BREAKING: Disney World’s Uber-Like Service To Be Called “Minnie Vans”, First Details Emerge

Information has started being shared with cast members at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts about the long-rumored “Uber-Style” service Disney World will be launching, and no it is NOT called Duber, rather it will be called Minnie Vans.

Guests at these resorts and the Boardwalk will be a part of the initial test for this service, rolling out slowly over the next few weeks. A team of Chevrolet Traverse vehicles will be utilized, which makes sense considering the corporate sponsor for Test Track is Chevrolet and they have an overall deal with WDW. Given the name Minnie Vans, we expect the truck to be polka-dotted in some way, a play on Minnie Mouse’s classic look, but that’s just a guess.

Guests can expect a flat rate to anywhere on property when utilizing the Minnie Vans service once it launches. While we don’t have an exact number, we expect the rate to be between $15 and $20 a ride. Additional information on the proprietary app or how guests will be able to use the service are scarce right now.

We expect a formal announcement either from the Disney Parks Blog or at the D23 Expo this weekend.

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jim
jim
3 years ago

I’ll gladly pay $15 to skip a bus ride for my family.

Nate
3 years ago
Reply to  jim

or WITH my family!

J
J
3 years ago

When I was leaving the Magic Kingdom last week I noticed dozens of Kia Souls (I think it was the Soul) parked in a line in the grassy area across from the end of the Hero parking side (Mulan area). Looked like maybe 3 or 4 long rows of the same Kia model parked bumper to bumper. Thought maybe they could be used for this upcoming service but I have no clue. Any idea what they were there for?

Brian
Brian
3 years ago
Reply to  J

I was curious about those too

John
John
3 years ago
Reply to  J

Those are just the overflow rental vehicles for Alamo at the car care center

J
J
3 years ago
Reply to  John

Ah that makes sense. Thank you!

mark nowka
mark nowka
3 years ago

I thought they are buying a fleet of self driving shuttles? There was an article that these are being made by a giant 3D printer , and are already being used in some European airports. Maye in some small way this is a test to see if people are willing to pay the extra, than be hearded into those overloaded late and slow limited buses.

Hilly
Hilly
3 years ago

I think this is a fantastic idea!! There have been MANY times over the years that I would’ve gladly paid $15 to get back to my hotel without having to fight crowds on a bus or a monorail.

Jordan
Jordan
3 years ago
Reply to  Hilly

Uber and lyft do exist and are usually cheaper

Kim
Kim
3 years ago

We have used Uber a lot over the past few years to go to dining reservations so we didn’t have to play bus tag (having to travel to a park just to catch another bus to our desired resort) & it generally cost about $12 or less – depending of corse on distance. So if Disney debuts the Minnie vans closer to the $20 mark, & there’s no advantage to using them, I’ll probably stick with Uber.

Sjames
Sjames
3 years ago
Reply to  Kim

My family of 6, four kids6 and under, frequently use Mears for early entry ADRs as monorail and buses may not even be running by the time we need to leave, with our double stroller! This is typically $25, plus tip, for a private transport one way so a “minnie” van sounds like a good idea,! The best spot of drop off is at HS, right in front parking lot. For MK, tell them contemporary, they’ll drop you in parking lot.

Kate Joseph
Kate Joseph
3 years ago

I’m curious where these will drop off at the parks. I have to assume it would be in the bus unloading area for convenience, but does seem like there could be a safety concern there. Maybe a new area will be designated for the “Minnie vans” (I hope that name doesn’t stick lol)

Pete
Pete
3 years ago
Reply to  Kate Joseph

Well right now for Magic Kingdom if you call in an Uber you need to meet them at the TTC which kind of negates the benefit. Although this can be circumvented by just walking over to the Contemporary and calling the Uber there.

Sean
Sean
3 years ago

It was $6-8 to go from Saratoga Springs to Magic Kingdom or Epcot in March. I’ll stick with Uber. Are they going to restrict uber from Disney property?

Vikki thayer
Vikki thayer
3 years ago
Reply to  Sean

I agree.

Dawn
Dawn
3 years ago
Reply to  Sean

That is my question…

LM
LM
3 years ago

What a waste of money!!! $15 per person just to save a few minutes when the service is provided free already.

Lori
Lori
3 years ago
Reply to  LM

It’s per ride, not per person but still more expensive than Uber though.

James
James
3 years ago
Reply to  LM

Where does the article infer to you it will be “per person”?

