Wrapping up this week’s coverage from the D23 Expo, today’s announcement focuses on something away from the parks, but a new service which will make getting around the Walt Disney World resort a lot of fun. Minnie Vans!
At the very recent D23 Expo in Anaheim, California; Bob Chapek – Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced some exciting news about the long-rumoured Minnie Van service. Going along the trend that guests should always be immersed in the Disney story whilst on holiday, the Minnie Van service is set to provide point-to-point transport across the Walt Disney World Resort.
A lot of talk online and within the Disney community suggests that Minnie Vans will operate for a flat fee of $20 per vehicle and soon Minnie Vans could be requested on-demand by the use of a mobile-app. Think of it as Walt Disney World’s very own Uber-style service. Very cool if you ask me and a great way to enhance the guest experience, something which Disney is all about. Can airlines do this please instead of taking things away? Just saying…
The service is currently in a trial mode with guests staying at Disney’s BoardWalk and Disney’s Yacht Club Resorts; keep an eye on the Walt Disney World website for information when the service goes live and expands to other resorts across the Disney property.
Transportation around the Walt Disney World resort is always an experience. From taking the monorail, ferry-boat or the infamous resort hotel buses; but offering something a little bit different is always good. Disney also announced the Disney Skyliner, a gondola transportation system which will transport guests between several Disney Resort Hotels, Disney’s Hollywood Studios as the International Gateway at EPCOT.
If you think about it, transport at Walt Disney World focuses on getting you from the parks to the hotel and vice-versa. If you want to go anywhere else on property, you can get there – just you might have to transfer a couple of times. On my most recent visit to Orlando, I had a dining reservation at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. I was staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge which meant I’d need to take the shuttle bus to the Magic Kingdom, and then either a ferry-boat or monorail to the Grand Floridian. If you have loads of time and don’t mind the hassle then fair enough, but the new Minnie Van service certainly will fill a gap in the market.
What do you think about the new Minnie Van service? Is it something you would use regardless of having to pay extra for it? Let me know in the comments below.