Minnie Vans were announced in 2017 at the D23 Expo and were rolled out not long after. It was one of those things that Disney kept under wraps all the way up until it was announced, and may were surprised by this offering. Disney partnered with Lyft, the ride sharing app, to provide the best service to their customers.
For the first year, Minnie Vans charged a flat rate of $25 per ride, but they only traveled between specific locations including Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, some other Disney resort hotels, and the theme parks. Over time, Disney added all resorts as well as Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Now, Disney is changing the fee schedule of the Minnie Vans to a more dynamic pricing. There will now be a base price of $15 plus a per mile charge of $2.75.
That might not seem too bad until you consider that Disney World is a massive place, and there are only certain roads that the general public can travel on. By comparison, a Lyft in the real world charges a base fee of $2.25 and a per mile rate of $1.35. When you add in other fees, a five mile, 15 minute trip would cost about $15. Uber’s base fee and per mile fees are a little bit higher in the real world, and the same trip would cost about $16.
With Disney’s new pricing schedule, one of the longest on-property trips – from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to Magic Kingdom – will cost around $40. While not every location on property is that far away from each other, the average trip will cost more than the old base price of $25 per trip.
A Minnie Van trip to Orlando International Airport will remain $150.
New Minnie Van Pricing with per-mile charges: worth it or too much?