• On May 20, 2019
    Jamie from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! Returning in Aug. 1st time at AOA! Breakfast at 8:00, Boardwalk. Would love to use Minnie Van but bad experience with Lyft ... Any thoughts for another way? Wish there was a gift card, maybe Disney, that could be used?! Thank you!

    chEARs Jamie!

    Thanks for coming back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! You are going to have a fantastic stay at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort! Its lobby is one of my favorite on the property, and every kid (young and old), will find something to delight in! From Little Mermaid to Cars, Nemo to The Lion King, you all will be immersed in fun with your favorite Disney pals. The Resort has 2500 sculpted icons that range from Mufasa to Squirt, and each of the sculptures is scaled to make you feel like you are in the movie that it is portraying. Make sure to take a fun picture in front of King Triton in The Little Mermaid section; you will look like guppies compared to him!

    It sounds like you aren’t a fan of Rideshares, and that’s ok (I’m not a huge fan of them outside of Disney property either)! But I will assure you that Minnie Vans are different than any other car service I’ve experienced. Trained (delightful!) Cast Members will pick you up with the touch of a button via the Lyft app and take you anywhere on property. It is super convenient and so relaxing, and if you’re traveling with the littles, up to three complimentary car seats per vehicle are available.

    We used a Minnie Van to pick us up after a long day at Magic Kingdom Park on our last trip. My husband liked it so much that he’s considering buying the same type of SUV that they use! The polka-dotted beauties are available from 6:30 am to 12:30 am, and unfortunately, at this point, Disney Gift Cards can’t be used to pay. But! You can set up a prepaid credit card as payment if you are concerned about your card being on the app.

    Disney Bus Transportation from your Resort is complimentary and starts 45 minutes before the earliest Park opening. So, you could take a bus to Epcot (if it opens early that day), and then walk through the Park to Disney's BoardWalk. Or, you could take a bus to Disney Springs and then transfer to a bus for Disney’s BoardWalk Inn. Either way, if you use the bus, please allow at least an hour of transit time.

    Jamie, if you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to come back. I wish you Minnie Magical Memories!

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Meet the Panelist: Rayna, Florida

Hi y'all! I'm Rayna: wife, mom, anesthesiologist, and long-time Disney enthusiast. I've lived all over the country, but these days life has my family of seven in Florida. We're fantastically close to the most magical place on earth, and as Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members we couldn't be happier about it. We've visited almost every Disney Vacation Club resort, so I'm thrilled to be here doing what I do best: Helping plan magical vacations. Learn More About Rayna

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