If you want to use Lightning Lane, you have to use the My Disney Experience app to select Lightning Lane return times from the Tip Board screen. In my last Genie blog post, I demonstrated that return times can and do fluctuate, so you’ll want to refresh the Genie page to see the latest times available.
Refreshing the page requires you to be at the top of the page to do a “drag down” gesture on your phone. Once you do that, you’ve got to scroll down to check a specific attraction, then scroll back up to the top to refresh, over and over again. It’s a hassle.
Here’s a solution to reduce the need for scrolling and make it faster for you to find good Lightning Lane return times.
The Tip Board has a feature to pin your selected attraction to the top of the Tip Board.
The directions on the Tip Board page say to “use the Disney Genie service to select your top experiences.” To “select your top experiences” you have to go to the My Day tab, find the section “An Incredible Disney Park Day Awaits”, and click “Get Started.”
Unfortunately, you can only “get started” if you or someone in your party has a Park Pass Reservation and you’re visiting in the near future (roughly the next 5 days).
If you meet that criteria and click “Get Started”, this will be enough for the option on the Tip Board to show top experiences. Select the attractions you want to have pinned to the top of your Tip Board on the My Top Picks screen and click Continue.
If you go back to the Tip Board and look under My Top Picks for today, the Tip Board will show your preferred attractions at the top of the page.
If you made My Top Picks for a different park, the Tip Board will just tell you to use the Disney Genie service to select the attractions. (But you had already have done this step to see the message!)
Fortunately, there is also a link to Edit Selections. By clicking the link it will take you directly to the list of attractions and show the attractions you already selected. You can change the attractions or just click the continue button.
After clicking the continue button, your top attractions will be at the top of the Tip Board.
Even if you find no value in the base Disney Genie features, going through the setup and choosing your “Top Picks” will make the Tip Board more useful. If you are watching specific attraction(s) for Lightning Lane return times just include those attraction(s) in your “Top Picks.” As you complete attractions remove them from your “Top Picks” and you will have a concise list of attractions to get future Lightning Lane return times.
Have any questions or tips about how you like to use Lightning Lane? Let us know in the comments.