Disney World's Genie+ pricing this week suggests new peak period price level is double that seen in 2021

16 days ago in "Disney Genie"

Posted: Tuesday November 22, 2022 8:54am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney began Walt Disney World's busy Thanksgiving week yesterday by introducing a hefty price hike to its Genie+ ride reservation system, which continues today.

Disney World's Genie+ remains at $29 per person today, or just over $30 with tax. This is an increase of $14 compared to the same period in 2021, or a 93% price increase.

Those guests paying the new record-high price for Genie+ should not expect to get anything extra for the price increase. Most guests can only obtain 2 to 3 Lightning Lane entrances with their $29 Genie+ purchase, the same that was possible a year ago with the $15 Genie+ purchase.

Making matters worse is that Disney has also increased the price of Individual Lightning Lane purchases for those attractions which are not included with Genie+. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is now priced at $25 per person, up from a previous high of $22.

These latest price increases to Genie+ drastically raise the cost of a day at Walt Disney World's theme parks. For example, in addition to their standard admission ticket, a family of four visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios for a day this week may be paying $116 for Genie+ and $100 to ride Rise of the Resistance. Including tax, that s $229 of Lightning Lane cost (formerly FastPass) that was included at no charge with every theme park ticket just a few years ago.

The high daily cost imposed on guests by Genie+ is very much in keeping with current strategies developed by the now-departed Bob Chapek. Instead of expanding the parks to increase capacity and revenue, the current system revolves around driving higher spending from consistent guest numbers visiting the parks, all controlled via park reservations.

Frequently praised by ex-CEO Bob Chapek and current Park's boss Josh D'Amaro, it will be interesting to see if the deeply unpopular Genie+ experience sees any changes with the return of CEO Bob Iger.

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CaptainAmerica8 minutes ago

Is it new that you can set your "top picks" for each day way ahead of time, or has that feature always been there?

monothingie1 hour ago

Someone trying to explain to me the latest "easy to use" feature of the MDE app.

networkpro10 hours ago

It's also available for the 71% of the phone market that uses Android.

DCBaker10 hours ago

Version 7.19 of My Disney Experience has become available in the Apple App Store - the Genie+ Lightning Lane changes described in the article below should be available once the app has been updated. https://www.wdwmagic.com/other/disney-genie/news/06dec2022-improvements-coming-to-disney-genie-at-walt-disney-world.htm

SingleRider20 hours ago

Springs hotels don’t get early ILL privileges - only early entry and park reservations for length of stay if you are an AP.

Purduevian23 hours ago

USO's express pass for deluxe resort guests is probably one of the best deals in Orlando. I suspect the contract between USO and Loews (that gives the express pass) is actually an old deal that is a slight regret from USO as they loose a lot of potential revenue. The first 3 USO hotels were 1999 was Portofino Bay 2001 was Hard Rock 2002 was Royal Pacific Since then no new resort has offered this same perk. I assume a similar thing is actually happening at the Swalphin at WDW. I'm guessing there is some old deal with Marriott where they get all the in theme park perks as a Disney resort (thus giving them access to Deluxe Hours) while other 3rd party hotels on property like the Good Neighbor/ Springs hotels only get the early ILL and early Magic hours. I doubt Marriott is paying for this perk because they recently cut their expenses by no longer use official Disney buses and the busses don't even get dropped off at official Disney bus stops anymore (have to go to the TTC).

TQQQ1 day ago

Friends will be in orlando for basketball tourney 12/27-1/1.......I'm the go to Disney expert and they've never been.........Asked what they should do if wanted to go to parks for 2 days and i set them up 1 night in Hard rock Universal.........2 free days express pass for staying 1 night in Hard Rock is a MASSIVE perk compared to Disney and during that week the express pass is worth its weight in gold............Genie blows and it cost Disney that customer as they are booked for Universal

TQQQ1 day ago

all terrible ideas.......

HauntedPirate1 day ago

Stick with Diet Coke, it doesn't stain when it comes back up. 😁 I was the runner, and I never got tired of it because it was a great way to be able to knife through the crowds without needing to worry about your family catching up. Or it was a way to get more steps in an attempt to burn through the calories consumed on vacation. FP was great... when you happened to find a machine that was left in "free" mode. :D "Oops, I accidentally pressed that button 6 times, darn it..."

CaptainAmerica1 day ago

And there's a chocolate milk barf stain halfway between Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest to prove it.

DCLcruiser1 day ago

πŸ™‹πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ I was The Runner.

CaptainAmerica1 day ago

Of all the iterations of FastPass, FastPass+, Genie+, and ILL, this was the worst feature to ever exist in any of them. Criss-crossing from Adventureland to Tomorrowland to Adventureland and back to Tomorrowland to get and eventually redeem a Space Mountain FastPass was miserable. More often than not, this resulted in each family having a designated "runner" who would grab everybody's ticket and run from machine to machine. Huge amounts of wasted steps for park traversal and splitting families up is a terrible system.

DCLcruiser1 day ago

Don’t give away my secret 😜

nickys1 day ago

No it isn’t. If your return time was over a certain amount of time in the future (2 hours? Not sure), you could get another one. That’s how people ended up with stacks of paper FPs.