Star Wars Marketplace; Hollywood Studios; Galaxies Edge
  • On May 14, 2024
    Grace from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi! My dad and I are planning a one day trip park hopping from Hollywood to MK. Our priorities are everything star wars, runaway railway, and the new tiana ride. We will be offsite and want to use both genie plus and ILL. Any advice on how to plan our day?

    Hey Howdy Hey Grace and welcome to planDisney!

    It sounds like you have quite a bit to experience on your upcoming trip to the Walt Disney World Resort. I love talking strategy so let's cut to the chase and get right to it! 

    The hardest part will be deciding which park you want to experience first. Looking at the park hours, both Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios open at the same time. If Tiana's Bayou Adventure is the attraction you want to experience most in Magic Kingdom, I would recommend starting there. According to the Disney Parks Blog, this attraction will open with options to experience with the Virtual Queue or by Lightning Lane Entrance with the purchase of Genie+. If you are purchasing Genie+ for your trip, you can do this starting at midnight on the day of your trip and your first Genie+ selection will start at 7 AM. This is also when you can join the Virtual Queue for this attraction. You can try to make the selection on Genie+ and your dad can do the Virtual Queue to see which one can be booked earliest in the day and eliminate the other. This should get you into Magic Kingdom and on Tiana's soon so you can hop over to Hollywood Studios right after.

    Considering Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Millenium Falcon: Smuggler's Run and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, these are the more popular attractions inside the park. You can purchase an Individual Lightning Lane (ILL) for Rise of the Resistance and select Smuggler's Run and Mickey and Minnie's for Lightning Lanes. After you know what time to expect Tiana's in Magic Kingdom, you can then purchase ILL for Rise of the Resistance. Depending on which way you can book Tiana's, you can make your Lightning Lane selection for either Smuggler's Run or Mickey and Minnie's starting at 7 AM or either 2 hours after the park opens or once you redeem your first Lightning Lane. You will have the same time frame for booking your next Lightning Lane either 2 hours after your last selection or after you redeem your prior selection. You should be able to book Rise, Smuggler's Run and Mickey & Minnie using the combinations of ILL and Lightning Lanes. 

    Considering you have more "Must-Do" attractions in Hollywood Studios, I would keep this one last to allow for any delays or unexpected downtime or just being busy in the parks. This should allow enough of your day to experience these attractions and enjoy the lands. Galaxy's Edge is an amazing land to visit and to take in the full Star Wars experience. You will truly feel that you stepped off Earth and into a whole new world. Make sure you plan to stop for some of the local cuisine while you are there at Ronto Roaster's or you can drop by Oga's Cantina

    I know there is a lot to take in with strategy and I hope this all makes sense. If you have any further questions please feel free to reach out directly to me if needed. I hope you and your father have an amazing time! 

    To Infinity and Beyond, 

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