Disney recently announced that Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will be receiving new services named Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lane this fall. As part of this announcement, FastPass, FastPass+ and Disney MaxPass services will be retired, with these new services taking their place.
Often referred to as “Paid FastPass,” these new programs will offer more than just skip-the-line options, but it starts to get confusing when you dig into it. That’s why we’re breaking it down and answering some of the most common questions.
There’s still a lot of smaller details we do not know, (like exactly when these new programs will start,) but we’ll try our best to sort through the noise. And, for our purposes here, we will be focusing on how the system will work at Walt Disney World. Last Updated: 8/24/2021
The Basics – Overview
Disney announced a new service that will not only be replacing FastPass for Walt Disney World, but will also add additional features to the existing app to help you plan your day.
Disney Genie will be a FREE service, included in the My Disney Experience app we already use at Walt Disney World. This free service will help you plan your day at the theme parks by showing anticipated wait times for attractions, help you mobile order your meals, and more.
You can pay to upgrade your free service to Disney Genie+ (notice the “+” at the end). Disney says this will cost $15 per member of your party, per day. It is not required for your visit to the parks though, and is an add-on.
Disney Genie+ is a way to get Lightning Lane access to certain attractions. And Lightning Lane is the new name for the FastPass line.
While most attractions will allow you to book a Lightning Lane reservation using Disney Genie+, a couple rides at each theme park will be excluded from the service. These will be the more popular attractions, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom. To get Lightning Lane entry for these rides, you would need to pay for an individual Lightning Lane pass, which is not included in Disney Genie+.
Those are the basics, but I am sure you have plenty of questions now, (I know I did,) so the next sections will describe each of these services in more detail. If you’re already familiar enough with them, you can skip down to the Frequently Asked Questions below to find your specific question.
Disney Genie (Free Service)
Disney Genie allows you to input your party’s general interests, and will give you personalized suggestions throughout the day.
From specific attractions with low wait times, to when is the best time to place your mobile order for lunch, Disney Genie will help guide you with touring details catered to you.
Here are some of the ways you can use Disney Genie:
- Get Itinerary Updates from Morning to Night: Disney Genie will continue to update your itinerary throughout your day, so you can be more spontaneous and go with the flow.
- Find Your Favorites at a Glance: Create your very own personal tip board to instantly see your favorites. It will display current AND forecasted future wait times, helping you predict when you might experience quicker entry to attractions.
- Enjoy More Flexibility and Fun: Disney Genie brings existing planning features together in one place. Join a virtual queue at certain attractions, make dining and experience reservations, mobile order food at many locations, get help from a virtual assistant and more.
Disney Genie+ (Available for Purchase)
Disney Genie+ is an add-on available for the price of $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort.
This optional add-on allows you to utilize the newly branded “Lightning Lane” entrances for most attractions, formerly known as FastPass. You can only make one Lightning Lane selection at a time, and not all attractions are included in the Disney Genie+ price.
Lightning Lane selections can only be made on the same day of your visit, but they can be used across multiple theme parks, suitable for park hopping.
Disney Genie+ also unlocks additional features like augmented reality lenses at the parks and Disney parks-themed audio experiences (whatever that is).
Individual Lightning Lane (Available for Purchase)
Certain attractions will not be included in the Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane selections.
These will include more popular rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios.
For these more popular attractions you can pay to reserve a time for up to two a day, ala carte. You DO NOT have to purchase Disney Genie+ to be able to reserve one of these single attraction Lightning Lane reservations.
Pricing for this option will vary by date, attraction and park and will be announced closer to launch.
Rumored Participating Attractions List
Disney has not yet revealed which attractions will feature Lightning Lane, nor which ones will be inlcuded in Disney Genie+ and which ones will only be available ala carte. The lists below are mainly based on which attractions previously featured FastPass entry, with the assumption that Lightning Lane will act similarly.
Note that attractions marked as “LL Only” will likely not be included in Disney Genie+, and will require separate individual purchase. List originally reported by BlogMickey.
- “it’s a small world”
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Haunted Mansion
- Jungle Cruise
- Mad Tea Party
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (LL only)
- Space Mountain (LL only)
- Splash Mountain
- The Barnstormer
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
- Frozen Ever After
- Journey Into Imagination with Figment
- Living with the Land
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (LL only)
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track (LL only)
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- MuppetVision 3D
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Slinky Dog Dash (LL only)
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (LL only)
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Toy Story Mania
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Avatar Flight of Passage (LL only)
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
- It’s Tough to be a Bug
- Kali River Rapids
- Kilimanjaro Safaris (LL only)
- Na’vi River Journey
- The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
It’s worth noting that all of the attractions listed above will still feature a standby line, except for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and (rumored) Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. These rides will require either a free Boarding Group reservation or an individual paid Lightning Lane reservation to experience.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – DISNEY GENIE (Free Service)
Is Disney Genie required for any reason?
No. You do not have to use this free service if you do not want to. It was designed to help you get more out of your visit.
Where do I download the Disney Genie app?
Disney Genie, (when it launches,) will be inside of the existing Walt Disney World My Disney Experience app we already use.
