Family on Big Thunder Mountain
  • On May 3, 2022
    Aishah from MI 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 Genie plus tickets. How do I get the lightning lane rides?

    Hello Aishah,

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Very soon you'll be joining in The World's Most Magical Celebration!

    You're going to love the addition of Genie+ to your tickets. It may seem confusing at first, but you'll soon see how you have phenomenal cosmic power in the itty bitty living space of your mobile device. You'll be able to access Lightning Lanes for over 40 attractions throughout all 4 theme parks.

    So, how does it work? Well, a Lightning Lane is just a new name for the old FastPass Line. Basically, it's a line that moves more quickly than the traditional standby line. Having Genie+ doesn't allow you to simply hop into these quicker lines. Instead you'll need to make reservations for each Lightning Lane, one at a time. 

    Beginning at 7:00 AM on the day of your park reservation, you can use your My Disney Experience app on your mobile device to make your first Lightning Lane selection. You'll be able to make another selection either after you've checked into your existing selection, or 120 minutes after the park officially opens, whichever comes first. You can continue making Lightning Lane selections throughout the day as you either check into your previous selection or after 120 minutes. It sounds confusing, but once you start making selections and experiencing attractions, it will all make sense. 

    Let's use Magic Kingdom as an example. At 7:00 AM you may make your first Lighting Lane selection for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at 9:15 AM. As soon as you check into Big Thunder Mountain Railroad you'll be able to make your next Lightning Lane selection. Say you choose Jungle Cruise, but see it's not available until 3:00 PM. You will be able to make another selection 120 minutes later at 11:15 AM, 2 hours after you checked in to your first ride. You can continue this process throughout the day. It's good to mix in some attractions or shows that have lower standby wait times while you are waiting for your Lightning Lanes to be available.

    There are some really popular attractions that have Lightning Lanes that you'll need to purchase separately, or you can choose to wait in the standby line. Currently, there is only one ride in each park that requires an Individual Lightning Lane purchase: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Avatar Flight of Passage, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and Remy's Ratatouille Adventure (although Individual Lightning Lane options can change at any time). If you are going to use the standby lines for these attractions, try to get in line first thing in the morning.

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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