Top of the entrance to the Frozen Ever After attraction in Epcot at Disney World Orlando, with signs for the Standby Entrance and Lightning Lane queue

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Starting today, Walt Disney World has made a change in their Disney Genie Plus policy.

Four rides have been added to the choice of Genie Plus attractions:

  • Space Mountain (in Magic Kingdom)
  • Frozen Ever After (in Epcot)
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (in Hollywood Studios)
  • Expedition Everest — Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (in Animal Kingdom)

Previously, to access the Lightning Lane entrance of these attractions, you had to pay for each one individually.

But now, these rides are all included in the Genie Plus service, which is one fee and access to multiple rides.

As of right now, this is a temporary change that will last through January 3, 2022. We will keep you updated if this becomes permanent.

If these terms don’t quite make sense to you – don’t worry! Disney World recently started its Disney Genie program, which replaces the old Fastpass service. We’ll go over the terms and what you need to know right now.

Disney Genie

Disney Genie is a service that includes a number of different features.  Some of the features are free, like checking wait times and getting personalized recommendations. Other features are for a fee and are not included with park tickets. You can access the Disney Genie through the My Disney Experience app. Even if you haven’t left for Orlando yet, you can pull up the Disney Genie Service on your phone and check it out.

The top part of the My Disney Experience app, where you can start using the Disney Genie Service at Walt Disney World

Lightning Lane

Lightning Lane and Standby Entrance Sign for the Frozen Ever After Ride at the Norway Pavilion in the World Showcase at Epcot in Walt Disney World“Lightning Lane” refers to the entrance to or line for a ride.

Some of the rides at Disney World still only have one line, the standby line. One example is the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros ride at the Mexico pavilion in Epcot.

Most of the rides, however, have two lines.

The standby line is the regular line. Anyone in the park can get in this line.

The Lightning Lane line (or “queue”) is a more exclusive line. You have to pay an additional fee to use this line.

The whole idea is that because fewer people are using it, the Lightning Lane wait times are shorter. And if the Lightning Lane queue starts to get long, Cast Members (aka employees at Disney World) will make the standby line stay in place, in order to let more people from the Lightning Lane queue enter the ride.

So how do you get to use this Lightning Lane entrance?

Well, there are two different ways you might pay to use the Lightning Lane line.

Individual Lightning Lane

An Individual Lightning Lane selection means that you pay for just that one individual ride.

Right now, each park has one Individual Light Lane attraction (sometimes shortened to “ILL”):

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (in Magic Kingdom)
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (in Epcot)
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (in Hollywood Studios)
  • Avatar Flight of Passage (in Animal Kingdom)

The four rides we mentioned earlier were previously Individual Lightning Lane rides. And starting on January 4, 2022, they will be again.

So how do you make an Individual Lightning Lane purchase?

Well, as we mentioned earlier, you can access the Disney Genie Service on the My Disney Experience app. You can go to the Tip Board and choose which park you want. Then, scroll down to find one of the rides that are eligible for an Individual Lightning Lane selection. There will be a button that says “LL Individual Lightning Lane” you can press. From there, you can choose a return time and pay for your selection.

How to book an Individual Lightning Lane for Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World on the app

Guests staying onsite at a Disney World hotel can buy an Individual Lightning Lane selection starting at 7 AM. Otherwise, you can make a purchase starting at the time that the park opens.

You can buy up to 2 Individual Lightning Lane rides per day.

Prices vary depending on the date and the ride. They usually range between $9 and $15 (plus tax) but could go higher. And this price is not only per ride but also per person.

Lightning Lane with Disney Genie Plus

The other way you can use the Lightning Lane entrance to an attraction is by purchasing Disney Genie Plus (also known as Disney Genie+) for the day. This works for the rides that are included in the Disney Genie Plus selections (scroll down to see a complete list of attractions for each park.) You can buy Disney Genie Plus through the Disney Genie service on the My Disney Experience app.

You can either buy it for every day of your trip beforehand, or you can add it per day. Annual passholders have to add it per day. If you add it per day, you’ll need to buy it on the same day (anytime after midnight). For example, on my last trip, I wanted to use Disney Genie Plus on a Monday. So a little after midnight Sunday night (which was technically early Monday morning), I went ahead and made the purchase for my family.

Speaking of which, Disney Genie Plus costs $15 (plus tax) per day, per person.

Tip: If you want to purchase Disney Genie Plus along with your tickets (which is the simplest way to do it), we recommend buying your tickets through Undercover Tourist. You can save up to $58 per ticket.

Once you have bought Disney Genie Plus, you can choose a ride using the Disney Genie service on the My Disney Experience app. You can make your first choice at 7:00 AM. (Unlike with the Individual Lighting Lane rides, this start time is for everyone, whether you are staying onsite or not.) Choose the park you want, scroll down to the ride you want, and then click on the button that says “LL Disney Genie+” and “Book Experience”.

DIsney Genie Service on My Disney Experience app and how to book a LL Disney Genie+ choice for the Barnstormer roller coaster

When you’re in the park, as we mentioned before, you will use the Lightning Lane entrance. You’ll need to “tap in.” This means you’ll need to use your MagicBand, Key to the World Card, or Disney MagicMobile Pass (in the My Disney Experience app) – use whatever it is that got you into the park that day. It’s similar to entering the park, except you won’t need to verify your fingerprint. Most rides make you “tap in” twice as you walk through the queuing area to enter the ride. This measure helps make sure that people aren’t sneaking into the Lightning Lane entrance without paying to use it.

Once you’ve tapped in twice, you can make your next Lightning Lane Genie+ selection.

But what if your LL Disney Genie+ return time was later in the day?

Well, if you already made a selection at 7:00 AM but you haven’t used it yet, you can make your next selection starting at 2 hours after the park opens. And then you can book the next one 2 hours after that, and so on. So if you won’t be in the park until later in the day, it is possible to have reserved multiple rides by the time you arrive.

However,  it is definitely worth noting that you do not get to choose your return time. With the Individual Lightning Lane (that’s the one you pay per ride), you can choose from available return times. But with the Disney Genie+ rides, you have to take the next available time.

Rides with a Lightning Lane Entrance

So now that we’ve gone over how it works, you may be wondering what rides have a Lightning Lane queue. We’ll take a look at that by park.

Magic Kingdom

The Individual Lightning Lane ride is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Starting January 4, 2022, Space Mountain will also be an “ILL” attraction.

The rides included in Genie Plus are Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (through January 3, 2022), Jungle Cruise, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Barnstormer, It’s a Small World, Mad Tea Party, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid.

Epcot

The Individual Lightning Lane ride is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Frozen Ever After will also be an Individual Lightning Lane ride starting on January 4, 2022.

The attractions included in Genie Plus are Frozen Ever After (through January 3, 2022), Soarin’ Around the World, Test Track, Mission Space (Green and Orange), Journey into Imagination with Figment, The Seas Nemo & Friends, Living With the Land, Spaceship Earth, Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival, and Turtle Talk with Crush.

Hollywood Studios

The Individual Lightning Lane ride is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. And Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will also be available for an “ILL” purchase starting January 4, 2022.

The attractions included in Genie Plus are Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway (through January 3, 2022), Slinky Dog Dash, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania, Alien Swirling Saucers, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Disney Jr. Play and Dance!, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Muppet*Vision 3D, and Star Tours — The Adventures Continue.

Animal Kingdom

The Individual Lightning Lane ride is Avatar Flight of Passage. On January 4, 2022, Expedition Everest will also be an Individual Lightning Lane ride.

The attractions included in Genie Plus are Expedition Everest (through January 3, 2022), Kilimanjaro Safaris, Na’vi River Journey, Kali River Rapids, DINOSAUR, It’s Tough to Be a Bug!, Feathered Friends in Flight, The Animation Experience, and A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King.

Is Disney Genie Plus Worth the Cost?

Just because you know how to use Disney Genie doesn’t mean you necessarily should! You may be wondering if Disney Genie Plus and the Individual Lightning Lane rides are worth the money. We go over that, including our own experiences, here.