Well it seems that the Minnie Vans are indeed gone from Walt Disney World. There were many speculating that this was the case and that the vans had been sent back a long time ago.
Now several places are confirming that the service has been terminated and the Cast Members laid off.
WDWMagic has a lot of people on the forums and Cast Members have said that this appears to be the case. They are also saying that the word is the survey Cast Members at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland have also mostly been laid off too.
WDWNT is also reporting that the Minnie Van termination has been “confirmed” as well.
“…it has been confirmed that all Minnie Van Cast Members were among those terminated at Walt Disney World. Despite early talks of the service’s demise ultimately brought on by the pandemic, Disney initially squashed rumors by including Minnie Vans in a resort transportation update that mentioned guests should “stay tuned” for return dates. There were no plans at that time to bring the service back, and the vehicles were already gone from the property.”
I’m not surprised. They were overpriced after they raised the costs on them before the pandemic. At that point a lot of guests stopped using them, if you could even get them. Paying $40 for a ride that would cost you $10, or less, from other services is silly. But they were going after a certain type of clientele with their decisions and pricing out the middle class. Disney was so obsessed with nickle and diming the guests, while overspending, that I would argue they put themselves in this position.
I’m sure we are going to hear about more and more sectors within Disney parks being gutted or shut down. But it seems Minnie Vans are no more.
The layoffs are so bad that Dan &Lee Cockerell are offering free job transition webinars to cast members:
Dan &Lee Cockerell, former WDW executives, now professional development speakers/writers, will be offering free webinars on making job transitions and “life after Disney”. Check it out below and take advantage of their knowledge. pic.twitter.com/nbH2nDLDSg
— Robert Holland (@holland_rj) October 2, 2020
Even when Disney was down, this downturn is one of the worst.
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