Have you seen the Minnie Vans racing around Disney? The girls have been watching them with excited eyes. We finally tried one out and are back to report about it.
They are actually less minivan, more SUV. This means that they can seat 7 (including the driver) but if you want to bring any luggage/strollers with you, you will lose space in the back seat due to folding down seat 1, 2/3 or all 3.
There are also only 2 car seats in each Minnie Van. They are convertible seats that can be forward facing, rear facing, or just used as boosters. Our driver seemed very skilled in installing the car seats and knowledgeable about Florida car seat law. Any child under the age of 6 needs to be in a child passenger restraint, which means that if you have 3 children under the age of 6, you sadly won’t all be riding in the Minnie Van. Unfortunately, that meant that Mr. Mouse and T. Mouse had to ride the bus while us ladies took a ride.
As a side note, your driver will likely let you ride shotgun (and I recommend it!). There is a fabulous button to cool your seat down! Sweating in the summer, it is great to ride in a nice chilly seat. We are pretty frugal people, but we found that the price of taking a Minnie Van was totally worth it when we moved between Coronado and Caribbean Beach so that we didn’t have to wait on Bell Service to transfer everything between resorts.
If you haven’t heard how to get the Minnie Van, here’s how you do it. First, download the Lyft app. Second, set up your pick up and final destination. Third, you will be asked what kind of vehicle you would like to pick you up. There are 3 normal options, economy, extra seats, and luxury. When you are on Disney property there is a fourth option, (I think it is “other options”), and the Minnie Van will be there as a choice. Select it, and wait for your ride. Now they are not allowed room information, so they can not pick you up right at your room. They have select locations in the parking areas they will meet you, and if they are nice, which they usually are, they will find a parking spot near you and pick the rest of your party up, if need be. After your ride is complete and the driver finalizes you receipt, they will send a notification through the app if you would like to leave a tip. (As Mr. and T. Mouse are on a bus going to a lunch reservation. Tipping for a ride you didn’t get to go on isn’t fun.)
Rides will cost you around 2-3 times as much as a regular Lyft, but for a once in a lifetime experience, it can’t be beat!
If you would like more help planning your Disney vacation, contact our friend Audra, a travel agent with Travelmation LLC, which is an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. She can help you plan the vacation of your dreams at no cost to you!