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  • On May 30, 2022
    Shannon from NS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If you are staying at a Disney Resort, can you book a ride with Disney Genie before other guests? if so, what time are you able to book a ride?

    Hey there, hi there Shannon!

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney with your question. Late October is a ghoulishly good time to visit Walt Disney World, especially Magic Kingdom, with the park dressed up in not-so-spooky decor, special treats, and Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

    It sounds like you may already know that there are two types of Disney Genie: the free version that helps you plan your Disney day with personalized itineraries, and Genie+ that helps you schedule access to Lightning Lanes (shorter lines) for over 40 attractions throughout Walt Disney World. Genie+ can be added to your park admission beginning at midnight the day of your visit. Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel doesn't give you any advantage over other guests when it comes to scheduling your Lightning Lanes through Genie+. All guests can make their first selection beginning at 7:00 AM the day of their visit.

    Now, there are one or two really popular attractions in each park that aren't included with Genie+. In order to skip the standby lines for these rides, guests will need to purchase a separate Individual Lightning Lane. This is where Disney Resort Hotel guests have an advantage. They can purchase Individual Lightning Lanes beginning at 7:00 AM, and other guests will need to wait until the park officially opens to make those purchases. Often, popular attractions like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in Disney's Hollywood Studios are sold out shortly after 7:00 AM. Of course, all guests can choose to wait in standby lines for any attraction.

    The only exception to this would be the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in EPCOT. Right now, to experience this attraction, guests either need to request to join a virtual queue or purchase an Individual Lightning Lane. The virtual queue system has been used recently for new attractions to help manage the wait times. It's possible that a standby queue may be available when you visit this fall, so keep your eye on the Tip Board in your My Disney Experience app as your trip gets closer.

    Hope this helps. Have a magical vacation!
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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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