Disney recently announced that some NEW, paid services will take the place of FastPass+ and MaxPass.
Disney also shared details about a NEW planning service called Disney Genie that’ll help you optimize your day in the parks. But, the difference between Genie, Genie+ (one of the paid services), and Individual Attraction Selections (the other paid service) can get very confusing. So, we’re breaking it down here in a short, succinct way that’ll hopefully help put everything into place.
Our goal is to present this to you in 500 words or less (we got it down to just over 400 words). Here we go:
Disney Genie is a FREE planning service built into the My Disney Experience App and Disneyland App. You will tell Disney Genie what you want to ride, what types of things you like, etc. and Disney Genie will create a personalized, flexible itinerary for you. With Genie, you’ll be able to see forecasted wait times, mobile order your food, chat with a virtual assistant, see walk-up waitlist availability, make restaurant reservations, adjust your plans, and more. Plans will continuously update to help you get the most out of your day. Essentially, Genie is designed to help you plan your day and optimize your plans.
Disney Genie+ is a PAID FastPass-like service. It costs $15 per day per ticket at Disney World, and $20 per day per ticket at Disneyland. If you pay for this service, you’ll be able to see when the next available time is to use various rides’ Lightning Lanes (i.e. FastPass+ lanes). You will select the next available time to use the Lightning Lane for whatever ride you want, and when your time arrives, you can visit the ride and use the Lightning Lane (skipping the standby line).
Once you’re done with that ride, you can make another Genie+ Lightning Lane selection — 1 ride at a time, throughout the day. Over 40 attractions will be available through Genie+ at Disney World, over 15 attractions will be available through Genie+ at Disneyland. NOT all attractions will be available through Genie+.
While most guests can purchase Genie+ in advance (though the situation seems different for Annual Passholders), you cannot make a Genie+ Lightning Lane selection until the DAY OF your trip. At Disney World, guests can make their first Lightning Lane attraction at 7AM on the day of their visit. At Disneyland, the first Genie+ Lightning Lane selection can be made once you’re in the park.
Select, highly popular attractions (like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom, Radiator Springs Racers in Disney California Adventure Park, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure at Disney California Adventure Park, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT) will NOT be listed on Genie+. That means that even if you pay for Genie+ you will NOT be able to select a time for/use the Lightning Lane at those attractions. Instead, if you want to use the Lightning Lane for those attractions, you’ll have to pay for the attractions INDIVIDUALLY. (We aren’t really going into that in-depth in this post — you can see more about that here).
And that’s our very, very, VERY basic and succinct breakdown of Genie vs. Genie+ (with a tiny bit of info thrown in about Individual Attraction Selection).
Want to know more about Disney Genie? Check out some of our other posts, linked below:
- Click here to learn about Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection, including what attractions have been listed for each and more details
- Click here to see what Annual Passholders need to know about Disney Genie
- Click here to see how and why you’ll pay for individual rides in Disney Genie+ with Individual Attraction Selection
- Click here to see more about the features of the FREE Disney Genie planning service (different than Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection)
- Click here to see 5 MIND BLOWING features of the Disney Genie planning service
- Click here to see how Disney Genie+ is different from MaxPass
- Click here to see how being a hotel guest will benefit you with the Individual Attraction Selection service
We’ll continue to bring you more updates about Disney Genie, so stay tuned for that.
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What Disney Genie, Genie+, and Individual Attraction Selection questions do you still have? Tell us in the comments.