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  • On Nov 17, 2021
    Kristen from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Please explain the difference between a genie, genie+, and each lightning lane and if it is necessary to purchases everything.

    Hi Kristen,

    Welcome to planDisney! I hope your question means that you have a visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth coming up sometime soon and are getting excited to experience the magic and fun!

    First things first, the great news about these new services is that they are available independently from one another, so you'll be able to use all of them, none of them, or whatever combination works best for you! There are some helpful videos on the Disney Parks Blog article from the launch of these new services that you might want to watch, but I'd be happy to explain the differences for you.

    Disney Genie is a complimentary itinerary-planning tool that will ask you some questions about your Disney priorities, then offer suggestions about how to plan your day. It will also provide forecasted attraction wait times for what to expect later on in the day. As Genie himself said, "You ain't never had a friend like me," think of Disney Genie as that expert friend along with you to help plan the perfect day. Disney Genie+ is available for $15 per person per day and takes that friendship to the next level by letting you skip the standby lines and access Lighting Lanes on most attractions. Disney Genie+ may be added to each day of your tickets ahead of time or one day at a time as you go. You'll be able to make your first selection each morning beginning at 7:00 AM, and you'll use the app to make your selections, one at a time, throughout the day, based on current availability. Finally, Individual Lightning Lane selections will allow you to purchase and schedule a pre-planned one-hour window to experience up to two of the most popular attractions per day at a cost that varies based on the date and attraction. If you're staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you'll be able to make your Individual Lightning Lane selections beginning at 7:00 AM. If you're staying elsewhere, you'll be able to make your selections as soon as the park opens. All of these services are available right within the handy dandy My Disney Experience app!

    With standby lines always an option, the "necessity" for these services will vary based on the current crowd levels and each Guest's personal travel style. If attractions are your favorite part of your Disney days, Disney Genie+ and the Individual Lightning Lanes will help you maximize the thrill. If you're more of a foodie or parades and entertainment fan, these services won't provide as much benefit for you. It's really up to you to determine their worth!

    I hope this helps, Kristen. Thanks so much for visiting us at planDisney! I'm sending pixie dust that your itinerary comes together perfectly and you have a truly magical vacation sometime soon!

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Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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