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  • On Aug 27, 2023
    Stacy from FL 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 I only am using Genie, and not Genie +, is there a way to avoid standby and use the app for getting lightning lanes?


    Thanks for asking your question to planDisney!

    Genie is a fantastic tool for recommending attractions, entertainment, and other experiences at Walt Disney World, based on your interests. It helps both those new to the parks, as well as old-timers like me who sometimes need to be reminded to try new things!

    The Disney Genie program is not something that helps with getting into an expedited Lightning Lane. To do that you would want to either use the Genie+ program or the Individual Lightning Lane program. These are the tools designed to get you into those expedited lines. There is also, for those rare and new attractions, the Virtual Queue system, which is not an added charge. 

    But which one is right for you?

    Let's take a look at the three programs. 

    Disney Genie+: If you pay to add the Disney Genie+ option, you can use the Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane entrances for a reduced wait time. You can choose the next available boarding time at any of the more than 40 attractions currently listed across the four parks. You book that next magical experience and then get to enjoy some other activities in the park until your arrival time comes. All guests, whether they are Disney Resort Hotel guests or not, can purchase the Genie+ program through their My Disney Experience App and then book their first attraction at 7 a.m. that same day. 

    Individual Lightning Lane: These are typically 1 or 2 of the more popular attractions at each of the given parks where you can pay for an arrival window time. The prices vary, based on demand, and this can help you lock in that "Must Do!" experience that was at the top of your bucket list. You can purchase these, even if you are not using Disney Genie+. These are also purchased via the My Disney Experience App. If you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel you can make an Individual Lightning Lane purchase starting at 7 a.m. the day of your visit, while other guests can start ordering when the park opens. 

    Virtual Queue: The Virtual Queue program is typically in place for only one or maybe two attractions at Walt Disney World at a time. It is for the newest, and most popular attractions, like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. It is not an extra charge program, and at select times throughout the day, you try to get a reserved ride time for later that day. The first queue opportunity is at 7:00 a.m., and there will usually be a follow-up opportunity at 1:00 p.m. There is no preferential selection time for someone staying at a Disney Resort hotel, so 7 a.m. is the time for everyone. 

    I hope that this helps. Please feel free to write me back directly if you have any follow-up questions. 

    Have a Magical Vacation!


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