The Disney Genie is an update to the WDW My Disney Experience and Disneyland smart phone apps, that replaces FastPass+ at Disney World and both FastPass and MaxPass at Disneyland.
Gone are the days of planning ahead!
Many will be pleased that the days of making your FastPass+ reservations 60 or 30 days ahead of time, which did not line up with 180 days ahead for dining reservation are over. Many complained about the lack of spontaneity that the old paper FastPass System allowed.
Disney Genie is a totally Day Of system!
Disney Genie offers 3 levels of service, 1 free and 2 paid. And staying at a Disney Resort Hotel will offer scheduling advantages.
How Disney Genie Works
The 3 levels of Disney Genie Service are:
- Disney Genie
- Disney Genie+
- Individual Attraction Lightning Lane Selections
At the basic free level Disney Genie will help you through your theme park day.
Simply setup what you are interested in doing, by clicking on rides and attractions, Or if you’re not sure just general interests like Star Wars or Princesses.
Then as you tour the park Disney Genie will let you know the forecast best times to experience those things in order to have the shortest standby wait times.
Here are a few more features:
- Get Itinerary Updates from Morning to Night: Disney Genie will continue to update the Guest’s itinerary throughout your day, so they can be more spontaneous and go with the flow.
- Find Favorites at a Glance: Guests can create their very own personal tip board to instantly see their favorites. It will display current AND forecasted future wait times, helping Guests predict when they might experience quicker entry to attractions.
- Disney Genie brings existing planning features together in one place. Guests can join a virtual queue at certain attractions, make dining and experience reservations, mobile order food at many locations, get help from a virtual assistant and more.
Did your catch that? Virtual Queues are not going away, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will still have a virtual queue as will Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure!
The free Disney Genie service in the My Disney Experience app will “maximize your park time” via a personalized itinerary feature that will “quickly and seamlessly map out an entire day.” It will also offer forecasted wait times throughout the day and attraction suggestions, so you can save time in line.
The Plus level is the first paid level, offering a service just like the old paper FastPass System or Disneyland’s MaxPass.
Genie+ costs $15 per day per person at Walt Disney World and $20 per day per person at Disneyland.
Genie+ can be added to all versions of military tickets at the time of purchase.
When purchasing ahead you must purchase for all days of your stay, so for a family of 4 using 4-day Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets at Disney World it would be $240 to add it to all 4 tickets.
You may purchase Genie+ on a day-by-day basis for the days that you want it starting at a minute after midnight the day you want it.
Genie+ allows you to use the “Lightning Lane” (the old FastPass Lines) at a variety of attractions and experiences at a designated time. The way it works is, Genie+ will show you an available 1 hour long time slot at the various attractions. After reserving one you’ll do other things (eating, shopping, other attractions in the standby line) while waiting on your time slot to open. Once your slot opens you’ll experience the attraction by entering the Lightning Lane. Afterwords you’ll then be able to select your next attraction at which you’ll use the Lightning Lane. You can do this continuously all day long and multiple parks.
If you make a reservation fora time well in advance, you may make an another reservation 2 hours after making the first. So let’s say at the Magic Kingdom, at 8 a.m. you make your first Lightning Lane reservation to experience Big thunder Mountain at 4 p.m. You can then make a second reservation for any other attraction at any available time at 10 a.m.
Attractions available for Individual Lightning Lane Purchases are excluded from this part of the service.
Disney Genie+ also includes:
- Disney parks-themed audio experiences
- Photo features to capture your memories – augmented reality lenses for those visiting Walt Disney World Resort
- Unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from your day if you are visiting Disneyland Resort (why it costs more at DLR)
I understand the audio experienced are tour type trivia that you can play about your current location in the parks. I haven’t used this.
Photo features are still and video character interactions with you in your pictures and selfies.
Guests can make their first selection at 7 a.m. the day of their visit at WDW and after entering a park at DLR.
Individual Lightning Lane Attraction Purchases
This is a pay to use the Lightning Lane feature that can be used to purchase scheduled times (in hour slots) to arrive at two highly demanded attractions each day.
Two attractions in each park are available for this service and, these 2 will not be available for the Genie+ service! It’s an either or…
These are what Disney considers the best (or busiest) 2 attractions in each park!
Guests can use this purchase option without paying for the Genie+ Service, they are separate.
This feature may be used at more than 1 park per day, which is good for Park Hoppers! But you are still limited to 2 per day if used in different parks.
Pricing for this option varies by date, attraction and park. Currently prices start at $7 per person per attraction and go up (the initial highest price quoted by Disney is $15 for Rise of the Resistance).
Guests staying at Select Walt Disney World Resorts (WDW Resort Hotels, Shades of Green, & Swan and Dolphin) can purchase Individual Attractions at 7 a.m. the day of their visit.
All other WDW guests can purchase at the park opening time.
Disneyland guests can purchase after entering the park.
Do You Need Genie+ Every Day?
Public Service Announcement: You might not!
You should carefully analyze your desired attractions and spend some time watching return times in real time on the My Disney Experience app to see if you will want to purchase Genie+ for your whole ticket via the process above or purchase it only for the days you think you will need it via the app on the day in question.
On my most recent WDW trip (Nov 2021), the first one using Genie+, I did not add it to the 4 Disney Armed Forces Salute 4-Day Tickets for my party, rather we purchased Genie on 2 of our 4 park days at Hollywood Studios and 1 of our 2 Magic Kingdom days. We felt no need for it at Epcot!
Also, on the days that we did purchase it we found the 3rd most popular attraction (the best you can reserve with Genie+ as the 2 most popular require an additional purchase) in our park for the day to be reserved through the end of the park day by 7:30 a.m.
Over to You
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