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Carlye Wisel
January 26, 2018

Walt Disney World’s popular MinnieVan car-hire service, which takes guests across property in polka-dot minivans, is now expanding to a new destination: Orlando International Airport.

According to fliers passed out at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, the polka-dotted, chauffeured car service will now offer themed transportation at the end of one’s vacation for the first time ever.

MinnieVan rides, which are booked through the Lyft app, currently offer point-to-point trips within Walt Disney World for $20. Trips to Orlando International Airport, which seat up to six passengers, will cost $150.

The price is irrefutably high, especially when taken into consideration that Walt Disney World operates its own complimentary airport bus transportation, Disney’s Magical Express, for hotel guests. Walt Disney World regulars may be put off by the fee, but it may soon become a reasonable splurge for busy families. Though guests could take two taxis or three Ubers for the price of one MinnieVan, Disney’s rideshare vehicles guarantee three car seats; Uber and Lyft only promise one and both charge $10 extra for the service.

With the reassuring safety and comfort associated with the Disney brand and the ability to turn the very end of a trip into an “experience,” this new MinnieVan offering could be ideal for the vacationing family who wants to squeeze every last ounce of pixie dust out of their trip — or one who wants to start their visit with a bang.

Though the new option is currently exclusive to departing trips, if regulations can be cleared with Orlando International Airport — Uber struggled for years to gain approval for airport pick-ups — we don’t doubt MinnieVans will soon offer transportation both ways. And, as the only car-hire vehicles allowed to drop off directly in front of Magic Kingdom, MinnieVans may soon be able to whisk families straight from the terminal to Tomorrowland, saving them valuable vacation time.

With Disney’s Magical Express Luggage Delivery whisking bags straight from the plane to on-property hotels and My Disney Experience allowing for remote room check-in, guests could soon be able to dive into their vacations sooner — and with more style — than ever before.

MinnieVan’s airport transportation is currently offered to concierge-level guests at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, but like its initial slow rollout, will likely soon expand to additional Walt Disney World resort hotels.

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