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What is Genie+?

Debuting on December 8, 2021, Genie+ is a paid, app-based version of Disney’s old "FASTPASS" system that is built as a feature in the Disneyland app. (It works like MaxPass did, but it includes fewer attractions and costs more money.) Paying for Genie+ allows you to make Lightning Lane ride reservations that work similarly to Disney’s previous MaxPass system: at participating rides, you can reserve the next available return window for your group to ride. Then during your return window you’ll get into the Lightning Lane—a separate line that’s shorter than the Standby Line. Guests in the Lightning Lane are given priority to board the ride, so that queue should move quickly. Almost all the attractions that offered FASTPASS now offer Lightning Lane (although a few are NOT included with Genie+).

How Much Does Genie+ Cost?

Genie+ costs $20 per person, per day. You can purchase the Genie+ option before your trip along with your park tickets, or on specific days of your visit. If purchased in advance, the $20 fee is charged for every person who will use Genie+, for every ticketed day of your trip. Thus, if you have a family of four and are visiting the Disneyland parks for two days, the advance cost of Genie+ is $20 × 4 × 2 = $160. Same-day Lightning Lane Access via Genie+ can be purchased after your ticket has been scanned to enter a theme park that day; the price is still $20 per person, but you can choose which people get Genie+ access. This means that if some members of your group will not use Genie+ every day, it would be cheaper to purchase it on a daily basis rather than pay upfront for access you do not need.

What do I get with Genie+ at Disneyland?

If you add Genie+ to you ticket at Disneyland Resort in California for $20 per person per day, on that day you get:

  • Ability to reserve one-at-a-time, next-available Lightning Lane access to most attractions at both theme parks via the Disneyland app (see below)
  • Unlimited PhotoPass digital photo downloads
  • Access to special audio "experiences"

How Does Lightning Lane in Genie+ Work?

Selections for Lightning Lane attractions work similarly to how MaxPass worked. After scanning their tickets to enter a theme park (even if it's before the park's official opening time), those who have paid for Genie+ that day can make their first ride selections. Once you have redeemed your first selection or the arrival window has passed (whichever comes first), you can make a second selection. That pattern continues all day, so making a Lightning Lane selection with an earlier return window will allow you to maximize the number of selections.

What Attractions are Included with Genie+ Lightning Lane?

The list of available attractions that use Lightning Lane is always subject to change, but here are the current attractions:

Disneyland Park

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • "it’s a small world"
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (Closed until 2023)
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours - The Adventures Continue

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is available only with the separately priced Individual Lightning Lane.

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Goofy's Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Soarin' Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania

Radiator Springs Racers and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure are available only with the separately priced Individual Lightning Lane.

Tips and Advice for Using Genie+

The number of Lightning Lane reservations available is limited, so Lightning Lane doesn’t eliminate the need to arrive early. In the old and free FASTPASS system, Disney would normally allocate 75%–80% of a ride’s hourly capacity to FASTPASS riders. In practice, that meant Disney put three or four people from the FASTPASS line on the ride for every one person it took from the Standby Line. But even with a separate line for FASTPASS riders, people often waited 30 minutes or more in the FASTPASS line once they returned to ride.

  • Disney hasn’t said how much of each ride’s capacity is now for sale. But because using a Lightning Lane costs real money, we believe Disney will want to set an upper limit on how long people will wait in the Lightning Lane—for example, something like 25%–35% of the posted wait for the Standby Line.

  • You are allowed to cancel a Genie+ Lightning Lane assignment and book a different one (something that cannot be done for Individual Lightning Lane), so keep checking for a better attraction or sooner time window.

  • Don’t use Lightning Lane unless it can save you 30 minutes or more at an attraction or if the ride is distributing immediate return times.

  • If you arrive after a park opens, obtain a return time for your preferred Lightning Lane attraction first thing.

  • Always check the Lightning Lane return period before obtaining your reservation. Keep an eye out for attractions whose Lightning Lane return time is immediate, or at least sooner than the standby wait.

  • Don’t depend on Lightning Lane being available after noon during busier times of the year.

  • Make sure each ticketed person in your party has a Lightning Lane return time. Reservations are tied to each individual admission pass and may not be transferred.

  • With Genie+, maximize efficiency by always obtaining a new Lightning Lane return time for the next attraction while waiting to board the previous one.

  • Attractions may not dispense Lightning Lane reservations while they are closed for technical difficulties or special events.

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