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November 2021 Update: For more information, check out our review where we discuss if Disney Genie Plus is worth it.
Disney will soon debut a new service, Disney Genie, that will replace the FastPass+ and Disney MaxPass systems used before the pandemic at Disney World and Disneyland, respectively.
Disney Genie will be part of the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps.
The goal of the service is to help guests save time in the parks. Let’s see what is offered to users, both for free and for a fee. (And note that some of these things were previously offered in the My Disney Experience app.)
Disney Genie Features for Free
- Forecasted wait times
- Personalized itinerary that updates throughout the day
- Personal tip board that’s continually updated – this will show current and forecasted wait times of your favorite attractions
- Mobile order
- Restaurant reservations, wait list and check-in
- Virtual assistant
- Virtual queue for certain attractions
Disney Genie+ for a Fee
Disney Genie+ will cost $15 a day at Walt Disney World and $20 a day at Disneyland.
Instead of FastPass lines, they are now called the Lightning Lane entrances.
You can make one selection for Lightning Lane at a time, throughout the day. Once you ride your selection, you can make another selection.
Not all attractions will be available for this service. So far, it’s been confirmed that it will include Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. The attractions are subject to limited availability.
Also included in Disneyland’s Disney Genie+ are unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads. For Walt Disney World, you’ll get augmented reality lenses.
Individual Attraction Selections for a Fee
There is a separate charge for rides that are in especially high demand (such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom and Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park).
You can schedule a time to arrive at up to two of these rides a day using the Lightning Lane entrance. At this point, Disney has not confirmed pricing details and has only said that pricing will vary by date, attraction and park.
If you don’t use Disney Genie+, you can still use the traditional standby queue to ride attractions at Disney World and Disneyland. And select rides, such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, will continue to offer a virtual queue.
When to Make Your Lightning Lane Selections
You cannot choose your Lightning Lane rides in advance. They can be made on the same day as your visit. If you have a Park Hopper option for your tickets, you can make selections across multiple parks.
Disney has not announced an exact date when Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ will become available.
More details should become available soon, so check back for the latest news and updates!
Disney World is discontinuing the FastPass+ system. Similarly, Disneyland is retiring the MaxPass system. Instead, you can pay to schedule one ride at a time with Disney Genie Plus, or pay for up to 2 specific selections from rides that are headliners.
You can also see it summarized in this video: