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Frequently Asked Questions: Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane

Frequently Asked Questions: Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane Genie+

You asked; we listened! Here are a few of the most searched-for questions about utilizing Genie+ and Lightning Lane at Walt Disney World.

What does Genie+ Include?

Genie+ can be purchased daily in the My Disney Experience app during your Walt Disney World vacation. The Genie+ service is purchased per park or for multiple parks if you are using a Park Hopper ticket. The biggest thing to know is that Genie+ is the paid-for service used to book Lightning Lane, aka the new FastPass system.

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Included features of Genie+:

  • Lightning Lane access to select (most) attractions.
  • Digital downloads from Disney attraction photos. Please note this only applies to ride photos and not other PhotoPass opportunities throughout the park.
  • Disney PhotoPass Lenses
  • Listen to Audio Tales to learn fun facts about the park you are visiting.

What is the difference between Genie+ and Lightning Lane?

Genie+ is a feature within the My Disney Experience app and purchased on the park day you are going to use it. Genie+ can be purchased at 12 a.m. EST on the day of your visit, but you cannot begin booking Lightning Lane(s) until 7 a.m. EST that same day.

Lightning Lane is an included feature of Genie+ and the replacement service for Fast Passes. When you purchase Genie+ for the day, you are effectively purchasing Lightning Lane. It’s important to note that one or two high-demand attractions in each park require the purchase of an individual Lighting Lane per person. The cost per attraction ranges $12 – $20.

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Individual Lightning Lanes for purchase:

What does Genie+ cost per day?

Since Genie+ pricing changes per day, per theme park, the cost does vary but the range is $15 – $39. You can likely expect to pay around $25 per person each day.

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Is Genie+ worth getting?

This is a subjective question but Genie+ is definitely worth purchasing to maximize multiple attractions for the day. Even with “rope-dropping” the park and having a good strategy, it is likely hard to see and do everything without it.

There’s no doubt Genie+ expenses can add up for a family and it’s important to consider the crowd levels, how many attractions are a priority, and how your family handles standing in lines. For example, I have a toddler who would have difficulty waiting in a line longer than 20 minutes. If I was making a once a year vacation to Walt Disney World, I would purchase Genie+ and budget ahead of time accordingly.

Since Genie+ does not have to be purchased each day of your vacation, you could also utilize Genie+ on certain parks or busier days. For example, weekends are more crowded than weekdays,

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Hannah Anderson is a Dreams Unlimited Travel Agent, DIS Contributor, former Disney Cast Member, and Orlando local. Mostly importantly, she is a mom and loves spending time in the Disney Parks each week with her family.
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