I don't see any thing "silly" or not "realistic" about TeddinMO's post. Arranging for one's own transport with car seats is most likely going to be more expensive than paying "a 100% upcharge" for a couple Minnie Van rides. So, using the Minnie Van and paying a premium for a family of 5 or 6 who needs a carseat and highly values some time savings here or there is very realistic.
I think what is going on here is that the Minnie Vans have been far more popular than WDW expected. When demand is up, that means its times to raise prices and see how it goes. If no one uses the Minnie Vans anymore, then the prices will be reduced. But, I don't see that happening. Sure, I don't like the price increase, but I understand why it's being done and will still use the Minnie Vans a couple times during my next visit.
And if you don't like the Minnie Van pricing, then just use Uber and Lyft and let others use the Minnie Vans.
They have a small fleet...i was told that by the bell managers at AkL. Usually 12-20 (max) on the road.
I don’t know if that is the same as “greater demand”.
My point about car seats is that you’re not bombing around suburbia...if you have infants...or are car seat kooky (Florida is not - by the way)...rental might be the way to go.
I just did the math: a lyft xl from contemporary to dak right now is $20.62....Minnie is $39.69.
You’re paying $19 for a paint job and your own vanity...in the end. All cars have LATCH.
The numbers don’t lie.