Readers, when it comes to utilizing Disney’s Genie+ and the Lightning Lane systems, my advice is simply this: Don’t do it.
Sure, lines at Disney World can be insane. There is something satisfying about being able to skip the line in any respect, and we want to be able to sneak in as many rides and attractions in a day as possible. But, in my experience opinion, it is not worth it.
Disney’s Genie+ takes the control and sense of adventure out of one’s Disney day. Guests are having to spend more time on their phones than ever before, and they are reliant on a still-developing AI to dictate where they go in the Parks and when they do it. The idea is that it optimizes one’s Disney day, but a Disney day should not be about optimization. On top of that, paying for that supposed optimization only increases the amount of expectations Guests have for their Disney day, which only increases the chances of Guests ending up frustrated and disappointed. The inevitable ride breakdowns and line build-ups alone are only going to be worse after having spent the extra money to be waiting with everyone else.
Contrary to popular belief, you will have enough time to do what you want to do at any Disney Theme Park–excluding, of course, cases where the virtual queues are only accessible to Guests with Park Passes for its Park, but that is another matter.
For example: In the past, I have argued that “Flight of Passage” in Pandora The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the only attraction in all of Orlando that is worth a 2-hour wait. Well, after spending my morning in that 1-2-hour long line, I still had plenty of time to have lunch at my favorite spot (Tiffin’s Nomad Lounge) and then experience my other favorites like Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest before Park Hopping elsewhere during the crowded summer.
Disney Days are about quality over quantity. They are a time to break away from real-life order to improvise and do what you want. But they are also about expectations. Expect the crowds and expect the lines, and you will find increased patience and satisfaction in your day.
Will you get to do every single thing you want to do? No. But the same goes for Genie+, and you would have paid even more money for the same overall result. Either way, you are not supposed to be able to do everything at Disney World in one day or one trip. There is supposed to be some magic left untouched, waiting for you next time.
Perhaps the only change that I would concede might be worth the money is purchasing a one-off Individual Lightning Lane pass for one attraction. But make that a one-time thing.
As the rest of this year goes by, and I report on future adventures at The Walt Disney World Resort, I can promise you all that every perspective and piece of advice I give will come from someone who does not bend to use Disney Genie+.
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