Disney Genie and Lightning Lane
Did you know that Disney lets you customize your vacation to meet your family’s needs? One way they do that is through the new Disney Genie, Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selections. These new services will help you navigate the theme parks and make the most of your time at Walt Disney World! These brand new services launched at Walt Disney World in October 2021.
Disney Genie is a complimentary service available for all Guests via the My Disney Experience app, while Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selections are available for purchase to help you maximize your day and save time waiting in line. Keep reading to learn more about these new offerings and how to use them during your Walt Disney World vacation!
Available for all guests right in the My Disney Experience mobile app, the complimentary Disney Genie service offers new features that let you create your best Disney day. These features include a personalized itinerary creator that effortlessly and smartly maps out an entire day inspired by the things you tell it you love – helping you make the most of your park time so you can have even more fun.
Disney Genie continues to update your itinerary from morning to night as the day changes, so you can stay spontaneous and go with the flow. Disney Genie uses Disney’s 50+ years of knowledge and expertise in how guests visit the parks to make the experience better for everyone by:
• Reducing time in lines while keeping in mind your top attraction picks
• Pacing the day with experiences you will enjoy – and haven’t already done yet
• Building around existing plans like dining reservations and whether you have a Park Hopper® ticket
Disney Genie+ grants you access to the Lightning Lane by allowing you to select arrival windows at more than 40+ attractions across the Walt Disney World theme parks. Disney Genie+ is available for purchase for single-day use via the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit. Prices vary by date, but start at $15 per person, per day.
As of June 8, 2022, Disney Genie+ can no longer be added to your ticket/vacation package for the entire length of ticket.
How it works:
Once you have Disney Genie+ service, you can book the next available arrival window for your first experience via the My Disney Experience mobile app beginning at 7:00 AM on the day of your visit. Once you’ve redeemed your initial selection (or it has been more than 2 hours since you made your first selection), you can make another selection using the app, and so on up to park closing.
INDIVIDUAL LIGHTNING LANE ATTRACTION SELECTIONS
For some of the most highly demanded attractions (those which are not included in Disney Genie+), Lightning Lane entry will be available for purchase individually. Guests may purchase and select an arrival window one at a time for up to two attractions per day. Pricing will vary depending on the attraction and the date. This option will be available for all guests, with or without Disney Genie+ service, and can only be purchased on the day of your visit.
The image below shows which attractions are included in Disney Genie+ and which ones will be available for Individual Lightning Lane purchase*:
*Attraction offerings and prices are subject to change.
Can Disney Genie+ be added to existing vacation packages?
Disney Genie+ can no longer be added to vacation packages or tickets (effective June 8, 2022). Disney Genie+ can now be purchased for single-day use on the day of your visit.
Can I purchase Disney Genie+ for partial days of my vacation?
Yes, you can choose to purchase Disney Genie+ only for the days of your trip you wish to use it. Disney Genie+ can be purchased each morning within your My Disney Experience mobile app.
Can Individual Attraction Selections be purchased prior to my check-in date?
No, Individual Attraction Selections can only be purchased on the day of. They can be purchased beginning at 7 am ET for Disney Resort hotel guests, or at the park opening time for all other Guests.
If I want to “skip the lines” at the parks, which do I need?
You’ll want to purchase Disney Genie+, at a minimum, to skip lines at more than 40 attractions. If you’d like to skip the lines at the top headliner attractions, you will also want to purchase Individual Attraction Selections each morning of your vacation via your My Disney Experience mobile app.
How many lines can I “skip” using Disney Genie+?
Disney estimates Guests who purchase Disney Genie+ will be able to use it on 2-3 attractions or experiences each day. However, there is no limit to how many experiences it can be used on and it is certainly possible to use it for more, depending on the attractions/arrival windows you select and how soon you are able to select your next experience.
If I have a Park Hopper ticket, can I purchase Disney Genie+ and use it at multiple parks in the same day?
Yes, if you purchase Disney Genie+ with a Park Hopper ticket, you can use Disney Genie+ to access Lightning Lanes at the included attractions in any park you visit that day, including if you visit multiple parks on the same day. However, note that Park Hopping hours begin at 2 pm, so you will not be able to select an attraction in another park unless the available time for that attraction is after 2 pm.
Can I still enjoy attractions without Disney Genie+ or Individual Attraction Selections?
Yes, standby lines (and virtual queues for select attractions) will be offered without Disney Genie+ or Individual Attraction Selections.
Will Disney Genie+ “sell out”?
Beginning June 8, Disney Genie+ will be subject to availability, meaning it’s possible it could sell out for the day. This will help lower the wait times in the Lightning Lane queues. If you wish to use Disney Genie+, it is highly recommended to purchase it right away for each day.
Can I purchase Individual Attraction Selections without purchasing Disney Genie+?
Yes. You do not need to purchase Disney Genie+ in order to purchase Individual Attraction Selections.
Can Individual Attraction Selections be made for more than one park? For example, can one be for Magic Kingdom and the other EPCOT for the same day?
Yes, Individual Attraction Selections can be made for more than one park in the same day for guests with Park Hopper tickets. For example, you could purchase Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom and Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom.
Will arrival windows sell out for attractions/experiences?
Yes, for experiences included in Disney Genie+, arrival windows can run out. For this reason, it is recommended to select your top preferences first. Individual Lightning Lane selections can also sell out, so it is recommended to purchase these first thing in the morning, too.
What time can I make my Disney Genie+ selections?
Starting at 7 am ET the morning you are visiting a park.
Does Disney Genie+ open at 7 am ET for all guests, or only for those staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels?
All Guests with Disney Genie+ can select their first Lightning Lane attraction beginning at 7 am ET.
Do Individual Attraction Selections open at 7 am ET for all guests, or only for those staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels?
Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Shades of Green® Resort or the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels can purchase Individual Attraction Selections on the day of their visit, starting at 7 am ET. All other Guests can purchase Individual Attraction Selections on the day of their visit, starting at each park’s opening time.
Can I modify a Disney Genie+ selection?
Yes, you can cancel and rebook an available time/attraction, based on availability.
Are these features the same as they are at the Disneyland Resort?
The Disneyland Resort in Southern California also offers Disney Genie, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane. Many of the features work the same, although there are some key differences between the Disneyland version and the Walt Disney World version. Click here to learn more about these features at the Disneyland Resort!