Star Wars Galaxy's Edge Family Walking Storm Troopers
  • On Feb 18, 2022
    Lori from LA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am purchasing tickets for Hollywood Studios (mainly for Star Wars) and Animal kingdom. Does Disney Genie will help with those parks?

    Hello Lori,

    It sounds like you are planning an out of this world vacation! Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disney's Hollywood Studios is truly incredible. It's easy to see why it's a top priority for your upcoming Disney vacation. Pandora - World of Avatar in Disney's Animal Kingdom is equally amazing, and another place where you'll feel like you've journeyed to a completely different world as you explore the Valley of Mo'ara. Of course, no visit to Animal Kingdom is complete without a stop back on planet Earth to take in the sights of Kilimanjaro Safaris.

    While you're in the parks, the free Disney Genie will help you customize your itinerary, giving you tips and suggestions for your day. You pick your top interests, and your pal Genie will help you plan your perfect Disney day. 

    Genie+ is an add on option that can give you access to Lightning Lanes on over 40 attractions throughout Walt Disney World. In Hollywood Studios, you can book Lightning Lane times for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Tours with Genie+. Smugglers Run is a hugely popular attraction, and Lightning Lane reservations go quickly. If you do purchase Genie+ you'll want to book a Lightning Lane for Smugglers Run first, at 7 AM. Then, two hours after Hollywood Studios opens OR after you've entered the Lightning Lane for Smugglers Run, you'll be able to book any other available ride. The wait times for Star Tours tend to be much shorter, and you may decide to wait in the standby line for that and use a Lightning Lane selection for something else.

    Genie+ won't be able to help you skip the line on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. I recommend either racing to that attraction as soon as you enter the park, or purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane. You can pay a fee per guest to access the Lightning Lane for this attraction. The bonus of this purchase is that you are able to select your return time.

    There's so much to see and do in Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. Make a reservation for a drink and quick snack at Oga's Cantina, or grab a Ronto Wrap at Ronto Roasters. Wander around Batuu, exploring the shops, meeting locals (cast members), and seeing characters from the First Order and the Resistance.

    In Animal Kingdom, Genie+ can help you skip the lines for Na'vi River Journey and Kilimanjaro Safaris. To skip the line for Avatar Flight of Passage, you'll need to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane. We had Genie+ on our last visit to Animal Kingdom, and it allowed us to relax, wander, and explore the many walking trails and details in this incredible park. 

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Georgia

After spending 25 years in RI, my husband and I relocated to GA with our youngest, who is now in high school. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes. From creating our first itinerary as a honeymooner to later creating magical experiences for our multigenerational family gatherings, every aspect of planning a vacation has been pure joy to me.  Learn More About Diane

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