Well, today is the day! Disney Genie has officially launched in Disney World!
The service, which is offered through the My Disney Experience app, will help guests plan their days at Disney World in a way that hasn’t been possible through the app before. But it also offers a new paid service, 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 costs $15 per day per ticket. But how exactly do you buy it?
Here’s what you need to know about buying Genie+ for a single day. You can start buying Genie+ on the day of your visit 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).
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 most standard way to purchase Genie+. So if you’re looking to skip those standby lines and get on rides faster, now you know how!
Adding Genie+ to a Future Trip
If you’re thinking of adding Genie+ onto a future trip, you can now see and book tickets that include the Genie+ service.
Keep in mind that if you add Genie+ onto your trip in advance like this, you’ll need to book Genie+ for the entire length of your stay.
Booking a Genie+ Lightning Lane
After you’ve purchased Genie+, you can book a Genie+ Lightning Lane. Regardless of whether you purchase it in advance of your trip (by adding it onto a ticket or vacation package) or you buy it on the day of your trip, 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 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.
No matter when you buy Genie+ — at midnight on the day of your visit or in advance, you can’t make Genie+ Lightning Lane selections until 7AM on the day of your visit.
Also, a reminder that 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!