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  • On Feb 27, 2023
    Brenda from LA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My niece and I will be visiting Disney soon. Genie+/Individual Lightning Lane is new to us. Will we be able to each purchase Genie+/Individual Lane with our own payment or will it have to be purchased together with one payment?

    Welcome to planDisney, Brenda, and as Genie from Aladdin would say, "Let's make some magic!" I'm thrilled to hear you'll be visiting Walt Disney World Resort in a few months. You and your niece will experience a whole new world together in the theme parks. And Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes are two new tools that are shining, shimmering, and splendid ways to help you maximize your time. So let's see how it all works!

    Genie+ is a service you will need to purchase each day that you'd like to use it in the theme parks. I've used Genie+ at all four theme parks but found it especially useful at Magic Kingdom Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios.  You can make your first attraction selection at 7:00 AM, so be sure to purchase Genie+ before that time. You and your niece can make those purchases separately on your apps using your own payment methods. The good news is that as long as the two of you are linked in your apps, one of you can make the Genie+ selections throughout the day.

    My best tip for using Genie+ is to make your next choice as soon as you're eligible. That could be as soon as you've completed the scan-in process for your current selection or as soon as two hours have passed, whichever comes first. I've even set the alarm on my phone, so I will remember to make my next selection. It's easy to get caught up in the Disney magic and forget!

    As for purchasing Individual Lightning Lanes during your visit, I have a couple of options for you. The first is for each of you to purchase on your devices and choose a similar time slot. This may be risky in case the exact times aren't available. But since it's only the two of you, this might be a good option. The other scenario is for one of you to purchase both Individual Lightning Lanes and reimburse the other later. 

    The only tricky part I foresee is that all of this will happen around the same time each morning. The key is prioritizing your must-do activities and making your morning strategy accordingly. The Individual Lightning Lanes often fill up quickly, so if those attractions are high on your list, you and your niece should tackle those first. 

    Although they require some planning upfront, I've thoroughly enjoyed using Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes on my recent trips. I know you will have a fabulous time on your upcoming visit, Brenda! Stop by planDisney anytime because you ain't never had a friend like me!

    Magic awaits,
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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