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  • On Jun 30, 2024
    Lynn from NC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are not staying within Disney. What is my best option for obtaining tickets for Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom? Also how does the genie+ work.

    Hi Lynn!

    It looks like your visit is going to be here in the blink of an eye! You don’t have to stay directly at the Walt Disney World Resort to experience all of the magic! I’m so excited that you’re planning to visit the Theme Parks. 

    If you're looking to get Theme Park Tickets for Magic Kingdom Park or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, the best way to purchase them is by visiting the Walt Disney World Resort website and heading to the Buy Theme Park Tickets section. You can choose the Theme Park you want to visit and what date you would like to visit.

    You’ll notice that they offer different ticket options, such as a “Theme Park Ticket” which is your standard 1 to 10-day ticket.

    You’ll also see that there are often Special Offers. These include deals like the 4-Park Magic Ticket or the 3-Day 3-Park Ticket which are currently being offered. I recommend checking out the special offers to get the most value for your money!

    Now, let’s talk about Genie+. There soon will be some changes on July 24, 2024 and it is going to be called Lightning Lane+ Multipass. Here’s the lowdown on the current Genie+:

    You can add Genie+ to your Theme Park Tickets by visiting the My Disney Experience app. This service allows you to use Lightning Lane entrances at select attractions allowing for less time waiting in a standard queue. You can anticipate being able to enter 2 or 3 attractions or experiences per day using Lightning Lane entrances if the first selection is made early in the day. You’ll also receive digital downloads of Disney PhotoPass attraction images.

    Pick Your Attractions: Starting at 7 AM on the day of your visit, you can make your first Genie+ Lightning Lane selection. After you redeem your first Lightning Lane, or after waiting 2 hours, (whichever comes first), you can choose another experience. Please note, that the 2 hour wait begins when your Theme Park opens even if you made your first booking at 7:00 AM. When it’s time for your reserved attraction, head to the Lightning Lane entrance.

    Using Genie+ is a great way to make the most of your time at the parks, letting you experience more attractions without spending too much time in line. Make sure to download the My Disney Experience app so you can easily manage your reservations and get the most out of your day. Also, check out this helpful video to understand the details of Genie+.

    I hope you enjoy your visit! Come back and see us again real soon!


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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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