Toy Story Land Slinky Dog Dash; Hollywood Studios
  • On Apr 10, 2024
    Erika from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have a 3-day park pass that doesn't require reservations and has a 5-day window in which to it. Can we buy Genie+ and book lightning lanes right at 7am on our first day if we haven't yet checked in to a park and don't have a reservation?

    Hi, Erika, and welcome to planDisney! Your Walt Disney World Resort visit is shining at the end of today, so I'm sure your Mickey suitcase is packed and waiting by the door. You'll have three magical days at the theme parks, so let's look at how Disney Genie+ service can help you make the best use of your time.

    It sounds like you have the Special 3-Day, 3-Park Ticket, so this admission does not require theme park reservations. With this ticket, you can experience EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Since you can visit each park only once, remember to purchase Genie+ service for the park you intend to visit that day.

    You do not need to be scanned into a theme park to buy the service or to select your Lightning Lane entries, but make sure your tickets are linked to your My Disney Experience mobile app by tapping the "My Tickets & Passes" tile on the Welcome screen. 

    When you're ready to purchase Disney Genie+ service, tap the "Rides, Shows & Lightning Lane Entry" tile in the app. Near the top of the Tip Board, tap on Aladdin's blue pal and "Get Disney Genie+ Service" at the bottom of the information screen. Next, select the theme park you plan to visit and click "Continue" to complete your purchase.

    I typically buy Genie+ service while snuggled under the covers at my resort hotel! My tip is to set your alarm a little early to allow yourself time to make the initial purchase. Then, you'll be ready to make your first Lightning Lane selection at 7:00 AM. I sometimes try to get a little more shut-eye after that flurry of activity, but I'm usually too excited to sleep! 

    A bonus tip for your day at Disney's Hollywood Studios is to book your first Lightning Lane entry at 7:00 AM sharp for Slinky Dog Dash. This attraction often runs out of return times, and it's one of my favorite experiences. Remember to book your second attraction two hours after the theme park opens or after you've scanned into your first selection, whichever comes first. 

    Erika, I'm using all three of my Genie-granted wishes to make sure that you'll have your best visit ever! Please stop by planDisney anytime. You ain't never had a friend like me!

    Magic awaits,
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Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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