The Genie is out of the lamp. Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane have all arrived at Disney World and will soon be making their debut at Disneyland. These services not only replace FastPass, FastPass+, and MaxPass, but they represent a radical shift in the Disney Park-going experience. Whether you’re planning your first trip to Disney World or you’re a Disneyland Magic Keyholder who visits monthly, it’s incredibly important to understand how these systems work.

Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as having three wishes, or even as straightforward as the old FastPass systems. In the first entry in our Guide 2 Disney Genie, I’m going to break down the different aspects of how Lightning Lane works, highlight what the differences are between Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane attractions, and provide a clear picture of what all the new terminology means.

What is Disney Genie?

Disney Genie - Disney World AppDisney Genie is a free service included in the MyDisneyExperience and Disneyland apps. Disney Genie is a new interface that provides smart recommendations, predicted wait times, and an overview of available dining options. It’s a much cleaner and simpler interface for most of the things you will be using the Disney World and Disneyland apps for.

What is Lightning Lane?

The best place to start for understanding the new paid systems is to understand what Lightning Lane is. Lightning Lane is the new name for the FastPass line. Like FastPass before it, Lightning Lane is a separate entrance for attractions that provides guests with a reservation a shorter wait time. For example, the standby queue for Space Mountain might be 60 minutes long. But if you can enter the Lightning Lane, your wait time will be drastically reduced to 5-10 minutes. An easy way to think of it is that Lightning Lane = shorter line.

How do you get in the Lightning Lane for an attraction? There are two different ways to access the Lightning Lane, depending on the attraction. For the majority of attractions at Disney World and Disneyland with Lightning Lane, you get access to the Lightning Lane through Genie+. However, for a select number of the newest and most popular attractions, Lightning Lane can only be accessed through Individual Lightning Lane selections. Both of these systems will be explained below.

What is Disney Genie+?

Genie+ Logo - Disney World and Disneyland ServiceGenie+ is a paid add-on for your Disney World or Disneyland ticket. For a flat rate ($15/day at Disney World and $20/day at Disneyland), you get one-at-a-time Lightning Lane access to a wide list of attractions. Most of the attractions that featured FastPass are included with Genie+, with a few key exceptions. With Genie+, you can make your Lightning Lane selections starting at 7 am. Like the old FastPass system, you make your reservations one at a time. Once you’ve used your next reservation or 120 minutes have passed from when you made your reservation (whichever is first), you can then make a second Genie+ Lightning Lane reservation, and so on. Currently, Genie+ only allows access to the Lightning Lane once per attraction per day, so you cannot reride the same attraction with Genie+ twice or more in one day.

Genie+ also includes Photopass at Disneyland, and some AR filters and bonus content at Disney World.

Here’s the lineup of Disney World and Disneyland Genie+ Lightning Lane attractions.

Magic Kingdom Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

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

Epcot Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections:

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Soarin’
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Hollywood Studios Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
  • Disney Jr. Dance Party
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – Returning December 19, 2021
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!

Animal Kingdom Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

  • Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
  • DINOSAUR
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Naʻvi River Journey
  • The Animation Experience

Disneyland Genie+ Lightning Lane Selections

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

California Adventure Lightning Lane Selections

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania

What is Individual Lightning Lane?

Rise of the Resistance Lightning Lane Pricing

Individual Lightning Lane, or A La Carte Lightning Lane, is a separate per-attraction fee to access the Lightning Lane at a select few Disney World and Disneyland attractions. These are typically the newest and most popular rides, such as Rise of the Resistance. These rides are not included in Genie+, and the only way to access their Lightning Lane is to pay the per-ride fee. A few things to note:

  • You do not need to purchase Genie+ in order to purchase Individual Lightning Lane selections.
  • Individual Lightning Lane selections are limited to two per person per day.
  • You cannot purchase an Individual Lightning Lane selection for the same ride more than once per day.
  • Prices vary by attraction, and will vary day-to-day based on how crowded it is. For example, Space Mountain costs $7 and Rise of the Resistance costs $15.

Here is the full lineup of Individual Lightning Lane attractions.

Magic Kingdom Individual Lightning Lane Attractions

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain

Epcot Individual Lightning Lane Attractions

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Hollywood Studios Individual Lightning Lane Attractions

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

Animal Kingdom Individual Lightning Lane Attractions

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest

Disneyland Individual Lightning Lane Attractions

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

California Adventure Individual Lightning Lane Attractions

  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure

What is the difference between Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane?

Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane are two different paid systems for accessing the Lightning Lane line. There are no overlap between the attractions included in each, so the attractions that are offered through Individual Lightning Lane a la carte purchases are not available through Genie+ purchases. This is made very clear in the Disney World and Disneyland apps.

Genie+

  • Rolling one-at-a-time Lightning Lane reservations
  • Can book the earliest available slot for each attraction only
  • Reservations open at 7 am for all guests
  • Guests can use the Lightning Lane multiple times per day at different Genie+ attractions. Limited only by availability and time – similar to old FastPass system. So you can make a Genie+ Lightning Lane reservation for an attraction, and then get a new reservation once you’ve used your first one or 120 minutes have passed, so on and so on until park closing, there are no Lightning Lane reservations left, or you’ve ridden on all of the Genie+ Lightning Lane rides.
  • Park hopping is supported.

Individual Lightning Lane

  • Up to two time individually purchased Lightning Lane reservations per day
  • Can choose from all time slots available
  • Reservations open at 7 am for resort guests, park opening for all guests
  • Guests can only purchase two Individual Lightning Lane reservations per day.
  • Park hopping is supported.

Do you have any questions about how Genie+ and Lightning Lane work? Let me know in the comments below! And be sure to check out the next entry in our Guide 2 Disney Genie, which shows you how to enroll in the free Disney Genie service. You can find all of our Guide 2 Disney Genie articles listed below.

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James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours.
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