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  • On Mar 24, 2023
    Skye from IL 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 you tell me more about the Disney Genie plus service? I'm taking a solo trip in May and I want to know if it would be worth looking into for some of the more popular rides.

    Hi Skye. Thank you for reaching out to planDisney with your question!

    I have to say that I'm a bit jealous of your solo trip. I am dying to take one at some point. Something about visiting the parks and doing whatever I want to do, whenever I want to do it sounds very appealing. You're going to have a great time!

    I have taken three trips to the Walt Disney World Resort since Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Individual Lightning Lanes have come out and I have to say, I will never go to the resort without utilizing these three services again! They just make planning so easy and you really get to maximize your time in the parks. 

    Firstly, Disney Genie is a free service available through the My Disney Experience mobile app. You can use this service to choose the experiences you are most interested in and then when the magical day arrives, it will give you a suggested itinerary just for you! You can make these selections on the day of your visit or ahead of time.

    Next, we have Disney Genie+. This is a service that you can pay for to skip the main standby lines at over 40 experiences across the resort. With this service, you will get access to the Lightning Lanes at these attractions, which offer a shorter wait. You can purchase this service each day you'd like to use it after 12 a.m. midnight EST. While you do not have to purchase it at this time, you will want to do so before 7 a.m. EST, which is when you can make your first reservation. You can make one reservation at a time. Please note that Disney Genie+ can sell out on busy days.

    You can also choose to purchase up to two Individual Lightning Lanes per day. These get you access to the Lightning Lanes for the most popular rides at the resort with the longest lines. With this option, you will be able to choose a time that works best for you, as long as there is availability. These tend to sell out quickly. If you are staying at a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel, you will be able to book these at 7 a.m. EST. All other Guests will be able to do so when the park opens.

    There is also another service I want to bring to your attention and that is Virtual Queues. At this time, only two attractions are using this service - Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT and TRON /Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom Park. With these two attractions, the only way to ride is to secure a Boarding Group via the Virtual Queue or by purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane. The Virtual Queue opens up at 7 a.m. EST time and then again at 1 p.m. EST, but you must be in the park for the afternoon drop. You do not need to pay extra for Virtual Queues, but they also go quickly.

    Skye, no matter how you choose to experience the attractions at the resort, you are going to have a great time. Please feel free to reach out again if you have any questions in the future!

    Just keep swimming,
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Meet the Panelist: Matt, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matt

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