Step-By-Step Guide: How to Use Genie+ and Lightning Lane at Disney World

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Original publication date January 30, 2022. Last updated/republished Oct. 20, 2022.

As a long-time FastPass+ user, one of the things that surprised me on my first trip with Genie+ was how unfamiliar it was. If you’re an old hand at FastPass+ but have never used Genie+, or if you’ve never been to Disney World at all, this guide will walk you through the process of buying and using Genie+. Today we’ll be talking about Genie+ at Disney World, but if you’re a Disneyland visitor click here for the equivalent post. Click on anything in the list below to go directly to that section, and click on any image in this walkthrough to enlarge it.

If you’re not interested in purchasing Genie+ or Lightning Lanes and you just want to know how to setup Genie and the Tip Board for convenient touring, click here.

Brief Overview of Genie, Genie+, Lightning Lane, etc.

When FastPass+ went out and Lightning Lane moved in, it brought a lot of new terminology with it. Here’s a quick run-down.

chart of disney genie terms and definitions

I find the best way to explain this line-skipping system is to think about a restaurant that serves an all-you-can-eat buffet for dinner, but sells desserts a-la-carte. Nothing prevents you from visiting the restaurant and only getting the buffet, or only getting a dessert, or getting multiple desserts — but there are no desserts in the buffet, and ordering a dessert won’t get you any dinner. Either way, once food is on the table in front of you your manners are the same: use silverware and keep your mouth closed while chewing.

Following this analogy, Genie+ is the buffet and Individual Lightning Lane Rides are the desserts. With Genie+, you pay once and have a selection of rides to choose from; you can make new Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations for included rides without having to pay again. Making an Individual Lightning Lane reservation is like ordering the chocolate cake: you’re only ordering the cake, it doesn’t matter whether or not you have Genie+, and you only get the one reservation. Whether it’s a Genie+ reservation or an ILL reservation, the process of checking in and using the Lightning Lane (the special queue) is the same.

How to Set Up Genie

The basic Disney Genie is free, and has two tabs available. The first is the Tip Board, where you can view attraction wait times and Lightning Lane availability. The second is the My Day tab, where you can view any reservations you have made as well as Genie’s recommendations for your personalized itinerary.

If you are not using Lightning Lanes, and you remember when your lunch reservation is (or you don’t have one), then you don’t need to use Disney Genie unless you want to. You can still view wait times and all the other available information in MDE just as you did in the past. If you want to use Genie+ or buy Individual Lightning Lane reservations, you must do it through Genie. If you want to skip this setup, you can still access the Tip Board and Lightning Lane reservation features, but you’ll miss out on some convenience.

You can begin setting up Genie from either of two places: the MDE Home Screen, or through the Hamburger Menu.

screens showing how to begin setting up genie
Notice the park reservations at the top in the third panel – if you don’t have a Park Pass reservation, you won’t be able to proceed at the next step

In the next few screens you’ll select your park and the date, and indicate who you’ll be touring with.

screens showing how to select your park and party in Disney genie

The order of the screens after the steps above can vary a bit, and you may or may not be offered the opportunity to purchase Genie+ as part of the sequence. Don’t worry, if you click it away here you’ll have another chance later.

Most of these screens are self-explanatory (and you can go back and change your choices later), but one that isn’t so obvious is the Top Picks screen. Choices you make in your Top Picks will appear at the top of your Tip Board, so choosing attractions that you are interested in getting a Lightning Lane for will save you some scrolling later on.

screens showing selection of top picks and completed Disney genie setup
If it’s after 7 a.m., you’ll see Genie’s recommendations for your day in the final screen.

You can set up Genie for days in the future if you choose, but Genie will always wait to give you recommendations until 7 a.m. on the day of your visit.  At this point we do not recommend using the personalized suggestions feature as a touring plan, as we find Genie’s suggestions are rarely an effective way to enjoy the parks. For more details on the “Some Additional Screens” and how to use the Tip Board while touring, check out our walkthrough on customizing Genie and the Tip Board.

How to purchase Genie+

If you’ve purchased Genie+ as an add-on to your ticket or with a package, you will not need to do this step in order to be able to make Genie+ reservations.  If you haven’t, then you can purchase Genie+ beginning at 12:01 a.m. of the day that you plan to use it.
Note: the Genie+ ticket add-on is no longer sold, although there are still tickets that were purchased before it was discontinued that haven’t been used yet.

