Cinderella Castle 50th Day
  • On Apr 4, 2022
    Claire from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I'm staying at a Disney resort with my family, but my sister and her kids are not (but coming to Disney with us), can I book lightning lane/genie plus ride spots for everyone starting at 7am or only for the 4 of us staying at the resort?

    Hello Claire,

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. It won't be long before you are strolling down Main Street U.S.A. to get a photo in front of Cinderella Castle! Any trip to Walt Disney World is magical, but there is something extra special about sharing the experience with extended family. The memories you share will last a lifetime!

    Adding Genie+ to your tickets will certainly help you be able to experience more attractions with less time waiting in line. Whether you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort or not, you'll be able to make your first Lightning Lane Selection for both your family and your sister's family at 7:00 AM. 

    Individual Lightning Lane purchase for the most popular attractions in the parks are a slightly different story. Only resort guests can purchase and reserve Individual Lightning Lanes at 7:00 AM. Everyone else can make those purchases when the park they are going to opens for the day. Luckily, right now there are only four attractions that fall under that category: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, Avatar Flight of Passage, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

    If you don't already have the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device, I recommend getting that soon. You'll be able to check the "Tip Board" for each park to see which Individual Lightning Lanes sell out before park opening. Last time I visited, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance was the only one that was actually gone before park opening. So that is an attraction that you'll need to be prepared to wait in the standby line for if you all want to ride together. The wait times get quite long and don't really let up throughout the day, so you'll probably want to head to that first if it's a "must do." The other challenge is that resort guests will be in line 30 minutes before regular guests, so by the time you all arrive at the park, the standby line could already be quite long. As amazing as this attraction is, if you skip this ride you will get to experience more throughout your day at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    For the Individual Lightning Lane attractions in the other parks, it's very possible that you will be able to make those purchases even after the park opens. Periodically check the Tip Boards for each park to see when they sell out. Again, you can also try hopping into the lines for those at the beginning of the day, knowing that you'll be saving time on other attractions using Genie+ to make Lightning Lane selections.

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!
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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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