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  • On Mar 29, 2022
    Carol from IA 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 how the Genie + works. I have a friend that just returned from Walt Disney World and they said every time they tried to book a ride on Genie + it was full. Is there a special way to use it so that we don't have to wait in long lines?

    Hey there, Carol, and welcome to planDisney! The new Disney Genie is something we are all still working to tame. After all, this guy does have phenomenal, cosmic powers! How do you rein that in? But I’m happy to set you on the path of conquering the Genie. 

    Carol, we seem to be kindred spirits! My goal on my park days is to experience as many attractions as possible without waiting in any lines! As a father with young children, waiting in line is rarely feasible. Disney’s Genie+ has helped us achieve this goal on each visit thus far. The crowds have been high the past few weeks, so I hate to see that your friend didn’t have a great experience with the service. I will detail my personal strategy to Genie+ below. 

    With Disney’s Genie+ you can reserve an attraction return window and access the ride through the Lightning Lane queue, which typically means shorter wait times. You can reserve your first Genie+ attraction at 7 a.m. on the morning of your Theme Park visit. You can then make an additional Genie+ reservation after you tap into your first reservation or after waiting 120 minutes, whichever happens first. You can hold more than one Genie+ reservation at a time, but you must make the reservations one at a time by waiting the required times mentioned in the previous sentence. 

    At 7 a.m on the morning of my Theme Park Day, I look for attractions that my family enjoys and that have the soonest available return window. For example, if it’s our Magic Kingdom Park day and I see that Jungle Cruise has an 8:15 a.m. return window, I will book this reservation. In my opinion, this is the best option because it allows me to tap into the attraction at 8:15 a.m. and start looking for my next attraction, without waiting until 9 a.m. - the 120-minute window. I also get to use the time in the attraction queue to book my next Genie+ reservation. I continue choosing our desired attractions with the soonest available return window until lunch. Using this method during my December visit, we were able to ride 4 Genie+ attractions before lunch in Magic Kingdom Park. 

    When lunch gets close, my strategy shifts a little bit. Feeding a large family like mine can take some time, so I will look for attractions reservations that we desire but are later in the afternoon. Since I’ll already be sitting with my family for lunch for about 2 hours, I don’t mind waiting the full 120 minutes. The afternoons for us are usually much slower, and attraction availability does seem to wane some in the afternoon hours, but by then we are usually winding down as a family. These toddlers can only take so much!

    I hope this helps, Carol! I know that was a lot of information, so if you have more questions about anything I said let me know. After all, you’ve got a friend in me!

    Until Next Time, 

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Meet the Panelist: Phillip, Alabama

Hi there! I’m Phillip from Alabama and you can consider me your skipper. I love helping families navigate the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney planning is like a trip through a jungle - there may be twists and turns but with a little patience and pixie dust I’m here to help you have the most magical time! Learn More About Phillip

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