• On Jan 23, 2022
    Ron from NC 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 to make lightning lane reservations

    Welcome to planDisney, Ron. It's not long now until you'll be off to Neverland. Remember, it's the second star to the right and straight on 'til morning. The 50th Anniversary Celebration makes it a truly magical time to visit Walt Disney World Resort. On my most recent visit, I really enjoyed riding Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and seeing the Beacons of Magic on display throughout each of the Theme Parks. If you'd like a fun challenge, see how many Fab 50 Characters you can discover during your trip.

    The introduction of Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane entrances means that you'll be able to experience many more attractions each day. Disney Genie+ allows you to select Lightning Lane entrances at over 40 attractions throughout the Parks. To purchase these "phenomenal cosmic powers" then, on the day of your visit, open up your My Disney Experience app, click on the three lines at the bottom right corner of your screen, and then select "My Genie Day." There should be an option that says "Get Disney Genie+ for Today." Once you select it, you'll find a list of all the people in your party that you've added via My Friends & Family. Select the members of your party that will use this service. Once you do that, you'll then make your purchase.

    Starting at 7:00 a.m. on the day of your visit, you'll then be able to make your first Lightning Lane selection. Once you enjoy that attraction, or two hours after making your selection (whatever comes sooner), you'll be able to make another Lightning Lane selection. You can do that throughout the day until there are no more Lightning Lane selections available.

    The Individual Lightning Lane entrances work a little bit differently. You don't need to purchase Disney Genie+ to use this service. Individual Lightning Lane entrances can be purchased for some of the more high-in-demand attractions. You can make up to two Individual Lightning Lane entrance purchases per Guest, per day. If you're staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, then you can make purchases from 7:00 a.m on the day of your visit. Guests staying off property can purchase any remaining Individual Lightning Lane entrances once the Park opens. To make a purchase, simply open up your My Disney Experience app, select "My Genie Day," select "Tip Board" and find the attraction that you'd like to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for.

    With the help of Genie, you've got a brand of magic that never fails. Make sure you don't miss Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, and Avatar Flight of Passage. Those are some of my favorite attractions! 

    I hope you have an enchanting trip, Ron. As we say in Liverpool, "I hope you have an absolute belter of a time! Ta-ra-la!"


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Meet the Panelist: Mike, Virginia

I'm Mike, a Disney-loving "scouser." I have a wonderful wife and two young children who share my obsession for all things Disney. I've always been enchanted by the magic of Walt Disney World Resort - the charming music, captivating beauty, enthralling attractions, and breathtaking shows spark my imagination and fill me with a sense of awe. I'm perpetually planning my next Disney adventure! If you're interested in makin' memories at "The Most Magical Place on Earth" then you've got a friend in me.
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