• On Oct 6, 2021
    Charles from NY 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, we are arriving next week, are fast passes still in use?

    Hey there, Charles! You're as welcome as can be here at planDisney! 

    Only four days to Disney...but who's counting? YOU, that's who! I bet you're getting really excited right about now. After all, before you know it, you'll be walking right down the middle of Main Street, U.S.A.!

    Charles, when the Walt Disney World Resort reopened last year, FastPass+ service was paused. A few weeks ago, Disney announced that FastPass+ would not return, so it is no longer operating in the theme parks. Oh, but you just know Disney has more magic planned for us! Although we've said farewell to FastPass+, we'll soon be welcoming Disney Genie to our vacation planning repertoire! 

    Disney has only told us that Disney Genie will be starting this fall, so we don't have an exact date for its launch just yet. Since it could be literally any day, though, I do want to give you an overview of how it will work, just in case it flies in on a magic carpet in time for your vacation.

    Disney Genie will work with the My Disney Experience app to help you plan a practically perfect vacation based on your interests. You'll tell it what's important to you, and Disney Genie will suggest a plan that hits all of your favorite things, and your plan will update in real time! 

    In addition to the free vacation planning features of Disney Genie, you can add phenomenal cosmic power to your plans by purchasing Disney Genie+. This upgrade gives you access to the Lightning Lane at select attractions, allowing you to bypass the standby queue to make the most of your park time. Also, for some of the most popular attractions in the parks, you can purchase individual attraction selections for the Lightning Lane separate from your Disney Genie or Disney Genie+ service.

    I know, it's a lot to take in. There's more information about Disney Genie on the Disney Parks Blog, where you'll also find links to a couple of really helpful video presentations about the new service. Of course, if you're still wondering about Disney Genie or any other aspect of your Walt Disney World Resort visit, you can hop back on with your planDisney pals and ask us another question!

    Have a magical vacation, Charles, and please come see us again real soon!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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