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  • On Nov 14, 2021
    Shannon from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are there no fast passes anymore? I have the app downloaded and cannot book any advance reservations for attractions without additional payment. What is the best way to avoid standing in line all day?

    Hi, Shannon! Welcome back to planDisney! It's always a pleasure when our friends come by to see us again! 

    I can tell you're an experienced visitor to the Walt Disney World Resort, Shannon! Making FastPass+ selections was an important part of planning your vacation for quite a few years, but now there's a new phenomenal cosmic power at work on your vacation plans! Last month, Disney retired the FastPass+ service to make way for Disney Genie, a new way to plan your Disney day.

    There are basically three components to Disney Genie, all fully integrated into your My Disney Experience mobile app. The first, which helps you build your schedule based on your unique interests, is a free service. You just answer a few questions about how you'd like to spend your day, and Disney Genie offers you an itinerary complete with attraction and dining suggestions. You can see attraction wait times, and even get a look at forecasted wait times for later in the day, so you can see the best times to ride. 

    Upgrading to Disney Genie+ gives you all that, plus the ability to skip the standby queue at more than 40 attractions throughout the parks using the Lightning Lane entrances. At this time, adding Disney Genie+ to your vacation plans is $15 per person, per day.

    The third element of Disney Genie is individual Lightning Lane access for select attractions that are not included in Disney Genie+. These are generally the most in-demand attractions in the theme parks, and are available as a separate purchase. The cost varies by date and attraction, and you can purchase up to two per day regardless of whether you've added Disney Genie+ or not. 

    To help you get started with Disney Genie, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane, Disney created a helpful video that walks you through exactly how Disney Genie service works. Once you get started, I think you'll find it's pretty easy. And it will definitely save you time in the parks!

    I hope this helps you get those vacation plans off and running, Shannon! Thank you so much for stopping by to see us, and I wish you and your family a magical visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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