Disney is planning an imminent launch of Disney Genie and Genie+

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Posted: Wednesday September 8, 2021 8:17am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary kicks off in just three weeks, but that isn't the most significant thing coming to the resort in October.

According to our sources, Disney plans to launch Disney Genie at Walt Disney World just days into the 18 month-long "Happiest Celebration on Earth."

If everything remains on schedule, Disney Genie, along with Genie+ and Lighting Lanes, will debut on the east coast in the first week of October 2021.

Guests can already see Lighting Lane signage replace FastPass+ signs at the entrance to attractions throughout the Walt Disney World parks. At Magic Kingdom, new Lightning Lane signs are already up at Jungle Cruise, and "it's a small world." At EPCOT, Lighting Lane signs have been installed at Soarin' and Living with the Land.

Disney Genie, part of the My Disney Experience app, is the next generation of Disney's ride reservation system, replacing FastPass+.

Genie+ will be available at Walt Disney World for $15 per person per day, and will include access to the Lightning Lane (previously the FastPass line), for one attraction at a time, with a designated arrival time. In addition, top tier attractions not included in Genie+ will be available for individual purchase at a price to be announced. We understand from various sources that Disney will be asking between $4 and $24 per person, per ride, depending on the category of attraction.

Most attractions that were previously part of FastPass+ will be included in the flat-rate Genie+, but top-tier attractions and new attractions like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Remy's Ratatouille Adventure will require an individual purchase for Lighting Lane access.

You can learn more about Disney Genie, and answers to your frequently asked Disney Genie questions.

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SteveAZee10 minutes ago

Yes, I think it's more of the focus, the DINKs (Dual Income No Kids)... though apparently D I N K is considered a word worth censoring. 😏Families, especially larger ones, are less likely to stay at the upscale resorts and eat at the more expensive restaurants. There are other demographics with a lot of disposable income, but the 20 something's are a part of that. They are redesigning the experience from 'getting something for nothing' (DME, FP+, parking, etc) to 'getting something for something more'.

Touchdown35 minutes ago

Why in the world do you need Fastlane in May? Lines hardly ever stretch >30 min? Oof, btw the 3-4 days at CP are supplemented by 2 days at KI. Need to get my Beast rides in. have to disagree with you about Disney, there is 4 parks, my typical 6 day trip still leaves me wanting more, so I usually squeeze in an 9 day trip once a year.

Jrb197954 minutes ago

I always go weekdays in May. I make it a vacation week with staying at Breakers. I find Cedar Point has a lot more rides that I enjoy riding more then once. While I like Disney I am bored after 4 days. Most of their roses are 1 and done.

doctornick54 minutes ago

I'm in this boat as well. I'm annoyed by the additional cost as we all are, but I view the loss of pre-planning as a big net negative compared to previously. Especially since we always stayed on property so the 60 day advantage was huge in terms of getting the schedule just as we liked.

Touchdown59 minutes ago

I’m 8 hours away, look into Coastermania. Also weekdays in May.

flynnibus1 hour ago

Hey drama… err i mean Trauma, if you feel the need to buy at 7am one person can wake up and complete the work in probably 2mins and rollover and go right back to sleep. besides if you are going to be using any morning lightning lane you are going to be up early anyway. Between getting your group ready, getting something to eat, getting through disney transportation… that’s hours. and if it’s not for you… i am sorry you are so worried about being woken for 5mins

Jrb19791 hour ago

I'm usually there that long cause I live 5 hours away. I buy Fastlane cause I want to get multiple rides on most of the coasters. One time I did Dragster and Maverick 11 times over my days there.

dreday31 hour ago

oh my god!!! Just give a start date! :D

Touchdown1 hour ago

Holy cow, I can only do CP for 4 days top, usually only 3. I never buy their Fastlane (only Fright Lanes in the fall.)

Trauma1 hour ago

How is it the same? When I go to cedar point and get express I can skip the line for ever freaking ride when I get to the ride. With this you can skip the line for 2 rides and return at a time that Disney tells you to return at. This isn’t even close to the same thing.

Jrb19791 hour ago

It is the same. When I go to Cedar Point I am there for 5 to 6 days. I buy Fastlane for every day. Their pass is a lot more expensive then what Disney is offering.

mikejs781 hour ago

Agreed. FP+ worked very well for me. If they had kept that but only charged $15 for it, I would have been annoyed at the new charge, but happier overall than I am with this new system. Hell, if I could schedule my LL passes instead of next available, that would be better than the current system.

Trauma1 hour ago

Not the same thing. Not even close.

Jrb19791 hour ago

Yep. Every park I go to I buy the skip the line pass so it's not a big deal for me.