Cinderella Castle 50th Night
  • On May 28, 2022
    Kristin from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is it best to split a party of 12 up in to two groups when trying to reserve genie +? Do you get more time options if did 2 parties of 6?

    Hi Kristin, welcome back to planDisney! 

    Numbers hold special significance when planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Room-only reservations can be made 499 days in advance, you can make advance dining reservations online up to 60 days in advance (plus the length of stay for Disney Resorts Collection hotel Guests), and all Guests can book their first Genie+ Lightning Lane attraction at 7:00 a.m. on the Tip Board of the My Disney Experience mobile app (three small lines at the bottom right of the home screen --> Tip Board).

    12 is another important Disney planning number as you can make theme park reservations, book Genie+ Lightning Lane attractions, and purchase Individual Lightning Lane attractions for up 12 people at a time. That being said, this would be a completely different conversation if you were asking about a party of 13. Please reach back out if you acquire a new party member between now and July, but for now, let's proceed with Genie+ planning strategies for your darling dozen.

    To book a Genie+ Lightning Lane attraction in the My Disney Experience mobile app, scroll to the desired attraction (listed by park alphabetically and by previously selected priorities, if applicable) and click the box with "LL Disney Genie+" and the next arrival time listed. You'll then be asked to confirm your party. Only those individuals on your Family and Friends list with a valid theme park reservation and Disney Genie+ service are eligible for selection.

    If all 12 members of your party wish to experience the same attraction, it is best for one person to reserve for all 12. In my experience, the arrival window for larger parties can shift slightly by the time the booking is finalized and you run the risk of those times not lining up if you were to split up into two booking groups. For similar reasons, it's also best to stick together for Individual Lightning Lane purchases.

    If your party wishes to book different Genie+ Lightning Lane attractions, it is best for one person in each group to book side by side, if possible. That's because the next available arrival window for Jungle Cruise could be 11:00 a.m. but the next arrival window for Pirates of the Caribbean could be 9:30 a.m. If experiencing specific attractions is the priority, each group should book the next available arrival window that works for them. If booking similar arrival windows is the priority so the big group can come together sooner rather than later, then the person booking for each group should look for attractions with similar arrival windows. 

    Another important number when planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation this year is 50. The 50th Anniversary Celebration is in full swing this summer. Keep your eye out for the Fab 50 character statues located throughout the four theme parks. 

    I hope you find this information helpful, Kristin. Please return to planDisney if we can be of further assistance.

    Choose magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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