How to skip cows in Disney World using Genie + and Lightning Lane

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Disney’s new paid Genie + service allows buyers to blow through most of the phenomenally long lines with an app on your iPhone – with some caveats. Here’s how to use it and some quirks about it that you need to know before putting money down for it, in addition to what you paid for tickets.

Among other changes outside the scope of this article, Disney used the limited membership period for COVID-19 as an excuse to shut down its previously running FastPass service. With that service, you could choose two trips long before you arrived to mostly skip the queues with a few exceptions and then check in on a trip after using these two to get a return time to do the same.

Recently, however, it replaced the free service with Genie + – a service of $ 15 per person per day as an extension of a free day planning service called Genie. Here’s how to use it, what it’s going to work on, and what to pay even more to skip the queues.

Genie versus Genie + versus Individual Lightning Lane

Both Genie and Genie + are included in the free My Disney Experience app. At its simplest, the Genie core functionality allows you to plan your day based on some choices, and the app will fill in gaps with what it thinks you will like and will have (relatively) short lines.

In a recent expedition to the parks, we never used the basic Genie functionality. However, it is the basis of the paid Genie + service.

Genie +, for the $ 15 per person, per day, allows the user to hold two Lightning Lane selections. These work in much the same way as the old Fast Pass did, allowing the holder and holder’s party to enter a much shorter Lightning Lane (ex-FastPass) line and merge with the existing queue much deeper into the process. .

And once you check in on the ride with your pass, Apple Watch, iPhone, or Disney-sold Smart Band, you can make another Lightning Lane choice on the app. This will not always be right after the trip you are on and may be much later, depending on how many people before you have selected a Lightning Lane window.

As for the actual queue-wait times with Lightning Lane, this depends a lot on the actual trip. On a recent visit, we experienced less than 10 minutes of waiting in line, versus an hour or more in the regular queue for some of Disney World’s most popular rides.

“Some”, however, are important in that sentence. Some rides, like Spaceship Earth, do not have long queues, and as such, they are not worth spending a Lightning Lane choice on. This depends a lot on when in the year you travel and when you are in the park. Make that decision right away with the information the app gives you about wait times.

We love Spaceship Earth, but it's generally a walk-on.  Do not use a Lightning Lane option for that

And others, you can not get a vanilla Lightning Lane range with Genie +. For the latest and most popular lines, you need an Individual Lightning Lane range – which costs more and does not require a Genie + subscription to get.

Confused yet? So were we.

In short, the paid Genie + allows users to get Lightning Lane choices for most of Disney World’s rides, even popular ones like Test Track, Soarin ‘, Big Thunder Mountain and so on. However, there is a whole category of rides that you can not get a Lightning Lane selection through Genie +.

Disney’s most popular rides require a fee per. rider to skip that queue. This “Individual Lightning Lane” fee is independent of Genie + and does not require the paid $ 15 per day service to skip these lines.

Disney World rides that require an individual Lightning Lane payment and do not require Genie +

  • Animal Kingdom – Avatar Flight of Passage – About $ 13
  • Animal Kingdom – Expedition Everest – About $ 7
  • Epcot – Frozen Ever After – About $ 10
  • Epcot – Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – About $ 10
  • Hollywood Studios – Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – About $ 10
  • Hollywood Studios – Star Wars Rise of the Resistance – About $ 15
  • Magic Kingdom – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – About $ 12
  • Magic Kingdom – Space Mountain – About $ 9

And these “about” prices will vary. Our experience with the prices was in mid-November 2021. We have been told that the prices will depend on the occupancy of the park and time of year.

However, there is a catch with individual Lightning Lane purchases. The windows for purchase open at 7 a.m. for people staying at Disney hotels or some select Disney partner reports, and 7 p.m. 9.00 for other participants.

For extremely popular rides like Rise of the Resistance, during peak times, guests staying outside the Disney bubble may not get the chance to buy Individual Lightning Lane, as there are simply no more slots to sell.

These guys were waiting for us at Rise of the Resistance

These guys were waiting for us at Rise of the Resistance

For the sake of reference, on our most recent trip, when we stayed close but outside the bubble, we were unable to score an Individual Lightning Lane pass for Rise of the Resistance. On our visit day, the line grew to 150 minutes during the heat of the day.

We eventually jumped into the queue later in the evening and waited an hour with a waiting time of 80 minutes.

How to use Genie + to skip queues at Disney World with a Lightning Lane selection

  1. Open the Disney World app
  2. Push Get started with Disney Genie
  3. Push Start now, or if you have already selected your travel company, press Go to the Tip Board
  4. Choose the date – which is generally the day you are there
  5. Select everyone in the party
  6. Alternatively, the app on the next two screens will let you select attractions you need to do
  7. Following these screens, the app will suggest the Genie + service. Press Get Disney Genie + Service
  8. Review the details, accept the terms and conditions
  9. choose My day. It will have a suggested itinerary, but …
  10. What you want is the tip board. Choose your first Lightning Lane for a trip or experience of your choice. You can not select a later time than the one displayed, so schedule accordingly.
  11. You can choose another Lightning Lane somewhere else in the parks either two hours after your first, or just after your party has scanned the credentials at second RF scanner in the queue.

If you park-jump after kl. 14.00, you can select a lightning course in another park by pressing Change Park on the Tip Board tab.

How to use Genie to skip queues at Disney World using an Individual Lightning Lane option

As a reminder, for the eight rides for which you can not choose a Speedway, you can purchase an Individual Speedway without the Genie + cost.

Instead of selecting the Lightning Lane button in the procedure above, press the Individual Lightning Lane purchase button instead and go through the payment process.

After completing the payment, the arrival window will appear on your “My Day” tab. If there are several windows available, you can choose one of the three or four it presents to you.

With both a Lightning Lane choice with Genie + and an Individual Lightning Lane purchase without Genie +, you can arrive five minutes before your allotted time and up to an hour after. If unforeseen circumstances affect your arrival time, such as broken transportation or the like, find a customer experience area, usually under a large patio umbrella, to help you resolve the issue.

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