Disney is halting advance purchase of Genie+ at Walt Disney World

May 18, 2022 in "Disney Genie"

Posted: Wednesday May 18, 2022 11:05am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney will no longer allow guests to purchase its Genie+ service in advance effective June 8 2022.

Starting June 8, Disney Genie+ will only be offered for purchase through the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit. With this change, holders of all ticket types, including Annual Pass, multi- or single-day ticket, will only be able to purchase Disney Genie+ service on the day of the visit via the app, one day at a time, subject to availability.

Guests who have already made an advance purchase of Genie+ for 2022 dates will not be affected.

In a post on the Disney Parks Blog the company said, "We're focused on delivering the best possible guest experience, and this adjustment will help manage the incredibly strong demand our guests have shown for Disney Genie+."

Alongside this latest announcement, Disney also said that, "on average, guests who purchase Disney Genie+ service will continue to enter 2-3 attractions or experiences each day using the Lightning Lane entrance when the first selection is made early in the day.

This latest update raises the possibility of Disney offering variable date-based pricing for Genie+ and giving them more flexibility in managing sales of the Genie+ service. A notable change in language today indicates that Genie+ is "subject to availability." Limiting sales of Genie+ would help Disney with improving attraction availability for those guests who purchase Genie+.

We also understand that Disney has been exploring the possibility of offering discounted Genie+ to some categories of guests. Annual Passholders have been one group who have felt that they should have some level of Genie+ included with their pass, or offered at a discount.

As it stands currently, Genie+ sales will begin at midnight, with Lightning Lane selections beginning at 7am. If Genie+ availability does become limited and sells out, guests may be needing to set alarms for midnight and 7am each day of their vacation.

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 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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Jrb19793 minutes ago

They do calculate those Express Passes into how many are available each day. If Disney went that route only deluxe guests and DVC would get it and it wouldn't be available to everyone else. Genie+ can work if they cap sales. If they capped sales to 25% of guests each day it would work like planned. No matter what they do it has to have limited access. Genie+ proves that letting everyone buy it makes it a failure. Agreed. It's how my family does any amusement park we visit. Very rare we stick together except for meals.

MickeyLuv'r5 minutes ago

Not in my family. To us, part of the fun of going with small children is seeing the park through their eyes, seeing what makes them happy, and giving them some say in what we do. While there were certainly times everyone was encouraged to try experiences that were new/outside their comfort zone, we also regularly split up if say - part of the group wanted to ride Space Mtn and part of the group didn't. It always amazes me that most of the time, we easily compromise.

Chi8416 minutes ago

That could be because all of their deluxe resort guests are getting it free. If everyone had to purchase the pass there may not be enough of them to take the stress off the standby lines. If Disney decides to go the Universal route and give free line skips to deluxe resort guests, many of whom are DVC, count me in! Unless and until that happens I think we have to accept the fact that Universal’s system won’t work at WDW. ETA: Universal is much more about the rides than WDW so people may be more willing to pay for expensive passes there. I don’t think WDW guests would receive it the same way.

solidyne27 minutes ago

It's true that everyone has different touring styles, different preferences for planning. The problems arise when Disney imposes systems that favor one over the other. The bigger the imposition, the worse off more people are (though there always will be some who love it). From weakest imposition to strongest: (1) ALL STAND-BY Guests can use rope drop, late night, or Touring Plans to suit their taste (or skill or endurance!) but everyone "competes" on a level playing field, even if they bring different "abilities" to the "game." (2) LEGACY FP This seems to be a favorite, for good reason. It seems the benefits (getting what you want) outweigh the costs (longer standbys) for most people. A slight imposition. (3) FP+ (4) G+ These disasters are well documented, the latter being a huge imposition, given the apparently unexpectedly high number of users. Notice how it is trending in one direction over time? Count me among those who say that if there must be some kind of line-skipping system, it should be high-priced in order to limit the number of users (and limit the imposition). I go to Universal, for example, and barely notice those who have elected to purchase their whatever pass. I don't even know what it's called! That's how little it disrupts.

