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The Best Time-Saving Picks for Lightning Lane Multi Pass

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Starting July 24, Lightning Lane Multi Pass will replace Disney’s Genie+ attraction reservation system. This latest version of Disney’s attraction reservation system is similar to their old FastPass+ system introduced in 2014, where guests could make ride reservations many days in advance of their day in the parks.

Other than the fact that FastPass+ was free and Lightning Lane costs money, there are many similarities between the two systems. In this article, you can find our recommendations for the most useful Lightning Lane Multi Pass picks. These recommendations are based on years of data we collected for FastPass+ and our data from the years since Lightning Lane debuted.

Historical Data

FastPass+ Availability

Under the FastPass+ system, guests could begin reserving times 60 days in advance if they were staying on-site; otherwise, 30 days in advance. This is similar to the 7-day and 3-day pre-arrival booking windows for Lightning Lane Multi Pass, except that, obviously, the Multi Pass booking windows are much shorter.

Back in the FastPass+ days, we tracked when attractions ran out of ride reservations, or “sold out.” In the tables below, the blue cells show the number of days in advance FastPasses sold out. For days when FastPasses did not sell out, the white cells show the time when FastPasses sold out during the day.

These distribution times are good starting points for analysis and planning. Keep in mind that more people used FastPass+ than use Lightning Lane now, because FastPass+ was free. Still, the relative popularity of attractions hasn’t changed that much in the last few years – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is still more popular than Dumbo, after all. We will keep track of Lightning Lane Multi Pass to see if and how these distribution patterns change.

Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Distribution Patterns By Crowd Level
EPCOT FastPass+ Distribution Patterns By Crowd Level
Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Distribution Patterns By Crowd Level
Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Distribution Patterns By Crowd Level

Genie+ Lighting Lane Availability

For Genie+ Lightning Lane, guests could only reserve one attraction starting at 7:00 a.m. on the day of their park visit. The tables show the percentage of days Genie+ reservations sold out, and if they sell out, the earliest you can expect them to sell out. 

Magic Kingdom Genie+ Lightning Lane Availability
EPCOT Genie+ Lightning Lane Availability
Hollywood Studios Genie+ Lightning Lane Availability
Animal Kingdom Genie+ Lightning Lane Availability

Best Lightning Lane Multi Pass Selections By Park

You can purchase a Lightning Lane Multi Pass three days before your visit and seven days before if you stay at a Disney resort hotel. When you purchase your Lightning Lane Multi Pass, you select three attractions. On the day of your park visit, once you redeem a selection, you can use the My Disney Experience app to select another Lightning Lane Multi Pass attraction.

Besides Disney’s Animal Kingdom, when making your initial attractions, you can only pick one attraction from the tier 1 list.

We expect the priority for selecting Lightning Lane Multi Pass to be similar to Genie+. We expect the same attractions that sold out for FastPass+ and Genie+ will sell out with Lightning Lane Multi Pass. Since people can hold 3 reservations, they could sell out faster. We would not be surprised if Disney holds back some inventory for off-site guests and day guests. With FastPass+, it was often observed that more return times open up in the late morning. For on-site guests, if you don’t get the attractions or return times you desire, check My Disney Experience 3-days in and see if anything opened up.

The tables below prioritize the order to select attractions to maximize the time saved waiting in line.

Magic Kingdom’s Best Lightning Lane Multi Pass Selections

Currently, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure Genie+ reservations sell out very early. For 2024, it’s likely that if you want a Lightning Lane Multi Pass for Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, you should make it one of your initial picks. At the Magic Kingdom, you should be able to reserve 2-3 tier 1 attractions over the course of the day.

EPCOTs Best Lightning Lane Multi Pass Selections

At Epcot, Remy’s Adventure and Frozen Ever After Genie+ reservations typically sell out quickly. Most people cannot get a Genie+ reservation for both attractions. This will also be true for Lightning Lane Multi Pass. Guests who use a Lightning Lane Multi Pass early should be able to get a Soarin’ reservation.

Hollywood Studios’ Best Lightning Lane Multi Pass Selections

Slinky Dog Dash was the hardest Genie+ reservation to obtain at Disney’s Hollywood Studio. If you want a Lightning Lane Multi Pass, it should be your first pick.

Animal Kingdom’s Best Lightning Lane Multi Pass Selections

It was often said that Genie+ was not necessary at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. That may also be true for Lightning Lane Multi Pass. Lightning Lane Multi Pass becomes more attractive for park hopping since you could pick three Animal Kingdom attractions and then start picking attractions for your next park.

One advantage of the Lightning Lane Multi Pass is that you can select your return time. Since you can make a new Lightning Lane selection each time you use a selection, the earlier your return times, the more Lightning Lane selections you can make. If the new system is anything like FastPass+, you can modify your selections to try for an earlier return time.

For more on how to incorporate Lightning Lane Multi Pass into your touring, see our park-by-park articles with example strategies.

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By helping continue to reach the most accurate crowd level predictions, Steve finally found a way to meld his training in statistical analysis with a lifelong passion for Disney. He first visited the Magic Kingdom in 1972, just a few months after it opened. Now he enjoys frequent trips with his two kids. At age four his son insisted on wearing cowboy boots to reach the height requirement for Test Track, and his daughter believes that a smoked turkey leg and Dole Whip make a perfectly balanced meal. Even though she doesn't quite get it, Steve's wife is supportive of his Disney activities.

7 thoughts on “The Best Time-Saving Picks for Lightning Lane Multi Pass

  • Hi! I am doing a split stay: 3 first nights at the swan and the next 6 days at an off property hotel. Do you think that the 7 day rule will apply for all my park days or only for the days that I will be staying at the swan?

    • If you have date base tickets for the whole 9 days, you might get lucky and be able to book all your Lightning Lane 7 days before your on-site stay.

      We won’t know for sure until April 24.

  • I just wanted to confirm I understood – with FP+ some rides (FoP, Slinky, 7DMT) were consistently not available at the 60 day mark? So if you were staying on site you still would have a hard time getting them early in your stay except via drop or if someone canceled? That makes me worried about availability at the 7 day mark with LLMP.

    • Yes, that’s exactly what the charts are showing (and certainly matches up with my memories of the FP+ era). It’s similar to dining reservations now – many of the most popular restaurants are already “sold out” at the 60-day mark.

      LLMP is a paid service, so the percentage of guests using it will be less than with FP+ (which was used by everyone). There’s also the key difference that the *most* popular rides in each park are carved out into the LLSP system.

      But yes, I’d expect that the most popular LLMP rides (Slinky, Remy, etc) may already be sold out at the 7-day mark.

    • Andy is correct.

      Back in FP+ days people would book a fake trip or extra days prior to there visit so they could get earlier access to make their FP+ selection. The 60-day rule was before their would be a fee to cancel our modify there reservation. With LLMP if you cancel/change your reservation you loose your LLMP selections.

      • So we’re expecting off-site guests to not be able to ride the most popular rides at all unless we stand on the stand-by lines? Including the single use lightning lanes essentially.

      • I expect that Disney will hold back some inventory for off-site guests. I also believe that on day of, there will be more Lightning Lane passes available.

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