Epcot at Dusk
  • On Jul 3, 2022
    Nikki from CO 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 are going to the food and wine fest in November. What is the lightning lane and genie plus? And when should we buy tickets?

    Hi Nikki! Welcome to planDisney! Thanks so much for sending me your questions. I'm always happy to help a fellow Coloradan! 

    I bet you're excited to be going to Walt Disney World! I happen to be going the same weekend! Let's start by talking about theme park tickets. I would recommend buying your theme park tickets now for a couple of different reasons. First, and most importantly, Theme Park Reservations are required for each day that you would like to visit a theme park. I just checked the Theme Park Reservations Availability Calendar and, as of this moment, all theme parks are available for reservations on your arrival date and for all dates following. Because your arrival date happens to be the start of the Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort and one of the last weekends of the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, it could be a busier weekend at the theme parks. Because the availability of theme park reservations can be limited and is subject to change, I would hate for you to miss out on visiting any of the theme parks on your list.

    Disney Genie+ is an add-on to your theme park ticket that can help you maximize your time in the theme parks. You can purchase this beginning at midnight the day before you will arrive at the theme park. Genie+ gives you access to a Lightning Lane entrance at a variety of attractions. You may make one return time selection at a time, starting at 7:00 a.m. on the day of your visit. If your theme park ticket includes the Park Hopper option, you can select Lightning Lane arrival windows across multiple theme parks. There are some attractions that you can purchase Individual Lightning Lane access to which are a la carte and are not included with Genie+. You can find a list here for attractions at each theme park that are both included with Genie+, as well as those that have Individual Lightning Lane for purchase.

    I hope this information helps with your planning! If you have additional questions, please feel free to send them to me at planDisney. I would love to continue to help you plan your vacation at The Most Magical Place on Earth!

    Happy Planning!

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Meet the Panelist: Lisa, Colorado

Hi everyone! I’m Lisa from Colorado where I live Happily Ever After as a mom, wife, and kindergarten teacher! I was raised on all things Disney and fell in love with Walt Disney World Resort on my first visit at six years old. I'm lucky to be an annual Passholder at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World and I love visiting my laughing places as often as possible! I’m so excited to help you plan special memories at The Happiest Place on Earth and The Most Magical Place on Earth! Learn More About Lisa

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