Disney Genie Debuting at Walt Disney World on October 19

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Ever since it was officially announced that it would be rolling out, the questions have been coming in fast and furious about Disney Genie, Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Access options. The most common question was when is it going to roll out? Today, that question has been answered. Disney Genie will debut on October 19!

Disney Genie will be a complimentary service found in My Disney Experience app that let you create personalized itineraries that effortlessly map out an entire theme park day inspired by the things you tell us you love and helping you make the most of your park time. Disney Genie continues to update your itinerary from morning to night as the day changes, allowing you to remain spontaneous.

The things that Disney Genie will be able to help you with are:

  • Reduce time in lines while keeping in mind your top picks
  • Pace your day with experiences you’ll enjoy – and haven’t already done yet
  • Build around your existing plans like dining reservations and Park Hopper preferences

Of course, with the launch of Disney Genie, it also means that Guests will be able to also purchase Disney Genie+ to utilize the Lightning Lane entrances. (These are formerly the FastPass+ entrances, for those who are confused.) Disney Genie+ will allow you to either add-on access to more than 40 attractions, or there will be certain attractions that you can add on individually. The individual access will be available at the highly demanded attractions.

 

Attractions that will offer Disney Genie+ access or Individual Attraction Access include:

Magic Kingdom

Individual Lightning Lane Selections

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

 

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Splash Mountain
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

EPCOT

Individual Lightning Lane Selections

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Individual Lightning Lane Selections

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty & The Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Jr. Dance Party
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – Returning December 19, 2021
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Individual Lightning Lane Selections

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

  • Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
  • DINOSAUR
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • The Animation Experience

 

 

Keep in mind that all attractions will continue to offer a traditional standby queue or from time to time, a virtual queue may instead be used at select attractions, like right now at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

 

Disney Genie+

 

Purchasing Disney Genie+ service will allow you the opportunity to select arrival windows for Lightning Lane entrances that are available at more than 40 attractions and entertainment across all 4 theme parks, one at a time throughout the day. Disney Genie+ service will be available for $15 per Guest per day. Guests will be able to purchase it before your visit as an add-on to a ticket or vacation package for the duration of visit. You can also purchase it on the same day of your visit for a single-day use for existing ticket holders or Annual Passholders in the My Disney Experience app.

Guests who have purchased Disney Genie+ service can begin to book reservations for your first experience via the My Disney Experience app beginning at 7:00 AM on the day of your visit. Once you’ve ridden your initial selection, or the arrival window has passed, you can make another selection using the app, up to park closing. But say you book a reservation and it’s hours away. Well, you can book another reservation 120 minutes from the time of that booking. The app will indicate when you can book another reservation.

 

Individual Lightning Lane Selections

 

As mentioned, some of the most highly demanded attractions will offer Lightning Lane entry as an “á la carte” purchase. This option will be available for all Guests, no matter whether if you’ve already purchased Disney Genie+ or not, and it lets you choose a time to arrive at up to 2 attractions each day. (They must be booked one at a time). Pricing and availability will vary by date, attraction and park. You will need to check the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit for current prices and attraction availability.

For example, the Lightning Lane entrance to Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will be $9 per person on October 19 and $11 per person on October 23. Disney also shared that on both those dates, Lightning Lane entrance to Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain will be $7 per person. Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be $15 per person. Throughout the year, prices may be lower on some days and higher on other days.

Guests will be able to purchase individual attraction access via Disney Genie service in the My Disney Experience mobile app on the same day of your visit. Guests of a Disney Resort Hotel and Other Select Hotels will be able to make their first purchase starting at 7:00 AM on the day of their visit. This option is available to Disney Resort hotel Guests and Guests of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green. If you aren’t staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, you can make your first purchase when the park opens.

 

As a heads up, Disney Genie will come at a later date for Disneyland Resort.

Disney Genie was originally announced back at the 2019 D23 Expo.

As a reminder, Disney FastPass+ has officially been retired.

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19 thoughts on “Disney Genie Debuting at Walt Disney World on October 19

  • October 8, 2021 at 5:10 pm
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    “Reduce your wait in line” = “Push you toward purchasing Genie+“. $15 may not sound like a lot, but for my family that adds on $75 a day! That’s $300 for a day in each of the parks, plus $300 to $400 more for à la carte rides. Way to really emphasize how good a deal touringplans is Disney!

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  • October 8, 2021 at 5:37 pm
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    so will the virtual queue for Remy’s adventure discontinue on 10/19? or are you competing with virtual queue AND the paid lightning lane allotment?

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  • October 8, 2021 at 5:56 pm
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    Question: Kids under 3 don’t have park tickets or reservations. Presumably they don’t need to pay for Genie+ either as long as their parents have a Genie+ Lightning Lane reservation?

