Millenium Falcon Night; Galaxies Edge; Hollywood Studios
  • On Apr 8, 2024
    Adriana from Estado de Mexico 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 going to WDW and would like to visit Hollywood Studios the same day we check in. Our international flight arrives to MCO at 2 pm. If we buy Genie + for that day, is it possible to start booking lightning lanes at 7am even if we are not in the US?

    Hello Adriana!

    Welcome to planDisney! Thanks for sending your question to us as you prepare for your magical adventure next month. May is a fantastic time to visit Walt Disney World. The EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival will still be in full bloom, and the spring break crowds will have gone home. Let's talk about using Disney Genie+ Service ahead of your arrival.

    While some international Guests can download the My Disney Experience mobile app before entering the United States, some features (such as advance purchase of Disney Genie+ Service) will only be available once your mobile device has a stateside IP address. You are certainly welcome to attempt to make your purchase and first Lightning Lane selection at 7 AM, but be prepared to wait until your flight lands in Florida.

    Adriana, I know this isn't what you hoped to hear, but logistically, it might actually be for the best. If your international flight arrives at 2 PM, you can realistically expect to reach your hotel between 4 and 5 PM and then Disney's Hollywood Studios sometime after that. In an absolute best-case scenario, you could arrive at the theme park around 5:30 PM, which gives you about 3 1/2 hours to enjoy the attractions. To maximize Disney Genie+ Service, I prefer to utilize it for at least half a day at a theme park, ideally a whole day.

    I like to hit the ground running when my vacation begins, so I understand your wanting to visit the theme parks immediately. If I were in your situation, I would still arrive at Disney's Hollywood Studios as soon as I could, check wait times on the My Disney Experience mobile app, and try to experience a couple of attractions before queueing up to get a seat for Fantasmic! on Sunset Boulevard. Star Tours - The Adventure Continue and Muppet*Vision 3D are two attractions you can enjoy almost any time of day without a long wait in lines, so these would be my first stops. If you get hungry, Docking Bay 7 Food & Cargo is nearby, and one of my favorite places to have a quick meal is Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    I hope this is helpful, Adriana! While Disney Genie+ Service is a valuable tool for your Walt Disney World vacation, I recommend purchasing it on the days following your arrival. You can make more Lightning Lane selections beginning first thing each day. Best wishes for a memorable vacation, and if there's anything else we at planDisney can do to make it even better, don't hesitate to reach out again.

    ¡Buen viaje!
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