Bambi Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  • On Mar 14, 2023
    Michelle 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.

    This will be our first trip using Genie+. Do dining reservations limit lightning lane times that show as available in the Genie+ Tip Board? Do the 2 systems talk - dining and lightning lane?

    Well hello from the great garden state! New Jersey is my home until I grow up and fulfill my dreams of being a snowbird. Michelle, I love Genie+, it is my favorite way to plan my visit and stay on top of shows wait times, and dining reservations.

    Any visit to the Walt Disney World Resort deserves a good plan, and it seems your April trip is in good hands as you are doing the leg work now. Disney's Genie Service version of the free-to-use planning tool will allow you to select attractions to customize your park experience each day. Start by selecting "My Day" and get to choose the attractions, dining locations, and character experiences your party would like to see. Once you have done that your "Tip Board" will have suggestions. Make sure you do this for each day and park you plan to visit. The "Tip Board" and Genie service do talk in some manner. While it will show your dining reservations in your plans, the service will not stop you from booking experiences during those times. I always like to remind folks those return times are for a period of time, as long as you go to the attraction in the time-specific window you will be able to ride. So book those meals without fear of interference with your park day, because your trip will be here really soon.

    Luckily your visit coincides with my favorite festival. The EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival is in full bloom while you are in town. And being from the garden state I hope you will visit and enjoy the lifesized topiaries of Disney and Pixar characters we all know and love. I think they are super cool because they are all living and breathing works of art. I love food, and food festivals are what I was made for. The Outdoor Kitchens are buzzing with fantastic plates for all types of taste buds. "BRUNCHCOT" is a new booth and it is going to be a favorite of mine I simply cannot wait for all of the offerings all over World Showcase.

    If you still have planning needs or tips please don't hesitate to swing by planDisney again. I hope this information was helpful and makes your trip extra special.

    See ya real soon!

    Jeremy A. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jeremy, New Jersey

Bright Suns travelers! I'm Jeremy from Jersey, a lifelong Disney fan. Father to 3 amazing kids, and husband to my wife of 14 years. I've been sharing the Walt Disney World Resort with my family for 17 years to join in the wonder and joy the parks have brought me my entire life. Consider me here to help with all you travel questions from Batuu to Cinderella Castle. Whether it's teenagers, toddlers, or your middle-aged cousins. Helping you find your version of magic is my mission. Learn More About Jeremy

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