    If so, could you use your group Lightning Lanes to give a 2-year-old a chance to ride something multiple times in a row without waiting? For our party of two parents with a 2-year-old, for example, I could take him on Tomorrowland Speedway with my Lightning Lane reservation, then my wife could go on and take him again right away? (And presumably you could keep doing this if you had more adults in the party)

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    • October 11, 2021 at 9:41 am
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      Yes, Brian, you can totally do this. If you’re too young to need a park ticket, you can just tag along on the entitlements of the adults in your party. This works for meet & greets as well, once they return in their traditional form…

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    • October 9, 2021 at 9:13 am
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      Yes. Touring plans Has only my best interest at heart. Disney?

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    • October 9, 2021 at 11:25 am
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      That may be the best comment ever! You win the Internet today!

      Expedition Everest as an individual upcharge? That’s a stretch. It’s a great ride, but one can use the single rider line for multiple rides per hour. I have to wonder what will replace it on the pay per ride list once it goes down early next year for refurbishment.

      I looking forward to TouringPlans’ head-to-head tests that I assume you will do later this month. (Would like to see them live on Twitch, too! I miss your live Twitch streams!)

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  • October 8, 2021 at 7:56 pm
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    Oh, Rikki. What a horrific mess.

    Besides the obvious money grab, we can forget planning a visit around the Genie+ picks. It’s a crap shoot every time you make a selection. Uh, let’s see, I wanna do Soarin’ first, lemme get up bleary-eyed at 7 to pick that *dice rolls* uh oh, my window is 3pm! Now I gotta wait 2 hours to try for something else – doesn’t seem to be an option to say no thanks to a window you don’t like and try another ride right away. Might as well go get in the standby lines until I roll the dice again.

    Looks like the Chapek era is a giant doodoo so far.

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    • October 8, 2021 at 8:16 pm
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      Not to mention rolling the dice and having to scrap a window because it conflicts with a nearly-impossible-to-get dining reservation.

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    • October 11, 2021 at 9:45 am
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      Mike, there’s NO WAY you’ll have to commit to a ride before you know what your return window would be. If this works like Disneyland’s paxpass did (and there’s no reason to think it won’t), you’ll be able to scroll thru the list of LL attractions and see what each one’s current return window is. Then you can decide whether you want to grab a Soarin reservation for the afternoon, or just cut the Nemo line immediately.

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  • October 9, 2021 at 9:15 am
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    I am confused about the 120 minutes. If I get a pass at 7 AM. Does that mean I can get another pass at 9 AM? Regardless of when I use that first pass? Which will be after 9 AM. So I can start the day at the parks with two passes.

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    • October 9, 2021 at 3:06 pm
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      The one you get at 7 am won’t be for 7 am (unless park is open then, which none of them are now). It might be for 9 am or even later. You can grab another one as soon as you use it or the beginning return time passes, whichever is sooner. If u get 9 am return time then u can get another at 9 am. If the next is for 9:30, u can get another at 9:30 and so on until return time is more than 2 hours in the future. At that point u wait 2 hours to get next, so if it’s 11 am & u get a 4 pm return time, u can grab another at 1 pm.

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  • October 9, 2021 at 2:12 pm
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    How does this work with Park Hopping? Would I need Genie+ at both the first park of the day and pay a second time for the next park that day?

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    • October 9, 2021 at 6:30 pm
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      You only pay once per day and can use Genie+ at any park that day (assuming you have a park hopper ticket or AP).

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  • October 9, 2021 at 10:08 pm
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    I thought I read somewhere that the Genie+ selections were limited to one time on each ride per day… I’m hoping that was just a bad dream I had, and I don’t see anything about it in Disney’s official info. I can say that when I had MaxPass at Disneyland (with my AP) it was great – we never waited for anything. But we also rode things several times if they were available, and I’m hoping that will be the case again.

    The whole pay-extra-for-one-ride idea seems over the top greedy to me. On a happier note, Space Mountain at WDW is one of my least favorite rides (although the DLR version is one of my favorites)…so I won’t be spending my hard-earned ten bucks on that.

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    • October 9, 2021 at 11:15 pm
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      I read that, too. I think I saw it on All Ears.

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    • October 11, 2021 at 12:02 pm
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      It was confirmed this morning that Genie+ will only allow access to Lightning Lane once per attraction, per ticket, per day.

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      • October 11, 2021 at 7:59 pm
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        I’m wondering where you saw this – I was looking all over the releases for WDW and newer info for Disneyland and it just says “one at a time” for the regular (not a la carte) Lightning Lane. It does say availability may be limited but nothing about a limit of once per day. That’s how it was with Max Pass – if it was available, you could get another FP time even if you’d already ridden something earlier that day.

  • October 10, 2021 at 3:56 pm
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    I will be traveling at the end of October. I do not plan to purchase Genie+. I have faith that the money I spent for your touring plan will help me navigate the attractions in the park.

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