A Ride in the Teacups
  • On May 12, 2022
    Ashley from BC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    The Genie Lightening Lane sounds like the fast pass but the difference seems to be that now we have to pay for it. Is that correct or is there something else that I am missing. Does fast pass still exist Do we need to provide proof of vaccination

    Hi there, Ashley! Welcome to planDisney!

    There have certainly been some changes at the Happiest Place on Earth in the last few years, but.. Hakuna Matata! I'm here to help!

    The former MaxPass system for quicker access to some of your favorite attractions no longer exists. But as Gusteau reminds the fearless little Remy, "If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." In this case, what lies ahead is Disney Genie+! While it does have similarities to the previous system, it is a magic carpet ride all of its own! Here's how it works.

    You can purchase Disney Genie+ prior to your arrival or on the day of your park visit. Once you scan into your starting park, you become eligible to make your first selection. Using the Disneyland Mobile App, click the menu button in the bottom right corner of the page, then select "Tip Board." Here, you'll find a list of the attractions available for you to reserve and the first available return time to experience them. Select your attraction and confirm and you'll be all set for your first choice! You will be able to utilize the Lightning Lane, a faster-moving, less crowded line located next to the standby line at each attraction. After you scan into that attraction or two hours from the time you made your first selection, you can then make your next selection. Repeat this process all day long until you've managed to hit all your favorite attractions and experiences! Though Disney Genie+ does come with a price tag, I found it to be worth every penny on my last visit.

    Ashley, you do not need to provide proof of your vaccination status at any time during your stay. Though the Disneyland Resort and the State of California both strongly encourage Guests to be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test result before visiting, it is not required. I do recommend bringing a face covering with you, as there are still some areas where it may be required during your visit.

    I know new things can be daunting, but with a little faith, trust and pixie dust, you'll have a magical time using the Disney Genie+ system. Though change is often inevitable, Anna and Olaf remind us that "Some things never change," like the magic you'll feel when you arrive at the Disneyland Resort! Be sure to check out some old classics, like Haunted Mansion and "it's a small world" to feel the nostalgia during your stay!

    Have a magical day,

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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