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  • On Oct 18, 2021
    Linda from NY Asked

    Planning WDW vacation, deciding on a resort hotel. Family member uses an ECV. Last trip special Minnie Vans picked us up & also transported the ECV. What are our options now? Buses waste a lot of time. Will Minnie Vans return? If so, approx when?

    Welcome back to planDisney, Linda!

    When my family travels, we have two little ones in car seats and we often have one or two members of our party in an ECV, as well. At the end of a long day, the Minnie Van was a lifesaver since our party could not use a typical ride share service. 

    We have not heard anything about the return of Minnie Vans, but I am happy to offer up my experience traveling without them. Hopefully it will help. 

    First, picking a Walt Disney World Resort hotel with the most transportation options is the best thing that you can do to reduce your commute times to and from the parks. Try to pick a resort where you can take the Disney Skyliner, boat, or monorail transportation. 

    You may even want to consider a split stay. On our last trip my family stayed on the Disney BoardWalk so that we could walk (or hop on a boat) to Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT before moving to a Magic Kingdom resort where we could take the monorail or another boat. Disney makes a split stay so easy, as they transfer our luggage for us while we play the day away in the park. 

    If you are planning to visit another fabulous resort for a meal, you can also call Mears Transportation and set up an ECV-friendly taxi ahead of time. While I have not taken advantage of a taxi service yet, I imagine that I will on our next trip. 

    Linda, while bus transportation can be a bit of a headache during the most crowded times, remember that ECVs load two per bus, and they generally board first. Depending on how many ECVs are in line, this could actually help you get back to your resort quicker!

    Happy Planning!

    Sarah B. 
     
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Georgia

Hi There! I’m Sarah from Atlanta, GA. Together, my Disney-loving husband and I have two amazing kids and love nothing more than running away to the Walt Disney World Resort every chance that we get. When we are not wandering around the resorts, we love to indulge our sweet tooth with all the snacks we can find. I am passionate about making sure the magic reaches kids of all ages, from the smallest to the biggest, because we are all kids at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Sarah

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