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In celebration of our newly updated Disney World Tips section, we are sharing tips that are extremely relevant in 2022. From Disney Genie tricks to Park Pass Reservations advice, here are 19 of our newest Disney World Tips that will help you on your next vacation.

1) You must make Park Pass reservation for every day of your vacation.

Going to Disney World has changed significantly over the past few years, and the biggest change is the Park Pass reservation system. Park Pass Reservations are required for entry into the park in addition to theme park tickets. You need to make a reservation for every day of your trip, and your reservation will be for a specific park. If you have a single park per day ticket, that will be the only park you can visit that day. If you have a Park Hopper ticket, your reservation determines which park you must enter first. Find out more about Park Pass Reservations here.

In order to make a Park Pass Reservation, you will need to link valid admission to your Disney World account. This means you must buy your Disney World ticket ahead of time. We recommend purchasing tickets and making Park Pass Reservations at least a month before your vacation. Park Pass reservations sell out, especially a week or two ahead of time. If you are visiting during the holidays or another busy season, try to make your park reservations even earlier.

2) How to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind - Disney World Ride

Disney World’s newest ride has quickly has become one of our favorite rides at EPCOT. But you can’t just get in line to ride it. You have to do one of two things:

  1. You can join the virtual queue at 7 am or 1 pm (or 6 pm on certain days for guests eligible for Extended Evening Hours). Currently, the 1 pm virtual queue allotment is easier to join than the 7 am opening. Read all about how to join the virtual queue at Disney World here.
  2. The other way to ride Cosmic Rewind is to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane . Be sure to purchase this early in the day, as Lightning Lane can sell out for this attraction.

3) How to avoid motion sickness on Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Request rows 5 or 6 (middle of the coaster train), and sit on the left hand side. Also, try to keep your attention on where the track is headed rather than focusing on the projections. You can read more about this in our Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Motion Sickness Guide.

4) Pay attention to the direction of the wind for Harmonious.

When choosing a spot to watch EPCOT’s fireworks, be sure to take the wind into account. A prime spot on the water along World Showcase Lagoon is worthless if the wind is blowing in your face. All you’ll see is smoke.

Head toward where the wind is blowing from so that the smoke from the fireworks will blow away from you as you watch the show.

5) The best Harmonious views.

Epcot Harmonious Nighttime Show - Disney World 50th

Harmonious features a giant screen in the middle of the World Showcase lagoon. While you can watch the show from anywhere around World Showcase, you’ll get a better experience watching from the pavilions that face the screen head on, like Italy and Japan.

The area at the front of the World Showcase between Canada and Mexico is also prime viewing. There’s a large viewing area between the Disney Traders and Port of Entry shops.

6) Worried about the intensity of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance?

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has unexpected turns, some swift movement, and even a small drop. However, the ride is very approachable, even for guests who don’t like thrill rides or suffer from motion sickness. You can read a full ride description in our Rise of the Resistance Motion Sickness Guide .

7) Rise (and shine) of the Resistance.

Rise of the Resistance Queue

Individual Lightning Lane for Rise of the Resistance sells out very quickly, sometimes before reservations open up for non-resort guests at park opening. If you want to buy a Rise of the Resistance Individual Lightning Lane, be sure to do so as early as possible.

8) Be prepared to fly the Millennium Falcon

Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run - Disney World Ride

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is basically a giant video game, and it features three distinct roles: Pilot, Gunner, and Engineer. How smooth your ride goes depends on how well you perform in your role. Check out our Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run guide for tips on how to best fly the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.

9) Genie vs Genie+ vs Lightning Lane vs Individual Lightning Lane

We have a full explanation of Genie+ and Lightning Lane here, but here’s a quick breakdown of the different terms associated with Disney’s paid line skipping service.

