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  • On Apr 18, 2024
    Grant from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Reguslr lighitng lane vs individual lighting lane? Kid swap with lighting lanes? We have a 8,6 and 1 year old?

    Hi Grant!

    I hope you and your family are super excited about your upcoming magical getaway! I know that there are so many nuances to get through when planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. I hope I can help break down a few of the things you asked about.

    Disney Genie+ is a service that allows you to use Lightning Lane entrances at select attractions and experiences. On average, Guests can enter 2 to 3 attractions or experiences per day using Lightning Lane entrances if the first selection is made early in the day. These Lightning Lanes allow you to move through an attraction queue much quicker than when you wait in the standby queues. When you purchase Disney Genie+, you also receive downloads of select Disney PhotoPass attraction images taken on the day of your purchase.

    Now, let's talk about the two types of Lightning Lane entrances.

    Lightning Lane: This is included with your Disney Genie+ purchase. It grants you access to the Lightning Lane queues for select attractions throughout the day, however you will have to make selections based on your family’s wants for the day. Check out this video for some more detailed information.

    Individual Lightning Lane: This option allows you to purchase Lightning Lane access to specific attractions on a per-ride basis, and this is separate from Disney Genie+. This is ideal if there's a particular ride you don't want to miss. Individual Lightning Lane entrances are purchased separately and are subject to availability. For example, let's say you're visiting Magic Kingdom Park and you want to ride the popular Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. You can purchase an Individual Lightning Lane entrance specifically for this ride.

    Now, let's talk about Rider Switch. This service is a convenient feature designed for families with children who may not meet the height requirements or for families with children who don't want to ride. Here's how it works:

    When you approach an attraction, let the Cast Member know that you'd like to use Rider Switch. One adult can wait with the non-riding children while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. After the first group has ridden, the waiting Guest can then experience the attraction without having to wait in the standby line. They will use the Lightning Lane entrances for re-entry.

    So, to sum it up, Disney Genie+ provides access to Lightning Lane entrances for select attractions, with the option to purchase Individual Lightning Lane entrances for specific rides. Rider Switch allows families to take turns riding attractions without having to wait in line twice. With these tools, you can maximize your time and create magical memories!


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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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