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  • On Feb 29, 2024
    Jan from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    party of 5 set to go in March. do we have to schedule attractions or set up "fast Pass"?

    Hi there, Jan, and welcome to planDisney! 

    Can you believe that you are just one week away from making lifelong magical memories? I'm headed back to The Most Magical Place on Earth this weekend and am having trouble focusing on anything other than the 'Future Plans' tab in my My Disney Experience mobile app knowing the delicious meals and Enchanting Extras are mere days away. Just like Tiana, we're both almost there, so let's get to it!

    If you're hoping to bypass standby queues in the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, you need to ensure that all members of your party have My Disney Experience accounts and are connected and sharing plans through the My Disney Experience Family & Friends List. At least one of you will need to be familiar with the My Disney Experience mobile app so that you can purchase Disney Genie+ service as desired for members of your travel party. Once Disney Genie+ service has been purchased (this option is not available until midnight each day Guests have a valid theme park ticket), you will be eligible to reserve Lightning Lane entrances (this terminology has replaced ‘FastPass’) for select attractions beginning at 7 AM. Personally, I usually purchase Genie+ and confirm my party at around 6:45 AM to make sure I can get an early return time for my first Lightning Lane pick of the day. You'll see the option to purchase Disney Genie+ service and select Lightning Lane reservations on the 'Tip Board' in the mobile app for all members of your Family & Friends List. There is no limit to the amount of Lightning Lane selections Guests can make in a single day, but you'll need to redeem your most recent Lightning Lane or wait two hours before you can make your next selection. When making these selections, you'll notice that the next available time automatically populates, so if it doesn't work with your desired schedule try refreshing a time or two to see if the availability changes. 

    Keep in mind that a handful of select attractions offer the purchase of individual Lightning Lane entries that are not included in Disney Genie+ service. While everyone is eligible to make Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane selections at 7 AM, only guests of Disney Resort hotels (and select others) are eligible to purchase individual Lightning Lanes at that time. All other guests can make their purchase once the desired theme park opens for the day. Guests can purchase up to two individual Lightning Lane entries per day, with or without the purchase of Disney Genie+. For budgeting purposes, my husband and I often purchase Genie+ one day and prioritize individual Lightning Lanes the next.  

    I hope this information was helpful, Jan, and that your vacation is filled with maximum magic and minimum waits. If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to swing back by. Hakuna matata. I'm always happy to help!

    Thinking happy thoughts,

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Meet the Panelist: Lizzie, Georgia

Hi y'all! I'm Lizzie, a happily married teacher, coach, and proud dog mom of three from Georgia. While I loved the magic of Disney as a child, it wasn't until my twenties that pixie dust became a defining characteristic of my personality (and my wardrobe). I can't wait to answer your Walt Disney World Resort vacation questions so that you can embrace your inner 'hakuna matata' as you stroll through The Most Magical Place on Earth with your favorite Mickey-shaped snack in hand.  Learn More About Lizzie

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