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  • On Aug 26, 2023
    Carolyn from IL 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 reserve time slots for attractions

    Hello there Carolyn from one Illinois resident to another!  Thank you for stopping by planDisney with your great question.  

    There is no requirement to reserve Lightning Lane selections for attractions or purchase Disney Genie+ Service to enjoy your time at the Disneyland Resort!  However, I do highly recommend purchasing Disney Genie+ Service to save time waiting in line, we make it a priority to purchase it each time we visit.  The Lightning Lanes truly can save some precious time throughout your day!  

    If you decide to purchase Disney Genie+ Service, you can either add it during your theme park ticket purchase, or you can add it after you have scanned into the theme parks for the day.  After you enter the parks with your valid theme park ticket and theme park reservation, you can open up your Disneyland app to purchase Disney Genie+ Service for your party for the day.  A great bonus is that you'll receive access to unlimited digital downloads from your Disney PhotoPass photos from the day as well!  

    After you've purchased Disney Genie+ Service, I like to navigate to the "Tip Board" in the Disneyland app to book my first Lightning Lane selection for the day.  You can then select the next available time for that particular attraction.  We like to book the attractions that we know will be popular selections throughout the day such as Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! in Disney California Adventure Park, and Space Mountain in Disneyland Park.  A tip that I use each time is to set an alarm on my mobile phone for when I can make my next Lightning Lane selection so I can maximize the service throughout the day!

    I hope this information is helpful for your trip planning!  Carolyn, if there are any other questions we can help with, please do not hesitate to come back and ask.  

    Have a magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Melissa, Illinois

Hello friends!  I'm Melissa, a lifetime Disney fanatic from Illinois.  My husband and I have enjoyed the Disney Parks since our younger years and it's even more special for us now to share with our two young children.  The Disneyland Resort is truly our Happiest Place on Earth, and I cannot wait to help make the trip for your family the most magical! Learn More About Melissa

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