AA Family; Big Thunder Mountain; Frontierland; Magic Kingdom
  • On Jan 14, 2024
    Hope from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How is fast pass working these days? Can we obtain them before we arrive at the park? We will be visiting Magic Kingdom on Jan 28th. Also, is the runaway train open? THank you!

    Hi Hope!

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney as you prepare for your upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort!  I love that you are already thinking ahead to your favorite rides at Magic Kingdom Park.  

    Currently, guests looking to save time in lines for rides and attractions can use Lightning Lane entry available as part of Disney Genie+ service.  Disney Genie+ is an additional service that you can purchase beginning at midnight of your park visit through the My Disney Experience Mobile App.  The cost of this service varies from day to day and includes the ability to reserve Lightning Lane entrances at select rides and attractions, digital downloads of select Disney PhotoPass attraction photos, an assortment of Disney PhotoPass lenses to enhance your photos around the parks, and special behind-the-scenes fun facts through Audio Tales.  

    Starting at 7:00 AM, you can reserve Lightning Lane entry for rides and attractions.  You'll be able to select one at a time and can make your next selection once your first is redeemed or after 2 hours, whichever comes first!  If you're making your first selection right at 7:00 AM, you'll want to keep in mind that the two-hour time frame until you can make your next selection doesn't begin until the park opens.  You'll find Lightning Lane entrances available for many rides and attractions around Magic Kingdom Park, currently including Big Thunder Mountain - the famous runaway train in Frontierland!  I do see a note on the website that Big Thunder Mountain is closed from January 16, 2024, through January 20, 2024, for scheduled maintenance.  While ride availability is always subject to change, I'm sending lots of pixie-dusted wishes that this timing holds and that you'll be able to enjoy this attraction on your visit!

    In addition to Lightning Lane entrances for many attractions, you'll find a few attractions around Walt Disney World Resort that offer Individual Lightning Lane entry.  These Individual Lightning Lane entrances are purchased separately from your Disney Genie+ service.  Guests staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel can begin making Individual Lightning Lane selections at 7:00 AM, while guests staff off-site can begin reserving their times when the park opens.  You'll also be able to make Lightning Lane and Individual Lightning Lane selections for anyone in your party that you have linked on your Family and Friends List.

    Hope, I know this may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but there are several helpful how-to videos on the Walt Disney World Resort website and you are always welcome to stop by planDisney again to ask me or my panelist pals for more tips and tricks to help you navigate the parks. Have a wonderful visit to Magic Kingdom Park and I hope to see ya again real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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