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  • On Oct 4, 2022
    Virginia from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are there fast passes?


    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    The FastPass program is no longer running at Walt Disney World. At the beginning of 2022, Disney replaced FastPass with a new suite of programs designed to match the different needs of different guests. These programs are essentially the replacement for the FastPass program.  

    But don't worry! You will still be able to get that convenient, shorter line experience you did in the FastPass days of old! The new combined programs of Genie+ Lightning Lanes and Individual Lightning Lanes are here to help. These two programs are involved in making ride reservations. But be sure you are considering Genie+, not Disney Genie, which is a helpful itinerary building part of the My Disney Experience App, but not involved in ride reservations. 

    Oh, and before we begin, when you hear "Lightning Lane" in both cases, just think "FastPass Line". As with the FastPass program of the past, most attractions have a Lightning Lane entrance, and a standard Standby Line entrance. These two programs get you into the faster line of the two.

    Disney Genie+: Disney Genie+ is a day-by-day option for you to purchase. It gives you access to the Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane entrances for a reduced wait time. If you choose to purchase it that morning, for that day you can choose the next available boarding time at any of the 40 attractions currently listed across the four parks. You book that next magical experience, and then get to enjoy some other activities in the park until your arrival time comes due. All guests, whether they are Disney Resort Hotel guests or not, can purchase the Genie+ program through their My Disney Experience App and then book their first attraction at 7 am that same day.

    Individual Lightning Lane: These are typically 1 or 2 of the more popular attractions at each of the given parks where you can pay for an arrival window time. The prices vary, based on demand, and this can help you lock in that "Must Do!" experience that was at the top of your bucket list. You can purchase these, even if you are not using Disney Genie+. These are also purchased via the My Disney Experience App. If you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel you can make an Individual Lightning Lane purchase starting at 7 am the day of your visit, while other guests can start ordering when the park opens.

    So, there are two ways to get into the faster lightning lanes. One way, Genie+, works much like the old FastPass, but all through your phone, and for a flat daily rate per person. The second, Individual Lightning Lanes, also work through your phone, but are for just a few select rides, and are on a per-ride basis.

    BONUS TIP #1
    These Lightning Lanes do not mean that you can only ride an attraction if you have Genie+ or an Individual Lightning Lane reservation. There are still traditional lines at all attractions.

    BONUS TIP #2
    If you visit the web page for Genie+, you can see what attractions are in the Genie+ Lightning Lane and Individual Lightning Lane programs, so you can plan out your days. These can change over time, so be sure to check.

    BONUS TIP #3
    Because these programs both work the day of a visit, there is no need (or ability) for you to book ride selections weeks or months ahead of time. They make your day a bit less structured and more spontaneous!

    Please feel free to write me back directly if you have any follow-up questions.

    Have a Magical Vacation!


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