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Old 02-13-2018, 02:26 PM   #71
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Would go with the Minnie-van before any other method . Disney first ..everything else second !
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:24 PM   #72
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Would go with the Minnie-van before any other method . Disney first ..everything else second !
That's what they are counting on.

And in a few months the price will go up again....

Disney knows how to milk a cash cow!
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:40 AM   #73
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That's what they are counting on.

And in a few months the price will go up again....

Disney knows how to milk a cash cow!
Indeed. I think this is part of a larger strategy to create a premium experience without having to open a premium park, such as Discovery Cove at Sea World.

For those guests willing to pay more and wanting a higher level of comfort/convenience, Disney can provide it. As long as they don't diminish the offerings for the rest of us, I don't have a problem with that.

There is an upside in that anybody can purchase an aspect of a "premium" experience without having to pay a full "concierge" upcharge such as Discovery Cove or a concierge class cruise ship booking. I've used the MV and enjoyed it, but it was a splurge and not part of my touring strategy.

I love the idea of the Dinner on the Savannah and look forward to doing it sometime. The Wild Africa Trek is probably the closest Disney offers to a Discovery Cove experience, and it's a fantastic tour. I just thought it held more value when it was it is introductory price than at today's prices!

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Old 02-14-2018, 12:01 PM   #74
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I agree completely. Uber/Lyft is perfect for groups of 4 or less, and if you needed more room... UberXL.
And the Minnie-vans ARE Lyft. So you're paying extra for the cuteness, and/or the carseats/lift if you need them.
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Old 02-14-2018, 12:05 PM   #75
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I hate the price increase and still recommend not using them in 9 out of 10 situations.

However, for larger groups and families that require car seats, etc.....The Minnie Van service is perfect.

When its just Robin and I at the parks, we will use uber.
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Old 02-14-2018, 12:37 PM   #76
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I love the idea of the Dinner on the Savannah and look forward to doing it sometime.
We did the 'Savor the Savannah' tour on our last trip to the F+W Fest. Worth every penny.

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And the Minnie-vans ARE Lyft. So you're paying extra for the cuteness, and/or the carseats/lift if you need them.
Not really. They just use the Lyft app to act as the booking interface. What you are getting is the consistency of Disney Cast members driving and Disney vehicles being used.

Lyft drivers and vehicles and consistency are all over the place.

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We took a minnie van last week. My sister in law invited us to go with them and stay for free!!!! She was attending a medical conference so her room at the Contemporary was free [covered by her emplooyer] . It could accommodate 5 and she and her kids were only a party of 2, so they invited us to join them. So, I bought little treats for the kids all week to show my appreciation. One of those treats was a minnie van ride to AK for the 7 am early magic hours so we could ride Flight of Passage. It was fun but we will not make it a regular thing. I foresee we will use it for special occasions in the future....even with the price increase.

But, dang....they squeeze money out of you at every opportunity!!!!
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Old 03-23-2018, 10:37 PM   #79
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We used Minnie Vans twice on our last trip, and we really enjoyed them.

Yes, we have two car-seat kids. And we are rather particular about carseat safety issues (my dad died in a car crash). We've never taken Uber or Lyft with the kids because the carseat situation with them is not right for us.

Minnie Vans were awesome. Those drivers were carseat pros. We were pleased to see them able to quickly install and customize, and while they weren't annoying they did double-check their installs and our kiddos in the seats to make sure they were safe and done right. You could tell they really did take a whole week of carseat training and actually cared.

And they were great time-savers for resort to resort. We took one to Beach Club from BLT and that was a wonderful 20 minute direct experience. Suddenly with this next trip I can leave dining at other resorts on the table because getting there isn't a massive time sink anymore! (Bon Voyage breakfast here we come!)

Plus really entertaining stories from both drivers made it all around fun. I left huge tips both times on top of the $20 fee, so $25 isn't really going to make a big difference.

I am just willing to pay more because we care a lot about kid safety. In fact, we wanted to take them more often on our last trip and we often had availability issues - so - raising the price, if it means I have easier access, well - I am not opposed.
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I am just willing to pay more because we care a lot about kid safety. In fact, we wanted to take them more often on our last trip and we often had availability issues - so - raising the price, if it means I have easier access, well - I am not opposed.


Well said. I really think there is value in the Minnie Vans beyond just transportation. The drivers are great. Plus, my family had a couple of bad experiences with Uber's ride services.

BUT, we also struggled with the availability issue with the Minnie Vans on one night at the Magic Kingdom. If raising the price helps to alleviate that issue, then gosh. I'm all for it.
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