You may see a splash screen to purchase Genie+ when entering Genie for the first time that day, or you will see the option to purchase on the My Day tab if you have a park reservation. You’ll also find a banner right at the top of the Tip Board, and if it’s after 7 a.m., you’ll be prompted to purchase if you click on a Lightning Lane time. You’re not likely to struggle finding an entry point to the Genie+ purchasing process, because Disney will be thrilled to take your money.

Genie+ will automatically select everyone in your party, but you don’t need to buy it for everyone in your group. You can select Edit in the 2nd screen below to remove anyone that won’t be making Genie+ reservations. After the confirmation screen shown on the right below, clicking Continue will bring you back to either My Day or the Tip Board, depending on where you began your purchase.

screens showing how to purchase Disney Genie+
The price displayed in the Detail Review screen (2nd above) does not include tax. You’ll see the full payment price including tax in the Order Summary (3rd above).

How to make a Genie+ Lightning Lane (LL) reservation

To make a Genie+ reservation, start on the Tip Board and select the experience that you want to book. In the “Review Details” screen, make sure to note the time of the reservation. It is very common for this to be a different time than you saw on the Tip Board, even if you refreshed the tip board immediately before booking. You don’t have to accept the changed time if it doesn’t work for you (click the x on the top left to back out), but you can’t adjust the time that you see here. As usual, you can choose to make the reservation for all or only some members of your group.

If you’re booking between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., you won’t see a time as you do on the screenshots below. You’ll be able to book, but the button will say “Check Availability”. It still makes a difference when you book, earlier bookings tend to get earlier returns. It’s just that so many people are booking in the first half hour that the times you see before clicking wouldn’t be close to accurate, so Disney doesn’t show them.

screens showing how to make a Lightning Lane reservation with Genie+
Note the changed time in the second panel.
Reservations for Park Hopping

If the reservation you made is for a ride that isn’t in the park where you have your Park Pass, you will not be able to make a Lightning Lane reservation unless the return time is after 2 p.m., when you can park hop. It’s OK if you’re booking before 2 p.m., only the return time for the LL needs to be later than 2 p.m.

screens showing when Lightning Lane reservations can be made for park hopping
On the left, booking a 10:30 a.m. return time for Alien Swirling Saucers doesn’t work, because our Park Pass is in the Magic Kingdom today. On the right, it’s only a couple of minutes later but we are able to book a LL reservation for Slinky Dog Dash, because we’ll be able to hop to Hollywood Studios before the time comes to redeem it.

Practically speaking, this means that if it’s between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., and you’re trying to book in a park you’re hopping to, you may have to try a few times before you’re successful since you won’t be able to see the return time to know if it’s late enough.  Unless the reservation you’re trying to make is for an attraction that books very quickly and will pass 2 p.m. rapidly, it may be easier to simply wait until 7:30 a.m. to begin looking at reservations in a park you’re hopping to.

Making Your Next Reservation

After you make one reservation, you can make another one either

  • When you’ve used the one you just made (or canceled it)
  • When it has expired
  • After two hours have passed – and for the purposes of this calculation, reservations made before park opening behave as if they were made right at park opening. So if you make a reservation at 7 a.m. and the park opens at 9, you’ll need to wait until 11 a.m.

For planning purposes it’s nice to understand how the rules work, but the good news is that you don’t have to remember what the time will be since you can see it in the app.

screen showing placement of the "When you can book" banner in Disney Genie
Scroll to the top of the Tip Board to see when you’re eligible to book again.

How to make an Individual Lightning Lane (ILL) reservation

To make an Individual Lightning Lane reservation, start on the Tip Board and select the experience you would like to book. For an ILL reservation, you can select the time, so browse to find a time that’s convenient for you. As usual, you can select to include all or only some of your group.

On the Review Details page, make sure to check the time of the reservation — the same as you see with Genie+ reservations, it’s not uncommon to have it change from what you selected. If the time is wildly inappropriate for you, you can go back and search for a different time and try again.  After clicking purchase you’ll see a confirmation screen, and clicking through will bring you back to Genie. Although the time can change between when you first select and the Review Details screen, once you click Continue and move on to the payment screen your time will be reserved for 10 minutes while you complete payment.

screens showing how to book an Individual Lightning Lane in My Disney Experience
Note the changed time in the 2nd panel

Similar to regular Lightning Lane where return times don’t display on the Tip Board between 7 and 7:30 a.m., ILL panels will show “See Available Times”. Again, this is simply Disney’s way of acknowledging that due to the number of people booking during this time, it’s not possible to give accurate times on the Tip Board.

