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  • On Dec 10, 2022
    Joann from CT 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 in the park when is the soonest I can make ride reservations

    Hi JoAnn,

    It's always nice to see you planning Disney at planDisney! It won't be long before you're riding a banshee on Avatar Flight of Passage, dancing with Daisy on Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, and blasting off on Space Mountain. With over two hundred attractions and entertainment experiences throughout the four theme parks, it's smart to think ahead and prioritize your must-dos.

    There are four ways to access attractions at Walt Disney World Resort: standby line, virtual queue, Genie+ Lightning Lane, and Individual Lightning Lane. Let's dig a little deeper into each option:

    Standby Queues are available for all attractions except those using a virtual queue. Standby wait times can be viewed in the My Disney Experience mobile app (location icon at the bottom of the app's home page --> "Wait Times" from the top dropdown menu).

    The only attraction that currently uses a virtual queue is Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT. All Guests with valid admission and a theme park reservation for EPCOT can join the virtual queue at 7:00 a.m. via the My Disney Experience mobile app (three small lines at the bottom right of the home page --> Virtual Queues). If you do not get a Boarding Group at that time, you can try again at 1:00 p.m.

    All Guests with valid admission and a theme park reservation linked to their My Disney Experience account can purchase Disney Genie+ service anytime after midnight each park day via the Tip Board of the My Disney Experience mobile app (three small lines --> Tip Board). I recommend purchasing by 6:45 a.m. so you can book your first Genie+ Lighting Lane attraction at 7:00 a.m. on the dot. When planning your Disney days, keep in mind that popular attractions such as Slinky Dog Dash can run out of arrival times quickly.

    For a separate, smaller list of attractions, an Individual Lightning Lane can be purchased to access the Lightning Lane entrance. Guests staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel can purchase Individual Lightning Lanes at 7:00 a.m., also via the Tip Board of the My Disney Experience mobile app. All other Guests can purchase at park opening.

    I hope this is helpful information, JoAnn. Please return to planDisney with any other trip-planning questions.

    Choose magic,


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