Beauty and the Beast Topiary at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival; France
  • On Mar 28, 2024
    Alicia from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do you need to purchase Genie+ in order to purchase an individual lightning lane or can you just purchase the individual lightning lane by itself?

    Hi Alicia,

    Welcome to planDisney! 

    Wow! Your vacation is quickly approaching. I can imagine the excitement in your household!

    To access Lightning Lane Entry, you can purchase Disney Genie+ which includes Lightning Lane access to select attractions or you can make Individual Lightning Lane entry purchases separately. So, no, you do not have to purchase both. I encourage you to take a look at the attractions with Lightning Lane Access for Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane entry at each theme park. Then decide if you want to purchase Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane entry. Keep in mind that some attractions also have a virtual queue option.

    We always try to secure virtual queue access for TRON Lightcycle/ Run and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. If we are unable to secure virtual queue access, then we try to book Individual Lightning Lane entry. When we first experienced TRON, however, we did both the virtual queue and Individual Lightning Lane because we wanted to experience the attraction during the day and at night. It is a unique experience at night!

    As you make plans for your upcoming trip, be sure to double-check the Park Hours. If staying at a Disney Collections Resort, also check those park hour times for Early Theme Park Entry for Disney Resort Hotel Guests. If you are staying at a Disney Deluxe, Deluxe Villa Resort, or other select resort hotel also be sure to check the times for Extended Evening Theme Park Hours

    Given that this is spring break time for many schools across the country, the parks and resorts may see additional crowds. Be sure to plan accordingly. In addition to using Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane entry, make advanced dining reservations and be sure to have the My Disney Experience Mobile App downloaded so that you can use Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering. With Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering, check the pick-up times at least 30 minutes before you want to eat.

    Alicia, keep wrapping up those last minute details. And, if you have not considered it already, take a look at the Enchanting Extras Collection. One of our favorites has been the Capture Your Moment: Magic Kingdom photo session. We used it to do the photos we used on our holiday cards one year. And it's still one of my favorite photos!

    Magic and memories,

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