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  • On Mar 19, 2022
    Chris from WI 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 it mean when it says no times available for an attraction on a day that just became available on the calendar? Is the attraction closed that day? Already booked up within a few hours?

    Hey there, hi there Chris!

    Oh boy! It looks like you are planning a vacation later this spring. It's a great time to visit, with the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival in full bloom, and typically beautiful weather.

    I'm guessing that you are looking at the Tip Board on your My Disney Experience app to get an idea of the wait times for specific attractions. This is a great idea, not only to help plan your park days but also to help you determine if you want to purchase Genie+, Individual Lightning Lanes, or possibly a combination of both for some parks.

    If an attraction is closed, on the Tip Board you'll see an exclamation point icon next to the words "Temporarily Closed", and the Standby Line will indicate "Wait Times Currently Unavailable." That doesn't necessarily mean that the attraction is closed for the entire day. It may open up later; however, guests who previously booked Lightning Lanes before it shut down will most likely be trying to experience the ride, so the standby queue could take longer than usual.

    Other times, in the case of Slinky Dog Dash, Lightning Lanes book at lightning speed. In this case you'll see a wait time listed for the Standby Line. Underneath that you'll see "LL Disney Genie+ Not Currently Offered." This means that all of the available Lightning Lanes have been booked. Now, it is possible that a few will become available as guests' plans change and they cancel Lightning Lanes, but getting one of those takes a lot of luck and pixie dust.

    Similarly, rides that have Individual Lightning Lane access available for purchase, like Remy's Ratatouille Adventure, often sell out quickly for the day. For these attractions, guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels have an advantage. They can purchase Individual Lightning Lanes beginning at 7:00 AM, while other guests have to wait until park opening to purchase Individual Lightning Lanes.

    So, the answer to your question is yes, both Individual Lighting Lanes and Genie+ Lightning Lanes for certain attractions are often booked up for the day within a couple of hours. If you purchase Genie+ you'll be able to book your first Lightning Lane right at 7:00 AM, regardless of where you are staying. I recommend doing that, particularly if there is a "must do" attraction that you want to experience. If you are not staying at a Walt Disney World Resort and want to experience one of the attractions that have an Individual Lightning Lane purchase available, make that purchase right at park opening. If it's sold out, head to the standby line first thing. You may have to wait longer than you'd like, BUT the standby line wait times will most likely go up throughout the day. Another option would be to hop into line for those attractions right before park closing. You still may have a wait, but you'll get to ride without using up that time during your park day.

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!
    Diane
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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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