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Big News: Disney Genie is launching! Here’s what you need to know.

October 12, 2021 By Alicia Russo

Big news! Disney Genie service is here! The new service is off and running at Walt Disney World® Resort and will follow at a later date at Disneyland® Resort. This is a big change for Disney parks, replacing FastPass and other services that Disney guests are familiar with, so read up!

Disney Genie
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So, what is it and how does it work?

In short, Disney Genie is a new digital service designed to create your best Disney day. While there are a number of core complimentary features, guests can also choose to purchase additional features—including the new Lightning Lane entrance.

Complimentary Genie Services

With many years of knowledge and expertise in how guests visit the parks, Disney has created Genie to help you experience the parks as YOU want to experience them, and as efficiently as possible. Tell Genie what you want to do, and it will do the planning for you.

One of Genie's top features is the personalized itinerary it will create for you, with suggestions based on YOUR preferences. Select the attractions that interest you, and Genie will make a plan for you. Genie will update and adjust your itinerary throughout the day based on your activities, prioritizing ways to reduce wait times and building around your existing plans like dinner reservations. It will take into account the most up-to-date information on attraction wait times, Lightning Lane return times, attraction closures, dining times, mobile order pick-up windows, and more. Because it will update as you go through your day, you're not locked into anything—you still have the flexibility to be spontaneous and go with the flow. You'll find all of this in the "My Day" tab.

Genie will help you create personal tip boards, one for dining and one for experiences. You can find these in the "Your Tip Board" tab. Your tip boards will display current and forecasted future wait times, so you can plan around those. You can also join virtual queues at certain attractions, make dining and experience reservations, place mobile food orders, get help from a virtual assistant, and more.

Genie+ Services

With this launch, Disney is also introducing Genie+, which gives guests access to the new Lightning Lane entrance. For $15 per day per ticket at Walt Disney World® Resort (and $20 per day at Disneyland® Resort when it becomes available), you can choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences. You can make one selection at a time throughout the day of your visit, starting at 7am. Lightning Lane selections can be used across multiple parks for those with Park Hopper® Tickets. One big difference from MaxPass and FastPass to keep in mind: you can only book each ride once per day. At launch, Lightning Lane is available for a wide variety of attractions, including classics, thrill rides and newer favorites at all four parks.

Magic Kingdom® Park

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • "It's a small world"
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Mickey's PhilhaMagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Splash Mountain
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea - Journey of The Little Mermaid


  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission Space - Green & Orange
  • Soarin' Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Disney's Hollywood Studios®

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Jr. Play and Dance!
  • Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours® - The Adventure Continues
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King
  • It's Tough to be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Na'vi River Journey
  • The Animation Experience
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!

Disney Genie+ will also include Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photo features, including augmented reality photo lenses, to capture your memories. At Disneyland, Genie+ will include PhotoPass, but it does not at Disney World.

Note that kids ages 2 and under don't need to purchase Genie+ and will be grouped with their adult party.

A la Carte Attraction Selections

Some of the most highly in-demand attractions won't be available for Lightning Lane in Genie+, but guests will be able to purchase individual Lightning Lane access for these attractions. This is limited to two different attractions per day, and pricing will vary by date, attraction, and park; be sure to check the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit for current prices and attraction availability.

You can make individual purchases within the Disney Genie Service Tip Board or My Day itinerary in the app on the same day of your visit. Guests staying at a Disney Resort can purchase their first individual Lightning Lane attraction selection starting at 7am, while guests with day tickets can purchase when the park opens for the day.

Our advice: Make your individual Lightning Lane reservations as early as possible, because they do sell out, sometimes quickly.

Starting with the launch, the available attractions will be as follows:

Magic Kingdom® Park

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain


  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
  • Frozen Ever After

Disney's Hollywood Studios®

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

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest

Note that attractions will continue to offer a traditional standby queues and virtual queues (at certain attractions), so guests who don't wish to purchase Genie+ or individual Lightning Lane selections can still access their favorite attractions.

How do you get Genie+ and/or individual Lightning Lane selections?

If you're planning ahead and know that you want to purchase Genie+, you can get it as an add-on to your tickets. Walt Disney World® Resort tickets including Genie+ will be available for purchase soon from Orlando CityPASS, while Disneyland® Resort tickets with Genie+ should be coming soon from Southern California CityPASS.

You can also purchase Genie+ starting at 12:01am on the day of your visit through the My Disney Experience app or the Disneyland app.

Individual Lightning Lane selections can be purchased for up to 2 different attractions per day on the same day of your visit through the My Disney Experience or Disneyland Apps.

More to Come

Stay tuned! We'll update this article with new information on the launch of Genie at Disneyland® Resort as it's released.

The Orlando CityPASS and Southern California CityPASS programs let travelers create and save on ticket packages to the most famous theme parks in those regions: Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando Resort™, SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort in Orlando, and Disneyland® Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood™, SeaWorld® San Diego, LEGOLAND® California Resort, San Diego Zoo® and San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Southern California. Select your parks and ticket options, and with one simple purchase, your tickets are delivered right to your inbox.

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