Planning Your Park Days and How to Use Genie+

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When visiting Walt Disney World, it can be overwhelming to begin planning your park days and wondering how you will fit in everything that you want to accomplish.  So let’s talk about how to use Genie+ and how that can help you meet your park touring goals!

As you think about planning your park days, remember to have a plan, but not a schedule. You want flexibility and enjoyment over a rigid schedule and stress. The way to accomplish this is to have a general idea of which attractions are important to you and your family and make those a priority by visiting those attractions early morning, late night, or by scheduling a Lightning Lane window.

Each family is different, so be sure to speak to your Travel Counselor to get their thoughts on specific attractions as they may pertain to your travel party!

I have put together a general guideline for each park below based on the most popular attractions, and which attractions I feel would be worth using your Lightning Lane options toward.  This guide will teach you how to use Genie+ to make the most of your day!

A few reminders

  • You MUST have a park reservation for each day of your trip.
  • Lightning Lane options CAN fill up. Prioritize your group’s top attractions and try to book those first.
  • If you have purchased Disney Genie+ service, you can select an arrival window for your first attraction via the My Disney Experience mobile app beginning at 7:00 AM on the day of your visit.
  • You can select additional Genie+ Lightning Lane attractions after one of these two things have happened:
    1. You have tapped in to the queue of your next scheduled Lightning Lane.
    2. It has been 120 minutes since you made your last Lightning Lane attraction. (An exception to this is if you made a reservation at 7am and the park doesn’t open until more than 2 hours later. You must then wait until 2 hours after park opening to make your next selection if you haven’t used one yet.)

 

How to use Genie+ PRO TIP

It is possible to hold more than one Genie+ Lightning Lane if the return time is more than 120 minutes from your last selection.

  • If you would like to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane Attraction, you can purchase up to two per day. The average cost will be $7-$15 per person, per attraction and the price will vary by day. Guests of Disney Resort Hotels can make their first purchase starting at 7:00 AM on the day of their visit. All other guests can make their first purchase when the park opens.

How to use Genie+ PRO TIP

You can hold Genie+ Lightning Lane selection(s) and Individual Lightning Lane selections at the same time

  • If you have a Park Hopper ticket you can select the park that you will be going to after 2pm and make your selections in that park instead of the one that you hold a reservation for.
  • Genie+ Lightning Lane is not offered for every single attraction. (The attractions that do not offer a Lightning Lane with Genie+ will be listed under the “low wait time” section below.)

 

Magic Kingdom

Attractions available to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane:  

These are the most popular.

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain

Genie+ Lightning Lane:    

First Priority:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Jungle Cruise

Second Priority:

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • it’s a small world
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Barnstormer
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Attractions that usually have low wait times. I suggest using the standby lane for these while waiting to use your lightning lane entrances for the more popular attractions:  

  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Hall of Presidents
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc Laugh Floor
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Casey Jr. Splash and Soak Station
  • Frontierland Shootin Arcade

 

EPCOT

 

Attractions available to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane:  

These are the most popular.

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Genie+ Lightning Lane:    

First Priority:

  • Mission: SPACE
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Test Track *If your party is comfortable splitting up, use the single rider line before using a Lightning Lane entrance.

Second Priority:

  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Attractions that usually have low wait times. I suggest using the standby lane for these while waiting to use your lightning lane entrances for the more popular attractions:  

  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • SeaBase (aquarium)
  • Awesome Planet
  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Impressions de France (often replaced with Beauty & the Beast sing-a-long)
  • Kidcot Fun Stops
  • Living with the Land
  • Reflections of China
  • The American Adventure
  • The Epcot Experience
  • Canada Far and Wide

 

Animal Kingdom 

 

Attractions available to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane:  

These are the most popular.

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain *If your party is comfortable splitting up, use the single rider line before paying for an Individual Lightning Lane entrance.

Genie+ Lightning Lane:    

First Priority:

  • Na’vi River Journey
  • Festival of the Lion King (show)
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Kali River Rapids

Second Priority:

  • DINOSAUR
  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug
  • Feathered Friends in Flight

Attractions that usually have low wait times. I suggest using the standby lane for these while waiting to use your lightning lane entrances for the more popular attractions:  

  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • The Boneyard (kids play area)
  • Discovery Island Trails
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • Wilderness Explorers
  • Wildlife Express Train

 

Hollywood Studios 

Attractions available to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane:  

These are the most popular.

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Genie+ Lightning Lane:    

First Priority:

  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith *If your party is comfortable splitting up, use the single rider line before using a Lightning Lane entrance.
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run *If your party is comfortable splitting up, use the single rider line before using a Lightning Lane entrance.

Second Priority:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • See Disney Stars at Red Carpet Dreams
  • Disney Junior Play and Dance
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – Returning December 19, 2021

Attractions that usually have low wait times. I suggest using the standby lane for these while waiting to use your lightning lane entrances for the more popular attractions:  

  • Muppet Vision 3*D
  • Walt Disney Presents
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
  • Vacation Fun – An Original Animated Short

We hope these tips have helped! For even more ease to your vacation, add Genie+ to your package in advance. Simply contact your travel counselor and let them know you would like to add Genie+ to your park tickets.

 

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