The good Disney World news just keeps on coming today! First, Disney World announced the return of the Disney Dining Plan. Disney also shared details of how the Park Pass Reservation system will be majorly overhauled starting in 2024. Finally, Disney World also announced some welcome changes coming to Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane.

Disney is promising to make the system easier to use, including a huge change: Advanced Lightning Lane Reservations.

Here’s the full breakdown of the announcement

Disney World announces Genie+ changes

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On Disney Parks Blog, Disney announced several changes coming to Disney World in 2024, all around the theme of making a vacation easier. This included a section dedicated to changes coming to Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane.

Here’s Disney’s announcement

“Simplifying the Disney Genie+ experience: We have heard from guests that they would like ways to plan with Disney Genie+ service and individual Lightning Lane selections before the day of their park visit, and we want you to know we are working on ways guests may do this for visits in 2024. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to spend less time planning in the park and more time enjoying your visit with friends and family. While we are not yet able to share specific details, we look forward to sharing more information at a later date.

Plan Ahead with Genie+ We are working on ways to help Guests plan with Disney Genie+ service and individual Lightning Lane selections before their visit so they can spend more time with friends and family in the park.”

The big takeaway – Making Lightning Lane reservations in advanced is coming

It looks like Genie+ will become a bit more like FastPass+, which allowed guests to make 3 reservations per day of their trip before their vacation. It’s unclear how many reservations will be available in advanced, how far in advanced you can make reservations, if resort guests will have an advantage, or if this advanced reservation option will involve an additional charge.

When Disney says they’re simplifying Genie+, it could mean a lot of different things.

So, we still have a lot of questions. But this could be a very positive move towards making Genie+ a better deal and more useful for WDW guests. Personally, I’m hoping that Disney strikes a good balance between allowing pre-planning and flexibility. The 60+ day window for FastPass+ was a bit too far in advanced in my personal opinion. Although, not having to wake up before 7 am every day of my Disney World trip would be a welcome change.

In the meantime, don’t miss our in-depth Guide 2 Disney Genie, which explains the difference between Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane.

Let us know in the comments: What do you think about advanced Lightning Lane reservations coming to Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane?