Epcot Monorail around Spaceship Earth
  • On Jan 28, 2024
    Donna from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can I purchase fast passes for rides at Epcot before I go to the park?

    Hi there, Donna!

    Thanks for not (fast) passing by planDisney with your question! A trip to EPCOT in March is sure to be a magical one. By then, the temperatures will likely have warmed, and the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival will be in full bloom. With such beautiful weather and scenery, I don't blame you for wanting to spend as little time in indoor queues as possible, so let's skip the wait and get right to your question!

    Walt Disney World Resort's former FastPass system has been replaced with Disney Genie+ service. With Genie+, you will be able to reserve Lightning Lane entries (this terminology has replaced ‘FastPass’) for select attractions in each theme park, see EPCOT's list here, enabling you to bypass the standby queue. Disney Genie+ service can be purchased through the My Disney Experience mobile app beginning at midnight each day you have a valid theme park ticket linked to your account. The price of the service varies per day and will be listed at the top of the ‘Tip Board’ in your app. Genie+ is priced per person, so the rate listed in the app will be charged for each member of your selected party. Once Genie+ is purchased, you are eligible to make your first Lightning Lane selection at 7 AM. 

    There are a handful of select attractions (including EPCOT's beloved Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind) that offer the purchase of individual Lightning Lane entries. These attractions are not included in Disney Genie+ service and are purchased à la carte. Individual Lightning Lanes are available to purchase at 7 AM for Disney Resort hotel guests (and select others) and at the time of park opening for the general public.

    An important difference between the two types of Lightning Lanes: Genie+ Lightning Lane entry automatically populates the next available timeslot while individual Lightning Lane allows guests to choose the time that best fits their schedule from those available. If you have any additional questions about the process of securing Lightning Lane entries, check out these helpful videos

    I hope this was informative, Donna, and that a magical vacation (with minimal waits) is on the horizon. You're welcome to drop back by with any additional inquiries that arise. I'm happy to help!

    Cheers to 2024,
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