Why I Skip Disney World’s Free Transportation, Get Minnie Vans Instead

I go to Disney World monthly, and I think Minnie Vans are the best way

  • I go to Disney World monthly, and I think Minnie Vans are the best way to get around.
  • It costs around $40 a ride, but it’s worth it for the ease of getting from point A to point B.
  • The cars are equipped with child seats, phone chargers, and screens to keep riders entertained. 

As a frequent Disney World visitor, there’s nothing I dread more than the painful logistics of getting from point A to point B.

In 2017, I started traveling by Minnie Van, Disney’s network of polka-dotted Lyft rideshares. It’s not cheap, often averaging about $40 a ride, but for me, it’s worth it.

Minnie Vans can be scheduled through the Lyft app and will transport guests to all Disney World resorts, theme parks, Disney Springs, and anywhere else across the property from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. daily.

Disney has free transportation, but the Minnie Van benefits outweigh the added cost

minnie van pick up spot in disney world parking lot

You can get really close to the park entrances in Minnie Vans.

Terri Peters



Disney World provides free transportation for its guests like buses, monorails, and boats, but the wait times are typically long. Driving is also an option, but parking and walking can eat up a lot of time since most lots are far from the actual theme parks.

Although Minnie Vans definitely aren’t going to save you money, they’ll save you time by bringing you right where you need to go.

Minnie Vans are driven by Disney employees, so I always know I’ll be picked up by a driver who understands the property and can get me to my destination.

tv screen with mickey mouse cartoons in a minnie van at disney world

The cars are equipped with essentials like phone chargers and bonuses like TV screens.

Terri Peters



The vans are also equipped with two child seats and phone chargers, and they even have TV screens that play Disney movies and Mickey Mouse cartoons.

As a travel writer who often visits Disney World alone, I feel safe hopping into a Minnie Van late at night. And as a mom who takes my family, I love the ease of getting dropped off right at the front of the theme parks.

terri and three others posing for a group photo in front of a minnie van at disney world

My friends like the Minnie Vans, too.

Terri Peters



I also love teaching my Disney-loving friends about the service. Many of them have told me they can never go back to free Disney transportation once they’ve experienced it, and I agree.

The high price tag for a Minnie Van is beyond worth it to me. It makes everything about my Disney World experience simpler.