How are we doing Disney fans? With all of the recent news released, we’re starting to see a huge response from diehard Disney lovers that are both positive and negative. We learned yesterday that Walt Disney World and Disneyland will soon (sometime this Fall) be releasing the new Disney Genie. The Disney Genie is a complimentary new digital service that Disney has said is “designed to create your best Disney day”. With the introduction of the Disney Genie, however, Disney also unveiled that Walt Disney World’s complimentary FastPass system and Disneyland’s complimentary MaxPass system are things of the past. Paid services called Disney Genie+ and the “Lightning Lane” are on the way in. While we’re still trying to wrap our heads around all of the new Disney Genie+ and “Lightning Lane” information, we’re sure Disney will clarify which attractions and how much things will actually cost soon enough. We have however learned that because “Lightning Lane” is coming soon, you’ll be able to buy your way onto Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ most popular attraction.
When Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it was the first-ever attraction that required Guests to obtain a boarding group to enter the virtual queue. In other words, you aren’t able to wait in line for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Instead, you MUST go on your My Disney Experience App and attempt to get a boarding group during one of the two assigned times (7 am and 1 pm). That is the only way to go on the attraction, as the normal Disney standby line is not an option. Now, we’re learning that in the near future you can buy your way onto the ride if you’re unable to obtain a boarding group or don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of the virtual queue.
How does the new “Lightning Lane” come into play with Rise of the Resistance? Scott Gustin took to Twitter to share, “After Genie launch later this year, both Rise of the Resistance and Ratatouille will offer two options to ride — either join the virtual queue in the morning or Lightning Lane individual attraction purchases.”
Yes, so not only will Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance remain a virtual queue option, but EPCOT’s newest attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will join the virtual queue process. BUT – if you don’t make the virtual queue cut, you could always buy your way onto Rise of the Resistance (as well as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure) using the “Lightning Lane”.
The question of how much it will cost to buy a ride on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is still up in the air as we have yet to be told what the prices of the “Lightning Lane” attractions will be per person. Disneyland Paris recently introduced their new paid “FastPass” system called “Premier Access“. The cost to ride their Remy’s attraction is right around $15 per person. Could this be the ballpark price for Rise of the Resistance and Remy’s Ratatouille Attraction? Only time with tell.
If you missed the details on the Disney Genie+ and the “Lightning Lane” information, check out what Disney has shared below:
- Disney Genie+ service (available for purchase): For the price of $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort and $20 per ticket per day at Disneyland Resort, choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the Lightning Lane entrance. You can make one selection at a time, throughout the day – from classics like Haunted Mansion to thrill rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and newer favorites like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (attractions subject to limited availability). This convenient option is the next evolution of the fan-favorite Disney MaxPass service from Disneyland Resort. Disney Genie+ will also include Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photo features to capture your memories – augmented reality lenses for those visiting Walt Disney World Resort and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from your day if you are visiting Disneyland Resort.
- Individual attraction selections (available for purchase): Schedule a time to arrive at up to two highly demanded attractions each day using the Lightning Lane entrance – like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park and Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure park (subject to limited availability; attractions not included with Disney Genie+). Pricing for this option will vary by date, attraction and park and will be announced closer to launch.
If the boarding groups for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance fill up on a day you’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, would you be willing to pay out of pocket to go on the popular attraction?