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Disney Changes Controversial Genie+ Buying Process

One of the most controversial additions to the My Disney Experience app in recent times has been the addition of Disney Genie+. Now a change is coming.

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Disney Genie+, the paid aspect of the system, allows guests to use the Lightning Lane when their return time strikes – which replaced the previously free FastPass lane. Then, both theme park resorts offer a la carte options where guests must pay varying costs per ride and per person to ride the attraction. Disney Genie+ costs $15.00 per person per day for Disney World Guests and $20.00 per person per day at Disneyland. The cost of Disney Genie+ is slightly more expensive at Disneyland, as are the a la carte options. Rise of the Resistance hit costs of $20.00 per person per ride, which would essentially double the daily cost of Disney Genie+ if guests wanted Lightning Lane on Star Wars: The Galaxy’s Edge attraction, as well as using the paid system for other attractions.

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At each park, however, there are two attractions for which visitors would need to purchase a separate Lightning Lane ticket if they wanted to avoid those queues. These attractions are:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mining Train
  • space mountain
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • frozen forever
  • star wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Avatar Passing Flight
  • Everest Expedition
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Previously guests could pre-purchase Disney Genie+ before their day at the theme park, now some guests will no longer be able to do so. It looks like Disney has changed their policy, which will affect guests who purchase a day ticket. Disney Genie+ must be purchased on the My Disney Experience app on the day of their visit. Multi-day tickets can still have Disney Genie+ added ahead of time.

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It looks like this change isn’t a major one, but it does mean that guests looking to use the system to its full potential will need to be good to go. We also recently announced that the Walt Disney World app has been updated to now include linking code functionality. This means guests traveling with a party, whether family or friends, can now easily link their accounts to book Disney Genie+, Lightning Lane and restaurant reservations using a simple QR code.

Learn more about Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane

Disney Parks describes Genie+ like this:

For the price of $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort and $20 per ticket per day at Disneyland Resort, choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the Lightning Entrance Lane. You can pick one at a time, throughout the day – from classics like Haunted Mansion to thrill rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and new favorites like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (attractions subject to limited availability). This convenient option is the next evolution of Disneyland Resort’s fan-favorite Disney MaxPass service. Disney Genie+ will also include Disney Parks-themed audio experiences and photo features to capture your memories – augmented reality lenses for those visiting Walt Disney World Resort and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from your day if you visit Disneyland Resort.

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At Walt Disney World Resort, attractions available through Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane include:

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Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mining Train
  • space mountain

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Tickets
Experiences include*:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the flying elephant
  • Haunted house
  • “the world is small”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • crazy tea
  • Mickey’s Philhar Magic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • The Flight of Peter Pan
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • See Mickey at the Town Square Theater
  • See Princess Tiana and a visiting princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • See Cinderella and a visiting princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • splash mountain
  • The Barnstormer
  • Aladdin’s Magic Carpets
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland circuit
  • Under the Sea ~ Voyage of the Little Mermaid
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Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • frozen forever
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Tickets
Attractions include*:

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into the imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Earth
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Go around the world
  • Spaceship Earth
  • test track
  • The seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Talking turtle with Crush
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Tickets
Experiences include*:

  • Alien whirling saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast live on stage
  • Disney Junior Play and Dance!
  • For the first time ever: a frozen celebration in chorus
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Millennium Falcon: The Smugglers’ Race
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with Aerosmith
  • See Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story mania!
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Tickets
Attractions include*:

  • Lion King Day Celebration
  • Feathered friends in flight!
  • It’s hard to be an insect!
  • Rapids of the Kali River
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Journey on the Na’vi River
  • The animation experience at the conservation station
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