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  • On Feb 17, 2022
    Gary from MD Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    In years past we made ride time reservations, are we able to make ride reservation times now?

    Gary,

    Thanks for your question to planDisney!

    So in the past there was the FastPass program, where you could do just what you describe in your question. But at the start of 2022 Disney rolled out an all-new set of programs set to match the different needs of different guests. 

    You now have the combined programs of Disney Genie, Genie+, and Individual Lightning Lanes. Only the second two parts of this trio of associated programs are involved in making ride reservations, but I will describe all three, just so you know how they all work together.

    • Disney Genie: The basic Disney Genie service is free, and it runs within the My Disney Experience App. It serves up a daily itinerary for you, including dining and attraction recommendations based on your preferences. The recommendations come with valuable information like wait times, and links to online food ordering.
    • 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 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 due. 
    • 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+. If you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel you can make an Individual Lightning Lane purchase starting at 7 am the day of your visit, while other guests can start ordering when the park opens. 

    So, Disney Genie+ and the Individual Lightning Lane programs are how you can make ride reservations, but you can only make those reservations on that day that you will be in the park, and no, you cannot reserve ride times days or weeks ahead of your visit. 

    BONUS TIP #1
    If you visit the web page for Genie+, you can see what attractions are in the Genie+ Lightning Lane and Individual Lightning Lane programs, so you can plan out your days.

    BONUS TIP #2
    Make sure you have the My Disney Experience App on your smart phone before you arrive. The Disney Genie service is great at giving you ideas on what to do next, and I love ordering lunch without waiting in line with the Mobile Online Ordering service. 

    Write me back if you have any other questions.

    Have a Magical Vacation!

    Doug

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