Chi841 hour ago

That's true. If you're willing to stay in the parks from the minute they open until closing, you will likely get to ride all the attractions even without line skips. The beauty of line skip systems is that you don't have to do that. We could spend the morning relaxing at the resort pool or a water park, then hit the theme parks in the late afternoon or evening for dinner and our three FP+ (for the headliners - the rides we actually wanted to ride). No one is going to agree on this issue because the way people vacation is very subjective. I may not be in the majority as far as how I like to spend my time at WDW, but my version of the perfect vacation is no less worthy than the version of someone who wants to ride every attraction in MK in one day.

crazy4disney1 hour ago

Listen im not saying it cant happen but as i said. Walk on during the prime hours excluding rope drop and end of night line have existed. Rope dropping has been the best “tip” since inception as is staying in parks til they close back in day when the parks actually stayed open til midnight 1 am….

Chi841 hour ago

It wasn't just 20,000 Leagues lol. The lines for Splash and Space Mountain routinely exceeded 90 minutes. The reason I stressed that I was an adult when we first started going is that kids don't really have much say in the matter of whether or not to stand in long lines. We were juggling multi-generational trips during the standby years, with my elderly mom and our very young kids. It's a different story. In any event, skip the line systems exist in pretty much every major theme park in the world, so they're not going anywhere. Disney has to find a way to make one work at WDW. The answer is not to go from a system that worked very well for a good number of guests to one that has resulted in the lowest guest satisfaction scores in WDW history. The product has been so poorly received that it's widely reported WDW is changing it.

TheMaxRebo1 hour ago

Right - which is why when FP first started it was designed to just be used for a handful of rides - those headliners - so you get one of those and then ride the "lesser attractions" that were only standby and had some line, but not *that* much, while you wait for your return time for the headliner that carried the 90 min wait .... ... But then those FP ran out as not enough for everyone at the park and they add more and more rides and the whole thing falls apart Personally I am fine with a line skipping system but only use it on rides that really need it (maybe should just be ILL - sold individually or as a package) .... Key is having enough "other stuff to do" while waiting for your return time. And this is all magnified by reduced entertainment, not all character meets back, etc ... There just isn't enough stuff to do so people just get on a line even if long as have to wait anyway

solidyne2 hours ago

Fair enough. I do recall 20,000 Leagues sometimes being "prohibitive" (to my parents, anyway) due to its wait. For the record, though, I started going to WDW in 1974, and I nevertheless favor all-standby, so it is not a case of not having been there in the bad old days.

Casper Gutman2 hours ago

You could almost always avoid such lines because they ebbed and flowed across the day. And you are certainly free to not feel guilty for liking a system that catered fairly directly to your touring style. But that system also put some guests at a distinct disadvantage, preventing them from riding certain new rides entirely even after paying to enter the "very expensive theme park." Having accepted and even welcomed a system that disadvantages some styles of touring and benefits others, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise when that system shifts and you no longer find yourself among the favored group.

Chi843 hours ago

It's not a matter of falling on deaf ears. I started going to WDW in 1984 as an adult and have visited just about every year since (often twice a year). When someone glorifies the idea of all-standby, I know what those days were like. Sure - you could get on the less popular rides without as long a wait, but the lines for the headliners were prohibitive. That's fine for people who don't mind standing in lines that are "constantly moving" for 60 to 90 minutes. But thank goodness there are enough of us who actually remember what it was like who don't want to go back to those days. And yes, when it comes to a vacation at a very expensive theme park, people are allowed to do what's best for themselves without feeling guilty about it.

Casper Gutman8 hours ago

I'm younger then you and I have seen many, many, many walk-ons in the days before FP+. In fact, during the brief period when there was no line-skipping for RotR, after boarding groups but before LL, I walked on that ride (yes, the crowds were lower - it's still remarkable). Eliminating line-skipping systems gets rid of the artificial levelling effect that ensures all rides have lines and that lines stay consistent(and slow) from open to close. There is much more fluctuation in line length over the course of the day and between attractions.

crazy4disney11 hours ago

When there isnt enough capacity & parks being full walk on’s become non existent during most park hours. Im 47 & been going since i could remember & there was no such thing as walk ons growing up. Basically every ride had legit lines & that was with more capacity & less attendance.

crazy4disney11 hours ago

Hence why Genie is awful. Imagine being a billion dollar company with guests willing to pay for a product & having probably more data and analytics on them & somehow messing this up soooo badly you ticked off almost everyone & its so bad you are already looking to change it. But welcome to Disney in the 21st century under the new regime.