Out with the old, in with the new. FastPass is now officially a thing of the past, and in its place comes the ultra confusing Genie+ program. Now that we have an official release date for the Genie+ program, we are starting to get some more clarity. Here’s what we know so far…
The program will be at both Disneyland AND Walt Disney World. They are launching it first in Walt Disney World… and SOON! The first day you can use the Genie is October 19th, 2021. For now, here is everything you need to know about the Genie+ program at Walt Disney World.
The very first thing you want to do is update your Walt Disney World (My Disney Experience app) app on your phone. This is very important!
The next thing to know is that there are three tiers to the Genie+ program. Let’s break down each one and then answer any questions that may arise.
Tier One: Disney Genie
This is added to everyone’s app as a free service, and is available to anyone who has valid park tickets. It features:
- Personalized day planner
- Tip board
- Virtual assistant
- Mobile order
- Virtual queues
One of the most confusing things about this is that it’s really just an upgraded version of the app as we know it, and it remains to be seen how helpful the new features really are. You do not need to take any action in order to use the Disney Genie. As always, standby queues will be available. One advantage of taking away FastPass is that the standby lines are moving significantly faster than when it was around. With the introduction of Genie+ however, we will need to adjust to the fact that standby lines will once again be longer.
Tier Two: Disney Genie+
Cost: $15 per ticket, per day for Walt Disney World / $20 per ticket, per day for Disneyland
Genie+ works very similar to how MaxPass worked at Disneyland pre-COVID. If you are familiar with it, than this will be much less confusing than for those who have only done the traditional FastPass system at Walt Disney World. Genie+ features the ability to arrive at certain attractions using the Lightning Lane entrance (previously the FastPass entrance). You can get one at a time, and Genie+ will give you a specific time to ride. One important new change; you can only use this service ONCE per day per attraction… meaning, you can’t use it twice (or more) for your favorite attractions, unlike FastPass.
There are a few added bonuses to Genie+ that are new features.
The personalized itinerary will update through the day. One thing I do like is that you can “favourite” things you don’t want to forget to see or eat… because I ALWAYS think I’ll remember and then I’m like shoot, I really wanted a cheeseburger egg roll and now the cart is closed.
The Disney PhotoPass AR Lenses are fun! When you upgrade to Genie+, you’ll also get augmented reality lenses, and you can save them to your photo reel! At certain areas in the park, pull out this lens on the app to see a Mickey constellation or the hitchhiking ghosts, for example.
And the Audio Experiences are fun for an added bonus and the Disney history buffs! It gives you thoughts and special facts about certain aspects of attractions and lands from special guests and even Imagineers!
Attractions included in Genie+:
Fantasyland: Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world,” Mad Tea Party, The Barnstormer, Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Peter Pan’s Flight
Tomorrowland: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
Liberty Square: Haunted Mansion
Frontierland: Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Adventureland: Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Future World: Mission: SPACE, Test Track, Living with the Land, Soarin’ Around the World, Spaceship Earth, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Turtle Talk with Crush, Journey Into Imagination with Figment, Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
World Showcase: None
DinoLand U.S.A.: DINOSAUR
Asia: Kali River Rapids, Feathered Friends in Flight!
Africa: Kilimanjaro Safaris, A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King
Discovery Island: It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
Pandora – The World of Avatar: Na’vi River Journey
Rafiki’s Planet Watch: The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
Galaxy’s Edge: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Toy Story Land: Slinky Dog Dash, Toy Story Mania!, Alien Swirling Saucers
Sunset Boulevard: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
Echo Lake: Star Tours – The Adventure Continues, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Grand Avenue: Muppet Vision 3D
Animation Courtyard: Disney Junior Dance Party!
Things to note: You can either add Disney Genie+ to all of your days before your vacation (whether a ticket only purchase or a vacation package), or you can add it to a single day. You can even go into the Parks, realize that you do want it, and add it right on the app.
Tier Three: Individual Attraction Selections (Lightning Lane) – IAS & LL
Cost: $7-15 per person, per attraction, per day (one time use)
The most controversial of all three tiers. You may have noticed that some (or most) of your favourite rides aren’t on the Genie+ list. Well, that’s because two of the most popular attractions at each of the four Parks aren’t included in Genie+. For this, you will have to purchase the Individual Attraction Selections.
Now, one thing to note is that you do not need to purchase the Genie+ in order to take advantage of this service. However, it does cost a pretty penny to enjoy quick access to these favourite rides. Also worth noting, there isn’t a set price for IAS. They change based on the day, and which ride you’d like to experience. The app is going to be the best place for you to see how much it will cost to skip the line on your favourite ride. And note, this service is limited to TWO selections per guest, per day.
Attractions included in Individual Attraction Selections:
Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain
Epcot: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Frozen Ever After
Animal Kingdom: Avatar Flight of Passage and Expedition Everest
Hollywood Studios: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Important to note: Once you’ve hit “purchase” on these attractions, they are not able to be modified or canceled in any way. As previously mentioned, you can still wait in the regular standby line for these attractions. However, in the case of Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the only other way to ride is by joining a virtual queue at either 7am (you must have a valid Park ticket AND Park reservation for this) or at 1pm (you must scan through the front gates to try for this).
Alright, clear as mud?
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Can Genie+ be purchased for all days OR only some days?
Both. If you want it on all days, that can be done in advance. To do load it for some days, it must be purchased on the day of, starting at 7am EST via the app.
2. When can Genie+ be added to an existing vacation package?
Beginning on October 19th, 2021.
3. When can Individual Attraction Selections be purchased?
Must be purchased and used on the same day; available for purchase starting at 7am EST. You can select up to two at this time.
4. Can Genie+ or IAS sell out?
No, there are unlimited amounts.
5. Can IAS be purchased without Genie+?
Yes, you can still purchase one or two of the IAS without the Genie+ feature.
6. Can IAS be made for more than one Park?
Yes. You can purchase one for, say, Animal Kingdom, and the second for Magic Kingdom. Keep in mind that Park Hopping is only available right now after 2pm.
7. Is there any advantage to staying onsite at a Walt Disney World resort with the Genie+ system?
Yes. Onsite guests (Disney Resorts, Shades of Green, and Swan or Dolphin) with Disney Genie+ can select their first Lightning Lane entrance beginning at 7am EST. Everyone staying off site can select their first Lightning Lane attraction at Park opening.
8. Can my IAS or Genie+ times be adjusted?
IAS cannot be modified or refunded. Genie+ times can be changed if desired.
What do you think of the new Genie+ system and Individual Attraction Selections? Will you be using this service? We’d love to hear from you!
And if you are ready to start planning a Disney vacation, feel free to contact me for a complimentary, no obligation quote! I don’t charge a fee or have hidden costs of any kind! Elisia and I both had the opportunity to visit the Parks this summer, and we have the answers to all of your questions about traveling during COVID… for Walt Disney World and Disneyland!
We will be updating this post when there is more info regarding Genie+ and Disneyland, so stay tuned!
Have a magical day!
Erica, Heidi, Elisia and Danielle