Jenny
Jenny
3 years ago
Reply to  James

, we expect the rate to be between $15 and $20 a ride.

Vikki thayer
Vikki thayer
3 years ago

Uber is a lot cheaper

Pete
Pete
3 years ago

It is still far cheaper to use Uber, so I don’t really see the gain in this service. If it was comparable, and maybe a little more expensive, sure, I would take Disney’s service. But I paid $7 to go from the Contemporary to Disney Springs the other day. More than double is just too much

Jordan
Jordan
3 years ago

It is going to be Honda oddesy minivans, not Chevy Traverses

https://youtu.be/eFNlHybYDWg

Jason Diffendal
Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Jordan

Actually it’s not. The Honda Minnie Van is just an Expo thing. Totally different from the Minnie Vans service at WDW. Honda does sponsor Autopia at DL that’s why they are doing these at Expo.

Donny
3 years ago

I took an Uber from Animal Kingdom resort to Magic Kingdom and it cost me $7

Bill Scurry
3 years ago

What about Checker? That cab fleet relies on the Diz for a ton of business. Those are hard-working drivers who stand to lose a lot.

Seymour
Seymour
3 years ago
Reply to  Bill Scurry

It’s certainly not Disney’s job to ensure jobs for another company. They are fulfilling their responsibility to their employees and customers.

Aunt Betty
Aunt Betty
3 years ago
Reply to  Seymour

I disagree with that statement. A business, in any town , particularly the size of Disney, with all of the tax breaks that come their way, does have the responsibility to not ” squeeze out “other businesses Monopolies are illegal. And there is a moral obligation to enhance opportunity for all of the residents of the area who pay taxes and deal with all that comes with the cacophony of the worlds largest tourist attraction in their back yard. People should not be forced to work for Disney, due to Disney wanting a piece of the pie , that wasn’t… Read more »

Ron
Ron
3 years ago

While we have thought about renting a car just to drive from the All-Stars to Disney Springs, it takes 10 minutes but the bus route has taken 45+ agonizing minutes. To me they are just cutting back on buses and employees. Last September the bus service was terrible. We had waits of up to 45 minutes. We are not rushing around as we just love to soak in the atmosphere of Walt Disney World and other than the first day don’t use Fastpass before going, we wing it and sometimes take the next bus that shows up attitude. It is… Read more »

Andrew
Andrew
3 years ago

This will benefit families more that would use UberXL, a standard Uber for 4 or less will absolutely be cheaper than this service. Also, I imagine the percentage of people who don’t use ride share services or even know about them is higher than you think.

Brad W
Brad W
3 years ago

So what dad came up with that name?

Ash
Ash
3 years ago

While Uber may be cheaper the app doesn’t always work with international bank cards. Also your less “tech savey” guest may not use it at all.

If the service is linked to magicband / room charging I could see this working well for non US residents.

Jeff
Jeff
3 years ago

That video just says the car was made to show at the d23 expo, it doesn’t say anything about being used at WDW.

Jordan
Jordan
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Yes, but why would disney put out a video about a Honda Oddesy called the “Minnie Van” the same day they annouce a service called Minnie Vans. It seems like too much a a coincidence to not be related, plus a Chevy Traverse is an SUV, where a Oddesy is an actual mini-van

Jason Diffendal
Admin
3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Disney did not announce a service called Minnie Vans. This is WDWNT breaking news that hasn’t yet been announced officially by Disney. It’s kinda what we do around here.

But, your thinking is precisely why Disney hasn’t yet announced this service in Florida. There should be an official announcement at some point soon.

Youtube Checker
Youtube Checker
3 years ago

Umm… Are you sure you’re not getting your ideas crossed? If you go look at the Disney YouTube channel, they just posted a Minnie Van that was custom created for D23 from a Honda Odyssey. It’s supposed to be one-of-a-kind.

Jason Diffendal
Admin
3 years ago

The Minnie Van at D23 is indeed a one-of-a-kind vehicle which is a Honda Odyssey. Honda has some sponsorships at Disneyland, including Autopia.

That vehicle at D23 is something totally different from the Uber-style service coming to WDW, which will be called Minnie Vans. There is no connection at all except for the confusingly similar name. Note that Honda doesn’t sponsor anything at all at Walt Disney World.

Luke Henderson
Luke Henderson
3 years ago

it would be very cool if it was minnie mouse actually driving them..