Star Wars Rise of the Resistance Lightning Lane access selling out early

Oct 20, 2021 in "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance"

Lightning Lane signage at Star Wars Rise of the Resistance
Posted: Wednesday October 20, 2021 9:30am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

We are two days into the era of Disney Genie at Walt Disney World, and as expected, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance dominates demand for Individual Attraction purchases.

Guests so far appear happy to pay the $15 fee to access the Lightning Lane via the Individual Attraction purchase option in Disney Genie. Disney has said that Lightning Lane pricing will vary depending on demand, so consecutive sell-outs may move Disney to increase the price. Ahead of Disney Genie+ launch, we had heard of Rise of the Resistance pricing up to $24.

Yesterday, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance sold out around 9:50am, and today, it sold out by 9:30am. Standby lines have hovered around a peak of 120 minutes.

As a reminder, Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests can purchase up to 2 Individual Attraction selections for Lighting Lane access at 7am on the day of visit. Non-resort hotel guests can make a purchase when the park opens.

Based on the first two days, if your strategy is to purchase Lightning Lane access at Rise of the Resistance, do not wait long after the park opens to secure your ride.

Learn more about Disney Genie from our recent articles, including a Disney Genie FAQ, and Genie discussion on the WDWMAGIC Forums.

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Ayla1 day ago

Yes, there are plenty of guest reports saying how they were given LL for whatever reason as part of guest recovery that I don't believe the reports on twitter.

DisneyDreamer081 day ago

I was in Disney with my husband and 2 kids in March of 2023. There was a system wide outage on our DHS day that affected everyone for the first few hours of the day. After that, everyone had to sign back in and for a some reason, a small amount of people, myself included, couldn’t sign back into the MDE app for the entire day. I had to go to the blue umbrellas every time I wanted to make a LL. I couldn’t mobile order or fiddle faddle my times. It was infuriating and exhausting to say the least. I went to guest services at the end of the day simply because I didn’t feel I got my monies worth that day. The CM was extremely emphatic and not only refunded my entire family for the day but gave us Genie for free for the following day as well. So it definitely still happens.

arich351 day ago

Yeah when we went in January we had some issue with Genie+ at HS that day where it messed up our group. We were park hopping later to MK and the guest experience team gave us all free Peter Pan ILL plus an anytime experience pass because Slinky was down the whole time.

natatomic2 days ago

I’d imagine guest recovery can and DOES still happen. But I can also imagine it’s much more limited too.

James Alucobond2 days ago

I'm not saying this is wrong as I may have just randomly been dealing with someone who had the correct permissions, but my group was definitely given both a Lightning Lane and gift certificate cash for an inconvenience during my last visit in 2023. I didn't even push for it; I just asked for something minor to be corrected with my room reservation and, because it was going to take a day, they offered.

natatomic2 days ago

Having watched Jenny Nicholson’s Star Wars Hotel video, it led me to follow her on twitter where people are ripping Disney a new one (rightly deserved, too). One thing I didn’t realize that has changed as I haven’t been a CM since covid is that monetizing fast passes has now made guest recovery reduced to practically nothing compared to what they used to do. Here’s some quotes: “Pre-Genie+ I used to make magical moments by walking guests up to the fastpass entrance all the time. Now that’s “stealing from the company”” “Our bus delayed our entry into DHS by two hours so we couldn’t get to rope drop and do rise of the resistance. The cast member at guest services actually apologized and said “I’d like to be able to give you a Fastpass for your inconvenience but the system doesn’t allow it.”” “Yea, a lot of cast are hesitant because they've put a lot of pressure on them about not abusing it. On top of that, in many areas frontline cast had the ability to issue them removed entirely and now only leaders/coordinators can do it.” “One thing that's weird since Disney decided fastpasses cost money is they never give them out for inconveniences anymore. Yesterday they couldn't link my magicband to the hotel and said "I'm sorry this probably really ate into the time you needed to go on rides. Anyway bye"” (She said this happened every day of her stay, and the only thing they suggested was for HER to go buy a new magic band. No offers to replace it for her). Sounds like comped LL are given out incredibly rarely now, and front line CMs have either been deprived of that ability, and the few that DO have that power have to be able to account for each and every one passed out lest they get in trouble. So I guess magical moments are a thing of the past? I used to love surprising guests with a random fast pass just to brighten their day, or using them as guest recovery. Hey Disney. Genie+ SUCKS. Get your act together, good Lord…

Fido Chuckwagon2 days ago

Let’s not go crazy…

TrojanUSC3 days ago

Yes, paying for something that used to be free sucks, but I continue to think that for the price they're charging it's a steal.

Fido Chuckwagon3 days ago

If they are going back to 3 prebooks that makes sense. Basically it’s just the old FP+ system but you pay for it now. I don’t see how they could possibly allow 3 prebooks plus stacking, there’s just not enough capacity.

George3 days ago

There’s a thread I could pull on, but before I do that - do any of our esteemed magic colleagues know guest satisfaction numbers with regards to genie, genie plus, and ILL?

HauntedPirate5 days ago

I still think the best option is to... Junk the entire system.

pigglewiggle5 days ago

Maybe that will be part of new pre-booking that was supposed to happen this year I thought.

JD805 days ago

That just sounds like old FP+. IF you scheduled your third FP at 60 days for 8pm, you could never refresh. Honestly it's a good way to do it and it's easier to understand. Assuming they give you 3 to book. If it's just 1, it'll deter people from booking a LL and banking it for later in the day. So inventory at 7am won't immediately sell out because people have to determine the value prop of whether booking an E ticket for later in the day and getting no use out of the system is more valuable than using it actively during the day. It becomes an ILL at that point. If that happens you'll have top tier attractions available later in the day for people buying the system. Would be q clever way of creating more inventory.

UNCgolf5 days ago

That would significantly devalue the system and probably result in a ton of GR complaints ("I paid $25 and was only able to use it for one ride at 8 PM!").