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  • On Apr 12, 2022
    Marcus from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How close can I get lightning lane to the day I got to the designated park?

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Marcus.

    You’re as welcome as can be here at planDisney! Thanks for stopping by and sending me your question. I can’t wait for you to experience the EARidescent excitement of The World’s Most Magical Celebration for yourself on your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Get ready, because you’ll be in a whole new world of fun!

    Marcus, you ain’t never had a friend like Disney Genie+ service! Like the now-retired FastPass system, Disney Genie+ Lightning Lanes save your place in line so you can enjoy other experiences in the park instead of standing in line. Currently, Lightning Lanes are offered at more than 40 attractions across the four theme parks under this service. You can even reserve a viewing spot for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade! Talk about being one jump ahead of the standby lines!

    You can add Disney Genie+ service for the length of your theme park ticket at any point ahead of your trip by modifying your ticket in your My Disney Experience account online. Just go to your My Plans page and click on “Tickets and Memory Maker.” Select “Change Ticket” when prompted, select the tickets you wish to add Disney Genie+ service to, and follow the remaining steps to complete the process. If you don’t think you want Disney Genie+ service for every day of your trip, you also have the option of purchasing it one day at a time via the Tip Board in your My Disney Experience App starting at 12:00 a.m. midnight on the day you wish to use it. I encourage you to purchase Disney Genie+ service by 6:00 a.m. at the latest to allow for any technical delays that may occur.

    You can make your first Disney Genie+ service Lightning Lane selection at 7:00 a.m. in the mobile app and can continue making Disney Genie+ service Lightning Lane selections every two hours or after you've redeemed your initial selection, whichever comes first. Be sure to keep track of when you are eligible to book your next selection. If you aren't sure when you will be eligible to book your next selection, simply go into your Tip Board and try to click on another attraction's Lightning Lane arrival window. It will tell you the exact time you can make your next selection.

    Now, Marcus, Individual Lightning Lanes are a separate purchase you can make in addition to Disney Genie+ service. There are up to two of these offered at each theme park, and you can purchase up to two per day. Disney Resorts Collection hotel Guests can purchase Individual Lightning Lanes beginning at 7:00 a.m. on the day of use. All other Guests must wait until the official park opening time to make their purchases.

    I hope this provided some clarity on the mysteries of Disney Genie+, but feel free to send me another question if you need more information. I hope all your wishes come true on your magical vacation!

    Happy planning,
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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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