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How to Use Disney Genie and Genie+

It can be hard to plan a Disney vacation when it seems like there’s a whole new world of options around every corner. Disney Genie is a park planning services that allows guests to coordinate their entire vacation.

Disney Genie is free, but guests can pay to upgrade to Disney Genie+, which comes with Lightning Lane access and other perks.

You can find both versions of Disney Genie on the My Disney Experience smartphone app. Here’s what you get with Disney Genie and Genie+.

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Disney Genie

The My Disney Experience app, which you need to access Disney Genie, is free to download, and offers park maps, wait times, dining reservations and mobile food orders. You can plan your park itinerary for the day and change it whenever you want, based on guidance offered by the app or your party’s changing mood. Disney Genie will adapt to the direction you want your vacation to go, offering suggestions for attractions, dining and more based on your preferences. You can also access a virtual chat assistant to answer park questions for you.

Disney Genie+

While Disney Genie is complementary, Disney Genie+ comes with additional costs per person, per day. The price of Genie+ fluctuates based on the park you’re attending and the anticipated crowd levels, but is usually somewhere between $15 and $25.

The main benefit of Disney Genie+ is that it allows guests to access the park’s Lightning Lanes (previously known as FastPass queues). Guests can schedule one Lighting Lane selection at a time. When you’re finished with your selection, you can schedule another. Lightning Lane selections can be made on the day of your trip, and can include rides from other parks if you’re park hopping that day. Just remember that you can’t use the Lightning Lane for the same ride twice in one day.

Disney Genie+ includes audio experiences that tell the stories of select park attractions and landmarks, like an audio tour at a museum. It also includes magical selfie photo filters and free digital downloads of your attractions photos.

Individual Lightning Lane Purchases

Some rides are not included in Genie+, but can be purchased for an extra fee as an a la carte option. These individual Lightning Lanes are usually available for new or popular rides in each park, and the fees can range from $7 to $25.

Guests who are staying on property can schedule their individual Lightning Lanes as early as 7 a.m. on the day of their park visit. Guests who are staying elsewhere can schedule individual Lightning Lanes when the park opens for the day. You may only schedule two individual Lightning Lanes per day.

No Lightning Lane appointments? No problem! Standby queues (or free virtual queues for newer rides) are still available.

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Will you use the Disney Genie+ Service? Do you have any tips? Let us know in the comments below!

5 Thoughts on “How to Use Disney Genie and Genie+

  1. Disney has taken all the fun and spontaneity out of visiting the parks. You need to spend more time on your phone using the app then enjoying the parks. The fast pass allowed you to access all rides without scheduling and allowed you to visit as you saw fit .

    1. Agree. The new system, terminology and rules are confusing and I resent having to spend SO MUCH TIME looking at my phone and being stressed about what time it is so I can try to get in one of those whatchamacallit queues. Detracts from fun. Also don’t like having to PAY MORE than the already EXPENSIVE ticket prices, just to get in a virtual line. I won’t be back until they change it up to something that does not require me to look at my phone all day. Seriously.

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