Why should I use Disney Genie?
The most useful feature may be the forecasted wait times, which can be sorted by your own personal favorites. That way you know when is the best time to get in line. (This still remains to be seen as the service is not yet currently live at time of writing.)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – DISNEY GENIE+ (Paid Service)
How much will Disney Genie+ cost?
Disney says the service will be $15 per day per ticket holder at Walt Disney World. (This may change in the future.)
When can I purchase Disney Genie+?
Disney says you will be able to purchase Disney Genie+ as early as midnight the day of your visit to the parks. You will not be able to make your first reservation until 7am. (Disney Genie+ may also be sold as part of date-based vacation packages.)
Where do I purchase Disney Genie+?
When it launches, you will be able to activate Disney Genie through the My Disney Experience app, and pay to upgrade it to Disney Genie+ through the app as well. (Your theme park tickets will need to be linked to the same account.)
Will everyone in my party need to manage their own reservations using their own mobile device?
No. Just like the rest of your vacation planning, you can manage Lightning Lane reservations, and other Disney Genie features, for your entire party using one account on the app. Be sure everyone’s park tickets are connected to the same account prior.
How early will I be able to make ride reservations using Disney Genie+?
All guests will be able to reserve their first attraction beginning at 7am. You can only reserve one attraction at a time using Disney Genie+.
Can I reserve all my Lighting Lane reservations for the day in advance?
No. You will only be able to make one ride reservation at a time using Disney Genie+. Once you use one, you can make your next one.
Am I limited to reserving Lightning Lane for attractions only in the same park?
No. You can reserve your next Lightning Lane reservation for any park, suitable for park hopping.
Can I still ride attractions I DO NOT have a Lightning Lane reservation for?
Yes. You can still get into a standby line for any attraction, (except for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and (rumored) Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, which require a Boarding Group).
Who is eligible to purchase Disney Genie+?
Anyone with a valid theme park ticket or annual pass can purchase Disney Genie+. There is no discount for annual passholders.
Do I have to purchase Disney Genie+ for every day of my vacation?
No. You can purchase Disney Genie+ on a daily basis, or not purchase it at all if you wish. (Select vacation packages that are purchased in advance may come bundled with your tickets and Disney Genie+ service, and that may include every day of your visit automatically.)
Will Disney limit how many guests can purchase Disney Genie+?
Disney has not confirmed this information, but it’s possible that the number of total Lightning Lane reservations per attraction will be limited, similar to FastPass reservations. Because of this, passes for certain attractions will run out sooner than others. You may want to consider that before purchasing Disney Genie+ later in the day.
Do on-site hotel guests get anything special for Disney Genie+?
No. On-site hotel guests do not receive anything special for this service. They are however able to reserve paid ala carte Lightning Lane reservations before regular guests (see next section for details).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – INDIVIDUAL RESERVATIONS (Paid)
How much will individual Lightning Lane reservations cost?
Disney has not yet given a specific amount, but rumors say they will range from $4 to $24 depending on the date, the attraction, and current demand.
Will ALL attractions have ala carte pricing?
No. It is rumored that only 2 high demand attractions per park will offer Lightning Lane reservations by themselves for an additional cost. All other Lightning Lane attractions will be included in Disney Genie+ except these select few. See the list above for which rides we expect to be included.
Will I need to purchase Disney Genie+ first to then be able to purchase individual reservations?
No. You can purchase individual Lightning Lane reservations with or without having Disney Genie+ activated for the day.
When can I purchase individual reservations?
On-site hotel guests can purchase their individual Lightning Lane reservations as early as 7AM the day of their visit. All other guests will be able to purchase them after the park opens.
How many individual reservations can I purchase per day?
You can only purchase up to 2 total individual Lightning Lane reservations. Both can be scheduled at the same time.
Will I have to wait until I use one before purchasing another individual reservation?
No. You can purchase up to two individual reservations at the same time, but can only have 2 total per day.
Can my 2 individual reservations be for the same attraction?
No. You can only reserve a paid individual Lightning Lane once for an attraction for the day. For instance, you cannot pay for Lightning Lane for Avatar: Flight of Passage twice in the same day.
Can my 2 individual reservations be at 2 different parks?
Yes. You can purchase an individual Lightning Lane reservation for one park and one from another park. For example, you can purchase a reservation for Avatar: Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom and another for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom for later. As long as you can park hop using your ticket, you can purchase your 2 reservations for 2 different parks.
Including individual reservations AND Disney Genie+, how many Lightning Lane return times can I hold at the same time?
3. You can at most, have up to 2 purchased individual reservations and your 1 current Lightning Lane reservation through Disney Genie+. Once your 2 purchased individual reservations have been used, you can still only have one reservation at a time using Disney Genie+ throughout the day.
That’s all for now, but let us know in the comments if there’s a question you couldn’t find an answer to above. Some of the details contained in this story are based on rumors or early speculation, and may be subject to change.
We’re still awaiting some key information from Disney, like a start date for these services, so stay tuned for more details as they become available. Last Updated: 8/24/2021
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