How much will Genie+ or ILL help me?

We have a series of posts covering this question from a variety of angles. Keep in mind that the data is changing; most of the articles linked below are updated regularly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which rides are eligible for Genie+? Which rides use ILL reservations?

The list of Genie+ and ILL rides changes as new attractions are added to the parks, and depending on how heavy Disney is expecting crowds to be. The official listings from Disney are here: Magic Kingdom | EPCOT | Hollywood Studios | Animal Kingdom

What time can I begin making Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane reservations?

All guests who have purchased Genie+ can begin making Lightning Lane reservations at 7 a.m. for their park day. Onsite guests of Disney hotels can also begin making Individual Lightning Lane reservations at this time. At park opening, all guests are able to make Individual Lightning Lane reservations for that park’s attractions.

If you are park hopping, you can make reservations for a ride in the park you’re hopping to as soon as the ride’s return time goes past 2 p.m.

It’s after 7 a.m., why can’t I see the return times on the Tip Board?

Between 7 and 7:30 a.m., return times aren’t displayed for either Genie+ Lightning Lanes or Individual Lightning Lanes. It still matters when you book – the early bird gets the worm – but the times change so quickly that it’s not possible for Disney to display them accurately on the Tip Board.

Are Lightning Lanes and Individual Lightning Lanes available during Early Park Entry, Extended Evening Hours, and events such as Halloween and Christmas parties?

No, they are not.

Do I need to buy Genie+ to make an ILL reservation?


Are there limits on how many reservations I can make?

Guests are limited to 2 Individual Lightning Lane purchases per day. With Genie+, guests may not reserve the same ride twice in one day. For Genie+, there are limits to how frequently you can make a reservation.

How often can I make a Genie+ reservation?

When you make a reservation, it will block any further Genie+ reservations. That block releases when any one of three things happens:

  • You use the reservation (or cancel it)
  • The reservation expires
  • Two hours have passed since either a) you made the reservation or b) the park opened, whichever is later

If you have a reservation that is active but isn’t blocking further reservations, using or canceling it will not trigger eligibility for a new reservation. Keep a mental note of the last reservation you made, because that’s the one that matters for knowing when you can make a new one. You can also see at the top of the Tip Board when you’ll be eligible again.

Can I make a reservation in more than one park?

Yes. If you’re making a reservation in a park that you’re hopping to, the return time you’re trying to book needs to be later than 2 p.m. or you won’t be able to complete the reservation. This might mean that you need to keep checking back until the time gets high enough for you to book.

Can I get overlapping return windows for Lightning Lanes and/or Individual Lightning Lanes?

Yes, you can. It’s up to you to keep track of the return times and make sure you can use everything you book before reserving it; Genie won’t stop you from making “impossible” plans.

What happens if I’m late for a Lightning Lane reservation?

This is always at the discretion of a Cast Member, but for rides there is generally a 15 minute grace period at the end of the window. For shows, you’ll usually be allowed in as long as space is available and the show hasn’t started yet.

What happens if I don’t use a Genie+ Lightning Lane reservation?

As soon as the window has expired, you will be able to make a new Genie+ reservation. However, you will not be able to make a new reservation for the same ride as your expired reservation.

Do I need to include everyone in my party when I buy Genie+ or an Individual Lightning Lane reservation?

No. For each purchase you’ll have the opportunity to select which members of your group should be included.

If you’ve already purchased Genie+, you’ll have the chance to select which members of your group to include each time you make a Lightning Lane reservation.

Can I cancel or modify a reservation?

Individual Lightning Lane reservations can’t be canceled or modified. Genie+ reservations can’t be modified, but you can cancel a reservation and book a different time for the same attraction, if one is available.

To cancel a Genie+ reservation, click on the reservation and select Cancel.  You can choose to cancel only some members of your party, or all of them.

What happens if the ride is down during my reservation time?

For an Individual Lightning Lane reservation, you will be able to use the reservation at a time of your choosing later in the day. If you are not able to use the reservation then it will be refunded, although you may need to contact Disney to get this processed.

For a Genie+ reservation, your reservation will convert to an “any time Lightning Lane” that can be used at a variety of alternate experiences at a time of your choosing.

Can kids or teens buy Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lanes?

Yes. Minors who are old enough to have their own MDE accounts can purchase Genie+ or ILLs, but they’ll need to enter payment info during checkout instead of using a stored payment method. See more details here.

How does Genie+ work with DAS?

The two systems are completely independent – you can use both at the same time. Especially if crowds are low, you may find that Genie+ doesn’t have as much value to you.

Can you use Lightning Lanes with Rider Switch?

Yes, you can. Everyone who will ride needs to have a Lightning Lane for the attraction; depending on the ride you may all be asked to tap in before the Rider Switch pass can be issued.


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Jennifer Heymont

Jennifer Heymont has a background in math and biology, but since she couldn't pick between the two she ended up in Data Science where she gets to do both. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, kids, and assorted animal members of the family. Although it took three visits for the Disney bug to "take", she now really wishes she lived a lot closer to the Parks.

44 thoughts on “Step-By-Step Guide: How to Use Genie+ and Lightning Lane at Disney World

  • January 30, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    I feel really sorry for the people who don’t have a smart phone or are technically challenged. This must be putting those people off going to WDW – although they should note that, when we went in November/December last year, the parks were really busy and we managed to do all the rides we wanted to – except Ratatouille – without using Genie+ or individual lightening lanes. The queues for Ratatouille were only virtual when we were there – I actually got a place in the virtual queue but the time given wasn’t until late evening and we weren’t planning to stay that late so I deleted our place. Going again in February and I understand that there is a stand-by queue now so fingers crossed that we will be able to experience Ratatouille this time. I am going to try and use genie+ on one of the days we are there to see if it makes a difference.

    • January 30, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      Hey Ruth, I totally hear where you’re coming from on this one. When I was in the parks in December, it definitely seemed to me that there were more people consistently walking around looking at their phones (instead of hauling them out quickly in line or whatever), but I’m not sure whether it’s that there really were more, or that after so much time on our sofas I was noticing it much more.

      I definitely agree that it’s possible to have a great time without Genie+ or Lightning Lane. I’ve always felt that the key to having a great vacation at Disney, more than anything else, is just to have reasonable expectations about what you’re going to do.

  • January 30, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    Are there any restrictions on the number of lightening lanes you can book at one time (either through genie + or ILL purchases)? I have a group of 11, and I think I saw someone post the most you can book at one time is 10. Is that correct? TIA!

    • January 30, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Mike,

      This appears to be a good news – bad news – good news kind of situation.

      Good news, I found an official Disney answer here:

      Bad news, there is a limit. (Although the official answer did suggest just trying the whole group at once anyway).

      Good news, it turns out the limit is 12, not 10 as you had heard, so you should be all set!

      Have a great trip. 🙂

      • July 23, 2022 at 7:41 am

        I was able pre purchase Genie+ with out tickets. 1. Will it just appear in my app at 12am? Is there something extra I need to do? 2. I was practicing this morning and no experiences were open until 730. Is It the same time for everyone?

    • July 23, 2022 at 11:44 am

      @Heather Teubert:

      No, there’s shouldn’t be anything else you need to do to activate Genie+ on the day you want to use it.

      I’m not sure why you didn’t see experiences until 7:30 a.m. on the morning that you looked, but you don’t need to have purchased Genie+ in order to be able to see the Lightning Lane information, you only need it if you want to book one. So everyone (including you) should see the same thing, whether they have Genie+ or not.

  • January 30, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Would love to see a list of attractions for each park that should be prioritized for Genie+ and ILL. For example DHS, you better get one for Slinky Dog because it will run out quickly. If you were oblivious to this fact, you will be disappointed when you can’t get one later in the day. For MK, Jungle Cruise will run out fast since it’s a low-capacity ride. You get the point.

  • January 31, 2022 at 8:28 am

    This is a great post. Thank you. However, I just returned from a trip and my Genie+ screens looked different. Are your screen shots from an Apple phone? I have a Samsung (Android). My screens were not as detailed and I could not figure out how to cancel a LL.

    • January 31, 2022 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Jean, yes, these screen shots are from an Apple phone. I’m sorry to hear you had trouble figuring out how to cancel; if you ever have issues like that on a future trip I’d suggest seeking out the Guest Experience team in the parks — look for the blue tents. They’re usually terrific at helping to get issues like that resolved.

      Hope you had a great trip!

      • January 31, 2022 at 12:58 pm

        Yes, the Guest Experience team was very helpful. It is too bad that Android user have to get assistance though and can’t do the same things as Apple user. I guess Disney tech is focusing on Apple operating systems first. Hopefully Android updates will follow soon.

