It’s almost time for Spring Break season – one of the most crowded times of year at Walt Disney World, and therefore one of the times when most guests consider purchasing Genie+. In order to make sure you have the most up-to-date information to make the best decisions, we’re updating all of our data-driven Genie+ priority lists for every park. You can also find lists for Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, or Hollywood Studios.
Magic Kingdom is where you have most Genie+ choices – there are 22 different Genie+ attractions to choose from (I’m excluding the parade here since its time savings are difficult to quantify). That leaves much more room for shuffling within the priority list. And it’s the only park where the clear time savings winners don’t have really great satisfaction. But time savings shouldn’t be the only thing that matter – you need to enjoy what you experience throughout the day too!
This post was last updated on February 19th, 2024.
Explain the Math
We can rank the Genie+ attractions in each park in different ways. In this post, I am going to aggregate three of those different measures by averaging them. Easy peasy.
- Rank by average availability, ascending – the attraction in each park that usually sells out first will get rank 1, and the attraction in each park that has book now/ride now availability the most through the day will get the lowest rank.
- Rank by average time savings, descending – the attraction in each park where Genie+ usually saves the most time compared to standby will get rank 1, and the attraction in each park where Genie+ usually saves the least time compared to standby will get the lowest rank.
- Rank by attraction satisfaction, descending – the attraction in each park with the highest overall average satisfaction from the past two years will get rank 1, and the attraction in each park with the lowest overall average satisfaction from the past two years will get the lowest rank.
Once I calculated all three ranks, then I averaged the three results and sorted from score that was closest to one all the way to the highest number. I used those averages to come up with the following prioritized list!
Prioritized List of Genie+ Attractions at Magic Kingdom
1. Jungle Cruise
Availability Score = 3 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 2 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 9 out of 22
Jungle Cruise used to sell out the fastest of any Magic Kingdom attraction – often in the early afternoon, but it now is beat out by meeting Arial and Enchanted Tales with Belle, and it only sells out around 5 pm most days. Its time savings though, have been trending upward as the lightning lane guests get prioritized more regularly compared to the standby queue. So with average savings of almost 30 minutes, on average – that’s good enough for second in the park. And Jungle Cruise’s satisfaction scores trended up in the second half of 2023. All of these changes work together to value Jungle Cruise from our 6th priority to the top spot for Spring Break season.
2. Space Mountain
Availability Score = 11 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 1 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 6 out of 22
Space Mountain exhibits decently-high scores on two out of the three metrics. And its time savings have been steadily high – enough to get it the top spot with an average savings of 35 minutes in 2023. Satisfaction is really good, but it doesn’t sell out until around 7:30 pm most days – which means that there are many other attractions that will sell out earlier.
One thing to keep in mind here, though, is that Space Mountain is very easily rope-droppable if you want to build a strategy for your day around that. Even if you don’t have early entry, Tomorrowland won’t be slammed with people by the time you get into the park, unlike Fantasyland. So you could rope-drop Tomorrowland and use your Genie+ reservations for attractions lower on the list.
3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Availability Score = 12 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 5 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 1 out of 22
We continue our prioritized tour of the Magic Kingdom mountain range with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad keeping its spot just behind Space Mountain! This thematic coaster has the top satisfaction score of any Genie+ attraction in the park (or any attraction/entertainment, besides the thankfully-returned Happily Ever After). It won’t sell out as quickly as some of the attractions lower in the list, but its time savings have been rebounding (average of 25 minutes). The standby queue has been backing up significantly over the past few months, and it’s an uncomfortably cramped and hot wait.
4. Meet Cinderella at Fairytale Hall
Availability Score = 4 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 4 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 12 out of 22
Cinderella is back to selling out the third-fastest of any character meet in Magic Kingdom – including the main mouse himself, who falls lower on the list. Her average time savings of 20 minutes, plus early evening sell-out (around 5:30 pm) and decent satisfaction zoom her up all of the way to spot number four. A fair spot if you’re interested in character meets. Otherwise, you can skip ahead. A few spots.
5. Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
Availability Score = 5 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 13 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 2 out of 22
Mickey Mouse is always in charge, and is always popular. He commands the second-highest satisfaction of any attraction on this list. That combined with a sell-out relatively early in the evening (5:30 pm on average) override the somewhat paltry average time savings of 10 or 15 minutes. If you’d rather not use Genie for meeting Mickey, we can also offer a good alternate option in EPCOT.
6. Peter Pan’s Flight
Availability Score = 6 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 3 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 11 out of 22
This always-favorite had previously held 2nd place in our rankings, and then plummeted down to 9th place. Now it’s starting to level out in what is probably a more reasonable rank. If we didn’t factor in satisfaction, Peter Pan’s Flight would be close to the winner on the prioritized list for Magic Kingdom. In fact, it would probably be one of the highest recommendations if we did WDW-wide rankings. But its mediocre satisfaction score drags it down.
