Visiting Walt Disney World can be a magical experience, but planning it can sometimes feel overwhelming. There are so many rides to try, characters to meet, and shows to watch – it’s hard to fit everything in a single visit.

Enter Disney’s Genie and Genie+ services. Launched in October 2021, these platforms aim to streamline your experience in the happiest place on Earth.

The Basics: What Exactly Are Genie and Genie+?

Disney Genie is a free digital tool, part of the Walt Disney World app, also available at Disneyland Resort in California. Think of Disney Genie as your free, personal trip advisor, integrated within the My Disney Experience app. It crafts a custom itinerary based on your interests, from your dream characters to can’t-miss attractions.

Genie+, on the other hand, is a paid feature starting at $25 a day per ticket. For example, a group of three would spend at least $75 for a one-day visit with Genie+. Prices may vary based on the park, the day, and crowd levels. Genie+ offers a slew of benefits, including Lightning Lanes, which allows you to skip the regular lines at various attractions.

The Genie System is essentially the same at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland and used through the Disney app.

There are some additional benefits to Genie+ that include:
  • Unlimited Disney PhotoPass Downloads: With Genie+, you can download all the photos taken by Disney’s photographers during your visit without any extra charge.
  • Augmented Reality Photo Lenses: Disney’s PhotoPass Lenses add fun characters and backdrops to your photos, enhancing your pictures with augmented reality effects.
  • Audio Tales: With Genie+, you can gain access to exclusive narratives and insights about specific attractions and areas within the park, offering a distinctive way to enjoy your visit.

Lightning Lanes Explained

The Lightning Lanes are Disney’s replacement for the FastPass system. However, there’s a key difference: these are not complimentary. To take advantage of Lightning Lanes, you’ll need to purchase either Genie+ or what Disney calls an “Individual Attraction Selection.”

And What Are ‘Individual Attraction Selections”

While Genie+ provides a wide array of fast-track options, it doesn’t cover all the headliner attractions. For exclusive experiences like Animal Kingdom’s Flight of Passage, you’ll need an Individual Attraction Selection, which is subject to dynamic pricing between $7 and $15 per ride.

Making an Educated Decision: Is Genie+ the Right Choice for You?

The value of Genie+ hinges on your goals and your timetable. If you’re looking to get the most out of a limited visit and don’t mind paying extra, the service could prove useful. We first used it last April and despite not loving the fact that expedited ride entry now cost $$$, we did find it simple and helpful overall for our stay.

Ready, Set, Genie: How to Get Going

To get your personalized magic started, open your My Disney Experience app. The app will prompt you for a park reservation and then guide you through selecting your Genie options. Note that you must have your ticket purchased AND make your theme park reservation for the day before being able to use the Genie service.

Tips for Maximizing Your Experience

  1. Plan Ahead: Familiarize yourself with the attractions to make smarter decisions.
  2. Use the ‘Pull to Refresh’ Feature: To see the most up-to-date Lightning Lane availability.
  3. Use Real-Time Updates: The My Disney Experience app provides current availability for Lightning Lane selections.
  4. Be Flexible: Park conditions can change, so adjust your plans accordingly.
  5. Arrive Early: Secure Lightning Lane slots for popular attractions as they can run out.
  6. Know Your Options: Different attractions require different passes. Budget effectively.
  7. Utilize Extra Magic Hours: If staying at a Disney Resort, you can experience attractions with shorter waits.

Whether you’re stepping into Disney World for the first time or you’re a return visitor, the Genie and Genie+ platforms aim to fine-tune your day for optimal fun. The new system has its pros and cons, but knowledge is power: understanding how these tools function can be your magic carpet ride to a streamlined Disney vacation.

Have you used Genie+? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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