Guests can buy Genie+ for $15 per ticket, per day to skip the line for most Disney World rides. But the two most popular rides in each park have a separate fee to skip the line. These rides use Individual Attraction Selection (or Pay-Per-Ride), and the fees range in price from $7 to $15 right now. So how long would the wait have to be for you to pay to skip the line? We asked our readers, and here’s what you said.
If you buy Genie+, you can make reservations to skip the line on most Disney World rides throughout the day, and they’re all included in the $15 per ticket, per day that you pay at the beginning of the day. But you can only skip the line on those Pay-Per-Ride attractions by paying an additional fee.
Of course, you can always wait in standby for any Disney World ride, unless it’s using a virtual queue. Right now, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is the only Disney World ride with a virtual queue. The boarding pass for the virtual queue is also free, but spots are limited, and it can be a little tricky to use.
We asked our readers on Instagram how long the wait time would have to be for them to pay the extra fee on those popular rides, and we got a LOT of responses.
Probably the most popular response was 60 minutes or more. A lot of people said one hour was about their limit: “I can do an hour, but after that I will consider buying one.”
Another reader said any ride that had a wait time “consistently over 60 minutes,” so they’d keep an eye on the times throughout the day and shell out the cash if it didn’t drop.
Some people were willing to wait in standby a little longer before paying to skip the line. One person said “Over 2 hours, and it would have to be for a ride I couldn’t miss (like Rise of the Resistance or Flight of Passage).”
Several other people agree that it “depends on the ride.” One reader “would only buy for Rise of the Resistance, Flight of Passage, or Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.” These rides were listed several times as ones that people would be more willing to pay for.
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in particular was popular, since the only other way to get on is through the virtual queue. One reader said they’d pay “for the one with a boarding group that I don’t want to stress about.” It can be tough or stressful to get the boarding group (your spot in the virtual queue), so the Pay-Per-Ride might be a good back-up option for some families.
A lot of people said that it depends on the situation. One reader said “With two young kids? 40+ minutes.” And we saw that sentiment in other responses, like this one from another reader: “We have a toddler, so anything over 30 mins and I’m buying.”
It might also depend on how many people are in your group. Pay-Per-Ride can get expensive fast when you’re buying passes for a lot of people. One reader said, “Anything over an hour probably, but I only have two people to pay for.”
For some readers, they thought the price was worth it for some rides no matter what. One reader said, “Making sure I get on the ride? Worth it.”
Others were adamant that no matter the wait time, they would not buy Pay-Per-Ride reservations. We had responses like “I wouldn’t ever,” “No limit; will never pay for lightning lanes,” and “Never going to pay for this.”
In a poll on YouTube, we found that the responses to this same question — how long the wait has to be for you to pay to skip the line — were very even! “Over 60 Minutes,” “Over 120 Minutes,” and “Standby for me no matter what” all had the exact same percentage at 27% of respondents. “Over 90 minutes” had a little fewer, at 19%.
In general, we found that our readers are very split on this question. A lot of the responses showed that it depends on the situation. If people are traveling in a small group or with young kids, they might be more likely to buy Pay-Per-Ride reservations, even if the ride’s wait time isn’t super high. Other people will wait for much higher times before paying the extra fee to skip the line, or they will choose standby no matter what.
So where do you stand on this question? Let us know your thoughts in the comments! And keep following DFB for more updates and news as we try out Genie, Genie+, and Pay-Per-Ride in Disney World.
How long would the wait time have to be for YOU to pay to skip the line? Let us know in the comments.