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Disney Genie Service: Everything You Need to Know About Disney Genie and Genie+ (including changes beginning June 8!)

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If you haven’t already heard, there is a new Disney Fastpass system in place for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The brand new Disney Genie service recently replaced Disney World’s FastPass+ as well as Disneyland’s Fastpass and MaxPass systems. The digital services include Disney Genie (which is free), Disney Genie+ (a paid add-on service), and Individual Lighting Lane purchases (available for select top-tiered attractions). They are built right into both the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps, but they can be a bit confusing at first glance… especially if you were a big fan of the old FastPass systems.

While navigating the new system can be a bit overwhelming at first for some, there is one question that seems to be on everyone’s mind… is the Genie+ worth the price?

 


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What is Disney Genie Service?

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway | Magic in the PlanningThe basic Disney Genie service is complimentary to all park guests. (Disney Genie+ is a paid add-on, but more on that below…)

It is described by Disney as a way to help you “create your best Disney day.” You are able to “tell Disney Genie what you want to do and it will do the planning for you.” In other words, guests are able to personalize an itinerary to help map out their day in the park. This includes attractions, dining, entertainment, and more.

You simply input all of your wishes for a perfect day at Disney in the Disney Genie app, and the app “helps” to guide your day in the park. Also included with Disney Genie is the ability to use existing planning features such as joining virtual queues, dining reservations, mobile ordering, and more.

 

What is Disney Genie+?

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland | Magic in the PlanningDisney Genie+ is a paid add-on to your park ticket.

Guests are able to skip the standby line on select attractions for a daily fee.

  • Disney World’s cost is $15 per ticket per day.
  • Disneyland’s cost is $20 per ticket per day.

Gone are the days of reserving your FastPasses 30-60 days before your vacation…

  • In Disney World, your first selection can be made at 7:00 AM outside the park on the day of your visit. But remaining selections will be made once inside the park.
  • In Disneyland, you make your selections inside the park on the day of your visit. 

When making selections, you simply choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences. Only one selection can be made at a time, and selections can be modified or canceled if needed. And instead of entering a FastPass lane at your chosen attraction, you enter what is now referred to as a “Lightning Lane” (which is basically the same thing with an updated name!) And if you’re one who loves to park hop, Lightning Lane selections can be used across multiple theme parks.

Additional features for those purchasing Disney Genie+ include Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photo features, such as “augmented reality lenses for those visiting Walt Disney World Resort and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from your day if you are visiting Disneyland Resort.” (Unfortunately, this means unlimited PhotoPass downloads will only be available in Disneyland, which may be part of the reasoning behind the higher price point for the California theme parks.)

It is also worth noting that select top-tier attractions will not be available for those purchasing Disney Genie+. They will only be available as an “Individual Attraction Selection.” See below for more details!

*Beginning June 8, Disney Genie+ will no longer be offered as a pre-arrival park add-on to your ticket in Walt Disney World. In other words, it will only be available for purchase through the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit. This is true whether you hold an Annual Pass or a multi- or single-day ticket. They will also be “subject to availability,” which is a huge change for the service. (If you have already purchased a park ticket with a Disney Genie+ upgrade for 2022, you will still be able to use it during your visit. This change will only apply to new purchases made after June 8.)

So to recap…

  • In Walt Disney World, all guests will be able to make their first Genie+ selection at 7:00 AM on the day of their visit.
  • In Disneyland, guests will need to be in the park to make their first Genie+ selection.
  • Only one Genie+ selection can be made at a time in both Disneyland and Disney World.
  • Genie+ selections can be modified or canceled if needed.
  • Disney World Genie+ will include Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photo features.
  • Disneyland Genie+ will include unlimited PhotoPass downloads.

 

Individual Attraction Selections

Rise of the Resistance Ride in Hollywood Studios | magicintheplanning.comThis à la carte option is completely separate from Disney Genie+.

Each park currently has one or two top-tier attractions available for this à la carte option, and these rides are not available to those with Disney Genie+. (Note: You do not have to purchase Disney Genie+ to purchase Individual Attractions. It is completely separate, and guests are free to purchase one or the other… or both.)

Pricing for this option will vary. But based on example pricing from Disney, it appears to be somewhere between $7-$20 per person depending on the date, the attraction, and the park. It is also worth noting that Individual Attraction Selections are non-refundable and cannot be modified or canceled.

Like Genie+, Disneyland requires you to be in the park to make your first selection, but Disney World allows guests to make purchases at 7:00 AM on the day of their visit if staying at a Disney Resort Hotel.

So to recap…

  • Guests can purchase access to the Lightning Lane of certain top-tier main attractions. This is separate from Disney Genie+ and will be available à la carte.
  • Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel will be able to make an Individual Lightning Lane attraction selection at 7:00 AM. (*Those not staying at a Disney Resort will have to wait until the park opens.)
  • In Disneyland, all guests will need to be in the park in order to purchase their individual selection reservations.
  • Unlike Genie+ Selections, Individual Attraction Selections are non-refundable and cannot be modified or canceled.

 

Disneyland Lightning Lane Attractions

For those purchasing Genie+ ($20 per day per ticket), Lightning Lane reservations can be made for these attractions once inside the park. Only one reservation can be held at a time.

Disneyland Park

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (Individual Attraction – prices will vary)

 

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Radiator Springs Racers (Individual Attraction – prices will vary)
  • WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure (Individual Attraction – prices will vary)

 

Disney World Lightning Lane Attractions

For those purchasing Genie+ ($15 per day per ticket), Lightning Lane reservations can be made for these attractions at 7:00 AM. Only one reservation can be held at a time.

**Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Frozen Ever After, Space Mountain, and Expedition Everest will be included via Disney Genie+ service until at least August 7, 2022, and will not be included as an Individual Lightning Lane selection during this time. In addition, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure will also be added to this list beginning May 31, 2022.

 

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade (newly added March 11, 2022)
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • See Mickey at Town Square Theater
  • See Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • See Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Space Mountain (**part of Genie+ until August 7, 2022)
  • 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
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Individual Attraction – prices will vary)
  • Space Mountain** (Individual Attraction – prices will vary)

 

Epcot

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Frozen Ever After (**part of Genie+ until August 7, 2022)
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (**part of Genie+ from May 31 – August 7, 2022)
  • Soarin’
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Frozen Ever After** (Individual Attraction – prices will vary)
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure** (Individual Attraction – prices will vary)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Individual Attraction – prices will vary) – Opening May 27, 2022!

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty & The Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Jr. Dance Party
  • Disney Stars at Red Carpet Dreams (newly added March 11, 2022)
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (**part of Genie+ until August 7, 2022)
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • See Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway** (Individual Attraction – prices will vary)
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (Individual Attraction – prices will vary)

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

  • Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest (**part of Genie+ until August 7, 2022)
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Naʻvi River Journey
  • The Animation Experience
  • Avatar Flight of Passage (Individual Attraction – prices will vary)
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain** (Individual Attraction – prices will vary)

 

Standby Lines & Virtual Queues

Standby lines are not going anywhere. If you decide that you’d rather not purchase your way into a Lightning Lane, you will still be able to wait in line just as you always have in both Disneyland and Disney World.

In other words… purchasing a place in line will not be required. Guests are free to enjoy the complimentary Disney Genie service and wait in traditional standby lines, or you can choose to take advantage of the paid add-on options.

Virtual queues were once utilized for the most popular, brand-new attractions. But for now, they have disappeared from the parks… both in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. But it is likely Disney will utilize virtual queues in the future for certain big attractions that debut. (We fully expect the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind to have a virtual queue when it opens in summer 2022!)

 

Is Disney Genie Plus Worth the Cost?

Many certainly have mixed emotions on this topic. After all, Disney’s FastPass+ service used to be complimentary to park guests in Walt Disney World. And Disneyland park guests did not have to purchase MaxPass in order to take advantage of the FastPass paper system in place at both Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure. And if that wasn’t enough… not every attraction is available on the Disney Genie Plus service. Top-tier attractions come at an extra cost if you want to skip the standby line.

 

Disney Genie Plus Pros:

  • You no longer have to plan your days at Disney weeks or months in advance. I distinctly remember being online booking my FastPass+ reservations 60 days before my trip, only to find that some of my desired attractions were already booked for most of the day. Now for planners (like myself), I didn’t mind this. I enjoyed going into the parks with a plan. But for those who enjoy a bit more spontaneity, or for those who book last-minute vacations to Disney, this could be frustrating. Last-minute trips meant missing out on top attractions… unless you wanted to wait hours to ride them.
  • Fewer people using Genie Plus means Lightning Lanes will be shorter than FastPass lanes once were. Let’s face it. Many will take one look at the added $15-20 per day per ticket and opt-out. Time will tell how this will affect the Lightning Lanes in general, but common sense tells us that fewer people means shorter Lightning Lane lines. FastPass lines were always faster than standby, but I remember still having to wait.
  • On a typical day in the parks, the Disney Genie Plus service could save you a lot of time. Time is money when it comes to a day at Disney, so saving an hour waiting in line could make all the difference… especially if you can manage to save that kind of time on multiple attractions.

 

Disney Genie Plus Cons:

  • It isn’t free. Disney Genie Plus will cost $15-20 a day per ticket. This could add up quickly on a family vacation!
  • There will be days that Disney Genie Plus simply isn’t worth it. There is most definitely a “sweet spot” when it comes to utilizing this new service. If the parks are really quiet and lines are short, paying for Disney Genie Plus to skip a 15-20 minute wait won’t be worth it. And if the parks are slammed, many of the selections will book up so quickly that you will be left with nothing to choose from.
  • Be prepared to spend some time on your phone. This was my biggest complaint when I purchased MaxPass for my 2019 Disneyland vacation. While we could be a bit more spontaneous not having to book FastPasses weeks ahead of the trip, it did mean that I was booking FastPasses all day on my phone. Personally… I like to be a bit more present on my vacations with my family.

 

Things to Consider Before Purchasing Disney Genie Plus:

  • Weigh the pros and cons for your family on your specific vacation. What will the crowds be like during your visit? Are there a lot of attractions on the Disney Genie Plus service list that you don’t want to miss?
  • Consider adding the Disney Genie Plus service on specific days rather than your entire vacation. Looking at the list, it is noticeable how many more attractions are available at Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios than at Animal Kingdom or Epcot. Disneyland Park also offers quite a bit more than Disney’s California Adventure. You don’t have to purchase Disney Genie Plus for your entire vacation. Purchasing Disney Genie Plus for specific days allows you to pick and choose based on which park you are in and how busy the parks are.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Disney does not require you to purchase Disney Genie Plus to take advantage of the Individual Lightning Lane purchases for top-tiered attractions. You may choose to opt-out of both, purchase one or the other, or take advantage of both. The choice is yours on each day of your vacation.

 

 

 

We hope you enjoyed our guide to the brand new Disney Fastpass system! Are you planning your next Walt Disney World vacation? Be sure to visit our step-by-step guide for resources and valuable tips!

*To learn more about Disney Genie and Disney Genie+, be sure to visit Disney’s official websites for more info: Disneyland | Disney World


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