Disney’s new Genie show launched at Disney World a couple of weeks ago.
In case you haven’t seen it, we’ve been doing MANY experiments to test the features and learn how to better use Genie, Genie + and Pay-Per-Ride in the parks. Today, let’s go to Magic Kingdom to see how much you can do in a day using Genie + and Pay-Per Ride to access as many attractions as possible. Do you think we have overcome them all? Let’s find out!
Our goal was to overcome all the Pay-Per-Ride attractions (also known as “Fancy Rides” and Genie + in the Magic Kingdom before the end of the day. all booking windows last one hour. So when we say we have booked a reservation for 9:00, it means we have from 9:00 to 10:00 to board the trip.
We started at 7 AM reserving a lighting lane for Jungle cruise just at the opening of the park (9 AM), because we know that reservations for this trip can start filling up later in the day. Anyone using Genie + can make their first travel booking from 7 AM the day they visit this park.
When they arrived at 9am and we were inside the park, we booked our paid travel reservation Seven dwarf mine train at 12: 55h. We booked it right at the park’s opening time, and at 12:55 it was the first opening available. Please note that guests staying at a Disney World hotel may make their first pay-per-trip reservations at 7 AM. Since we weren’t staying at a Disney hotel, we had to wait until the park opening time to make our reservation.
Then we were able to climb Jungle cruise (now the Jingle Cruise!) fast.
After riding, we could book our next Lightning Lane for Mountain Splash. There was a place available at 9:55 AM, so we grabbed it and headed to Frontierland.
Right after riding Splash Mountain, we booked a reservation for the Aladdin’s magic carpets since we were in the area. There was a Lightning Lane available at 10 AM (many smaller attractions like this have a lot of reservations throughout the day), so we went with that.
While we were at Adventureland, we played a bit and were able to make a reservation pirates of the caribbean at 10:35 h. When we say “play,” we just mean that we have continued to update the application and checking if more hours are available. If you want a closer moment for Genie + bookings, we recommend you try it, because we’ve seen new and closer moments appear when we do!
Once we landed on our Pirate adventure, we hooked up to Enchanted mansion Lightning Lane per 10:40 h.
Right after riding to Haunted Mansion, we booked a reservation The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh, But after booking it, the trip closed (perhaps due to technical difficulties). Because of this, our reservation became a redemption pass, which we could use on any Lightning Lane in the Magic Kingdom. We carried our redemption pass Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and took a wild walk in the desert! At this point, it was about 11:30 h.
Note that you can’t normally re-assemble an attraction with Genie + (although you can use the queue as many times as you like). But the redemption pass doesn’t count for that rule, so we could still book another Lightning Lane for Big Thunder later in the day (which we did).
Once we got off Big Thunder (the first time), we saw it Peter Pan’s flight he had a long wait. So we booked a reservation for this trip at 15h. Since more than 2 hours have passed since we booked it, the 120 minute rule he kicked.
This rule can be quite confusing, but it basically says that if you book a reservation with Genie + 2 hours or more from the time of booking, you need to take a 2 hour break to make more reservations. After these 2 hours, you can continue to make reservations as usual, one after the other. Even if you were not on the trip you originally booked, you can still book Lightning Lanes as you normally would without booking. You can still make pay-per-trip reservations during this time (and of course, you can use the waiting line for any trip).
During our 2 hour break, we first stopped by the Town Square Theater to greet Mickey Mouse!
In case you missed it, We return to the meeting and the greeting of the characters at Disney World! They’re a little different, so check out this post to see the modifications.
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Then we headed to Seven dwarf mine train for our first pay – per – trip attraction (remember we booked one 12: 55h reservation when we arrived at the Magic Kingdom this morning).
After the mine train, we booked our next pay-per-trip attraction (there are two in each park) for Space Mountain at 1PM.
Our pause ended around 1:30 pm (yes, we’ve set a timer. We recommend that you set a timer for when your pause ends so you know when you can use Genie + again!). At this point, we’ve made some play to get a reservation Space Ranger Spin by Buzz Lightyear at 14:15.
After we ended up frustrating the evil Emperor Zurg with Buzz, we booked our next reservation at Monster’s, Inc. Laugh Floor per 14:40 h.
While we waited for the show to begin, we stepped forward and booked a seat at Tomorrowland Speedway per 15h. You can make your next Genie + selection after fully exploring the trip. So if you have scanned your MagicBand twice (once at the entrance and once later on the line), you can now make the next reservation!
After the freeway, we booked Dumbo the flying elephant at 15:25.
And then we played a bit because we wanted to ride the Barnstormer next (since it’s very close to Dumbo). After cooling off a bit, we were able to get the Barnstormer at 3:40.
At that moment we only had a few walks left! And we still had ours 15h reservation a Peter Pan’s flight (remember that reservations are open for an hour, so we did this tour 15:50 h).
Just before boarding Peter Pan’s flight, we booked a trip Crazy tea party per 16h.
We set up the boats for Neverland and then the tea cups for Wonderland. After leaving our tea cups (very dizzy), we made a reservation “It’s a small world” at 16:45.
But we weren’t finished yet! We still had to ride Winnie the Pooh, because it had closed before and we used this Red Thunder redemption pass. So we made a reservation for this trip at 17:05.
Our last trip to the list was Under the sea – The journey of the Little Mermaid. We booked this right after small world for 17:20 h.
To end our day, we used ours Big Thunder Mountain Railroad booking to board the trip once again at 18:15. We already used Lightning Lane for this trip earlier in the day, but since it was a Redemption Walk, it didn’t count toward the rule of one Lightning Lane per trip.
And this was our day in the Magic Kingdom! We arrived at the 16 Genie + attractions, the 2 pay per trip attractions and even found ourselves in a meeting with Mickey Mouse. If you have a proper budget and keep booking throughout the day, Genie + can help you access attractions faster than you could without it.
But remember that you don’t have to buy Genie + and, depending on how you enjoy spending your Disney World vacation, it may not suit you!
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