  • January 31, 2022 at 10:29 am

    I am a habitual overplanner. So figuring out the optimal Genie+/ILL strategy has kept me pretty busy. We plan on visiting during spring break and staying off-site. I’ve plugged in our preferred rides and we can do it all without any LL. We can even do all we want to do without too many long lines. “Long” lines is a bit subjective anyway. There is a difference between the Haunted Mansion’s graveyard and Soarin’s waiting-in-a-long-hallway-with-no-cell-reception.

    So, I think I am going to do a first (for me) and just not worry about it. We can’t plan to rope drop because (potentially) everyone on-site will always be there a half hour before us. We can’t plan to get ILL for the high demand rides because the on-site will have a 2-3 hour head start. I suspect that we won’t even be able to use G+ more than once or twice a day at these crowd levels. Why stress about something that won’t happen anyway? Just trust the Lines App.

    • January 31, 2022 at 12:23 pm

      Hey J, I like your style. I have been for a weekend trip where I used Genie+ some days and didn’t on others, and I can confirm that it is possible to have a great time both with and without. Don’t forget, even those who do use Genie+ are not using it on every single ride.

    • September 5, 2022 at 1:54 pm

      Hi, once I purchase Disney genie at 7am do I need to be in the park to book another LL after the 120mins has elapsed. Could I be in my accommodation and stack LL for the evening?

      • September 5, 2022 at 2:40 pm

        Hi Lauren – yes, you can stay in your lodgings and continue to book LLs throughout the day. You only need to be in the park to use them, not to reserve them.

        Have a great trip!

  • January 31, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    I had the fast pass system down and am trying to get a handle on the genie +. We are doing a trip the first week in May, staying on property at the dolphin. I was planning on buying all of our theme park tickets (4adults and 2 children) with the 1 park a day genie+ option. Is that the correct thing to do? Or do I just need to purchase genie + with my ticket. That’s what I’m confused about I guess.

    • January 31, 2022 at 10:33 pm

      Hi Alayna, only you can say what’s truly right for your vacation. That said, the only real advantage to buying Genie+ with your ticket is that you don’t have to wake up early (earlier) to buy it on the day you want to use it. It doesn’t sell out, and there’s no discount for attaching it to your ticket. And you don’t really need it in every park – in Epcot it doesn’t have as much value as the rest of the parks unless you really, really want to avoid as many lines as humanly possible. I recommend checking out some of the articles in the section above about how much it will help you in each park and what you can expect the availability of different rides to be like before making your decision.

      If you know that you’ll want to use it absolutely every single day, then attaching it to your ticket will definitely save you some hassle and makes sense. But personally, if it was me, I would get the bare ticket, buy Genie+ when I wanted it (which wouldn’t be every day), and put the savings into some ILLs or a park hopper instead.

  • February 2, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Is it possible to have someone with an Android operating system do this same post? The information is so much easier to understand with the visuals. I just read another post that showed Android users’ screens are different (we don’t have the option to cancel a LL!). If not, please keep this in mind for future articles. Thank you so much for providing this information.

  • April 27, 2022 at 11:28 am

    Once you make an ILL or an IL where does that show in the APP? My Day, or My tip board? Do you get any kind of notification when it’s time to redeem or do you just have to remember?

    • April 29, 2022 at 1:28 pm

      Hi Lorraine, we experimented with this and found that you can’t expect to see notifications or alerts on your home screen or within the MDE app. However, we know that the behavior of the app can be inconsistent, and of course Disney can make changes at any time. If you want to make sure you get an alert of some kind I would suggest using your phone’s reminder feature rather than relying on Disney’s app.

      As to where to look for your reservations, look in My Day. The tip board will show if you have a reservation booked, but the *time* shown is not the time of your reservation — it’s just the next available time. It’s very easy to get confused by this, so use My Day any time you’re trying to review plans.

      • May 3, 2022 at 8:32 am


  • April 29, 2022 at 5:27 am

    Can you book 2 ILL at once, or are there time restrictions on booking like with Genie+?

    • April 29, 2022 at 9:41 am

      Hi Tanya, you can book two ILL one right after the other, there is no waiting period. The only time restrictions are that your booking window opens later if you are an offsite guest than if you are a Disney resort guest.

      • May 6, 2022 at 9:12 am

        We are finally going on our Disney trip that was cancelled back in 2020!!! Excited but trying to learn everything about the new system. Do you know if it’s possible to make ILL reservations at different parks. For example, could I make a reservation for Flight of Passage and for Rise of the Resistance?