If you’re travelling with young kids and using Genie+, it’s a good bet if you all want to stick together for the day. And while you can pretty easily rope drop Space Mountain or Jungle Cruise if you don’t have early entry (especially Jungle Cruise since it isn’t even open during early entry), Peter Pan’s Flight will already have a lengthy standby queue by the time “regular rope drop” happens. If you’re staying onsite with young kids, it’s an excellent first-attraction option. But otherwise you’ll have to find another time to wait for it, or use Genie+ instead.
7. Haunted Mansion
Availability Score = 10 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 7 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 3 out of 22
Coming in right behind the real heavy hitters and some characters is Haunted Mansion. This fan favorite tends to book up in the middle of the pack each day, a little after 7 pm. And a Genie+ reservation can save you almost 20 minutes compared to standby. That’s a dropoff from the attractions (not characters) higher on the list, but it’s still good for a single reservation, especially compared to options at parks like Animal Kingdom and EPCOT. Satisfaction here is also significantly higher than Peter Pan’s Flight or Jungle Cruise … just beware of taking little kids on this one.
8. Meet Tiana at Fairytale Hall
Availability Score = 7 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 6 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 8 out of 22
For some reason, visiting with Tiana and Rapunzel has always required less waiting than Cinderella. Here’s your secret clue for the day: Tiana and Rapunzel are awesome. Go bond over beignets and frying pans. It even shows in the satisfaction scores, which are higher for this pair of princesses! Still, Tiana will have more availability and less wait than her next-door neighbor. If you want to use Genie+ for meeting a character, make it Cinderella or Mickey instead of Tiana.
9. Meet Ariel
Availability Score = 1 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 9 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 15 out of 22
Time savings haven’t budged much here. An average of 15 minutes isn’t anything to blink at. But there are 8 other options that will save you more time. The real limiting factor here is sell-out time, which is still earlier than any other attraction at the Magic Kingdom. It still won’t sell out until around 3 pm, so if Ariel is a priority, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to book a reservation. Not into characters? Move along … again …
10. Pirates of the Caribbean
Availability Score = 14 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 8 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 4 out of 22
Pirates of the Caribbean still has totally fine availability, typically not selling out until after 8 pm. And it can save you something like 16 minutes compared to standby, although this varies pretty widely based on time of day and crowd level. Satisfaction is high, but it’s an attraction that you could rope drop (regular rope drop only – not early entry) or save for later at night when it’s eerier anyway, freeing you up to make other Genie+ reservations.
11. Enchanted Tales with Belle
Availability Score = 2 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 14 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 13 out of 22
A new entry on our list since our last update is Enchanted Tales with Belle. This is the lowest-priority character experience at Magic Kingdom, despite its early sell-out time (on average, by 3:45 pm). That’s thanks to relatively low time savings – closer to 10 minutes compared to standby, and its lower satisfaction score. Still, if your kids loving being part of the magic plus meeting a princess, you can’t beat this option.
12. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Availability Score = 8 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 10 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 16 out of 22
Our satisfaction scores are starting to taper off a bit, with our first well-below-average score for Magic Kingdom. Winnie the Pooh is a fun ride, but it’s short in duration and perhaps only really appealing via some form of nostalgia. I qualify for that nostalgia, so I enjoy it. It rarely sells out before the end of the day, but can save you around 15 minutes. So I’ll definitely still count it as a worthwhile option, especially for any Pooh fans in your party.
13. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Availability Score = 9 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 21 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 5 out of 22
If you get really really lucky, a Genie+ reservation might get you into a showing of PhilharMagic about one full show ahead of where you would’ve been with standby. I’ve heard of one good example of this. And that was when a big afternoon downpour caused everyone to line up for PhilharMagic to get out of the rain. A savvy reader booked a Genie+ reservation with immediate availability and skipped right around the sudden crowd of drenched onlookers. So … if a sudden downpour creates unexpected demand and you also want to get out of the rain, then go for that Genie+ reservation. Otherwise … don’t. The only reason it achieved this high on the list is because its satisfaction is so high – and that satisfaction score keeps increasing, so PhilharMagic has moved up surprisingly high the list.
Can’t beat two Galactic Heroes in one car!
14. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Availability Score = 16 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 12 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 10 out of 22
Since it’s a omnimover type of attraction, Buzz Lightyear tends to have high capacity and therefore higher availability for Genie+ reservations – it generally doesn’t sell out until after 8:30 pm. But it also generates longer waits, presumably because families keep re-riding, attempting to best one another’s scores. (Or because of reliability issues. One of those things.) Buzz also maintains decent satisfaction. I assume those that score it poorly aren’t Galactic Heroes. A reservation here can save you about 10-15 minutes, which is still a good chunk of time.
15. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Availability Score = 13 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 22 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 7 out of 22
Thankfully over the past few updates, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor has been moving down the list, due to increasing availability. It’s available for most of the day, and does not save any time (okay – 2 minutes compared to standby). But once again, high satisfaction helps it not be the lowest on the list.
16. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
Availability Score = 18 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 11 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 14 out of 22
At Under the Sea, you’ve got almost all-day availability, below-average satisfaction (What?! Who ARE you red-headed princess haters? Make yourselves known), but potentially decent time savings – an average of 10-15 minutes. Realistically, chances are that you won’t really need a Genie+ reservation here.
17. Tomorrowland Speedway
Availability Score = 15 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 16 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 22 out of 22
Tomorrowland Speedway has the dubious distinction of having the lowest satisfaction of any attraction in Magic Kingdom. Yayyyyyy. And you can get reservations for it even after 8 pm. A Genie+ reservation here will only save you about 10 minutes compared to standby, on average. I highly suggest organizing your park day so that you never even walk past this attraction. Otherwise, the gas fumes somehow call to small children like the sirens of the sea. And you’ll be sucked in and waiting in the hot, mostly un-shaded line. Walking the long way around is totally worth it.
18. Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Availability Score = 20 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 15 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 20 out of 22
Magic Carpets always hovers (it’s a magic carpet joke!) around the bottom of the list at the Magic Kingdom. Unless you go on a crazy-crowded day, wait time savings here aren’t going to be huge. Satisfaction scores are not good. And you can usually get immediate return times for it all day. Here’s the expert-level Carpets hack. Stick your kids in the regular standby line with one adult. Then the rest of you go and enjoy some dole whips while those crazy kids wait out their carpet time.
19. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Availability Score = 21 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 17 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 18 out of 22
Even on the highest crowd level days, you can get a Genie+ reservation for Dumbo almost until the park closes. Satisfaction with the flying elephants also isn’t spectacular. Your time savings compared to standby will probably be something like 5 minutes on average. This one is really only worth it if you want to ride in the middle of the afternoon on a crowded park day.
20. it’s a small world
Availability Score = 19 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 19 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 19 out of 22
It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears … no? Did I make it far enough to get it stuck in your head? I hope so. It’s a classic. Sherman brothers at their best. Coming in at second-to-last place is it’s a small world, with good all-day availability and time savings around 5-10 minutes, plus a well-below-average satisfaction score. Small world is typically a pretty easy ride to experience without a long wait if you time it right. Otherwise go ahead and book a Genie+ reservation if you have big fans that want to sail around the world.
21. Mad Tea Party
Availability Score = 22 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 18 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 17 out of 22
The good news here is that Mad Tea Party has the availability all day long. You can basically pick up reservations at any point throughout the day and have a return time that isn’t very far away (often immediate). But you won’t save much time. And you’ll get really dizzy. My anecdotal experiences say that time savings will happen only if there needs to be a … tea cup cleanup and the standby line grows while that important work happens.
22. The Barnstormer
Availability Score = 17 out of 22
Time Savings Score = 20 out of 22
Satisfaction Score = 21 out of 22
There is a very, very short period of life where young kids can ride Barnstormer but not really any other “big kid” rides at Magic Kingdom. In this short window of time, the Barnstormer can potentially be a good choice. A bite-sized introduction to the world of roller coasters. Other than that … I have no good things to say about it. It’s a hot, sunny line with a really short attraction at the end of it. A Genie+ reservation likely won’t save you much time either.
What Does This Mean For You?
- Keep in mind that any Genie+ prioritization should also be paired with a savvy park touring strategy. A lot of the attractions at the top of this list are also good rope drop (or late-night) candidates, which allows you to not use reservations for them unless you want to ride them more than once.
- Magic Kingdom is the easiest park for using and learning Genie+. There are plenty of options that will save you a decent amount of time, so you don’t have to go in with a crazy strategy. And you won’t get frustrated by everything booking up before noon. If you’re on the fence about whether your party would benefit from it or not, try it at Magic Kingdom first.
- Character meets have some of the lowest availability of any Genie+ attraction, thanks to low supply of reservations here. They’re good uses of Genie+ if you’re wanting to meet all of the characters. Otherwise, their spots on the priority list are probably slightly inflated compared to attractions that have many more bookable reservations.
Have you used Genie+ at Magic Kingdom? Do you agree with these rankings or would yours be different? Let me know in the comments!