Have YOU used Disney Genie yet? The planning service, which you can find on the Disney World app, features a paid FastPass+ replacement option (now known as Lightning Lanes) and more!
Today, we’re taking a look at Genie+, Individual Attraction Selection, and what Lightning Lanes you should try to get first! Here are some things to keep in mind when planning with Genie+.
Genie+ vs. Individual Attraction Selection
Disney Genie is a FREE planning service that helps you figure out your day at the Disney parks!
Within Disney Genie, you can purchase Genie+, which includes Lightning Lanes (the old FastPass lanes), PhotoPass lenses, and more. With Genie+, you can book one Lightning Lane at a time throughout the day with some exceptions. However, not every ride’s Lightning Lane is included in Genie+.
Individual Attraction Selection, often called Pay-Per-Ride, is an additional service that costs extra on top of the price of Genie+. This service allows you to get access to especially popular rides. Prices vary depending on the park, ride, and day, and you can book a maximum of two per day.
Individual Attraction Selection Rides
Individual Attraction Selection rides are rides that have Lightning Lanes that aren’t included in the cost of Genie+! There are typically two rides per park that are part of this Pay-Per-Ride service and they’re typically the newest or most popular rides at each park.
Note, however, that sometimes these ride offerings can change. For example, for a limited time Disney might offer one of these IAS rides through the traditional Genie+ service. That means you’ll be able to pay for the standard Genie+ service and grab a Lightning Lane for one of these traditional IAS rides without an additional cost.
For example, from February 25th through August 7th, 2022, Disney offered Frozen Ever After, Space Mountain, and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway through the regular Genie+ service (instead of through IAS). Expedition Everest later joined that group, as did Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
BUT these changes are typically only made for a limited time and only affect select rides, so that’s something to keep in mind. Be sure to check and see if any changes have been made ahead of your trip.
For Magic Kingdom, the IAS attractions are Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain. We recommend going for that Seven Dwarfs Lightning Lane first when it comes to IAS because it’s a pretty popular attraction, but we’ll discuss some potential alternatives in a little bit.
For EPCOT, the IAS attractions are Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Frozen Ever After, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind — all of which are pretty popular rides whose Lightning Lane selections can fill up quickly! Note that Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure once had a virtual queue, but it now offers a standby queue instead (in addition to the Lightning Lane you can purchase through IAS). Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind has been operating with a virtual queue since it opened.
For Hollywood Studios, the IAS attractions are Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Many Hollywood Studios attractions, including these two, book up super quickly through Genie+ and IAS, so you might want to purchase these ASAP if you want them for the day.
Rise of the Resistance, in particular, can fill up in SECONDS after it becomes available for the day. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, on the other hand, can still have availability a bit later into the morning. If Rise of the Resistance is a must-do for you, Rise of the Resistance should probably be the one you grab first out of the two options. (Although, we have been able to keep refreshing the app and see Lightning Lane availability pop up for Rise of the Resistance from time to time.)
For Animal Kingdom, the IAS attraction is Avatar Flight of Passage!
If you’re a Disney World Resort Hotel guest, you might be able to get around booking an IAS Lightning Lane for some of these rides by hitting up the ride during a park’s Early Theme Park Entry.
Another important thing to think about when you’re thinking about what rides to prioritize when you’re booking your Genie+ reservations is what rides are popular at the park you’re visiting. On the first day of Genie, rides like Jungle Cruise, Slinky Dog Dash, Rise of the Resistance, Smugglers Run, Test Track, and Peter Pan’s Flight all sold out of Lightning Lanes before the end of the day. (Note: some of the popular attractions are only available through IAS, but a lot of them are just regular Genie+ Lightning Lanes). Many of these rides continue to be extremely popular.
Disney World Lightning Lanes that are unavailable as of right now:
Slinky Dog Dash
Rise of the Resistance
Peter Pan’s Flight
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When you’re visiting Magic Kingdom, keep an eye out for popular attractions like Jungle Cruise, Peter Pan’s Flight, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and all three mountains (Space Mountain is typically available through IAS). Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (IAS) is another one to keep a close eye on if it’s a must-do for you, as it can fill up fast!
When you’re visiting EPCOT, make sure to prioritize rides like Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (IAS), Test Track, Frozen Ever After (IAS), Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (IAS), and Soarin’ Around the World when planning out your day. You’ll also want to keep a close eye on Mission: SPACE Orange.
When you’re visiting Hollywood Studios, there are a LOT of rides that are popular: Slinky Dog Dash, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (IAS), Toy Story Mania, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (IAS), Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror can all be very popular so you’ll want to prioritize these.
When you’re visiting Animal Kingdom, look out for Avatar Flight of Passage (IAS), Kilimanjaro Safaris, Expedition Everest (IAS), and Navi River Journey. A Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King and Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond are others to look at if you’re determined to reserve good seating for a show. (Keep in mind that there is lower availability of Lightning Lanes for shows and entertainment options since there are a limited number of performances each day.)
A good rule of thumb for popular attractions is to check out what the wait times are like the day before your visit so you can kind of gauge what rides are especially popular right now.
You can also go into the app the day before your trip (or a few days before) and take a look at the Tip Board to see what rides have already “sold out” or otherwise filled up during the early morning hours. You can also see what the next return times look like. That can help you gauge which ones might need to be at the very top of your list during your trip.
Finally, make sure to get your personal favorites! This might seem like a no-brainer, but it can be hard to remember to grab the rides you love when you’re trying to hunt down all the popular stuff. There’s no sense in prioritizing some of the rides we mentioned above if they don’t interest you or aren’t at the top of your own personal list.
Be sure to feed all your interests into the FREE Disney Genie’s planning service, because it can end up being helpful and could give you good recommendations throughout the day. Generally, make sure you’re having fun at the parks, that’s what it’s all about!
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