Disney Genie launched in Disney World back in October of 2021, and it has definitely brought some big changes to the parks!
The service, which is offered through the My Disney Experience app, helps guests plan their days at Disney World in a way that hasn’t been possible through the app before. It also offers a new paid service that has replaced the former free FastPass+ system — Disney Genie+.
Guests who purchase Disney Genie+ will have the opportunity to book a return time to skip the standby line and go through a ride’s Lightning Lane (a.k.a. the FastPass+ lane) at select rides throughout the four theme parks. The service starts at $15 per day*, per person. But how exactly do you buy it?
**In October 2022, Disney introduced variable date-based pricing for Genie+ with the price starting at $15 per guest, per day. Guests are able to check the price for the day on the My Disney Experience app prior to purchasing for the day.
If you want to buy Genie+ for a single day, you can purchase it on the day of your visit beginning at midnight.
Step 1: Update Your My Disney Experience App
The first thing you’ll want to do is update your My Disney Experience app in order to access Genie and its related services.
If the update doesn’t automatically get prompted to you, be sure to visit your mobile device’s app store, select the My Disney Experience app, and download the update from there.
Step 2: Log Into My Disney Experience
Next, you’ll want to log into your My Disney Experience account in the app.
Step 3: Go to the Section All the Way to the Right of the My Disney Experience App
Then, you’ll head to the section all the way to the right of the app (the one that has the 3 lines).
Step 4: Select “My Day”
You can see this marked in the photo above with the Genie’s lamp.
Step 5: Select “Get Disney Genie+ Service”
You’ll want to click on the portion in purple that says “Get Disney Genie+ Service.”
Then you’ll be prompted by another screen all about Genie+.
You’ll once again click “Get Disney Genie+ Service.”
Step 6: Select the Members of Your Party You Want to Purchase the Service
Next, it’s time to confirm your party. You can select who you want to purchase Genie+ for.
Step 7: Review Details
After that, you’ll review the details about the purchase and make any edits you need to.
Step 8: Confirm All of Your Information and Pay
Then, it’s time to confirm your information, contact info, etc…
…and pay. The total for Genie+ at Disney World is $15.98 ($15 per ticket per day* plus $0.98 for tax).
*In October 2022, Disney introduced variable date-based pricing for Genie+ with the price starting at $15 per guest, per day. Guests are able to check the price for the day on the My Disney Experience app prior to purchasing for the day.
At the moment, it appears Disney is accepting Disney Gift Cards, Rewards Redemption Cards, and Credit/Debit Cards.
Step 9: Confirm Your Purchase
Finally, you’ll get an order confirmation screen with information about your order and you’ll be able to hit “continue” to see more information.
This is the only way to purchase Genie+. So if you’re looking to skip those standby lines and get on rides faster, now you know how!
Genie+ and Future Trips
If you wanted to add Genie+ to a trip before June 8th, 2022, you could once book tickets that included the Genie+ service. However, as of June 8th, you can no longer add Genie+ to your future trip. For the remainder of 2022 and 2023, you can only buy Genie+ on the DAY of your visit.
Moving forward, Genie+ can only be purchased through the My Disney Experience app one day at a time, beginning at midnight on the same day of your visit. You can start booking your first Lightning Lane at 7AM, and we’ll tell you how!
Booking a Genie+ Lightning Lane
After you’ve purchased Genie+, you can book a Genie+ Lightning Lane. Regardless of what time you purchase Genie+, you can’t book your first Lightning Lane until 7AM.
When you’re ready, you can head to the Tip Board section.
There, you’ll see a Tip Board showing available selections for the parks. You can tap “change park” to see the park you’ll be heading to. Starting at 7AM, you’ll want to refresh the screen so you can see what Genie+ Lightning Lanes are available.
When you’ve found the Lightning Lane you want to book, you’ll select where it says “Book Experience.”
Then, you’ll confirm the party that you want to book for the Lightning Lane and that’s it!
You can then continue to make Genie+ Lightning Lane selections 1 at a time throughout the day, but there are exceptions. See below for a bit more about the 120 minutes rule.
Important Things to Keep in Mind About Genie+
At this time you will NOT be able to re-ride attractions through Genie+. That means, if you select a Genie+ return time for The Barnstormer and ride the attraction, you won’t be able to later make ANOTHER Genie+ Lightning Lane selection for The Barnstormer.
If you want to ride that specific attraction again, you’ll have to use the standby line.
You can only make 1 Genie+ Lightning Lane selection at a time throughout the day. There are some exceptions though.
For example, one of our reporters was able to book a Genie+ selection for Slinky Dog Dash right at 7AM, but the return time was for 4-5PM. They then attempted to make a second Genie+ selection for an earlier time (since that 4-5PM return time is more than 2 hours away), but the app informed them that they would not be able to make that second selection until 11AM.
The most important thing to remember is that you can’t make Genie+ Lightning Lane selections until 7AM on the day of your visit.
Like all guests (as of June 8th), Annual Passholders can only buy Genie+ on the day of their visit.
Genie+ includes access to the Lightning Lanes of over 40 rides in Disney World. But, don’t forget that select attractions only have Lightning Lane access through the Individual Attraction Selection (pay-per-ride) option, which doesn’t require guests to purchase Genie+.
We’ll keep sharing our best Disney Genie tips and tricks, so stay tuned for more!
Will you be using Disney Genie+ during your next Disney World trip? Let us know in the comments!