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  • On Oct 19, 2022
    Julie from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, Can you please tell me if I can schedule Lightning Lanes prior to my visit to Disneyland? Or if I want to buy Genie + do I have to wait until the day I go or can I do it earlier?

    Hiya, Julie! We are so happy you discovered our little corner of the magic here at planDisney. We love helping Guests find a treasure trove of magic in their Disneyland Resort vacations, so consider me the Flounder to your Ariel, and let's dive right into your question!

    While life is full of tough choices, adding Genie+ to your tickets is not one of them! Genie+ can be added to your ticket at the time of purchase or as soon as you enter the Main Entrance Gates at Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park. I'm guessing that you may have already purchased your tickets since you are just a few days out from your visit, so let's take a look at that option. Once you enter the park, open up your Disneyland Mobile App. Right on the homepage, you will see "Disney Genie+ Service" and the "Purchase for Today" button. If tickets for your full party are linked to your account, you'll be able to upgrade everyone all at once with just a few taps of your fin. While we devotin' full-time to floatin' down here under the sea, we will make an exception to step aboard a magic carpet and take advantage of all the perks of Genie+!

    Flippin' your fins, you don't get too far, but heading into those Lightning Lanes will have you skipping the standby queues and adding magical minutes to your day. So how does this all work? Let's get our heads out of the clouds and back in the water to find out! Guests can make their first Lightning Lane selection as soon as they scan into the park. Even if you purchased it ahead of time, you aren't able to make selections in advance. You will head into the app and tap the "+" in the bottom navigation bar and choose "View My Genie Day and Tip Board". Toggle to the "Tip Board" to see wait times for all attractions, noting that you can choose which park to view at the top. As you scroll through the list, you will see the attractions that offer Lightning Lanes and where to tap in to make the selection. When can you make your next selection you might be wondering? As soon as you tap into your first attraction OR two hours after you've made that first selection if the return time is for later in the day. You are going to love floating through those Lightning Lanes, and the seaweed might just be greener with Genie+ in your pocket. 

    As a Genie+ guppy, there are a few other perks I want to make sure you know about to make the most of your upgrade. Don't be shy - you'll want to jump in front of all the Disney PhotoPass photographers you see that day because you will have access to unlimited downloads of each of these photos! There is no better way to capture the magic than with memories you can look back on once you are home! Newly added are Disney PhotoPass Lenses ... which I admittedly didn't think much of on our last trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and discovered on our very last day. Let me tell you, these are SO much fun and make a great activity to do with kids while you are waiting in line. The lens options update and refresh, but there are fun borders, playful animations, and you might even find Minnie sitting on your shoulder! 

    Julie, I sure hope this was helpful! Once you are in the parks, such wonderful things surround you, be sure to take a few moments to soak it all in! If you have any more questions, we are always here for you at planDisney.

    Life is the bubbles!

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Meet the Panelist: Tara, Pennsylvania

Hello from Philly! Disney Parks have been my heart and soul since my 3-year old feet first hit Main Street, U.S.A. Nothing compares to the burst of pure joy, nostalgia and magic that I feel EVERY time I enter the gates! I love planning Disney vacations and have been known to convert a non-believer or two in one magical afternoon. Whether it's park days with friends, multi-generational trips, toddling around with kids or flying solo, I'm ready to help you personalize the magic at the Happiest Place On Earth! Learn More About Tara

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