated Minnie Vans are a pay service available to transport Disney World resort guests around the immense Disney World property instead of the usual free buses, monorails or boats. This Minnie Van guide provides information on how to request a ride plus when Minnie Vans are worth the additional expense at Disney World.

What Are Minnie Vans?

Minnie Vans aren’t actually vans at all, but red and white polka dot Chevy Traverse or Chevy Suburbans. These vehicles are driven by Disney World cast members who bring the expected Disney service to your ride.

Although the Minnie Van fleet has expanded since the service started there are still not enough vehicles to meet the high demand. During morning and evening hours almost all of these vehicles are in use, but you should still expect longer waits because this service is extremely popular.

Who Can Use The Minnie Van Service?

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It used to be that only guests of certain Disney World resorts could access Minnie Vans, but now the service is open to everyone.

How Many People Can Fit In Minnie Vans?

Minnie Vans provide a comfortable ride for up to 6 passengers. One of the best things about Minnie Vans is two car seats are available in each Minnie Van. This is a huge convenience for Disney World guests since Lyft and Uber rarely have booster or car seat availability.

The car seats are installed at the time of pick up. Cast members are trained to install the car seats which can be rear, front, or booster style depending on the age and size of the child. Confirmation the child is properly restrained is required prior to leaving.

How Much Do Minnie Vans Cost?

Minnie Van prices are based on time and distance driven similar to other Lyft rides. However, Minnie Vans are a premium service and are priced to reflect that. For example, a Minnie Van home from Hollywood Studios to Caribbean Beach Resort cost us $33 whereas a basic Lyft ride would have been considerably less expensive.

What About Those Who Have Wheelchairs Or Service Animals?

There are currently 2 wheelchair accessible Minnie Vans at Disney World. There is no way to specifically request one. You request a regular ride and when the cast member arrives you can ask them for a wheelchair accessible vehicle. They will then contact the dispatcher and request the accessible vehicle.

All Minnie Vans are equipped with pet blankets for those with service animals.

How Do I Request A Minnie Van Ride?

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Anyone with the Lyft app can use Minnie Vans within Disney World. Download the Lyft app and sign up for an account if you don’t already have one. When looking for available rides swipe left until the “More” heading appears. This is where you can reserve a Minnie Van.

Our Minnie Van Experiences

Right after Minnie Vans first debuted we requested a ride from our home resort of Copper Creek Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. We had just missed a bus for Animal Kingdom and the next bus wasn’t  expected to arrive for 25 minutes.

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This seemed like a perfect opportunity to try a Minnie Van. I used the Lyft app to request the ride and waited about 10 minutes for our pick up. Our ride from the resort to Animal Kingdom took about 18  minutes.

The Minnie Van drop off area for Animal Kingdom is in a parking lot at the end of the Disney bus area by bus stop 17. This drop off spot was a long walk to the entrance of Animal Kingdom, but we still ended up making it into the park at least 20-40 minutes earlier than we would have if taking the complimentary bus system.

We’ve used Minnie Vans on other occasions, too. After a long day at Epcot and then Disney After Hours at Hollywood Studios we were lucky enough to snag a Minnie Van home. It was a great treat to get back to our room quickly and comfortably in one of the adorable Chevy Suburban Minnie Vans. This particular Minnie Van even had mobile phone chargers that work for iPhone, micro-USB, and USB-C phones.

General Minnie Van Tips

Minnie Van service can not drop off directly in front of the theme parks, but will generally get you close to the edge of the transportation depots. 

After downloading the Lyft app you can request Minnie Van rides throughout Disney World property.

Expect wait times to be longer in the morning when people are heading to the parks for breakfast reservations and at night around park closing or dinner time. It is not unusual to be unable to hail a Minnie Van at park close because the service is so popular.

Wait times are generally lower in the middle of the day.

Do not use Minnie Vans if you are switching resorts during your stay. The vehicles do not have the capacity to transport both people and luggage.

Minnie Van service is available from 6:30 am to 12:30 am (hours subject to change).

Minnie Van Service From Orlando International Airport

Minnie Vans are now also available for trips to and from Orlando International Airport for all Walt Disney World hotel guests. To book Minnie Van airport rides you need to call 407-WDW-PLAY. The Lyft app only works for booking Minnie Van rides while on Disney World property.

The cost of a Minnie Van is $150 for one way transportation to or from the airport. A round trip from Orlando International Airport to your Disney World hotel and back runs $300. Flights must arrive between 7am and 10pm and depart between 9am and 12am.

Final Thoughts On When Minnie Vans Are Worth It

We had great experiences during all of our Minnie Van rides. Minnie Vans are a nice way to save some time and hassle often encountered with free Disney Resort transportation. If money were no object I would use this service constantly, however that is just not realistic.

Minnie Van service is a great option when going from one resort to another for a dining reservation. Resort to resort transportation at Disney World is difficult and often requires multiple transfers.

Running late and need to get to the theme parks? Minnie Vans are a great option when there is a substantial wait for complimentary Disney World transportation.

Guests with little kids needing an afternoon nap are perfect for Minnie Vans. Although pricey, the reduced travel time plus car seats means getting back to your Disney World resort faster. Then even with a nap or afternoon break you’ll minimize missed park time with Minnie Van rides.

More Disney World Planning Resources

Do you need more help planning your Disney World trip? Check out other Disney World tips and tricks in my Disney World Guides.

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