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  • On Sep 11, 2022
    Dora from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can the return window for an Individual lightning lane purchase overlap with a Genie Plus Lightning lane return window?

    Hello Dora! Thanks for visiting us here at planDisney!

    It sounds as though you've put your planning shoes on and you're ready to run through all the details of your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation before you even leave home.  As a planner myself I also feel like this is the way to help things go smoothly and really be able to relax during our trip.  You may not be lounging on a beach chair feeling a warm island breeze all day (unless you're staying at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort!) but it is STILL a vacation and you deserve a break!

    Using the relatively new Disney Genie+ Service is a great way to maximize your time in each of the four Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks.  With this service, you and your party are able to essentially "skip" the lines of more than 40 of your favorite rides and attractions by using the "Lightning Lane".  Right in the Genie+ section of your My Disney Experience mobile app, you'll be able to book return times for these attractions so that you can visit a gift shop, snack on a DOLE Whip or enjoy a parade instead of just waiting in line.  Some of my very favorite attractions, such as Peter Pan's Flight and Test Track, are included as Lightning Lane selections.

    If you're also interested in saving your spot for a few of the most popular attractions within each Park like Avatar Flight of Passage and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you'll be able to do so by purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane for these rides. Lightning Lane and Individual Lightning Lane work independently of one another, so you are in fact able to book attractions that have overlapping time slots.  If these attractions are close to one another this might work in your favor but double-check your itinerary first so that you don't end up missing one!

    If you're staying in one of the more than 25 Disney Resorts Collection hotels, the Walt Disney World Swan, Dolphin, Swan Reserve or Shades of Green, you'll be able to purchase and select your Individual Lightning Lane attractions at 7 a.m. sharp.  All other Guests are able to purchase these at the regular Park opening time.  All Theme Park Guests, regardless of where they are staying, are able to make their first Lightning Lane selections through Genie+ at 7 a.m.

    I hope you're able to make all your Disney dreams come true with Genie+!
    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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