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  • On Aug 20, 2023
    Michelle 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.

    If I make the first lightening lane selection at 7am, do I have to be in the park to book the next one 2 hours after park opening?

    Hello, Michelle! I'm so happy to welcome you to planDisney where, like Mary Poppins, we hope we can help make your visit "practically perfect in every way."

    Michelle, no matter how long my trip is to the Most Magical Place on Earth, I want to maximize every moment, so I appreciate your question about using Disney Genie+ to shorten those wait times! Now, my husband and I just utilized Disney Genie+ on our July trip and we did so knowing that we would not always be in the park to book our next Lightning Lane

    First, the quick answer to your question is no, you do not need to be in the park to book your second Lightning Lane after you have booked your first at 7:00 AM. Your second selection can be booked 2 hours after park opening, regardless of where you are. So, for example, you could be enjoying a leisurely breakfast at your Disney Resort Hotel when your booking window opens for your second selection. In this case, just take a pause from your Mickey Waffle to choose your second attraction! While there are more intricacies to using Disney Genie+, let me offer up my top three tips to help as you're booking Lightning Lanes. 
         planDisney tip 1- Make sure to purchase Disney Genie+ early in the morning (definitely before 7:00 AM). Popular attractions will be booked up quickly at exactly 7:00 AM, so you won't want to waste valuable time purchasing Disney Genie+ for the day when you could be picking your first attraction.

         planDisney tip 2- When possible, try to have more than one member of your traveling party searching for Lightning Lanes. My husband and I would both check for our next selection and sometimes his My Disney Experience Mobile App would show something as available at different times than mine. We learned that two people searching was better than one!

         planDisney tip 3- Use the alarm feature on your cell phone to set alarms to make sure you don't forget when you can book your next selection. After the first option at 7:00 AM, Lightning Lanes are booked at 2-hour increments (starting at park opening time) OR after you check in for your next selection (whichever comes first). An alarm helped us remember to pause our shopping, strolling, or snacking and book our next Lightning Lane. 

    Michelle, I hope this helps as you're looking ahead to your next Magical visit. If you have any additional questions, please come on back to planDisney. 

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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