Understanding the Three-Piece Puzzle: Disney Genie, Genie+, & Lightning Lane

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If you have plans to visit Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort, you’ll need to have an understanding of Disney’s system update called the Genie. Gone are the days of FastPass+, as the Genie has rolled in. Here’s a breakdown of the Disney Genie at Walt Disney World, as we hope to clarify the confusing three-piece puzzle.

Goodbye FastPass

FastPass Entrance
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The former complimentary FastPass system that allowed Guests to skip the standby line at a selected time has been removed from Walt Disney World. Instead, when visiting Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests will have the option of using the Genie.

Puzzle Piece 1: “Disney Genie

Disney Genie
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The first piece in the Genie puzzle is the “Disney Genie.” The Disney Genie is an upgrade in the My Disney Experience App. It is complimentary and was designed to help Disney Park Guests better anticipate crowd levels, with Genie suggesting what the Guest could do next.

Guests can make selections within Disney Genie on their phone to better help the Genie understand what attractions, restaurants, and experiences are on the top of the Guest’s list. Genie then pulls together a personalized itinerary to guide Guests through the Disney Parks day.

Puzzle Piece 2: “Disney Genie+

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This is where it starts to get interesting! Disney Genie+ is very similar to the former FastPass System. Guests can select attractions to skip the standby line at allotted times via what is now called “Lightning Lane entrances” instead of the former FastPass entrances.

Disney only promises 2 to 3 attractions or experiences per day using the Disney Genie+ service. Unlike the former complimentary FastPass service, Disney Genie Plus costs Guests $15 per person per day.

Disney Genie+ selections begin at 7:00 a.m. and can only be made one at a time. You must redeem an existing Disney Genie+ service or wait 2 hours (whichever comes first) before making another attraction selection. The 2-hour wait to make another selection begins when the Park opens, even if you made your first booking at 7:00 a.m.

Current Disney Genie+ experiences available for each Disney Park include (subject to change):

  • Magic Kingdom Park: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Dumbo the Flying Elephant Haunted Mansion “it’s a small world” Jungle Cruise Mad Tea Party Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall Meet Mickey and Minnie at Town Square Theater Meet Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall Mickey’s PhilharMagic Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor Peter Pan’s Flight Pirates of the Caribbean Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, The Barnstormer, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Tomorrowland Speedway, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • EPCOT: Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival, Frozen Ever After, Journey into Imagination with Figment, Living with the Land, Mission: SPACE – Green, Mission: SPACE – Orange, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Soarin’ Around the World, Spaceship Earth, Test Track, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Alien Swirling Saucers, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Disney Junior Play & Dance!, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Muppet*Vision 3D, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Slinky Dog Dash, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania!
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Festival of the Lion King, DINOSAUR, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, Feathered Friends in Flight!, Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!, It’s Tough to Be a Bug!, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost, Naʻvi River Journey, The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

Puzzle Piece 3: “Individual Lightning Lane”

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Credit: Disney)

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All Disney Genie+ attractions have “Lightning Lane” entrances, but there are also attractions that fall under the “Individual Lightning Lane” puzzle piece. These are the most popular Disney Park attractions that Disney Genie+ doesn’t work on… instead, you’ll need to purchase to skip the line à la carte for these attractions.

Pricing varies for the Individual Lightning Lane attractions depending on demand and crowd levels. We’ve seen pricing range from $8 to ride an attraction via the Lightning Lane entrance to $18.

Guests can purchase Individual Lightning Lane entries for up to 2 experiences per day, one at a time. You can purchase an Individual Lightning Lane reservation with or without having the Disney Genie+ service.

Individual attraction selection for Lightning Lane begins at 7:00 a.m. for Disney Resort Guests or when the Park opens for non-Resort Guests. And yes, they sell out, so be sure to snag yours as soon as possible.

Current Individual Lightning Lane attraction experiences available for each Disney Park include (subject to change):

  • Magic Kingdom Park: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • EPCOT: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (also has a Virtual Queue)
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Avatar Flight of Passage

You Don’t Have to Use the Service

MK Ride Crowd
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Disney does not require Guests to use any of this three-piece Disney Genie puzzle. You don’t have to mess with Disney Genie Lightning Lane and instead use the normal standby line to wait for attractions. Or, you can use one piece of it and ignore the rest. It’s completely up to the Guest.

And despite the complaints of the upcharge and confusion the system holds, it looks like, yes, Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Individual Lightning Lane selections are here to stay.

Before you plan your Disney Park day, be sure to check out the latest and look for any further updates via the My Disney Experience App or Walt Disney World website, as Disney has been known to make sudden changes in attraction availability and cost to the Disney Genie Service.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.

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