By now, most of us are familiar with the Minnie Vans that have rolled out at Walt Disney World. Basically, they are Disney’s answer to ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. They provide an easier alternative to the current forms of transportation such as the buses as they will pick you up and drop you off directly at any location on Disney property.
Even though the vehicles are driven and operated by Disney employees and not freelance drivers as Lyft and Uber are, you currently can only reserve one through the Lyft app. This poses the question, “Why did Disney decide to partner with Lyft over Uber?”
The official statement from Disney is Lyft was chosen over Uber because of it’s well-established user base and popularity. However, it might be more than that. Uber’s name has been in the news recently for one might say all the wrong reasons. Within the past few months, there have been sexual assault claims and a calls for a boycott for their handling on President Trump’s immigration order.
“As we know, Uber is having some internal problems,” said Dennis Speigel, president of International Theme Park Services, a management and consulting firm based in Ohio. “And when you think of a wholesome, family-oriented company, you think of Disney.”
Uber might not be completely out of the resort transportation arena though. If the Minnie vans prove to be successful, one may see Universal teaming up with Uber to offer a similar service.
Currently, traditional Uber and Lyft services are still available on Disney property as well. A ride in a Minnie Van will costs a total of $20 which is a little pricier than what the traditional Uber and Lyft charge for on-property transportation. However, since the Minnie Van include 2 car seats, they might actually be less expensive than an Uber or Lyft where a family would require them.
As of today, the Minnie Vans are still in the testing phase at just a handful of resorts. A full roll out to all resorts shouldn’t be too far off.
Have you rode in a Minnie Van yet? Let us know in the comments below!
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