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  • On Feb 1, 2022
    Tiffany from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    How do I get a Lightening Lane for things that say unavailable?

    Hey there, Tiffany! Welcome to planDisney!

    I appreciate you sending your question to us! It is our passion and mission to help you with the planning process and get you one step closer to a real-life fairytale vacation at Walt Disney World Resort. The addition of Disney Genie, Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane attractions has been a learning experience for all, but with my face in a book (or maybe online) like Belle, I've been able to better understand these new products and help you do the same!

    The Lightning Lane itself is a faster entry line to rides and attractions. It can be accessed by purchasing either Disney Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane selections. Over 40 rides throughout all four parks are included with Disney Genie+, but the most high-demand rides require an additional Individual Lightning Lane purchase. These rides include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Frozen Ever After, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Avatar Flight of Passage. 

    If you are a Guest of a Disney Resort Hotel, Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotels or Shades of Green, you are able to purchase Individual Lightning Lane selections beginning at 7 a.m. the day you'd like to visit. If you are staying elsewhere, you are eligible to make these purchases at the time the park opens that day. If an attraction is unavailable for purchase once you open your app that day to check, that likely means it sold out for the day. For these rides, I suggest making your purchase as early as possible to ensure you'll be able to experience that attraction.

    Tiffany, if you're looking to make an Individual Lightning Lane purchase on your app now, before your trip, that is likely why you're seeing it show as "unavailable." These purchases cannot be made in advance and must be reserved the day you plan to visit that particular attraction during your trip. Though this does not lend itself to advance planning, it could be helpful to make a list of the Individual Lightning Lane attractions you plan to purchase on which day, so you're prepared when the time comes!

    It looks like you will also arrive just as the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival begins! This is one of my favorite times of the year at EPCOT, where life-size topiaries modeled after our favorite Disney characters transform the park into a beautiful garden oasis! There are delicious food and drink offerings throughout the World Showcase and unique Festival merchandise available for purchase. I hope you get a chance to check it out during your breaks from riding all of those incredible attractions!

    Have a magical day, Tiffany!

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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