• On Apr 4, 2019
    Marla from WA 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.

    We are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge and planning on going to Magic Kingdom on day one. If we were to go back to our hotel mid-day for a break and then return to the park, would we waste a bunch of time in the provided transportation or could we Uber?

    Jambo, Marla! I frequently tell my friends who are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel that they should consider taking a break from the parks midday to enjoy the amenities of their resort or to simply rest for a bit. The complimentary transportation options provided to resort guests make this super easy. You will find bus transportation back to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge just outside Magic Kingdom Park. Be sure and check the boards at the bus loop to see the number of your resort's designated spot.

    I can understand how you may want to save some time and utilize a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft. However, this is not going to be your best option when heading to Magic Kingdom Park, as rideshares must drop off guests heading to that theme park at the Transportation and Ticket Center. There, you will go through security for bag check and then either board the monorail or water ferry over to Magic Kingdom Park. This will end up taking a good bit longer than simply using bus transportation, which will drop you off directly at the theme park.

    I have a very magical option to share with you! Minnie Van Service works through the Lyft mobile app and is the thingamabob that can do the job of helping you save so much time. Simply pull up the Lyft app and input your destination. If you scroll to the far right section, you should find an option for Minnie Van Service. The price does vary by location, so be sure to check for it as you pull up your search. If you use Lyft often, also look to see if you have any special offers or codes in your account. In my experience, Lyft's special offers can be used on Minnie Van rides!

    Thanks for stopping by and please let us know if you have any other questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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