Today, Disney debuted a brand new feature in the My Disney Experience mobile app. Bus Times can now be seen within the app! With this feature, guests can quickly discover up-to-the-minute estimates for when the next buses will depart from their Disney Resort hotel and when they will complete their journey to their destination.
The app regularly updates in real time to provide the most current estimates for buses heading to all four theme parks, two water parks and the Disney Springs area. Guests can access the feature throughout their stay by tapping “See Bus Times” when viewing an active Disney Resort hotel reservation associated with their account.
Guests may also notice that the latest My Disney Experience update brings a new and improved design to the app, making it easier than ever to navigate and find what you’re looking for – from the new bus time feature and mobile food ordering service to adding tickets, booking FastPass+ selections and discovering key park offerings.
Guests can explore all that’s new in My Disney Experience by updating to the current version of the app, now available in the Apple Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.
The operational hours for the monorail at Walt Disney World Resort will be adjusted slightly on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. You can find the updated hours below. Please be advised, these operating hours are subject to change without notice.
By now, you might have seen the adorable new Minnie vans which have been transporting guests around Walt Disney World Resort. Today, Disney announced the Minnie Van Service is now available for guests staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts.
The Minnie Van Service is a collaboration with Lyft, the US’ fastest growing rideshare service, guests at these resorts can arrange their own private Disney vehicle right from the Lyft app on their smartphone. With Minnie Van service, Disney cast members will then whisk you away to wherever you want to be at Walt Disney World Resort. This service accommodates up to six guests and provides two versatile car seats so even the tiniest of passengers can travel in style!
Minnie Van service will be available between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. (subject to change). Guests staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts can learn more by visiting their Bell Services desk.
A few months ago, there were several reports that Walt Disney World was working on an Uber-like service to transport guests around the resort.
Today, wdwnt.com has shared some new details regarding this service. According to the article, the service will be called “Minnie Vans” and will be launching a test phase in the upcoming weeks at Disney’s Beach & Yacht Club Resorts as wells as the Boardwalk.
Disney has not made an official announcement regarding this service yet, so the exact cost of this service is unknown.
Walt Disney World may be upgrading their transportation system in a big way. A couple weeks ago, we learned about plans underway to develop a gondola transit system at the resort which would transport guests between select theme parks and resorts. Now, we are hearing reports about a driverless shuttle system that could be in the works as well.
In a story first reported by the LA Times, Disney is planning to test a driverless shuttle system that would transport passengers through parking lots. The first test would be conducted later this year in cast-member parking lots. Then, if all goes well, park guests could start using the shuttle system sometime in 2018.
Two autonomous shuttle manufactures are being considered by Disney. Both Phoenix-based Local Motors and Paris-based Navya, companies design autonomous, electric-powered shuttles that can hold up to 15 passengers and travel up to 25 mph or more. The vehicles use programmed radars, lasers and cameras for navigation and to keep the shuttles in a designated zone. The shuttles are also customizable and could be themed to each theme park.
At this time, there are no plans to use this system at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
Disney did not return emails and phone calls from the LA Times seeking comment.