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  • On Feb 13, 2022
    Larry 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 am considering Genie+ however the system seems stressful. What is your advice on using it and how can my family of four maximize it that we feel it is worth the purchase?

    Hi Larry,

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question! Your magical vacation is just a few weeks away, so I am sure there is a lot of excitement in your household!

    I hear you loud and clear, and I was a little nervous about purchasing Disney Genie+ for the first time too. I can let you know that after using it successfully multiple times, I love the convenience and flexibility that it provides. 

    I recommend waiting until you are on your vacation to purchase it. The price per day is the same whether you add it to your entire vacation, or just get it each day. That way, you can use it for a day or two and decide if you really like it. 

    I'm not sure if you remember the very first FastPass system where you had to go to machines inside the parks to get your FastPasses. If you do remember that, having Disney Genie+ is kind of like carrying one of those machines around with you. Instead of getting FastPasses, you get Lightning Lane access. Beginning at 7 AM, you can make your first Lightning Lane selection. Typically, once you've entered the Lightning Lane for that ride, you can make another selection, and continue this way throughout the day. Now, the exception to this rule would be if, for example, at 10 AM you went to make a Lightning Lane reservation for Jungle Cruise, and the next available time was 5 PM. You won't have to wait until 5 PM to book your next Lightning Lane, but you will need to wait 120 minutes, which would be 12 noon. 

    I don't know which park you are planning to visit first on your vacation, but I found that Magic Kingdom was one of the easiest parks to really get the hang of using Genie+ because there are so many rides and shows that have Lightning Lanes. 

    There's more to Genie+ than shorter wait times. There are some really fun photo filters that are exclusive to guests who purchase Genie+. In Disney's Hollywood Studios we loved one that features Baby Yoda.

    Now, there may be some parks you go to where you decide that the attractions you most want to ride aren't included in the Genie+ purchase. Some of the most popular attractions, like Remy's Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT require an Individual Lightning Lane purchase to skip the standby lines. It's possible that your family may decide to forgo getting Genie+ on some days and use the savings to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for a "must do" attraction. Of course, you can always purchase both Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes, but these two methods for skipping the standby lines are completely independent of one another.

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!
    Diane
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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