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Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Guide- Avatar Flight of Passage
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Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom

What is this new Disney Genie service? Here’s a guide to Disney Genie+ (Disney Genie Plus) and Individual Lightning Lane at Walt Disney World, along with some frequently asked questions. 

Click HERE for Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Tips at Disney World.

Disney Genie

What is Disney Genie?

Disney Genie is a planning service that helps create a personalized itinerary for your trip. It recommends attractions, experiences, and dining according to your party’s preference. 

The Disney Genie also displays attraction status, standby wait times, showtimes, dining availability, and much more. 

How much does Disney Genie cost?

It’s free! 

How does Genie work?

This service will be helpful for those that are more of a “go with the flow” type planner. The Disney Genie will do all the planning for you and automatically update you throughout the day. 

Disney Genie+

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Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom

What is Disney Genie+?

Disney Genie+ is an add-on service in addition to the regular Disney Genie. You may skip the standby lane and access Lightning Lane at specific attractions/experiences. This service pretty much replaces fast passes. 

In addition, purchasing Genie+ allows you to access Augmented Reality (AR) Disney-themed photo lenses and listen to audio tales (fun facts and behind-the-scenes).

How much does Disney Genie+ cost?

Update: As of October 11, 2022, Disney announced that Genie+ pricing will vary on the date you visit the parks.

Disney Genie plus will cost $15 or more per person, depending on the date you’re visiting. Similar to theme park tickets, prices will be higher during the busy season such as the holidays.

When can I purchase Genie+?

Update: As of June 8, 2022, Disney announced that guests could not purchase Disney Genie+ in advance as an add-on to new park tickets. You’ll only be able to purchase Genie+ from midnight on the day you plan to visit the park.

You can purchase Genie+ starting at midnight on the day you plan to visit the park via the My Disney Experience app.

How does Genie+ work?

Beginning at 7 AM, guests can pick return times for experiences included in the Genie+ service – one at a time.

You can make your second selection at any of the following times:

  • When you redeem your first selection.
  • When the arrival window for the first selection has expired.
  • When 120 minutes have passed since your first selection (or 120 minutes after park opening).

For example, suppose you booked for Pirates of the Caribbean at 10 AM with a return time of 2 PM. In that case, you can make your following selection at 12 PM (or 120 minutes after you made your previous reservation). You don’t have to wait until 2 PM to make your following selection. 

Suppose you booked for Pirates of the Caribbean at 7 AM (before the park opens). In that case, you could make your following selection 120 minutes after the park opens. If the park opens at 9 AM, you can make your second selection at 11 AM.

The 120-minute rule allows you to have more than one Lightning Lane at a time.

*Note: Disney Genie+ added a new feature that will tell you when you can book your next attraction! You’ll find a “when you can book” banner near the top of your Disney Genie Service Tip board.

Individual Lightning Lane

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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Hollywood Studios

What is Individual Lightning Lane?

Individual Lightning Lane is a pay-per-ride service at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom.

Guests can use the lightning lane at certain attractions. Attractions include popular rides not included in the list of rides for Genie+. 

How much does Individual Lightning Lane cost?

Price will vary date by date. They range from $10to $25 per attraction, but prices can increase in the future. 

When can I buy Individual Lightning Lane? 

Guests staying at Disney Resorts, The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, and Shades of Green Resort can purchase Individual Lightning Lane starting at 7 AM. All other guests can buy them when the park opens.

How does Individual Lightning Lane work?

You can purchase them for up to 2 different rides per day, one at a time.

Like Genie+, hop into the Lightning Lane at your reservation time and skip the standby queue. 

What rides/experiences are included in Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane?

Here’s the full list of rides/experiences that offer lightning lanes for each Disney World theme park.

*Note: Please check the official WDW homepage for the newest ride/experience list.

Magic Kingdom

Genie+

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
  • Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
  • Meet Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space 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

Individual Lightning Lane

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run

Hollywood Studios

Genie+

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Play & Dance!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania!

Individual Lightning Lane

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Animal Kingdom

Genie+

  • Festival of the Lion King
  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
  • Naʻvi River Journey
  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

Individual Lightning Lane

  • Avatar Flight of Passage

EPCOT

Genie+

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Individual Lightning Lane

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

FAQ

Can I cancel Genie+/Individual Lightning Lane?

Update: Now you can modify a Genie+ reservation without canceling your existing reservation. Just tap on your existing reservation on the app and choose “modify plan” to change your reservation. However, this change only applies to Genie+ and NOT Individual Lightning Lane selections.

You can cancel a Genie+ reservation and replace it with a new reservation. If you want to change the time, you must cancel your existing reservation and make a new one.

You will NOT be able to cancel or modify your reservations for Individual Lightning Lanes. There are no refunds even if you don’t show up for the ride during your arrival time. Refunds are available only when the attraction closes due to technical difficulties or weather.

Can You Use Rider Swap?

Yes, you can rider swap as long as everyone who will be riding the attraction has Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane.

Can you Re-ride Attractions with Genie+?

No, you can only ride once per ride reserved on Genie+. If you want to ride the attraction again, you must wait in the standby lane. 

What do I have to do at what time?

Here’s a general timeline for those considering purchasing Genie+ and/or Individual Lightning Lane.

Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Guide- Timeline for Genie+ Individual Lightning Lane Virtual Queue

Is Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane worth it?

Ultimately it all comes down to this question. There is no cookie-cutter answer, as this will depend on your party. 

Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane are great for those that:

  • Don’t like waiting in line
  • Want to ride as many attractions as possible
  • Plan to visit during holidays when the park is crowded
  • Want to meet characters without the wait

You can enjoy Disney World without purchasing Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane. Talk with your party and see what would work best for your group. 

Thinking of buying Disney Genie+ and/or Individual Lightning Lane? Click HERE for Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Tips at Disney World.

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