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  • On Oct 23, 2023
    Reilly from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! I will be visiting Disney (Magic Kingdom) on December 2nd and 3rd with my niece. How far in advance can I reserve rides? Does the same process apply to Mickey's Christmas Party, which we will be attending on the 3rd? Thank you!

    Hi there, Reilly!  Welcome to planDisney!

    A visit to Walt Disney World Resort is always full of magic and wonder, but even more so during the holiday season!  I'm so glad that you'll be able to experience that yuletide joy with your niece this year!

    If you would like to reserve times to experience attractions without the standby wait, you can purchase the Disney Genie+ service.  You can purchase the Disney Genie+ service on the day of your theme park visit using your My Disney Experience mobile app.  You'll find a "Purchase for Today" link near the top of your app's Tip Board.  I recommend purchasing the Disney Genie+ service before 7:00 a.m. on the day of your theme park visit because if you've already purchased the service, you can make your first Lightning Lane Entrance reservation at 7:00 a.m.

    If you're using the Disney Genie+ service, you can continue to book Lightning Lane return times throughout the day for various attractions, based on availability.  You can book a new Lightning Lane time two hours after booking your first Lightning Lane (or two hours after the park opening for times booked prior to opening), or once you've scanned into your first Lightning Lane attraction, whichever happens first. 

    For most attractions, you will have the option to access them using either a Lightning Lane Entrance or a standby queue.  However, it is important to note that a few attractions in each theme park are not included in the Disney Genie+ service and instead require the purchase of an a la carte Individual Lightning Lane to bypass the standby queue.  Individual Lightning Lanes can be purchased at 7:00 a.m. for Disney Resorts Collection Guests or at park opening time for Guests staying elsewhere.

    At Magic Kingdom Park, Individual Lightning Lanes can currently be purchased for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and TRON Lightcyle / Run Presented by Enterprise.  While Seven Dwarfs Mine Train also offers a standby line, if you do not purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for TRON Lightcyle / Run, you will need to secure a spot in the virtual queue to access the attraction.  There is currently no standby line offered for TRON Lightcyle / Run.  Guests can request to join the virtual queue through their My Disney Experience mobile app at either 7:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.  There is also an additional opportunity for Guests who are attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party to join the virtual queue at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of the event.

    Other than the virtual queue for TRON Lightcycle / Run, all other attractions will be standby only during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.  Although the Disney Genie+ service does not operate during the party, I think you will find that due to the limited number of tickets sold for the event, attraction wait times typically stay quite low.

    Reilly, if we can answer any additional questions for you as you get ready for your trip, please don't hesitate to ask.  Wishing you a happy holiday season and a magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

    Samantha
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Meet the Panelist: Samantha, Pennsylvania

Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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