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  • On Oct 29, 2022
    Ashleigh from MD 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've read a couple pieces about Lighting Lane and Genie +. Are they the same thing? It is a little hard to decipher how and when to attempt to get Lighting Lane passes.

    Hi Ashleigh! Welcome to planDisney!

    Your magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort will be here before you know it and I bet your and your party are just bursting with excitement.  Even though you're arriving after Christmas, many of the holiday decorations will still be adorning the Parks into the new year, so enjoy taking in the wonder of this special time of year at The Most Magical Place on Earth!  

    I love hEARing that you're getting in some research before you head down to Walt Disney World for your trip! We all know that Disney Genie+ Service is still very new to many Guests and even though I think you'll find it simple and easy to use, it's still something new to get the hang of!

    When you purchase Disney Genie+ Service you're essentially giving you and your party a chance to "skip" the standby line on over 40 of your favorite rides and attractions throughout the Theme Parks.  Instead of waiting in the standby line, you'll enter the "Lightning Lane" to move quickly through the queue, just like you used to with the FastPass system you may remember. So, yes Disney Genie+ is the service you need to join the Lightning Lanes!

    All Guests are able to purchase Genie+ Service through the My Disney Experience mobile app anytime after midnight on the day of their visit.  At 7 a.m. sharp you'll want to pop back on the app to make your first Lightning Lane selection of the day.  You'll be able to choose another Lightning Lane attraction after you've scanned into your first selection or two hours after Park opening, whichever comes first.  

    Now, as I stated above, with Genie+ you'll be able to join the Lightning Lane on more than 40 amazing attractions such as Space Mountain and Test Track.  However, you'll find that a few of the most popular attractions within each Park are not included with Genie+ and instead fall under the category of "Individual Lightning Lane".  You do not need to purchase Genie+ in order to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane, as these can be purchased a la carte. All Guests are able to purchase up to two Individual Lightning Lane choices a day. Disney Resorts Collection hotel Guests are able to begin making choices at 7 a.m., while all other Guests are able to do so at the official Park opening time. 

    I hope this helps to clear some things up, Ashleigh! Please stop by again if you have any other questions, or feel free to speak with a friendly Cast Member when you arrive at the Resort!
    Ashley M
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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