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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.

Lightning Lane queues can only be used by those paying for the add-on service (Genie+ for most attractions, or paid Lightning Lane access for the individual "top" attractions) in the My Disney Experience app, or by those partaking in services offered through Rider Switch or Disability Access Services. We expect that members of Club 33 and those taking a VIP Tour also may use Lightning Lanes.

    Lightning Lane Advice:

  • Park tickets must be activated at the park turnstiles before being used to obtain Lightning Lane return times, so you can’t send one family member into the park while the others snooze.
  • 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 or Individual Attraction Access being available for popular attractions (especially Rise of the Resistance and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, plus Tron and Guardians of the Galaxy when they open) after noon during busier times of the year.
  • Make sure everyone in your party has their own Lightning Lane return time. Reservations are tied to each individual admission pass and may not be transferred.
  • You can obtain a second Lightning Lane return time as soon as you redeem your first at the attraction’s entrance.
  • Maximize efficiency by always obtaining a new Lightning Lane return time for the next attraction while waiting to board the previous one.
  • Be mindful of your Lightning Lane return time, and plan intervening activities accordingly. You may use your Lightning Lane entry 5 minutes before its start time and up to 15 minutes after it expires. This unadvertised grace period is typically the only exception allowed to your return window.
  • Attractions may not dispense Lightning Lane reservations while they are closed for technical difficulties or special events.
  • If an attraction is unavailable due to technical difficulties during your return window, your Lightning Lane automatically converts to a Replacement Lightning Lane pass. Replacement passes remain valid for use until closing time at that attraction (if it reopens) or at selected other Lightning Lane attractions in the same park. If the original return window was near closing time, the Replacement pass may be valid the next day.
  • You may hold only one Genie+ Lightning Lane reservation at a time, and/or up to two reservations for individual Lightning Lane attractions. The only exception to this rule is a Replacement Lightning Lane reservation; there is no limit to the number of those you can simultaneously hold.

Individual Attraction Access

The idea behind Individual Attraction Access (Yes, that’s really the name) is that you’ll spend even more money to get on a new or very popular ride. If you didn’t get a Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance and you still want to ride or if you want to avoid a 2-hour wait at Slinky Dog Dash, Disney will offer you a chance to ride at a price, using Individual Attraction Access.

Purchasing an Individual Attraction Access pass should be as simple as pressing a button in the My Disney Experience app. Passes are sold on a per-person basis, and guests are limited to two purchases per day. When it’s your time to ride, you’ll be directed to the Lightning Lane to board the attraction.

Individual Attraction Access is a separate program from Genie and Genie+. You don’t need to purchase Genie+ to purchase Individual Attraction Access. Likewise, purchasing Individual Attraction Access does not get you access to the other attractions in the Genie+ portfolio.

At this moment, Disney hadn’t said which attractions will participate in Individual Attraction Access. We think this is a reasonable guess for late 2021 and into early 2022:

  • Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain. Tron may replace Space Mountain when it opens.
  • EPCOT: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Test Track. Guardians of the Galaxy may replace Test Track when it opens.
  • Hollywood Studios: Rise of the Resistance, Slinky Dog Dash.
  • Animal Kingdom: Avatar Flight of Passage, Kilimanjaro Safaris.

COST: Disney hasn’t released prices but, based on the cost of similar passes at Disneyland Paris, we expect an Individual Attraction Pass to cost anywhere from $4 to $50 per person per ride. Prices may vary by attraction, day of year, and time of day.

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