Walt Disney World announces start date for Disney Genie, Genie+ and Lightning Lanes

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Posted: Friday October 8, 2021 3:55pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced that Disney Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane will launch at Walt Disney World on October 19 2021.

Disney Genie is a new digital service part of the My Disney Experience app designed to plan your day at the Walt Disney World theme parks, including a personalized itinerary that maps out the entire day based on your preferences. There is no cost to use Disney Genie.

Disney Genie+ is an option within the Disney Genie service that makes the former FastPass line available at select attractions, now called Lightning Lane. At Walt Disney World, the introductory pricing is $15 per ticket per day. Certain headline attractions are not part of Genie+, and Lightning Lane access at those attractions will require an Individual Attraction purchase.

Individual Attraction purchases will vary by date, attraction and park. For example, the Lightning Lane entrance to Remy's Ratatouille Adventure will be $9 per person on October 19 and $11 per person on October 23. As another example, on both those dates, Lightning Lane entrance to Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain will be $7 per person, while Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will be $15 per person. Throughout the year, prices may be lower on some days and higher on other days. This option may be purchased at up to 2 different attractions each day.

The lineup of attractions that will offer paid Lighting Lane access via Individual Attraction purchases and not part of Genie+ is as follows:

Disney's Hollywood Studios - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

Magic Kingdom - Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

EPCOT - Frozen Ever After, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure

Disney's Animal Kingdom - Expedition Everest and Avatar Flight of Passage

See the complete list of confirmed Lighting Lane attractions and Individual Lighting Lane selections available for purchase at Walt Disney World.

Starting October 19, Disney Genie+ service will be available to purchase before you arrive as an add-on to a ticket or vacation package. It will also be available as a single-day purchase through the My Disney Experience app. If you have an existing ticket, you will be able to modify it to include Disney Genie+ service within the app. If you have an existing package, call the travel provider who originally arranged your booking or the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 939-5277.

View our Disney Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane FAQ for Walt Disney World.

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MisterPenguin1 minute ago

This should help... https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/wdw-rumor-tracker-version-3.970353/post-9448696

disneygeek901 minute ago

Lucky for you it looks like it reopened. Keep that $15 (times x amount of guests) Chapek!

monothingie2 minutes ago

tanc9 minutes ago

What's the verdict here? Saw that the app literally has place holder words still though. Have to say I am pretty disappointed that this is now a reality. It's sad to see the direction Disney is now taking compared to just a decade ago. Really kills my hype to go ever again.

disneygeek9010 minutes ago

For when? What if that’s your last day visiting? Disney should cough up and return the transaction. Sheesh.

Disney Analyst13 minutes ago

I would assume if a ride did not reopen at all, they would then issue a refund. It's probably "no refunds, unless we have no choice" type policy. Let's not jump to conclusions until we know...

DisneyDodo15 minutes ago

That is baffling and completely unacceptable. You give Disney money to ride at a guaranteed time, yet you are not guaranteed to be able to ride at that time, or even at all? I give this “no refund” policy 3 days.

hsisthebest15 minutes ago

#1 I can see that now, but for the life of me they need to not make everything sound/look/seem the same. #2 I give the eff up on this thing, I'm only doing this trip because my daughter wanted it for her graduation present. Hopefully it will be our last trip for a long time.

Jeff427216 minutes ago

Not sure how I see this working long term. my guess is Genie+ will be a flop as soon as people see how it works and figure out it’s major flaws. When it’s slow, there’s no need for it. When it’s busy, there won’t be enough rides you can get on to justify the cost. When you couple that with having to get up at 7am every day and cannot pick your return time, the cost is just not worth the effort. IAS to me will be a short term success for the major high profile rides and during extremely busy times like thanksgiving and Christmas but as you can already tell, nobody will buy space Mountain, Everest, frozen, etc. during average park days.

UNCgolf23 minutes ago

They're really going to open a can of worms with this. No refunds if a ride goes down? That means they absolutely won't be issuing refunds if you skip preshows or the ride is barely at show quality (e.g. if American Adventure was a paid attraction in the shoddy state it's currently in). I'd complain repeatedly just on principle if they told me I couldn't get a refund. Emails, social media, whatever. And I'm not the type of person who usually complains to staff about anything; I'm more likely to just pay an extra charge on a bill than argue about it (as long as it's not something outrageous). This is different, though.

Jeff427224 minutes ago

I’m sure they will give you any anytime return FP for any park. Or maybe 2?

Jeff427225 minutes ago

They are both correct.

disneygeek9030 minutes ago

Surely they can’t refuse refund if the ride never reopens tonight. I hope.

Patcheslee33 minutes ago

I wouldn't be surprised if people dispute CC charges for service not received. Yes I know there's a no refund policy.