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What is Lightning Lane

Lightning Lane is term Disney uses for a faster, priority queue available at select attractions. (For those familiar with the past, think of Lightning Lane as a new name for the "FASTPASS" or "FastPass+" queue.) It is an alternative to the "standby queue," which is what people enter when the simply walk up to the attraction, get in line, and wait for their turn to ride.


How To Get Lightning Lane Access

Lightning Lane queues can only be used by those paying for the add-on service (Genie+ for most attractions, Individual Lightning Lane purchases for two "big" rides in each park), or by those partaking in services offered through Rider Switch or Disability Access Services. Members of Club 33 and those taking a VIP Tour may also use Lightning Lanes.


How Does Lightning Lane Work?

There are two different ways the general public can use the Lightning Lane queue at an attraction:

  • Genie+ (See our Genie+ page for details!) For a fixed daily price, Genie+ gets you "next available" access to Lightning Lanes at many attractions, one-at-a time.

  • Individual Lightning Lane purchases are available for two attractions at each park that are not part of the Genie+ offerings. Basically, you pay to hop in the Lightning Lane to skip a potentially long line. Beginning at 7 AM every day, a Disney Hotel Guest can purchase any available Individual Lightning Lane attraction (see list below) through the My Disney Experience app. For those not staying at a Disney Hotel, an Individual Lighting Lane can be purchased beginning at park opening. A maximum of two Individual Lightning Lane purchases can be made per day, and you cannot purchase access to the same attraction twice in the same day. To purchase Individual Lightning Lane access, you do not have to also purchase Genie+.

How Much are Individual Lightning Lane Selections?

Prices will vary by attraction and day of year, and Disney may not release this information in advance. However, so far Individual Lightning Lane pricing has ranged from $7 to $15 per person per ride, with many attractions costing a couple dollrs more (but still within that range) on weekends vs. mid-week.


What Attractions Use Individual Lightning Lane?

Magic Kingdom

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain

EPCOT

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest

Available Individual Lightning Lane attractions are always subject to change.


Individual Lightning Lane Tips and Advice

  • Much of the advantage of Individual Lightning Lane (short lines) is only applicable in the middle of the day. If you are the type of traveler who uses a Touring Plan and routinely gets to the park before official opening, you do not need to purchase Individual Lightning Lane.

  • You can only purchase two Individual Lightning Lane passes per day, which is important to remember if you plan to park hop.

  • We do not recommend purchasing Individual Lightning Lane for Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway unless it is a very busy day. The line there moves very quickly, and the waits are seldom long enough to be worth the price.
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