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  • On May 29, 2023
    Margaret from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are thinking of panning a trip to Disneyland. What perks does adding the Genie to your park ticket get you? Is it similar to the old Fast pass system as far as shorter wait times for rides? Any info on the Genie would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Hey, Margaret! Welcome to planDisney.

    How exciting that you're planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth! I absolutely love Disneyland Resort and I know you'll have a "practically perfect" time. From Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland Park to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, there's so much to experience and enjoy.

    If you'd like to decrease your wait times, Disney Genie+ is the way to go. You can purchase this service on a day-to-day basis through the Disneyland mobile app. When you purchase Disney Genie+, you'll be able to make Lightning Lane selections for multiple attractions in both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Lightning Lanes allow you to skip the regular standby lines and experience attractions with less of a wait. It functions similarly to the old FastPass+ system.

    To use Disney Genie+, simply open up your Disneyland mobile app and tap on the "Tip Board." You can then select the theme park you're visiting (the default will be Disneyland Park). You'll then get a list of all the attractions. The attractions that are available for a Lightning Lane selection will have a Disney Genie+ box with a return time. If you find a time that works for you, simply tap "Book Experience." You'll then find a list of all the people linked to your account. Simply select the people you want to book this experience for and select "Confirm."

    Once you scan into the attraction or two hours after you make your most recent Lightning Lane selection (whatever comes first), you're then free to book your next Lightning Lane. You can book Lightning Lanes as soon as you enter the theme park.

    I highly recommend getting Disney Genie+, Margaret. The time it saves you in line makes the cost worth it. 

    In order to really maximize your Disney day, I'd suggest arriving at the theme park as soon as it opens. You'll then be able to enjoy a number of attractions using the standby lines before the park gets crowded. After the park has been open an hour or so, and the standby lines start getting longer, your Lightning Lane selections will really come in handy.

    I hope that's helpful, Margaret. Have a great trip!

    Mike
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Meet the Panelist: Mike, Virginia

I'm Mike, a Disney-loving "scouser." I have a wonderful wife and two young children who share my obsession for all things Disney. I've always been enchanted by the magic of Walt Disney World Resort - the charming music, captivating beauty, enthralling attractions, and breathtaking shows spark my imagination and fill me with a sense of awe. I'm perpetually planning my next Disney adventure! If you're interested in makin' memories at "The Most Magical Place on Earth" then you've got a friend in me.
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