Disney Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane FAQ for Walt Disney World

Aug 19, 2021 in "Disney Genie"

Posted: Thursday August 19, 2021 7:06am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane Frequently Asked Questions for Walt Disney World

Learn more about Disney's announcement and launch of Disney Genie.

FAQ Updated October 20 2021

1. What is Disney Genie?

Disney Genie is a new digital service that is part of the My Disney Experience app available at no additional cost. The service is 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. Disney Genie will display current AND forecasted future wait times.

2. What is 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.

3. What are Individual Attraction Purchases?

Attractions not included as part of Genie+, such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, will require an individual attraction purchase for access into the Lightning Lane. Prices 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.

4. If I don't want to buy Genie+ or individual attraction purchases, can I still ride?

All attractions will still have a standby queue or a virtual queue. 

5. When does Disney Genie and Genie+ launch at Walt Disney World?

Disney Genie+ launched on October 19 2021.

6. What is the difference between Genie and Genie+?

Disney Genie is the planning service that creates itineraries and is free for all visitors. Genie+ is a paid option to provide Lighting Lane access to certain attractions.

7. What is a Lightning Lane?

The Lighting Lane is the new name for the FastPass queue, and can be accessed via Genie+ at participating attractions, or via an Individual Attraction purchase at a limited number of high-demand attractions.

8. How much does Disney Genie cost?

The basic Disney Genie service is free to all guests visiting Walt Disney World.

9. Is Disney Genie a new app?

Disney Genie is accessed via My Disney Experience, the existing Walt Disney World app available for iOS and Android.

10. When can I add Genie+ to my ticket?

You can purchase Genie+ for $15 ahead of your visit as an add-on or purchase on the day of your visit.

11. What attractions are available for Lighting Lane access via Genie+?

Magic Kingdom

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections 

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Splash Mountain
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

EPCOT

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Soarin’
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
  • Disney Jr. Dance Party
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular - Returning December 19, 2021
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

  • Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
  • DINOSAUR
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Na'vi River Journey
  • The Animation Experience

12. How many Disney Genie+ selections can I make and when can I make subsequent selections?

You can make one selection at a time throughout the day. Once you use one, you can make another. Your first Disney Genie+ Lighting Lane selection can be made at 7am, regardless of whether you are staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotel or offsite.


In most cases, you are eligible for another Genie+ Lightning Lane selection as soon as you tap into the Lightning Lane entrance at the chosen attraction. If you do not tap into the attraction, you are eligible for another Lightning Lane selection at the end of the arrival window for the current selection or 2 hours after your prior election was made.

Suppose your first Lightning Lane selection is further out than 2 hours from park opening, for example, 2pm. In that case, you can make a second Lightning Lane selection 120 minutes following the official park opening time.

Example. At 7am, you book a Lightning Lane selection for Haunted Mansion at 2pm in Magic Kingdom. The park opens at 9am, so you are then eligible to make another Lightning Lane selection for a ride time from 11am. This means at 11am you will have two Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations.

In short, assuming the park opens at 9am, your latest booking times will be: 7am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm.

Using the above booking times, and assuming that your first reservation is for later in the day, it may be possible to stack three or more Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations at one time.


13. How many Individual Attraction purchases can I make?

You can schedule a time to arrive at up to two highly demanded attractions each day using the Lightning Lane entrance.

14. What attractions will not be part of Genie+ and require an Individual Attraction purchase?

Magic Kingdom

Individual Lightning Lane Selections

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain

EPCOT

Individual Lightning Lane Selections

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Individual Lightning Lane Selections

  • Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Individual Lightning Lane Selections

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain

15. Do I have to buy Genie+ before I can make an Individual Attraction Purchase?

No. Individual Attraction purchases can be made via Disney Genie without needing the Genie+ add-on.

16. When can I purchase Individual Attractions for Lightning Lane access?

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. Available to Disney Resort hotel Guests and Guests of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green.

Non-resort hotel guests can make a purchase when the park opens.

17. When can I make Genie+ selections?

At Walt Disney World, all guests can make the first Genie+ selection at 7am on the day of the visit via My Disney Experience.

18. Will Genie+ and Individual Attraction purchases be available during Extended Evening Hours and Early Entry for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests?

No, only standby lines will be in use during these times.

19. Do I have to purchase Genie+ for the entire length of my trip?

If purchased as part of a vacation package ahead of your visit, Genie+ is purchased for the entire length of the stay at $15 per ticket per day.
If not purchased ahead of time, Genie+ can be added on a day-by-day basis.

20. Can I pay to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance or Remy's Ratatouille Adventure?

For Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, you will be able to buy Lightning Access as an Individual Attraction purchase.

21. How does Genie+ and individual attraction purchases work for Annual Passholders?

Genie+ can be purchased by Walt Disney World Annual Passholders on the day of the visit for $15 per day. No discounts are available.

22. What has happened to FASTPASS and FastPass+?

The original FASTPASS and FastPass+ have been retired and replaced by Disney Genie and Genie+.

23. Can I modify a Genie+ selection?

No. You can cancel a selection and choose a new arrival window at any available Disney Genie+ attraction.

24. Can I book an Individual Attraction Purchase at the same time as a Genie+ Lightning Lane selection?

Yes. It is possible to have a Genie+ reservation at the same time as an individual attraction purchase. Disney Genie will detect this and advise you that you have an existing plan in the same window, but it will let you make the reservation.

