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  • On Oct 15, 2023
    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! I’m going to be at Disney World soon, and I want to know what I should do in the early morning to secure the best Genie and Lightning Lane selections. At what time should I start booking things? Thanks!

    Hi there, Julie!  Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney!

    Purchasing Disney Genie+ service is a great way to maximize the magic during your visit to the Walt Disney World theme parks!  With Disney Genie+ service, you can access some of your favorite attractions using the Lightning Lane entrances.  Your purchase of Disney Genie+ service also includes digital downloads of select Disney PhotoPass attraction images and some fun Disney PhotoPass lenses for your mobile device.

    You can purchase Disney Genie+ service on the day of your theme park visit.  To do so, open your My Disney Experience mobile app, select "Tip Board," and then click on "Purchase for Today" next to the Disney Genie+ icon.  I recommend purchasing Disney Genie+ service before 7:00 a.m. on the day of your theme park visit.  You'll want to have everything squared away with your purchase prior to this time because you can book your first Lightning Lane at 7:00 a.m.

    It is important to note that a few attractions are offered as Individual Lightning Lanes.  These Individual Lightning Lanes are not included with Disney Genie+ service and require a separate purchase.  If you are a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel Guest, you may begin purchasing Individual Lightning Lanes at 7:00 a.m.  All other Guests may book their Individual Lightning Lanes at the theme park opening time.

    I hope that Disney Genie+ service shows you a whole new world of theme park fun!  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to visit planDisney again.  Wishing you a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

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Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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