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  • On Apr 17, 2022
    Angela from IL 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 guests who purchase Genie+ also find the need to purchase Lightning Lanes? Why would I buy Genie+ as well as Lightning Lanes?

    Hey there, hi there Angela!

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Summer is right around the corner and so is your visit to The World's Most Magical Celebration! You're going to love the new nighttime shows like Harmonious in EPCOT and Disney Enchantment in Magic Kingdom. 

    With the new Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Options, guests are able to completely customize their touring plans in each park. Genie+ gives you the ability to access Lightning Lanes for over 40 attractions throughout the parks. However, there are some attractions that aren't included with Genie+. In order to access the Lightning Lane for these attractions you'll need to make a separate purchase for each attraction. You can purchase Genie+ for your entire stay, or you may decide to purchase it on a day by day basis. While I just like to have Genie+ for every day, it may not always be needed. I'll give you some examples of when I might want to use one or both of these options.

    Using only Individual Lightning Lanes: The standby lines in some parks can be pretty manageable throughout the day. Let's say I had older kids and we were headed to EPCOT. Instead of purchasing Genie+ for that day, I might decide to only purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for Remy's Ratatouille Adventure. For other rides that typically have longer wait times like Frozen Ever After, we would take advantage of Early Entry as a resort guest and ride it first thing in the morning or, in the case of Test Track, we would hop in the single rider lane. 

    Using only Genie+: In Magic Kingdom, I would probably only purchase Genie+. I would hop in the standby line for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train first thing in the morning if it was an attraction that the whole family wanted to enjoy. Then I would use my Genie+ to save time waiting for other attractions throughout the day.

    Using Genie+ AND Individual Lightning Lanes together: In Disney's Hollywood Studios, because there are so many popular attractions that tend to have long standby wait times, I would probably purchase Genie+ AND purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

    If you have My Disney Experience mobile app, you can start looking at the Tip Board for each park now. It will give you a good sense of which attractions generally book their Lightning Lanes first, and you'll know the standby wait times for each attraction. This way, you'll be able to get a good feel for which days you'll want to have Genie+ and/or purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for a specific attraction. You may decide that you don't need either to have a great day in the parks.

    Hope this helps. Mickey can't wait to see ya real soon!

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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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