Genie + launched at Disney World on October 19th and has had a huge impact on the way we plan (and budget) our Disney World vacation.
But has the release of this new paid version of FastPass + had any impact on wait times for Disney World attractions and attractions?
We took a look at the average wait times before the release of Genie +, as well as a few weeks after the release to see if we could spot any significant differences!
Here’s a look at the average wait times on October 18, 2021, a day before the release of Genie +. We have selected attractions in each theme park that are included with the Genie + purchase, as well as individual attractions that are NOT included and require a separate fare to book an hour return for Lightning Lane from this trip.
Now, let’s take a look at the average wait times for these same attractions on November 5, 2021, a few weeks after the release of Genie +:
As you can see, the average timeout has been reduced slightly between these two dates. However, before drawing any conclusions about the impact of Genie + on standby times, there are some important factors to consider.
First, it’s hard to conclude that the average daily timeout of the day is the result of Genie + and Genie + only. During the recent Disney earnings call, CEO Bob Chapek noted that approximately 30% of guests were upgraded to Genie + every day. Thus, on average, 1 in 3 guests has the ability to use the Lightning Lane of a trip to skip the queue and experience a quick wait.
Keep in mind, however, that one of the rules with Genie + is that you can only book the return time for Lightning Lane from a trip once a day. If you want to climb Splash Mountain more than once, you can only wait once at Lightning Lane, and all other times you have to be in the queue.
Additional factors that have a direct impact on the waiting time for a trip include the occupancy of the park that day, whether the trip operates at reduced capacity, and whether the trip has experienced some time of temporary inactivity during the day.
It is also possible that Genie + is still in its initial launch phase, and we may see more guests adopting it as part of their vacation planning. However, with $ 15 per guest per day, Genie + may not be used as much as the old FastPass + system, which was free for all guests.
It is important to remember that attraction waiting times for attractions are always changing, especially during the times of the year, such as the holiday season.
And when it comes to mega-popular attractions like Rise of the Resistance, you’ll probably always see longer waiting times. This main attraction in Galaxy’s Edge constantly reports the highest average wait times each day. Please note that since Rise of the Resistance is not included with Genie +, you will have to pay a separate fee to access Lightning Lane for the trip, although you do NOT have to purchase Genie + to do so.
In general, buying Genie + can affect the amount of time you wait in line during your Disney World vacation, but it doesn’t seem to have had any drastic impact (at least at the time of writing) on the times. ‘expect media together. Genie + is a factor among many in determining why waiting time is how long it lasts. If you have a holiday coming up, be sure to check out all the other ways you can reduce the time in line!
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