Disney Genie + JUST debuted at Disney World and we have many tips to share with you.
With Genie +, the free Disney Genie system and the selection of individual attractions, there is a lot to learn these days and this can be a daunting task. Is it worth navigating the tricky waters of new technology? Well, today we challenged ourselves to see how many attractions we could do in a day with Genie + and Selection of individual attractions (pay per trip) to find the answer to this question!
What limits already exist with the new systems?
Let’s start by talking about Disney Genie +. It costs $ 15 per ticket per day (plus taxes) and includes the option to book the return time of an attraction, during which you can use the Lightning Lane on this ride and skip the queue.
You can only use Lightning Lane from an attraction if you purchase Genie + and set aside time to visit it in advance. On top of that, you can only book one Genie + selection at a time, unless you are under a specific rule.
You can only use Genie + at each attraction once a day. So if you book an early morning pass for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, use it and then want to ride back to Thunder Mountain later in the day … you’ll have to wait on the waiting line. Keep this in mind during the trip.
Genie + is available for over 40 Disney World attractions.
Click here to see our guide to buying Genie +
Not all attractions are available through Genie +. Some very popular attractions selected are NOT included in the $ 15 Genie +. To skip the lines of these attractions, you’ll need to use the feature of selecting individual attractions or paying per trip. With this service, you will pay to use the Lightning Lanes on these trips individually.
The price will vary depending on the route and the season. You can only purchase two paid selections per person per day.
Click here to see how to book and buy paid travel attractions.
How many attractions can be done in a day?
So, using Genie + and the selection of individual attractions, how many attractions have we gotten in each of the parks currently? We had several journalists in the parks trying it out: one at Magic Kingdom, one at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, one at EPCOT who later went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and one who spent most of his day at Hollywood Studios.
At Magic Kingdom, our reporter started shopping for a selection of individual attractions at 9:00, when the park opened, as they were not staying at a Disney World hotel. They also made their first Genie + Lightning Lane selection at 7 p.m.
And … around 5:20 PM YOU WERE MADE ALMOST AN ENTIRE ATTRACTION THAT HAS A LIGHTNING LANE – either through the Lightning Lane itself or through the waiting line. For Lightning Lanes specifically (either pay-per-trip or Genie +), they did: Splash Mountain, Barnstormer, Dumbo, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, “It’s a Small World,” Tomorrowland Speedway, Mad Tea Party, Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight and Pirates of the Caribbean.
When we last contacted this reporter, they were working their way through some final things in Magic Kingdom and had already scheduled a Lightning Lane for Jungle Cruise. ALMOST EVERY WALK IN FOLKS MAGIC KINGDOM!
At EPCOT, we also rode attractions through a mix of waiting, pay per trip and Genie +.
As for Lightning Lanes (pay per ride or Genie +), our reporter at EPCOT has gotten the adventure of Remy Ratatouille, Test Track, Spaceship Earth, Soarin ‘and Living with the Land.
On top of that, they were able to mount Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure with the virtual queue and mounted Frozen Ever After on the waiting line thanks to a recommendation from the free Genie planning service. All this was done around 4:15 p.m.
Then this reporter went to Disney Studios Hollywood to have more fun.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
At the Hollywood studios, came the journalist who jumped from EPCOT and was able to ride Rise of resistance using the pay-per-view selection they had made early in the morning. They were also able to ride Tower of Terror using a Lightning Lane around 5:30 p.m.
A separate DFB reporter spent the morning and has spent a bit of the afternoon at Disney Studios Hollywood. This journalist was able to specifically use Lightning Lanes to assemble dishes Swirls Aliens, Toy Story Mania and Slinky Dog Dash. This was done around 4:38 p.m.
This reporter had a pretty interesting experience. They made their first Genie + Lightning Lane selection at 7:00 for Slinky Dog Dash, but the return time for Slinky Dog Dash was not until 16:00 and 17:00. Then they were able to make another Genie + selection 2 hours after the opening of Disney’s Hollywood Studios due to the 120 minute rule. The fact that they had to wait those two hours to make the next Genie + selection could have had a big impact on their day.
In addition, this journalist bought a pay-per-view selection for Rise of the Resistance. When their return time came, the journey went downhill, so they got a redemption pass to return later. The trip reopened and they were able to drive until … the trip broke down again and they were evacuated. Then they received another pass of redemption. This also affected his day.
Apart from those attractions, the journalist was able to mount some other attractions using a single pilot or on hold.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Finally, we come to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Like Magic Kingdom, our reporter was able to do A LOT in this park. Ultimately, our reporter went through almost every trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom using waiting lanes and lightning (and sometimes AMB).
Specifically, our reporter was able to do the following attractions with Lightning Lanes (pay per trip or Genie + as appropriate): Everest Expedition, Navi River Journey, Flight of Passage, Kilimanjaro Safaris, DINOSAUR and Kali River Rapids.
Many of the attractions here had fairly short waiting times. In fact, there were many where using a Lightning Lane really didn’t make any difference in terms of waiting times. But there were others, like Flight of Passage, where there was a substantial difference.
Click here to see the wait times with Genie + and pay per trip.
These are the results of today’s experiment! Many of our journalists have to work hard using a combination of pay per trip, Genie + and single booking / pilot lines. In some parks, especially Magic Kingdom, the use of Genie + and pay per trip were helpful. In a park like Animal Kingdom, the use of Genie + was not as impressive, although the purchase of a pay-per-trip for Flight of Passage was beneficial in terms of reduced waiting times.
If getting as many attractions as possible is your goal at Disney World, consider which park you visit and how Genie + or pay per trip can affect your goals. Stay tuned to DFB for all the Disney Genie + news, updates, tips and tricks for your next trip.
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