Walt Disney World Announces Major Changes to Genie+ and Lightning Lane Including Advance Selections

22 days ago in "Disney Genie"

Posted: Tuesday June 25, 2024 2:00pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has announced significant changes to its Genie+ service at the Walt Disney World theme parks, which will take effect on July 24, 2024.

On July 24, Walt Disney World will introduce new, simpler names. Disney Genie+ service will become Lightning Lane Multi Pass, while individual Lightning Lane will now be known as Lightning Lane Single Pass. Lightning Lane passes will blend features from current services and the previously offered FastPass+ service, which Disney says will give "guests the choice to plan ahead and removing the hassle of planning during their vacation."

New Lightning Lane Pass features:     

  • Guests can make Lightning Lane plans ahead of arrival - 7 days in advance for resort guests, and 3 days in advance for non-resort guests.
  • The ability to choose experiences and times prior to purchasing.
  • Book Lightning Lane passes for multiple vacation days, all in a single day. 

Here's how Lightning Lane passes will work beginning July 24, 2024.

Lightning Lane Multi Pass

When you purchase Lightning Lane Multi Pass, you may make up to 3 Lightning Lane selections in a theme park, in advance of your visit. You'll also be able to choose available times as you make your selections.  

On the day of your visit, once you use a selection, check the My Disney Experience app for availability to make an additional selection.  

Lightning Lane Multi Pass will have 2 tiers of attractions at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT. There are no tiers at Disney's Animal Kingdom. You can choose one selection from the first tier, and two selections from the second tier.

Lightning Lane Multi Pass Tier 1 Attractions

Magic Kingdom:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Space Mountain
  • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

EPCOT:

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Soarin’ Around the World

Hollywood Studios:

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash

Lightning Lane Multi Pass Tier 2 Attractions

Magic Kingdom:

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey's Philharmagic
  • Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club
  • The Barnstormer
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Journey of the Little Mermaid

EPCOT:

  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Disney-Pixar Short Film Festival

Hollywood Studios:

  • The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Play and Dance!
  • Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Muppet*Vision 3D

Lightning Lane Single Pass    

Lightning Lane Single Pass will work much like it does today, where you can secure a time to ride one of the most highly demanded attractions, but you'll now be able to make your purchase and plan in advance. Lightning Lane Single Pass attractions include TRON Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney's Hollywood Studios, AVATAR Flight of Passage at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT

How to Plan Ahead Using Lightning Lane Pass

Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel and other select hotels will be able to plan Lightning Lane passes up to 7 days in advance, for their entire stay (up to 14 days). All other guests can plan up to 3 days in advance

These advance purchase windows will let guests secure some of their must-do rides and experiences after they've had some time to decide what dining reservations they want to book and any other plans they may need to consider.

Guests may purchase a Lightning Lane Multi Pass, a Lightning Lane Single Pass or both. The app will also be updated to make it quicker and easier to purchase and plan, with fewer steps and a new option to purchase Lightning Lane Single Pass and Lightning Lane Multi Pass in one transaction.

Disneyland Resort will also use the new Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single pass names beginning July 24. Based on the different ways guests visit Disneyland Resort, the way guests purchase, select and redeem Lightning Lane passes at Disneyland Resort will remain the same.

Disney says that the complimentary features of Disney Genie service will continue to be available in the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps.

Find Out More

For more details see: Guide and FAQ to Disney World's Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Single Pass

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GoofGoof13 hours ago

That is supposed to be the way it will work similar to FP+. Definitely for the first 3 reservations and the assumption is when you go to make 4 after using 1 you will still be able to pick any available return window so should make ADRs much easier to navigate around. We have to see it in action to be sure thats how the 4th reservation works.

DCLcruiser13 hours ago

Unless something has changed, G+ mostly showed the next available time. This made it difficult to plan dining. FP+ would allow you to book a ride at different times of day. This would allow you to keep a 2-hour open window for a reservation, while you had a ride scheduled for after your meal. I can't recall if LLMP is any different. I hope they bring back the ability to search for afternoon times in the AM.

ToTBellHop13 hours ago

I liken CRT to a VERY expensive Chuck E. Cheese’s. Where an Adult Can Be a Kid© We went to WDW for our honeymoon in 2009 and we ate at CRT. We weren’t offended about kids being in there. I actually wasn’t all that aware of anyone besides my wife in the room. We also ate at California Grill. There were kids there but fewer (and well behaved).

Purduevian14 hours ago

FYI the following are the only restaurants with a dress code above the standard theme park dress code: California Grill Citricos Flying Fish Il Mulino New York Trattoria Jiko Monsieur Paul Narcoossee’s Shula’s Steakhouse Takumi-Tei Todd English’s bluezoo Topolino’s Terrace — Flavors of the Riviera Yachtsman Steakhouse Victoria & Albert’s Personally, I don't see an issue with anyone bringing any young children into any WDW restaurant not listed above. The above list is where I would expect only children that can be well behaved and sit through a sit down meal. The nicest restaurant I personally took a <1 year old was Wine Bar George and that is a more "adult" themed restaurant than CRT. All of this started because of the discussion if G+ was hampering sit down dinning at WDW. I think we will probably see the effects of LLMP vs G+ on dinning in a few weeks once the new system settles in.

JAB14 hours ago

Exactly. They just scheduled "7 days before, for arrival dates starting 7/24" and either didn't consider or didn't know that LL-MP booking isn't active for anyone until the 24th. Either way it shouldn't have happened. They should have done a one-time email blast on the 24th for everyone with dates from 24th-31st, and then turned on the auto 7-day emails on 8/1. It will be interesting to see if it keeps sending out new emails each day for the next week (and again on 21st for 3-day off-site guests), or if they actually fix it.

DCLcruiser14 hours ago

It's not about kids being there in general. It's about how they control themselves. Kids who are mature enough to sit down for a nice meal and not have a tantrum, or run around, are more than welcome. Just like at other more formal sit-down restaurants. Liken CRT to a themed tea-time. It's supposed to be sophisticated, yet whimsical. Not a loud free-for-all. A lot of the kids there went to BBB and are dressed up in rather expensive clothes. It's all part of the overall ambiance, which lends itself to an elevated experience.

Fido Chuckwagon14 hours ago

They probably don’t mind getting engaged around children.

nickys14 hours ago

Someone certainly screwed up the implementation. Thought they could get some of the “administrative” parts of the system live ahead of time without checking the scheduling requirements.

JAB15 hours ago

Oof. Not good. :facepalm: I'm guessing the scheduled emails are handled by a different team than the LL devs because this is exactly the kind of thing that happens when multiple different teams work on different parts of a system and they don't properly coordinate or communicate requirements.

nickys15 hours ago

We posted at the same time! No to pre-booking ahead of the 24th. That’s the date the new system starts and the pre-booking system goes live!

Chip Chipperson15 hours ago

It's also Prime Day here in the US, so there are deals to be had on computer accessories.

nickys15 hours ago

It could also be because Disney managed to send out emails to those with stays on 24th, telling them they could prebook starting today. 🤦🏽‍♀️ They’re now sending out corrected emails to everyone. Not a good look! 😎

Rob56215 hours ago

So today is +7 from go-live date of the new system. I may have missed it in the flurry of posts, but does that mean hotel guests can start booking for next week? Or is it just going to be a straight switch over next week and the first few days will be a jumble? -Rob

ToTBellHop15 hours ago

Exactly. Pinocchio’s Village Haus is where I used to frequent before kids. They have tables against the glass obviously meant for adults who want to watch the small world boats before heading over to Dumbo.