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  • On Jun 7, 2022
    Colette from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    There are 6 adults and 2 children in our party. Does that mean we have to purchase (8) Genie plus?

    Hello Colette,

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Summer is going to fly by, and before you know it, you'll be joining The World's Most Magical Celebration!

    Traveling with a large group is so much fun takes a lot of planning and coordination to make sure you can just soak up the magic and make amazing memories together. The free version of Disney Genie can help you customize your touring plans to include the attractions and shows that you most want to experience. In your My Disney Experience app you'll be able to see wait times and even get recommendations for attractions and dining options.

    It sounds like you are hoping to lessen some of the time your party spends waiting in lines by upgrading your tickets to include Genie+. While I love Genie+ and the ability to access Lightning Lanes for over 40 attractions throughout Walt Disney World, it is definitely a splurge. You will need to purchase it for EACH person in your party who wants to access Lightning Lanes, and that cost can add up. The great news is, you purchase it daily, so you may choose to get it on only certain days during your vacation.

    In some parks, like EPCOT, for example, you may be able to avoid long standby lines by getting to the park right when it opens and heading to the most popular attractions like Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, Frozen Ever After, and/or Test Track as soon as you get there. You probably won't get all of those done before the crowds arrive, but you will be able to experience one or two popular attractions with a short wait. The new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind uses a virtual queue, or you can purchase an Individual Lightning Lane, which you might consider doing instead of purchasing Genie+ for your EPCOT day.

    In parks like Disney's Hollywood Studios, I think having Genie+ is really helpful. There are a ton of popular attractions that tend to have really long standby wait times. Whenever I visit this park I get there early to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance first thing in the morning, but I also rely on Genie+ to book return times for popular attractions like Slinky Dog Dash, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, and all of the other things on our family's "must do" list.

    My advice to you is to take a few days to look at Tip Board for each park in your My Disney Experience app on your mobile device. Watch the wait times for the attractions and look at how quickly the Genie+ attractions get booked. You may discover that the standby lines for some parks are fine to wait in and determine that you don't need Genie+ on certain days.

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!
    Diane
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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