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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ChrisM3 hours ago

It's also the "handler required" model, which I have zero interest in. I don't want or need a tour guide, or to be whisked around backstage.

homerdance23 hours ago

I don’t like paying for it. That is a pretty obvious for anyone. Do you want free or to pay. My distaste isn’t just because of that. It is a terrible system. Terrible. If Disney could link all of your reservations together it would help, but they can’t seem to figure that out. I get most people here are diehards and don’t have a full agenda and don’t plan meals, our park days we hit it hard to maximize our time. So yeah, we have reservations outside of the rides that aren’t part of the genie plan. And if we miss something on one of the days chances are we won’t do it until our next trip, which are farther and farther apart. If you need me to regurgitate the endless reasons the pick a future return time is bad I can, it’s been said before, many times, many ways. But having a few minutes to check any future plans before something disappears is stressful. Sometimes we stay late and are up until 1 enjoying a party or and after hours event. And yeah, coming from. Later time zone staying up until 2 am then turning around and making park reservations at 7 ( up before then obviously) means at best 5 hours of sleep.

pdude811 day ago

I think it only looks inferior because you have to pay for it, but we can disagree on that. The one thing you can count on though is that you'll still be looking at your phones all day to get around the park easily and manage the passes you do have.

homerdance1 day ago

I recently renewed our families APs(I know what a sucker) and was once again told in early 2024 pre-booking would be made available. I am sure the nice young lady who was helping had no other information than I do, but they are telling the customers it is coming still. But this is the only reason we renewed. Every experience we have had with G+ has been terrible. Between being tied to our phones the entire day, the mad dash to get a ILL, VQ, and my first G+ selection at the same time, and the ridiculous amount of timeouts the app gives us, I don’t understand how/why normal people pay for this. Paying more for a far inferior product is not what most people want or expect.

TQQQ2 days ago

Thats not the Express Pass model......That the Express price gouge model

Fido Chuckwagon2 days ago

We already have the express pass model. It’s called VIP tours, and it’s priced quite high.

Splash4eva2 days ago

As much as i hate to admit this but we just got back and i was very satisfied with the Genie+ rides i was able to get the 4 days i used it. 2 of the days park hopping as well.

SamusAranX2 days ago

Ideally it should, but not enough capacity in terms of attractions to make that happen

TQQQ2 days ago

I like the express pass model. Price it high and limit sales to make it worth it But that’s not happening either

co100642 days ago

Part of me wishes Genie+ would go away in favor of an entirely ILL a la carte experience. It would probably be more expensive but it would drastically reduce planning and unnecessarily complexity. ...but I think I'm in the minority.

TQQQ3 days ago

Agree........and this wouldn't really change anything as far as ride availability for everyone else.....I think allowing to pick return times will spread the inventory out and might actually HELP the 7am rush since not everybody will be getting "first available" right at 7am b a lot will pick later return times

Jrb19793 days ago

While it would be nice to have re-rides I don't see how they can do it. There just isn't enough capacity for that to happen. Let resort guests book 1 ahead of time so they can stop whining about 7am wake up. Leave the rest as is. They need to stop making visiting the parks complicated. Personally I wish they would make everything standby and put the top 2 attractions in each park as LL.

TheMaxRebo3 days ago

AK is really tough (I mean, none are ideal) - sucks to make the Safari, the key attra tion in the park, hard to get on. That is one part hat hasn't seen any new rides since they last had tiers (in the past it was FoP and Navi as the two tier 1s)

TQQQ3 days ago

Ha....Ok....We can all get along here.......I think #1 is the way to go but maybe add 2 max ILL purchases (in case of park hopping) so then resort guests will have 2-3 rides pre booked This doesnt take all the time slots up for the day guests and solves the early riser problem