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  • On Aug 21, 2022
    Mallory from PA 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! We’re traveling in December and was wondering if Disney Genie + can be booked in advance? I’m having trouble finding out how to add this on via my online reservation. Also, do I need to purchase Genie + and individual lightning lane attraction passes?

    Hi Mallory,

    It's great to see you planning Disney at planDisney again! Gingerbread displays at select Disney Resorts Collection hotels, the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, and Enchanting Extras Collection experiences like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party make December the most magical time of year at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Disney Genie+ service gives Guest access to Lightning Lane entrances at over 40 attractions throughout the four theme parks. Since June 8, 2022, Genie+ can only be purchased the morning of each park day via the Tip Board of your My Disney Experience mobile app. Practice makes progress, so let's practice that thumb choreography now. Start by clicking the three small lines at the bottom right of the home page --> "Tip Board." At the top of your Tip Board, you'll see the name of a theme park (with an option to "Change Park") and today's date. Right below that you'll see the option to purchase Disney Genie+ for today ("Purchase for Today"). You can purchase Disney Genie+ service for anyone that appears on your Family and Friends list. The cost per person does not include tax.

    You can purchase Disney Genie+ service any time after midnight on each park day. No need to stay up late and turn into a pumpkin, though. My best tip is to make the purchase by 6:45 a.m. so you can book your first Genie+ Lightning Lane attraction at 7:00 a.m. on the dot. Lightning Lane attractions are also booked via the Tip Board of your My Disney Experience mobile app. Scroll to your desired attraction and click "Book Experience" in the "LL Disney Genie+ service" box. You can book the next available arrival window for anyone on your Family and Friends list with valid admission, a theme park reservation, and Genie+ linked to their account. Depending on your circumstances, you are eligible to book your next Genie+ Lightning Lane as soon as you experience the booked attraction, two hours after park opening, or two hours after the initial attraction was booked. 

    A separate list of the most popular theme park attractions falls into the Individual Lighting Lane category. You can purchase up to two Individual Lightning Lane attractions per day in the Tip Board of the My Disney Experience mobile app. Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel can book Individual Lightning Lanes at 7:00 a.m.; all other Guests can book at park opening. Scroll to your desired attraction and click the "LL Individual Lighting Lane" box with an individual purchase price listed. Please note that the price per person depends on the date as well as the specific attraction. Unlike Genie+ Lightning Lanes, you can choose an arrival window for Individual Lightning Lane attractions.   

    Lightning Lanes are just one way to experience Walt Disney World Resort attractions. Standby queues are also a valid option for your park days. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT is currently the only attraction that does not have a standby queue; this attraction can be experienced via the virtual queue or as an Individual Lightning Lane purchase.

    Disney Genie service is granting so many wishes these days, please return to planDisney if we can follow up on any specific questions.

    Choose magic,
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Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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