Great news! Land and Sea travelers now have a new option to travel from your resort to your cruise. If you aren’t looking forward to an hour (or longer) commute on a charter bus, your party can now reserve a Minnie Van to travel between Walt Disney World and Port Canaveral.
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What is Minnie Van service?
Disney recently began offering private car service to guests at Walt Disney World. This was especially helpful to families who don’t want to use busses or other complementary travel options or for those who have dining reservations that require travel from one Disney resort hotel to another.
Minnie Vans to the rescue. Ok, these are really SUVs, and for all the info on this service, check out WDW Prep School:
Minnie Van Service Expansion
With the popularity of Minnie Van service on Walt Disney World property, Disney made the natural step to expand service between Walt Disney World and Orlando International Airport.
And now, Disney Cruise Line Guests can enjoy the Minnie Van experience too.
The Cost of a Minnie Van for Disney Cruise Line guests
Each one-way ride is $240 and can accommodate up to 6 guests and their luggage. You can reserve this service in advance by calling DCL directly at (407) 566-3600 at least three days prior to your cruise.
No official word has come from Disney in regards to luggage limits, but you will need to communicate the exact count of suitcases when you book your Minnie Van, as your vehicle type may vary to accommodate your luggage.
- Currently, this transfer can only be reserved by guests with pre- or post-cruise vacations at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.
- Minnie Van service does not transport guests between Orlando International Airport and Port Canaveral.
- Car seats are included, but confirm the number needed at the time you reserve.
- Wheelchair accessible cars/vans are available. Be sure to communicate your needs when reserving your car.
If you are interested in booking a one-way ground transfer (on a bus) between Port Canaveral and Walt Disney World, the cost is $35 per person for a one-way ride. If you have a party of 6, that equals $210.
So, for a mere $30 more (plus tip) you can have an officially Disney-approved private ride between your cruise and Walt Disney World. Personally, I think it’s a fantastic option.
Other transfer options
If the $240 price tag for a one-way trip seems a bit high for you, you do have other transfer options:
Disney Cruise Line Ground Transfers: $35 per person for one-way transport between Orlando International Airport and Port Canaveral or between Port Canaveral and Walt Disney World.
Private Car Services: Usually cost between $120-$200 depending on the size of your party, the number of bags you have and the type of car ordered.
Car rental: I really like this option if you are staying more than one day in the Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach area. You’ll have the freedom to explore the area, maybe visit Kennedy Space Center and the beaches. Some hotels charge a small overnight parking fee (usually $6-$15 per night) so be sure to include that if budget is a concern.
Uber/Lyft: Ride sharing has come a long way. A small group can ride share from Port Canaveral to Walt Disney World for as little as $60, but I think $80-$90 at mid-morning, higher traffic times, is more likely what you will pay. Also, you may need to call a larger car (think Uber XL) if you have a lot of luggage that you need to transport.
Who should use Minnie Vans?
I think this is a great option for any family who wants a seamless transition between their Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line vacations. Disney is in control from beginning to end. The vans are adorable and you can rest easy knowing that your driver is a Disney employee. The cost is only moderately more than bus transfers – which are shared between Disney resorts based on demand – and with a Minnie Van, you don’t have to share with anyone.