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  • On Jul 18, 2022
    Cheryl from SD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Do you have to purchase Genie + or can you do it the old fashioned way of just standing in line?

    Chim chim cher-ee, Cheryl.

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney today. Your jolly holiday to The Most Magical Place on Earth is just beyond the horizon. Can you believe you'll be immersed in the EARidescent excitement of the 50th Anniversary Celebration in less than two months? Perhaps a spoonful of sugar will help the waiting go by!

    One thing that is guaranteed at Walt Disney World Resort (besides magic, of course) is change. It seems like there’s always something new to know or learn. I know quite a bit of change has taken place over the past few years, but thankfully the standby queues remain. Cheryl, this means you are more than welcome to purchase Disney Genie+ service during your trip, but you are also able to choose to wait in the standby queues instead. It’s your prerogative. When you approach an attraction, just make sure you enter the standby line instead of the one marked as the Lightning Lane entrance.

    Sometimes waiting in the standby queue is just as much fun as the attraction itself, because Walt Disney World’s attention to detail is incredible. The interactive standby queue at Peter Pan’s Flight takes you through the Darling home and nursery where Wendy, Michael, and John sleep. You even get to interact with Tinker Bell and play with your shadow. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is another attraction with an interactive standby queue where you can play in Rabbit’s garden or hunt for hidden characters in waterfalls of honey. Jungle Cruise’s queue isn’t interactive, but you have to read all of the signs and details … Let’s just say the cheesy puns start well before you get on a boat for your adventure.

    Remember, you can always check attraction wait times via the interactive map feature in your My Disney Experience mobile app. Select "Wait Times" from the drop-down menu in the top-middle of the screen when you are in the interactive map, then click on "Show List in the top right corner of the screen. You can use "Filter" at the top left to filter the list by a specific location.

    Cheryl, I hope this information sets your mind at ease. Enjoy every magical moment of your vacation!

    See ya real soon,

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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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