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  • On Mar 9, 2024
    Kelli from NC 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! I'm so confused about Genie+ vs. Lightning Lanes vs. Virtual ques vs. Individual Lightning Lanes…are these 4 separate things? Can someone please explain the process for me…I haven’t been to WDW since the days of Fast Passes. Thanks!! Kelli

    Welcome back to planDisney, Kelli! I am so glad you swam by to figure this new system out before your trip. Let's grab one of Scuttle's dinglehoppers and straighten it all out.

    Virtual Queues are separate from Genie+. In the simplest sense, Virtual Queues give you access to the Standby Line to the most popular attractions without having to stand in line for hours upon hours. Virtual Queues are currently available for TRON Lightcycle / Run and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. Virtual Queues open at 7 am and then again at 1 pm for Guests in the park. With the Virtual Queue, you will get a Boarding Group. Boarding Groups are called throughout the day, and you can watch the progress on the My Disney Experience App to estimate your return time. When your Boarding Group is called, it's your turn to join the line. 

    Genie+ is most like what you knew with FastPasses: access to shorter lines, now called Lightning Lanes. Like the old FassPasses, you select based on one-hour time windows to get in the Lightning Lane. There are a few differences, including that you pay for Genie+ and you make Lightning Lane selections throughout the day. You can begin making your first Lightning Lane selection as early as 7 am. You make additional selections every two hours after the park opens or after you have enjoyed the last attraction you selected. Like the FastPass system, you need to know your strategy. Rides like Slinky Dog Dash, Peter Pan's Flight, and Remy's Ratatouille Adventure book quickly in the morning. If these are on your priority list, 7 am is important for the earliest chance to add these to your selections for the day. 

    In addition to the Lightning Lanes, there are also Individual Lightning Lane entries you can purchase separately. Each park has up to two attractions available for Individual Lightning Lane entry. These attractions are not included in Genie+ as Lightning Lane selections and must be purchased individually. You can purchase two Individual Lightning Lane entries per day, and you do not need to purchase Genie+ to purchase Individual Lightning Lane entries.

    Virtual Queues, Genie+ for the Lightning Lanes, and Individual Lightning Lanes are accessed and managed on the My Disney Experience App. 

    I am up and on the app at 6:55 am to try for a Virtual Queue for TRON Lifecycle / Run or Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind if my plans include Magic Kingdom Park or EPCOT. If I don't get a Virtual Queue, I will try again at 1 or purchase an Individual Lightning Lane if I do not want to miss the chance to ride either of these. Genie+ with Lightning Lane entries have helped me do a lot more at Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios. I have not used Genie+ on a day dedicated to EPCOT, but have purchased Genie+ with the option to use it across multiple parks when EPCOT was on my list for park hopping.

    I hope this helps a bit more than the dinglehopper on Scuttle's feathers. Please come back to planDisney with any other questions.

    Life is the Bubbles!
    Jana




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Hi, everyone! I’m Jana, a Disney-loving wife and mom from Atlanta. My boys (my husband and sons) are the greatest joys in my life. We have so many magical memories from our vacations at Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and advice in helping you plan your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Learn More About Jana

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