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    Genie Plus Information and Tips at Walt Disney World

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What is Genie+?

Genie Plus is a paid, app-based version of Disney’s old "FASTPASS" system that is built as a feature in the My Disney Experience app. Paying for Genie+ allows you to make Lightning Lane ride reservations that work similarly to Disney’s previous FASTPASS 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 will be given priority to board the ride, so that queue should move quickly. Almost all the attractions that offered FastPass+ now offer Lightning Lane.

How Much Does Genie Plus Cost?

Genie+ costs $15 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 $15 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 Disney parks for five days, the advance cost of Genie+ is $15 × 4 × 5 = $300. Same-day Lightning Lane Access via Genie+ goes on sale at midnight each day; the price is still $15 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.

How Does Lightning Lane in Genie Plus Work?

Selections for Lightning Lane attractions work similar to how FastPass+ worked, except you can only make selections that day. Beginning at 7 AM those who have paid for Genie+ that day can make their first ride selection. You can make a second selection at earliest of the following times:

  • When you redeem that first selection.
  • When the first selection's arrival window has ended.
  • When 120 minutes have passed since you made the first selection (or, if you made your first selection prior to park opening, 120 minutes after park opening)

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 over the course of the day.

What Attractions are Included with Genie Plus Lightning Lane?

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

Magic Kingdom

  • The Barnstormer
  • 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
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Splash Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain are available only with the separately priced Individual Lightning Lane.

EPCOT

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

Frozen Ever After and Remy's Ratatouille Adventure are available only with the separately priced Individual Lightning Lane.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

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

Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance are available only with the separately priced Individual Lightning Lane.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • The Animation Experience
  • 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

Avatar Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest 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 selection and then book a different one (something that cannot be done for individual Lightning Lane selections) 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.

  • In certain situations you can hold more than one unused Genie+ reservation at time (often called "stacking") because you can obtain a "next" return time 120 minutes after getting your current one, even if your current one is for a time several hours in the future.
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