Minnie Vans "Uber" like transport begins soon!

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  1. Spridell

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    Yeah I am staying the the BC Villas next month and I am also planning to take one to MK for Rope drop.

    How long did it take? They drop you off right at the front by the busses?
     
  2. maryj11

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    Ok so if we are at MK at closing we can get a ride to the Polynesian or is only to be used by the Epcot resorts?
     
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  4. rteetz

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    Not sure at the moment.
     
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  5. LadyDiznee123

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    Ha ha! Love This!
     
  6. Snakebyte

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    Has anyone used it to go to Trail's End Restaurant. I would like to know if the Minnie Van service drops you off at Pioneer Hall or at Fort Wilderness internal bus station?
     
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  7. csmart1152

    csmart1152 Earning My Ears

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    We arrive next Saturday at Boardwalk Villa's. Definitely want to try the new service out. Not receiving any message or pop-up on MyDisneyExperience...is that because we're not staying at BW proper? Does anyone know if we're going to be able to participate? Does the pop-up message happen once we arrive? Always assumed we'd walk to the main Boardwalk entrance to catch our "Lyft" anyways

    Thanks
     
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  8. rteetz

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    You should be able to just download the lyft app and request one.
     
  9. csmart1152

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    Thanks Ryan!

    We'll try again when we arrive!
     
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  10. sqpcsqpc

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    I read the Minnie vans are now available at Wilderness lodge, but I have not seen it mentioned here (unless I missed). Can someone confirm? Keeping my fingers crossed as we are staying there in November
     
  11. dmdj232

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    After you download the Lyft app and are onsite and (and i would assume checked-in), open up the MyDisney Experience App and there should be a pop up. Follow the on screen instructions and the Lyft app will need to uodate itself from the app store. After the Lyft app updates itself, you should see the option for Minnie Van.
     
  12. randumb0

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    Can someone explain how this is different than using Uber?
     
  13. OKW Lover

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    Well, first of all its not Uber. And its not really Lyft either even though you use their app to call one. It doesn't operate off WDW property.

    Its a service run by Disney, using Disney CM's to drive the custom vehicles. It only takes people to places on WDW property.
     
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  14. DisneyFansInNYC

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    Yes the WL was added on Monday - and we used them 4 times already - and love them.
     
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  15. Airb330

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    About $10 more lol.

    Actually if you have a larger family or need car seats then this isn't a bad deal. For groups of 2-4, the better value would normally be Uber or Lyft. Even though it's just the two of us, in sure we'll use this occasionally.
     
  16. DisneyFansInNYC

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    We are staying at the BWI and used the service 4 times already. You need to get a code from the hotel. We had to go to someone at the BWI and have them give us a code. They only want people staying at the 4 hotels to use the app. Then the Minnie Service will appear - it didn't appear for us until the BWI gave us a code.

    It is wonderful. We used it to and from MK several times already - no more waiting on the long MK bus lines when leaving at the end of the night. One night we used it from HS - because the boat line was so long and it was late and hot - we could have walked but we were all so tired and the van was there within 3 minutes - with the AC on high. It was wonderful. The drivers are all so nice. We will continue to use them the rest of the trip - it is that enjoyable. The best part of using it at MK is that it drops you off at MK - not TTC. YAY! No other cabs can drop you off at MK.

    Also, we are a family of 6 and love that we all fit. They are 7 seaters. Also, they said they had car seats in the trunk if we needed them.
     
  17. Q-man

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    I looked at rental car prices for the winter break holidays and can say 3-4 trips a day is easily cheaper than a peak season rate SUV/van that can hold 6 of us. Best rates thru Costco were over $100 per night. Best rate on a full sized car was $65/nt.
     
  18. rteetz

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    Yep, also it's a $20 flat rate. Whether you have 1 or 6 people it's $20. They also have space for two car seats.
     
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  19. Vintage princess

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    We will be going to Disney for our first time ever September 8-18th. Any chance the minnie vans will be rolled out by then? We are staying in AKL and I think the Minnie van would be the perfect way to insure we get to our early morning ADR and back from Chef Mickey's.
     
  20. Eastern

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    If it gets popular, absolutely.
     
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  21. Dean Marino

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    Well, they can try :).

    The problem is that the "flat rate" is higher than many cab rides. Example: WL to GF is about $10, with 20% tip. WL to Contemporary? About the same.

    The problem.... CABS operate on a combo of time and mileage. "Minnie Vans" are flat fee. So- optimization approach:

    1) Short haul, low road delays - CAB.
    2) Long haul - Minnie Van.
    3) Short haul, high traffic, Road Delays - Minnie Van.

    We WILL be using these.... but likely only for our "long haul" trips from WL to the Dolphin/Swan - or when there is a road disruption. A CAB ride to or from most areas is about $10 - $27, with 20% tip. As with all services - we balance SAFETY, and PRICE. The "Safety" part is why we personally chose to avoid UBER. Just our choice.

    So how to put this..... a Minnie Van MAY be worth something, but only in particular situations. WDW would be WISE to alter the cost, based on route, simply to be competitive.
    "All personal opinion - I'm not necessarily right, no one else is necessarily wrong."
     

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