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  • On Feb 27, 2023
    David from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have friends that say I can only make 3 reservations at a time for the theme parks. After I use the first reservation I can try to book another. Some friends say if I stay on property I can book reservations for the entire length of my stay. Who is right

    David,

    Thanks for sending me another question on planDisney!

    I think I know where the confusion may come from in this case. In my last reply I was speaking about Theme Park Reservations using the Disney Park Pass system. That is where you reserve what park you plan to visit for each day of your vacation. This is required, but all guests can make these reservations for every day they have a theme park ticket as soon as they have their tickets, regardless of where they are staying. They can make these selections months ahead of time. 

    I believe that your friends are instead referencing the old FastPass attraction reservation program. That is the now-defunct program where you would book up to 3 attraction reservations per day. If you were staying at a Disney Resort Hotel you could start making these reservations earlier than non-hotel guests.  

    But FastPass is no more. The new systems of Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes are both day-of attraction reservation systems. Regardless of where you stay, every guest who opts to use these programs would do so on the actual day they are going into a park. There is no reserving of rides days or even weeks ahead of time. Here are some of the program basics.

    Genie+ Lightning Lane times can be reserved starting at 7 am, the day of the visit. There is no difference in that start time for guests, whether they are staying at a Disney Resort hotel or not.

    Individual Lightning Lane times can be reserved starting at 7 am, the day of the visit, for guests staying at Disney Resort Hotels and other select hotels. All other guests can start making Individual Lightning Lane reservations at the time of park opening.

    It is important to note that neither Genie+ Lightning Lane nor Individual Lightning Lane times can be reserved before the day at the park. So no, you would not be able to book attractions days or weeks beforehand.

    BONUS TIP
    Where do you buy and select Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane reservations?
    Just open your My Disney Experience App on your smartphone that morning, and you will see prominent links to make these purchases.

    I hope this helps clear things up, but I am also ready for you to send me any follow-up questions.

    Have a Magical Vacation!

    Doug


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