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  • On Feb 25, 2024
    Jill from MI 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 am coming to WDW with my 12 year old daughter. We are staying at the SWAN. We plan to visit each park while we are there. I am trying to determine the difference and how best to use the lighting lane vs. the disney genie plus.

    Welcome to planDisney, Jill! You are looking forward to a trip to Walt Disney World Resort with your daughter, visiting all four parks. I think you're the girl who has everything. 

    As you are sorting through the gadgets and gizmos with Genie, let's grab a dinglehopper and comb through the details. Genie is a tool that unleashes cosmic power on the My Disney Experience App. You tell Genie your priorities and magic is unleashed, arranging your day to maximize your time in the parks. Genie is available to all Guests.

    How many treasures can one cavern hold? Turns out, plenty.

    Genie+ is an additional service you can purchase for access to Lightning Lane entries to many attractions in Magic Kindom ParkEPCOTDisney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Genie+ allows you to select attractions and skip the standby line for the shorter Lightning Lane entry. You can select Genie+ for a single park or multiple if you are park hopping and want to use this in more than one park that day. 

    To get the most out of Genie+, you can make your first selection at 7 am. You can continue to make selections one at a time, generally starting two hours after the park you are going to opens and every two hours after that. If you enjoy an attraction with Lightning Lane entry before the two-hour window passes, you can select another after using the last Lightning Lane entry you booked. For example, if you are heading to Magic Kingdom Park and it opens at 9 am, make your first selection between 7 and 9 am and set the alarm on your cell phone for 11 am to remind you to make your second selection. If, however, your first Lightning Lane selection is before 11 am, you can book your next one once you have enjoyed that attraction. Luckily, the My Disney Experience app tracks this for you, so you can easily see when you are eligible to select another attraction on the Tip Board. 

    There are a few more whoozits and whatzits galore. There are a few attractions in each park that have Individual Lightning Lanes. These are Lightning Lane entries you can purchase individually. (Much more logic in these names than in Scuttle's world.) 

    In addition to Individual Lightning Lanes, TRON Lifecycle / Run and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind have Virtual Queues. These also open at 7 am, and a second opportunity at 1 pm for guests in the park. These fill up within seconds, so you need to be ready to hit the button to join the queue right at 7 am. 

    My advice, try for the Virtual Queue first; Lightning Lane selection next; and any Individual Lightning Lane entries last.

    If you have more questions, please ask me. I'm happy to help you be part of this world.

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Meet the Panelist: Jana, Georgia

Hi, everyone! I’m Jana, a Disney-loving wife and mom from Atlanta. My boys (my husband and sons) are the greatest joys in my life. We have so many magical memories from our vacations at Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and advice in helping you plan your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Learn More About Jana

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