Fireworks at Magic Kingdom
  • On Mar 24, 2022
    Patricia from NJ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, I have my resort and park tickets booked, and we are so excited to visit. When I booked the park tickets we added the genie service and Hopper. I keep hearing about the lightning pass is that the genie or something else that I need to add?

    Hey Howdy Hey Patricia and welcome to planDisney!

    Sounds like the planning is really heating up for your upcoming trip in July. There can be some confusion with the various ticket options and addons, so thank you so much for your question! Let's jump in to check your next steps. 

    Just as a quick reminder with the Park Hopper ticket option, with this upgrade, you can hop from your original park you started in that day to any of the other parks as long as there is availability. You can start park-hopping starting at 2:00 p.m. EST that day, so make sure to take full advantage. 

    With Disney Genie Service, this is a free option that all Guests can take advantage of for their trip to Walt Disney World Resort. You can put in your interests and Genie can give you suggestions throughout the day to try and help maximize your time in the parks. 

    Disney Genie+ is an optional upgrade and gives you more access and control over your day. It sounds like you already have this option which is a great time-saver in the parks. With Genie+, you now have access to booking Lightning Lane reservations. Starting at 7:00 a.m. EST on the day will be visiting the parks, you can make your first Lightning Lane reservation. This gives you a specific time frame to return to the attraction for a much shorter wait time. 

    One other thing you have the option for is Individual Lightning Lane reservations. With the very top attractions in the parks, you can purchase the Individual Lightning Lane reservations by time so you have a designated time to return to experience these attractions. This option is available to only a few attractions in each park such as with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Hollywood Studios and is not available through the Genie+ Lightning Lane options. 

    So it sounds like you already have Genie+ with the standard Lightning Lane options which is great to have your own personal Genie to help navigate the parks through your My Disney Experience app! I would encourage you to look through the parks to see which options are available through Lightning Lane and Individual Lightning Lane purchases to see if this was something you feel you should purchase for your upcoming trip. 

    Since you will also be in Walt Disney World for the Fourth of July celebration, I wanted to let you know that all major celebrations come with special shows! Keep an eye on Disney Parks Blog and the Walt Disney World Fireworks & Nighttime Shows page for the most up-to-date information on the special fireworks and nighttime shows to celebrate this special day. Disney is known for its spectacular nighttime shows and fireworks and with these unique celebrations, they are something you don't want to miss!

    Good luck with your continued planning and if you have any further questions please let us know!

    Happy planning, 

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Meet the Panelist: Nick, Ohio

Hey howdy hey, I’m Nick! My happy place will always be Walt Disney World Resort and is where we call “Home”, but we do vacation exclusively in Cincinnati, Ohio for most of the year. My happily ever after is shared with my 3 girls, my beautiful wife and my career in Physical Therapy. I love any excuse to talk about Walt Disney World Resort and am so excited to help you discover the Magic of the Resort. Learn More About Nick

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