25. What payment methods can I use to buy Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction selections?

My Disney Experience accepts the following payment methods:

  • Disney Gift Card
  • Disney Rewards redemption Card
  • Credit or Debit Cards - Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Diners Club, JCB and UnionPay
  • Click to Pay
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wutisgood26 minutes ago

Again stop taking bait from the idiot

lazyboy97o2 hours ago

I’m suggesting that you keep contradicting yourself because you’ve decided Disney must always make the right decision and are twisting around to justify everything. According to you Walt Disney Studios Park the right size now because Disney decided to build it that small but it also somehow too small and needs to be expanded because Disney also decided to do that. You have effectively admitted that if tomorrow Disney approved a huge building project to increase capacity at Walt Disney World that you’d be telling us how it is such a brilliant plan because Disney said so.

el_super2 hours ago

I'm confused. Are you trying to suggest that they are adding more attractions to WDSP in order to manage the massive demand there or just to increase attendance?

lazyboy97o2 hours ago

So there it is. Disney does no wrong even if they change course. Good to know Walt Disney Studios Park was a good idea.

Ayla3 hours ago

Thanks.

BrianLo3 hours ago

Who claimed they spent 2 billion on Genie+? There hasn't been enough Capex spending worldwide (where every park still has active projects, including the new cruise ships) to justify that number on Genie+ alone. Genie+ is also just built on top of their previous architecture, nothing was really thrown out. I'd hazard Genie+ will be recouping whatever they spent on it in short order.

el_super4 hours ago

It is probably best to stop all the second guessing and Monday morning quaterbacking, and just sit back and watch Disney run their business. Pretty sure those that keep thinking they need to add some endless number of attractions will just be forever disappointed anyway.

disneygeek905 hours ago

The part that truly bothers me is the animation courtyard in HS. A shuttered show… a disneys toddler/youth show… and then whatever the heck Launch Bay is supposed to be these days. A terrible use of space for all of it.

wutisgood5 hours ago

Please do not engage the village idiot. They do not add to the discussion and have nothing to respond to if you ignore them.

lazyboy97o6 hours ago

They’re not increasing capacity. Tearing down half your house and then building back something smaller is not an expansion. Magic Kingdom has abandoned retail, dining and attraction space. Epcot’s new attractions have significantly less capacity. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is not much bigger than it was when Sunset Blvd opened. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is just now likely at its originally programmed capacity.

wutisgood6 hours ago

What many people on the boards don't realize is that the planners are now getting a taste for what many people have experienced for years who don't plan as well. The amount of people out there who go to disney and don't get on much of anything but don't even complain about it is scary. I went to knotts a few months ago and got every Halloween maze and show done in one night. I met some people who came in without a plan at park open and they got a show a ride and 1 maze done. I would never spend money on anything with such a poor return but many people do. Disneyland has very limited on site hotels as well meaning the only way they can increase revenue apart from raising ticket/food prices is to get more people in the parks. Every ride that gets built increases line capacity and thus the legal limit of the park. It is why Halloween events have the largest capacity in many parks. If disneyland builds an E ticket that adds 1000 people per day to max capacity that can be directly viewed as a addition that can be monetized in ticket sales. In disney world they limit capacity which leads to increased hotel stays and more money for disney oer guest. This is why the experience is so much worse in florida. At this point I am begging disney to build anything at all that is good and I can ride. The days of "disney cheapening the product" with an exposed coaster are over. It's already not cheap, those rides would be slammed every day, and as long as they don't remove any legacy tides you can ignore them if you don't like them. I mean disney today is putting barges in the epcot lagoon that do nothing but 20 mins out of the day. There are 30 million dollar or less rides that are considered some of the best in the world yet no one would want them at disney? Clone lightning rod, phoenix, steel vengeance, fury, etc and put them anywhere. You could theme them to a turd and it would still improve my day. These parks are pushing $150-200 a day 30 million is budget scraps at this point. Also why are people engaging the village idiot? Ignore them. Clearly they are too stupid to understand math. Does chapek pay the russian troll farm for posts on disney forums? I wouldn't put it past him.

hopemax6 hours ago

I imagine during peak periods Universal hits comparable numbers as busy days on Disney (although maybe not Disney's peak, but average summer). It's just that Disney has many, many more days higher than Universal year round. But if Universal builds 1700 when they have fewer guests on average, 1700 is not acceptable for Disney super-headliner like Rise or FOP's signature park 1400. If these rides are supposed to actually drive new vacations, you need some seats to actually put people.

disneygeek906 hours ago

I don’t have the numbers, but Velocicoaster moves faster than any roller coaster I’ve seen (especially being only 2 across per row). That line is always moving and quick, it eats people. And I’m not just talking about the raptors 🦖

hopemax6 hours ago

Universal is tight lipped on everything. Kong, I've seen listed at 2160. Velocicoaster, someone estimated at just above 1700 THRC so OHRC is lower, but given the intensity of ride it is they probably can get away with that. Hagrid's I think is also around 1700. But even their older rides Hulk is1960 , RRR is 1850, Mummy is about 2000, Jurassic Park is 3000, Spider-Man someone estimated 2160, Transformers should be fairly similar. MIB shows up at 2200.