testing the service last year, inviting guests at select Disney resort hotels to use the cars for getting around the resort.Walt Disney World's "Minnie Van" on-property car service is now available to all visitors at the resort. Disney started
The Minnie Vans are red, polka-dot Chevrolet Traverse midsize SUVs, driven by Disney cast members and hailed (and paid for) through the Lyft app. Each ride costs a flat $25 and will take you and up to five other passengers from any point to another on the Walt Disney World Resort property. (Disney started testing a $150 Minnie Van ride to the Orlando International Airport for club-level hotel guests earlier this year.) The Minnie Vans come equipped with two car seats for little kids, and wheelchair-accessible Minnie Vans also are available.
Are Minnie Vans worth the cost? We analyzed your Walt Disney World transportation options in a post last year. The cheapest option is to use Disney's free transportation system, but what you don't pay in money you might end up paying in time. Some trips across the resort require multiple connections as you transfer between bus routes. Other trips might leave you waiting in long queues for the next bus, boat, or monorail train.
Minnie Vans will take you straight to where you want to go, with your own, private ride. That can make the service especially handy for getting to early morning restaurant reservations or getting back to your hotel at the end of the day, when the kids are spent and no one wants to face another long wait. It's a pay-per-use service, so it can be a better deal than a rental car for people who won't need to be on the road that often and who want to avoid the new nightly parking charges at the resorts.
What about Minnie Vans versus a "regular" Lyft or Uber ride? I see two scenarios in which the Minnie Vans could provide a better deal. First, if you really need those car seats, all the Minnie Vans have them, while you might be waiting a long while on a regular Lyft driver who can accommodate that. Second, while the Minnie Vans' $25-per-trip charge is more than you will pay for any trip across the resort on a regular Lyft or Uber during normal hours, it might be a deal when the parks are closing on a busy day and surge pricing goes into effect.
And, I suppose, there's always the novelty value of riding around like a boss in those polka-dot cars, too.Tweet
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