Do you need to purchase Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes to enjoy Disney? My answer is yes.
It is important to understand the whole Genie, Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane system in order to maximize your time (and money) at Disney.
GENIE, GENIE+ AND INDIVIDUAL LIGHTNING LANES- YOU NEED to know the difference.
-The Genie is a free program that is part of Disney’s My Disney Experience App that gives you wait times, suggested itineraries and so much more.
-Genie+ is a paid service ($$/day/person plus tax varies) that works like the old “fastpass” system and gives you access to MOST rides in the parks for lightning lane
-Individual Lightning Lanes are a PAID service for the top 2 rides in each park where the price varies by day and park. You will find out the price the day you are in the park. The price ranges from $7 to $15 usually.
-Disney’s Genie+ lightning lanes and Individual Lightning Lanes are available at 7 AM the day you are going into the park not before for Disney Resort Guests. For off site guests it is 7 AM for Genie+ and at park opening for Individual Lightning Lanes.
Genie is the free service offered by Disney.
This includes things like:
-Wait times for rides
-Ability to enter rides you want to go on and give you a suggested itinerary (note the suggested itinerary will not appear until the day of being in the park but you can input our choices prior)in a particular park for a particular day
-Ability to check table service availability and to see what the next arrival window is for mobile ordering at counter service restaurants
-Tip boards assistance
-The Genie system works within the My Disney Experience App
Genie+ is a paid service at Disney
-This includes purchasing this service for $15-$22/day/person, either in advance with tickets or day of entry into the park
-Think of this like a paid Fastpass service. I dislike to pay the extra price but I dislike standing in line even more.
-You can have 1 Genie+ attraction at a time UNLESS the one you choose is over 2 hours out, then you can pick a 2nd one at the 2 hour mark. It will show you your next available time in the Genie+ system No need to try to tack but setting an alarm on your phone would be helpful
-At 7AM the day you are entering the park you may select your first Genie+ attraction lightning lane you would like
-NOTE: You do not get to select the time you want for a return time with the Genie+ the system lets you know what is next available
-Yes, there are a limited number of Genie+ lightning lane passes for each day. The more popular rides will go quickest.
-Explore and learn this system before you arrive at Disney. It will make it much easier than trying to learn when you are there.
-Their will be a one hour window in which to use your Genie+ pass you selected. Make sure to keep an eye on the times.
-I hope this link will help you more: https://wdwprepschool.com/how-to-use-disney-genie-plus/
Individual Lightning Lanes at Disney
-This includes the top 2 rides in each park.
-You can get a maximum of 2 Individual Lightning Lane passes per day NOT per park
-Sadly, you cannot get the same ride twice
-On site guest can purchase beginning at 7 AM, off site guests can begin at official park opening
-List of Lightning Lane Rides by park:
*Magic Kingdom- Seven dwarfs Mine Train
*Hollywood Studios-Rise of the Resistance
*Animal Kingdom-Avatar-Flight of passage and Expedition Everest
You need to do what is best for your travel party for a better Disney vacation.
-Decide if you need and want the Genie+ to avoid standing in the standby lines.
-Make sure to budget for Genie+ and for Individual Lightning Lanes
-Learn how to use the Disney App and Genie+ tools to maximize the Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes
-Read about Disney Genie+ Link: https://wdwprepschool.com/how-to-use-disney-genie-plus/
-Disney Individual Lightning Lanes:https://wdwprepschool.com/how-to-book-individual-lightning-lane-selections-at-walt-disney-world/
I hope this helps you with your Disney planning. Please reach out with any other questions.
With good planning you can have an amazing vacation for you and your family!