Fireworks at Magic Kingdom
  • On Feb 17, 2022
    Jennifer from CT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do Genie+ times open sequentially? We can't get to the park until late afternoon on our 1st day. When I log on to book our first selection, can I select a later time or do I need to wait until those times open up over the course of the day?

    Hi Jennifer, welcome back to planDisney! 

    Your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is just around the riverbend. There's never been a better time to visit. Be sure to check out planDisney's Top 22 in 2022 for some must-dos, must-sees, and must-eats during your stay. You've already gotten a headstart on number 13: Get to Know Disney Genie. The Disney Genie+ service gives Guests access to Lightning Lane entrances at over 40 attractions throughout the four theme parks. Let's figure out the best use of your wishes.

    When you book a Genie+ Lightning Lane selection in the My Disney Experience mobile app, Jennifer, you must select the next available arrival window. Certain attractions run out of available arrival windows in five minutes or less, while other attractions remain available throughout the day. There's no way to predict exactly when a specific attraction will become available for a certain time, but I do have some recommendations for maximizing the magic of Genie+ on your late arrival park day.

    The attractions that are most likely to run out of arrival windows at each park are Jungle Cruise and Peter Pan's Flight at Magic Kingdom park, Slinky Dog Dash and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Test Track at EPCOT, and Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. I recommend making your first Lightning Lane reservation for one of these high-demand attractions. This does require you to be on your Tip Board in the My Disney Experience app right at 7:00 a.m., keeping an eye on arrival windows until they align with your time in the park. Because you will be making your first Lightning Lane reservation for such a late time, you will be allowed to make your second Lightning Lane reservation two hours after park opening. Set an alarm on your phone and, when the time comes, see what attractions have late afternoon availability and make a second booking. Two hours later, do the same thing. This pattern can continue as long as you are securing arrival windows that are more than two hours after the booking time. By the time you enter the park, you could have stacked multiple Lightning Lane bookings. That's way more than three wishes!

    If being on the My Disney Experience app at 7:00 a.m. and/or throughout the day is not feasible, you are more than welcome to let Genie's Tip Board be your guide, making Lightning Len selections as soon as your schedule allows. It's best to stay flexible and, as I tell my kids, "You get what you get and you don't get upset."

    I hope you have a shining, shimmering, splendid vacation, Jennifer. If you have any other trip-planning questions, planDisney is just a magic carpet ride away.

    Choose magic,

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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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