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  • On Feb 19, 2024
    Ronelle from HI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What does Lightning Lane include? Is it a shorter faster line for rides?

    Welcome back to planDisney, Ronelle!

    I am glad that you contacted me again! It can be tricky to figure out all of the different options and experiences at Disneyland Resort, which is why I am happy to help you determine what works best for your family!

    Most Lightning Lanes are part of the Disney Genie+ service. Disney Genie+ is a paid service that allows Guests to skip the standby lines at select attractions. Using the Disneyland mobile app, Guests can select the next available arrival window at a participating attraction in both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. When you arrive at the attraction during your designated arrival time, you will scan your park ticket to enter the Lightning Lane entrance. The wait time is usually much shorter than the standby line! Once you have redeemed your initial selection (or the arrival window has passed), you can use the Tip Board to see when you are eligible to make another selection. This can continue until the end of the day!

    You can purchase Disney Genie+ at the same time that you buy your park tickets. If you did not do that, no worries! You can usually purchase it each day of your visit upon entering the theme parks (subject to availability). I like to maximize my time at Disneyland, which is why my family always purchases Disney Genie+. Additionally, unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital downloads are included in Disney Genie+! So, grab your family and say cheese everywhere that you see a Disney PhotoPass Cast Member! This includes photos taken on select attractions, dining locations, and in other spots around the parks. It is a great perk!

    There are also Individual Lightning Lanes that are separate from Disney Genie+. Access to Individual Lightning Lanes entrances is available for purchase individually on select attractions, which is currently available for Radiator Springs Racers and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, although that is subject to change. Both of these attractions are very popular! If riding them is a high priority for your family, then I recommend purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane for both of them at least once during your trip since they are not a part of Disney Genie+ at this time. Guests can purchase individual selections for up to 2 different attractions per day upon entering a theme park.

    I suggest downloading the Disneyland mobile app as soon as you get the chance to do so. Before your visit, you can view park maps, see dining menus, and get comfortable with using the app. During your trip, you can check wait times, make Disney Genie+ Lighting Lane reservations, and mobile order food. It is a very helpful tool right at your fingertips!

    Ronelle, I hope this information was helpful. Please reach out to me again if you have more questions!

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Meet the Panelist: Jen, Nevada

Hello from Nevada! I'm Jen - a married mom, social worker, and lifetime collector of Disney experiences. Disneyland Resort has been my "home away from home" since I was a child, and Walt Disney World Resort has become one of my favorite vacations spots as an adult. Whether it's celebrating special occasions, dining with food allergies, or making use of digital tools, I love helping Guests maximize their time and fun while visiting Disney destinations!  Learn More About Jen

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