  • Disney Genie: A free service in the My Disney Experience app with suggestions for what to do in the parks.
  • Genie+ (Genie Plus): A $15/day paid service that gives you one-at-a-time access to the Lightning Lane at certain attractions.
  • Lightning Lane: A priority line with a significantly shorter wait.
  • Individual Lightning Lane: At Disney World’s most popular attractions like Rise of the Resistance, you must pay an a la carte fee to access the Lightning Lane. These are Individual Lightning Lane attractions, and they are not included in Genie+.

10) Understand the Genie+ 120 minute rule.

Genie+ Logo - Disney World and Disneyland Service

As we explain in our How to Maximize Genie+ guide, the 120 minute rule is probably the most important thing to understand in order to get the most out of Genie+. When you make a Genie+ Lightning Lane selection, you can make your next selection either 120 minutes after you made your reservation OR as soon as you scan in for that reservation. You can also make a new selection if you cancel your Lightning Lane reservation or if that reservation expires.

11) Purchase Genie+ before 7 am. 

Genie+ reservations open for all guests at 7 am. You must purchase Genie+ on the same day that you will use it, and purchases become available at 12:01 am each day.

12) Be ready at 7 am for Genie+, Individual Lightning Lane, and Virtual Queue.

All guests can make Genie+ reservations starting at 7 am, which means that you need to have your My Disney Experience app open before 6:59 am. The most popular Genie+ rides like Slinky Dog Dash and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure can run out of available slots really quickly, so be ready to make your Lightning Lane reservations as early as possible.

The first draw of the Virtual Queue also opens at 7 am, and Individual Lightning Lane purchases open at 7 am for Resort Guests.

13) Divide and conquer with My Disney Experience

If you have multiple people who are up and have the MyDisneyExperience app open, designate one person to focus on Virtual Queues, one person to focus on Genie+, and one person to focus on Individual Lightning Lane Selections. If you are the only person setting all the plans for your party, we would recommend prioritizing Virtual Queue (if the attraction is one of your must dos), Genie+, then Individual LL selections, in that order.

14) Check Disney Genie+ again at 7:17 am

Genie+ timeslots seem to magically refill at 7:17 am. If you missed out at 7 am, try refreshing again around 7:15-7:17 am to get a better Lightning Lane reservation.

15) Familiarize yourself with the Virtual Walk-Up Wait List

Skipper Canteen - Disney World

If you don’t have a reservation but would prefer a sit down meal, certain WDW restaurants have a walk-up list you can join via the My Disney Experience app, under the “Check Dining Availability” section. You do need to be within a certain physical proximity to the restaurant to join the wait list. You can read more about this in our guide on what to do if you don’t have reservations at Disney World

16) Always use Mobile Order when available

Many counter service restaurants offer mobile order via the My Disney Experience app. This is a great time saver, especially since you can plan out and order your lunch or dinner while you’re waiting in line.

17) Mobile Order Speed Trick

Click “I’m here” as you’re heading to the restaurant. Many times I’ll do this, and the food will come out just as I arrive. Otherwise, you may have to wait a few minutes for your order to be prepared.

18) Remember to charge your MagicBand+ each night


MagicBand+ comes with a charging cable, and you will need to charge it each night if you want to use it for its new features. MagicBand+ can run out of batteries, especially if you play a lot of Batuu Bounty Hunters. Remember to charge it each night.

19) Pay attention to which parks have Extended Evening Hours

Certain Deluxe Disney World Resort Guests have access to Extended Evening Hours, where certain parks stay open 2 hours late once a week. These are typically held on Mondays at EPCOT and Wednesdays at Magic Kingdom, although Disney can change the schedule at any time. If you are not a guest at the following hotels, then you should avoid the parks with Extended Evening Hours on those days, as they will be more crowded.

Disney Deluxe Resorts

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts

  • Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s BoardWalk Villas
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows
  • Disney’s Riviera Resort
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Other Select Hotels

  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
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You can see the Extended Evening Hours schedule here.

Cover photo by Brian McGowan on Unsplash

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