Disney Genie+ price increase comes to Walt Disney World alongside variable pricing by date

Oct 11, 2022 in "Disney Genie"

Posted: Tuesday October 11, 2022 9:05am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney is introducing a variable pricing model for Genie+ at Walt Disney World - bringing higher costs to the ride reservation system less than one year after its launch.

Effective today, Genie+ at Walt Disney World now starts at $15, and may go as high as $22 per person per day (plus tax), depending on the date.

In addition to moving Genie+ to a variable price model, some Individual Lightning Lane selections are also shifting to variable prices. Star Wars Rise of the Resistance at Disney's Hollywood Studios will now see prices go as high as $22, starting at $15.

Variable pricing for Genie+ is not unexpected, as earlier in June Disney halted the option of advance pre-arrival purchase and Disney Genie+ became only available for purchase through the My Disney Experience app on the day of a visit. 

The move to variable pricing adds even more confusion to the guest experience, increasing uncertainty around what a day in the park will ultimately cost. Guests will need to constantly monitor pricing for admission tickets, Genie+, and Individual Lightning Lane selections. Disney is not currently publishing a schedule of Genie+ pricing, and will instead adjust pricing on a day-by-day basis, leaving it up to the guest to make a decision on the day of their visit.

Disney Genie+ is a purchase option within the Disney Genie service that makes the former FastPass line available at select attractions, now called Lightning Lane. Certain headline attractions are not part of Genie+, and Lightning Lane access at those attractions requires an Individual Attraction purchase which varies in prices.

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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TQQQ12 hours ago

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

Fido Chuckwagon1 day ago

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

Splash4eva1 day 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.

SamusAranX1 day ago

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

TQQQ1 day ago

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

co100641 day 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.

TQQQ1 day 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

Jrb19791 day 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.

TheMaxRebo1 day 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)

TQQQ1 day 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

Purduevian1 day ago

For once, I agree with you that I would much rather have #1. Unfortunately, I'm not in charge. Also please let me LL a ride more than once in a day (re-rides)

TQQQ1 day ago

Would you rather: 1) Have no Tiers and book your first ride only in place of the 7am current rule and then have the 120 min/expire/use the LL before you book another OR 2) Have Tiers and book 1 Tier 1 ride and 2 Tier 2 rides BUT have to use all 3 before booking another ride?

Purduevian1 day ago

This was my best attempt at making tiers in the current Parks.

Crunchie92 days ago

maybe it will drop to 15$ a day :)