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  • On Sep 2, 2023
    Leo from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    When I purchase Lightening Lane and it says window starts at 12:40, how long does that window stay open? Do miss parts of the queue (visuals) ?

    Welcome back to planDisney, Leo!

    Close your eyes. Can you picture it? Cinderella Castle in the distance, music playing and children laughing in the background, the smell of sweet treats and popcorn wafting past you... In just a few short days, you'll be immersed in all this and more. The magic of Walt Disney World Resort is real and waiting for you!

    As someone who likes to fit as much magic as possible into every park day, I’m glad you plan on utilizing Disney Genie+ service and Individual Lightning Lanes during your upcoming trip. You have one hour from the start of your Lightning Lane’s arrival window to return and experience the attraction. If, for some reason, the arrival window you selected will no longer work for a Genie+ Lightning Lane, you can modify it from within your My Disney Experience mobile app. Simply click on the three dots next to the Lightning Lane you wish to change in your Tip Board to modify the experience. You’ll see a screen with updated times for your current selection or other available attractions you can change to when you select "Modify Plan." You cannot modify an Individual Lightning Lane’s return time, but you can always stop by a Guest Experience Team location (look for the blue umbrellas) for help if something major comes up.

    The beauty of a Lightning Lane entrance is that it cuts down the time you spend waiting in line significantly, but that often means you are sacrificing part of the queue in the process. For example, the standard queue in Peter Pan’s Flight takes you through John, Michael, and Wendy Darling’s nursery with some interactive experiences. You won’t be privy to any of this in the Lightning Lane queue, but you also won’t be waiting 45 minutes in line. It’s a trade off, but, in my opinion, it’s worth it in most cases.

    Before you know it, you'll be off to Neverland, Leo. Have a wonderful trip, and say hi to Pluto for me!

    Reach out and find your happily ever after,
    Alyssa
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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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