Walt Disney World Preview – Week of July 22nd


It’s almost Friday! Let’s get into that weekend mindset a day early with your weekly Walt Disney World preview!

© DisneySpecial Events

  • The “Minnie Vans” have been spotted cruising around Walt Disney World! While operation officially begins July 26th, guests staying on property have been receiving complimentary rides to their desired location. Would you hitch a ride in a Minnie Van? Let us know!
  • Are you a Dooney & Bourke fan? The new collection, with pieces inspired by Princess Tiana and by the Haunted Mansion, will debut in the parks on July 22nd! Meet the company’s creative director at the Marketplace Co-op in Disney Springs from 10:30am – 12:00pm.
  • It’s still Christmas in July at Disney Springs. Enjoy holiday treats, festive face-painting, and a special meet and greet with Santa himself. You’ll find him at Disney’s Days of Christmas from 1:00pm – 10:00pm.


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Crowd Levels

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Park Hours

Attractions Closed For Refurbishments

Magic Kingdom:

  • The Hall of Presidents


  • Mission: SPACE (Green and Orange)

Keep in mind that the last day of operation for both Universe of Energy and the Great Movie Ride is August 13th. Catch a ride before these attractions are gone forever!

That’s it for today. Let us know if we missed any news or events in the comments below. See you next week!

Angela Dahlgren

As the host of TouringPlansTV, Angela produces weekly videos on our TouringPlans YouTube channel. When she's not talking about the happiest place on earth, she spends her time entertaining her own little Minnie and Mickey Mouse. You can find her on twitter @AngelaDahlgren

13 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Preview – Week of July 22nd

  • July 20, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Thank you for the info! Any idea what the car seat situation is for Minnie Vans – do they provide car seats or is that the guest’s responsibility? Or are they considered “shuttles” and are not required by law?

    • July 20, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      I have the same question.

    • July 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      From what i’ve read all vans have 2 carseats in their trunk and will install them when requested.

      • July 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm

        Sweet. Thanks!

        • July 21, 2017 at 12:46 pm

          Chris is right. They do come with 2 carseats. Thank goodness!


  • July 20, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Use the Minnie Vans? Absolutely when I am visiting with my 80+ year old parents. This is the perfect solution to allow us to have nice dinners at other resorts and then get back to AKL without tiring them out by multiple (usually noisy and chaotic) bus rides. And this is cheaper and easier than renting a car when just 2-4 such trips are needed, and infinitely safer than Uber/Lyft, with no fear of their stupid and gouging pricing variability.

    • July 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm


      I think they’ll do really well. Guests are already loving the complimentary rides and I think it’ll do really well when operations officially begin next week.

      – Angela

  • July 21, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    I’m very excited about the Minnie Vans! Took a Mears cab on our last trip (Uber wasn’t hot yet) and it was just ok. We have two early morning ADR’s at other resorts in Oct/Nov, so this is a perfect solution for us!!!

  • July 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Any word on the app? Will it be integrated into MDE, or will it be a separate app?

    • July 22, 2017 at 11:02 am

      from what I understood, you’ll have to use the Lyft app to gain access to the Minnie Vans and also pay through the app as well.

    • July 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm


      Like Marlon said, I’ve heard that you’ll be able to use the Lyft app to request a ride. I really hope they switch to MyDisneyExperience at some point though. It would be so nice to have everything all in one app!

      Great question!


  • July 22, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Any idea how guests were able to get complimentary rides. We will be at BLT this upcoming week and are planning on using Uber or Lyft for transportation to Blizzard Beach.

    • July 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm


      That’s a great question. From what I’ve seen, the complimentary rides are first-come, first-served from 3 resorts and that you couldn’t request one yet.

      Since operations officially begin next Wednesday, you should be able to use the Lyft app to request one. Only difference is that you’ll have to pay :-/

      Have a great trip!


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