Minnie Vans Return in Three Weeks
Walt Disney World finally selected a date for the return of Minnie Vans. The most stylish ride in Orlando comes back later this month!
Minnie Vans Return on June 29th
Last month, Disney released this adorable TikTok:
While I question the science of vans growing in size when it rains, the underlying message causes joy.
After more than 18 months of rumors, Disney fans finally knew that Minnie Vans would return to the parks.
Unfortunately, we didn’t know an exact date for this triumphant comeback, though.
Disney has now provided the timeline. You can order the best ride-share option in Orlando again on June 29th.
However, you do need to know about one significant change. You cannot use Minnie Vans for airport transportation, at least not yet.
Disney didn’t state that it’s out of that business entirely, just that Minnie Vans will stay on the Walt Disney World campus for the time being.
So, you’re still left to your own devices in getting to and from Orlando International Airport.
As was previously the case, guests will book Minnie Vans via the Lyft ride-share app.
In case you’ve forgotten, Minnie Vans provide transportation for up to six guests per vehicle. Also, they do include up to two children’s car seats if needed.
Disney hasn’t announced the new prices yet for the service. Before the pandemic, the service cost $15 plus $2.75 per mile.
Most rides wound up in the range of $30-$40. Unfortunately, gas prices have increased mightily, and Disney has also performed price increases almost everywhere.
For these reasons, I think it’s reasonable to expect Minnie Vans to cost more this summer.
Also, don’t be surprised if Disney gradually introduces electric vehicles to the fleet. It really should have done that anyway.
Currently, the entire fleet consists of Chevy Traverses. The upcoming 2024 Chevy Equinox EV strikes me as a suitable replacement.
Park News and Notes
We are two weeks away from the return of Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Pioneer Hall.
Disney just provided a look at the new menu items coming on June 23rd. But, of course, you’ll still find memorable dishes like Legendary Fried Chicken and BBQ Pork Ribs.
Now, guests can also order Macaroni and Cheese, adding even more comfort food to the menu.
You’ll also find several new beers and the Giddy-Up cocktail, which meshes vodka with tea and lemonade. I’m…not gonna drink that. Go with God if you do.
Speaking of favorite meals for DVC members, the Eat to the Beat Dining Packages are now on sale.
Here are the participants and prices:
- Biergarten Restaurant: $57 for adults, $32 for children
- Coral Reef Restaurant: $69 for adults, $22 for children
- Garden Grill Restaurant: $66 for adults, $34 for children
- Le Cellier Steakhouse: $79 for adults, $28 for children
- Regal Eagle Smokehouse: $34.99 for adults, $16.99 for children
- Spice Road Table: $44 for adults, $16 for children
Regal Eagle and Spice Road Table reservations are only available on the day of the event. They’re there to give everyone a chance on the date of the concert.
Remember that these dining packages often sell out weeks in advance. So, Disney is thoughtful to introduce some Quick Service options.
The skeletal nature of the schedule may keep some folks from booking the 2022 dining packages, though. As I type this, the official site still shows 12 TBD acts.
Also, at the risk of starting an argument, pick Le Cellier if you’re going to pay those prices! It’s easily the best meal at a similar price to the rest.
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