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  • On Apr 23, 2023
    Robin from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How does Genie plus work with a park hopper?

    Hi Robin!

    I'm so glad you stopped by planDisney with this question. I think Disney Genie+ Service and Park Hopper Option tickets are the perfect magical match for a visit to Walt Disney World Resort. I'd love to share my experience combining both for an epic park day!

    When purchasing Disney Genie+ Service you'll have access to Lightning Lane entries for select attractions across the theme parks. Couple that with Park Hopping and you can really tailor your day to fit in all your favorite experiences. When I visited with my daughter last year we began our day at Magic Kingdom Park and made our first Lightning Lane selection right at 7 a.m. We received a late morning return window for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and used the standby line for many of our favorite Fantasyland attractions before heading over. Once we tapped our bands for entry to the wildest ride in the wilderness we immediately booked a return window for Pirates of the Caribbean. You'll be able to make new Lightning Lane selections beginning two hours after park opening, or once you've scanned in for your reserved attraction, whichever comes first.

    We spent the morning enjoying Magic Kingdom Park before hopping to EPCOT for an afternoon of fun. We were able to book a Lightning Lane entry for Soarin' Around the World right from the Monorail as we made our way over, and continued alternating rides via standby queue and utilizing Genie+. We later scheduled a few evening return windows back at Magic Kingdom Park where we ended our evening.

    Disney Genie+ Service allowed us to experience attractions across both parks with minimal waits, for one fee per person. You will not need to pay a second fee to use Genie+ at your second park. Had we decided to hop to a third or fourth park that day, we would have been able to reserve return windows for attractions and experiences there as well, subject to availability. Keep in mind Park Hopping is currently available after 2 p.m, but you must enter your reserved park prior to hopping to another.

    On our other park day, we began at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park but used Genie+ to schedule afternoon return windows for our favorite attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Though we were automatically assigned return windows after 2 p.m., timing capabilities within the My Disney Experience App have changed since our visit. You can certainly schedule afternoon Lightning Lane entries at another park, but you'll need to monitor the current return windows per attraction vs. automatically being assigned a slot after 2 p.m. I believe this change was implemented to ensure guests with theme park reservations didn't have a different experience than guests hopping from another park.

    One last tip- you have the option to purchase two Individual Lightning Lanes per day in addition to attraction entries reserved using Genie+ or via Virtual Queue. Whatever you choose, you're sure to have a magical experience!

    I hope this helps clear up any confusion. If I can be of further assistance please don't hesitate to reach out to me again.

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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