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- Why the Name?
- Can I Still Get a FastPass+?
- How Will Disney Genie Service Work?
- How Much Will Disney Genie+ Service Cost?
- What Does Disney Genie+ Include?
- When Will Disney Genie Start?
- Will It Be Worth the Cost?
- When Can I Add Genie+ to My Ticket?
- How Do I Use Lightning Lane Access?
- Disney Genie+ Attractions at Magic Kingdom
- EPCOT Disney Genie+ Attractions
- Disney Genie+ Attractions at Hollywood Studios
- Genie+ Attractions at Animal Kingdom
- Overall Thoughts on Disney Genie+
Disney World’s FastPass+ and Disneyland’s MaxPass are ending. In their place: Disney Genie. This new app-based system for access to shorter ride lines will be implemented at both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California. And it will do much more than offer quicker access to rides. The company says Genie will help visitors navigate the parks, guide them to shorter ride lines and more. Here’s what we know about the new Disney Genie Service, including what it will do, what you’ll have to pay for and when it will start.
Disney Genie Service and Lightning Lanes will launch at Walt Disney World on October 19th, 2021.
If you have strategically planned your FastPass+ on past Disney World trips, you know that there’s an art to booking the faster access to rides. FastPass+ was a free Disney World perk that was both beloved by and frustrating to guests. Then 2020 happened and FastPass+ was suspended, with whispers questioning whether it would ever return.
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The answer is here: It won’t. The free FastPass+ is a thing of the past. Disneyland’s paid line-skipping system, MaxPass, also will end. In their place: Disney Genie Service.
What is Disney Genie Service you ask? Here, we break down what we know. We will update this post as more is revealed.
Why the Name?
First of all, it’s not lost on us that when making this massive change that Disney named it after one of the most beloved Disney characters of all time. Who didn’t adore Robin Williams voicing the Genie in Aladdin? So we’ve got to give the company points on the name.
Disney Genie Service was formally announced on August 18, 2021 and here’s what we know so far:
Can I Still Get a FastPass+?
Nope. FASTPASS, FastPass+, and Disney MaxPass are being retired. Disney Genie Service will officially replace them with a variety of options that you can pay for.
FastPass+ lanes will be renamed “Lightning Lanes.”
How Will Disney Genie Service Work?
Just like the Genie in the Aladdin story, you’ll share your wishes with him. Tell Genie what you like- toddler rides, thrill rides, princesses and more. Genie will help build an itinerary and then direct you to rides when wait times are shorter.
This service is digital and built into the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps. This portion of the Disney Genie Service is free to use.
How Much Will Disney Genie+ Service Cost?
The portion of Disney Genie Service that is not free is the FastPass+ style perk: access to the shorter ride lines, now called Lightning Lanes.
Disney Genie+ service will cost $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort. At Disneyland, the cost is $20 per ticket per day, the same price Disney charges for MaxPass.
That means my family of six would pay an additional $90 per day at Disney World or $120 per day at Disneyland for Lightning Lane access. That’s on top of the park tickets.
What Does Disney Genie+ Include?
The daily Disney Genie+ price includes:
- Lightning Lane access for shorter ride wait times at most rides
- Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photos to capture memories
- Augmented reality lenses (Walt Disney World Resort)
- Unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads (Disneyland Resort)
When Will Disney Genie Start?
When first announced Disney said it would come “this fall.” As we expected it launched in October. Genie Service officially starts on October 19th.
Will It Be Worth the Cost?
It’s hard to say. If relatively few people buy it, the Lightning Lane access could be a great way to maximize a Disney day.
However, the more people who buy it, the more people who will be waiting in the “fast” Lightning Lane. For now, our advice is: If you can swing the cost, try it on a day you have a Park Hopper and hope other people skip the additional fees.
When Can I Add Genie+ to My Ticket?
Starting on October 19th you’ll be able to add Genie+ to your tickets, packages and vacation. While you can add it before your visit it’s important to note that ride and attraction selections can only be made the day of during regular park hours for Genie+.
How Do I Use Lightning Lane Access?
When you pay for Disney Genie+ service, you will be able to use the app to choose the next available time to arrive at that ride or attraction. Upon arrival, you’ll use the Lightning Lane entrance, which should significantly reduce the time you have to wait to ride.
Once you’re off that ride, you can go back to the app and ask for access to another ride. That’s the big difference between Disney Genie and FastPass+. You can only make selections the day of, one at a time throughout the day.
Disney has released a partial list of attractions by park that Genie+ will include. We break them down by park. You can make selections across multiple theme parks if you have a Park Hopper ticket that allows you to visit more than one park in a day.
Disney Genie+ Attractions at Magic Kingdom
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- 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
- 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 Genie+ Attractions
- Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
- Journey into Imagination with Figment
- Living with the Land
- Mission: SPACE – Green
- Mission: SPACE – Orange
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
Disney Genie+ Attractions at Hollywood Studios
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Beauty & The Beast Live on Stage
- Disney Jr. Dance Party
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – Returning December 19, 2021
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Muppet*Vision 3D
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Star Tours
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Toy Story Mania!
Genie+ Attractions at Animal Kingdom
- Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
- Feathered Friends in Flight!
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
- Kali River Rapids
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Naʻvi River Journey
- The Animation Experience
Get More, for More Money: Individual Lightning Lane Selections
High-demand attractions such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom in Florida and Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland will not be included in Disney Genie+. If you want to access the Lightning Lane for those rides, you will have to pay more as they’ll be sold individually. A la carte Lightning Lane selection pricing will vary based on day, time, and crowds. Example pricing released by Disney shows a low of $7 and a high of $15. If that $15 to skip the line at Rise of the Resistance is as speedy as they’re making it sound it might be worth it. ROR has a tendency to run lines that are an hour and a half plus. You can do a lot more with your day at Hollywood Studios if you’re not waiting in a 2 hour line.
On-Property Advantage for A La Carte Lightning Lanes
With Fastpass+ some off property hotels that were Good Neighbor hotels offered Disney resort perks. This is no longer. A la carte Lightning Lane selections (individual purchases) can be made by Disney Resort hotels and select guests at 7am the morning of. All other guests have to wait until the time that the park opens. This means that most early slots will likely be taken by resort guests. Good news for guests of Shades of Green and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, you’re included in the 7am crowd.
Currently the following have been announced as individual Lightning Lane selections.
Individual Lightning Lane Selections at Walt Disney World
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Frozen Ever After
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Overall Thoughts on Disney Genie+
I’ve got a lot of feelings on this one. I love Disney and have had many magical memories there. The Genie service within the app seems like it will enhance a Disney vacation. Being able to build a favorites board and predict future wait times will make Disney vacations better.
But we know that Disney is already an expensive vacation. An extra $15 per ticket per day is just one more expense for families to absorb. I’m reserving judgement until I see how much faster it really is if you pay to play. If it performs at Fastpass+ speed then we’re basically paying for something that used to be free. If it really is as fast as lightning? Maybe it will be worth it for some guests.