  • May 3, 2022 at 9:52 am

    I am really struggling to decide if this is worth the money for our family. From what I have seen I worry that if I try to use it I might end up creating a lot of extra walking which to me is worse than waiting a bit longer. Does anyone have input on if you can use this and not walk all over?

  • May 6, 2022 at 12:07 pm

    @Lily C – yes, you can make ILL reservations at different parks. For the park that you are hopping to, your reservation will be adjusted after 2 p.m. if you choose an earlier time.

  • May 7, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Is it possible to integrate Genie+ selections to an existing touring plan?

  • August 5, 2022 at 1:42 am

    It’s not clear if you can hold a booking for an ILL and a LL attraction together (but different times of day)

    • August 5, 2022 at 11:06 pm

      Hi Chris, yes, you can.

  • August 13, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    If I go into the park in the morning, and book a genie plus for let’s say 5pm. But between 2-4pm let’s say I leave the part to go rest in the hotel, does that 5pm reservation still valid or is it cancelled?

    • August 13, 2022 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Debbie, you can leave and come back, no problem. Your reservation will remain unless you cancel it yourself.

      • August 13, 2022 at 3:25 pm

        ok thanks, even if it’s an off site, non disney hotel?

    • August 13, 2022 at 3:52 pm

      @Debbie yes, even if it’s off-site. The system allows you to make and hold reservations even if you aren’t in the parks. As an extreme example, you can make a 6 p.m. reservation for Slinky Dog Dash while you are in an airport in another state, and everything will be fine as long as your plane takes off and you get to the park in time.

      Have a great trip!

  • August 31, 2022 at 3:52 am

    Does Genie+ ever sell out for that day? Will I always be able to buy it at 6.50am rather than having to wait up til midnight the night before? Thanks

    • August 31, 2022 at 7:36 am

      Hi Louise, when Disney originally announced the service, they said that it would not sell out. Earlier this year, they changed some things and as of June 8, 2022, it *is* possible for it to sell out. But that means we only have 3 months of experience to look at, and they were on the slower side – we haven’t seen it happen yet, but that might just mean that we’ve haven’t seen crowds high enough to trigger it yet.

      If you’re going at a time with very high crowds such as Thanksgiving or Christmas, I would wait up to buy it just to be on the safe side. But otherwise I think you should probably be fine. Here’s someone with almost the same question as you, and the answer that was given to them by PlanDisney.

      Have a great trip!

      • September 1, 2022 at 3:12 am

        Great thank you very much!

  • August 31, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Such a great information resource! THANK YOU for putting this in table format. I was desperately searching for a concise definition of each of these systems. One question – how do virtual queues fit in with the rest of these systems? My family and I are planning to stay in a WDW resort in October, so we will have the early park access…and I would really love to cut down on time spent waiting in lines. Trying to figure out all the options! Thanks! {And more tables and 1,2,3 steps / checklists when possible!}

    • August 31, 2022 at 9:38 pm

      Hi Kimberly, that’s such a good question, I think I might write a whole article on it. But just so you’re not waiting on my schedule on that (:-) ) here’s the answer. Virtual queues are a whole separate system from Genie+ and Lightning Lane, but they do sort of touch fingers in just a couple of places.

      1 – If you have secured a boarding group in a Virtual Queue, it will appear on your My Day tab in Genie.
      2 – The first “drop” for a Virtual Queue (when you can try to book) is usually at 7 a.m., the same time that you can start booking LL (and ILL if you are staying on site). Fun times, huh? The usual recommendation if you feel like there will be a conflict there is to give each family member a task – one on the VQ, one on LL, etc. But most of the time this is not such a big deal because for most LL/ILL rides you don’t need to book ride at 7 a.m. to get a good time.
      3 – If a ride offers both Virtual Queue and ILL, you can do both to ride twice.

      With any luck Guardians will be using a regular standby queue by the time you visit (famous last words, probably), but if not, good luck and have a great trip!

  • September 11, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Is it possible to purchase an individual lightning lane with a return time that overlaps the return time of a previously booked Genie Plus lighting lane return window?

    • September 11, 2022 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Dora – yes it is. And you won’t get a warning about an overlapping Lightning Lane, although you may get one about an overlapping dining reservation.

      • September 11, 2022 at 9:30 pm

        Thank you so much!

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