Tree of Life at Sunset
  • On Feb 18, 2022
    Keith from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My wife and I have a trip planned starting February 26th and are wondering if purchasing Disney + is a worthwhile investment. In the past we always purchased FastPass + and was wondering if the functionality is the same. Do you also get photo pass?

    Hi Keith,

    Welcome to planDisney!

    Your vacation is this week, how exciting! As you’re getting ready for the trip, I’d be happy to tell you about Disney Genie+ and Memory Maker.

    First let’s discuss Memory Maker, this is a separate purchase from your Theme Park Tickets and Disney Genie+. What I love about Memory Maker is that you’re not limited with your pictures. You can take as many as you want with a Disney PhotoPass photographer and they’ll all be linked in the My Disney Experience mobile app. There are a few options to choose from, so you’ll want to take a look and pick the best for you and your wife. 

    Now let’s talk about Disney Genie+. This is the new way to reserve ride windows in advance. If you already have your Theme Park tickets, you can go into the “My Genie Day” section of the My Disney Experience mobile app and under the “My Day” tab, you can change the day to purchase Disney Genie+ for a specific day of your vacation. 

    Once you purchase Disney Genie+ Service, at 7:00 a.m. on the day you have the Service, you’ll be able to select your first Lightning Lane for specific attractions. When you make it to your first Theme Park, you’ll use your first Lightning Lane ride window. After you use it or when the window expires, you’ll be able to select another and continue the cycle throughout the day (subject to availability). 

    There are also Individual Lightning Lanes that you can purchase separately from Disney Genie+. These are for popular rides like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Avatar Flight of Passage. You can select two of these Individual Lightning Lanes per day.

    Both Disney Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes function similarly to the old FastPass+ system. Purchasing either of the Services really depends on how much you want to do attractions. For me, there are some days where I want to wonder around the Theme Parks, eat snacks, and just enjoy the sights and sounds. Other days, I want to ride as many attractions as I possibly can before the Theme Parks close. If you and your wife are in the later scenario, I highly recommend purchasing Disney Genie+ and/or Individual Lightning Lanes because it'll save you time. Remember, you don’t have to purchase the Services for every day! You can spread them out over the course of the vacation and get the Services when you think you’ll need them the most. 

    I hope this “Bit By Bryanna” is helpful as you prepare for your trip in a few days. If you have any last minute planning or vacation questions, please feel free to reach out, I’m always happy to help!

    The Magic Is Calling, 

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Meet the Panelist: Bryanna, North Carolina

Welcome to planDisney! My name is Bryanna and I am a "Disney-lifer". I have traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort since my toddler years and I have not been able to get enough of the magic. Whether we are at the one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks or a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel, it is a way to escape every day life. I have planned many family vacations and now it is my turn to help you. Through my experienced lens, I take joy in being a part of your magical journey! Learn More About Bryanna

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