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  • On May 1, 2024
    Mary ann from AZ 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 confused about the difference between Genie+ and the Lightning Pass. Can you explain the difference and do I need both ? I will be traveling with my 10 and 16 year old grandkids.

    Hi there, Mary Ann! Thanks so much for visiting planDisney--it's the best day ever anytime I get to help a fellow Disney Vacation Club Member plan their next magical adventure. I'm so glad you found us and I am happy to help!

    I absolutely relate to this question. When the Fastpass+ system changed over to the Disney Genie system a few years ago, there was a learning curve for sure to understand the ins and outs and how to use it best at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.  Now that I'm a seasoned Genie veteran, I can share some of my tips to help you incorporate these features into your June vacation to The Happiest Place on Earth. 

    When purchasing Genie+ with theme park tickets for Disneyland, the Genie service is included for all of the days of your visit. The price per day starts at $30 per person, per ticket. With Genie+, you can make selections for Lightning Lane entrances for many attractions, which allows you to select a window to enjoy that attraction with a shorter wait time. It also includes unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads to capture all of the core memories you are sure to make with your grandkids!

    Our family typically chooses to add Genie+ to our tickets as it saves quite a bit of time over the course of the day. My planDisney pal and Disneyland specialist Melissa recommends using your Genie+ selections earlier in the day for popular attractions like Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!.

    During your visit, you can also purchase an Individual Lightning Lane--this is separate from the standard Lightning Lane entrances included with Genie+. This is reserved for the most popular attractions and you can purchase up to two per day. One important note--you do NOT have to purchase Genie+ to access the Individual Lightning Lane selections. They are a separate option. 

    Mary Ann, I hope this information helps you understand some of the nuances of Genie+ and Lightning Lanes! If our planDisney family can help with any other questions to make your June vacation as seamless as can be, please don't hesitate to reach out. I hope you have a simply wonderful time with your grandkids!

    Stay Magical!

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Meet the Panelist: Susan, Michigan

Hi there! I'm Susan, a pixie-dusted pediatric nurse and Disney Vacation Club specialist. I'm married to my own Mr. Incredible and we have two fantastic teenage daughters. Our family has been making Disney memories for four generations, and I'm so excited to help you plan your own magical adventures as part of the planDisney panel. Welcome home! Learn More About Susan

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