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  • On Apr 11, 2022
    Maria from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I just bought my disney tix and genie plus for june. When does one start making reservations for the rides.

    Hello, Maria! Thank you for rubbing the planDisney magic lamp. As Genie says, "Ten thousand years will give you such a crick in the Neck!" I'm ready and willing to be of service.

    Disney Genie+ is a new optional paid service that allows you to skip the standby line and use the Lightning Lane entrance. It includes access to 19 attractions at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park and unlimited PhotoPass downloads. You can get it prior to your trip as a length-of-visit ticket add-on, and this way, you'll have access to the service for every day of your visit; however, you will need to wait until you enter the park for the day before activating Genie+ and making your first Lightning Lane reservation. I like to arrive at least 30 minutes before the official park opening to maximize my day. 

    While it seems complicated, Genie+ is quite easy once you start to use it. I recommend watching the video tutorials on the Disneyland website before your trip. Here are a few things I learned from using it a few times recently:
    *Guests can hold one Lightning Lane entry arrival window at a time throughout the entire day within the Disneyland app. 
    *You can book a new reservation every two hours or once you've redeemed one. If you book a reservation that's more than two hours out in advance, you will be able to book a new one at the two-hour mark.
    *Whenever you are eligible to make another Lightning Lane selection with Genie+, you'll see a "Book Lightning Lane Entry" message appear under "My Day." 
    *You can only ride each attraction once using the Genie+ selection. If you want to ride something again, you need to use the standby line. I learned this the hard way when we missed our arrival window. If you anticipate this happening, it's best to cancel your reservation and rebook at a later time.

    If you need any more help, Maria, feel free to reach out again. "You Aint Never Had A Friend Like Me!"

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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