Since Disney World reopened last year, almost all of the hotels, shops, and restaurants have reopened. But, there are still quite a few things that have yet to return to the parks.
For example, character meet and greets and parades continue to be suspended, and many guests have been wondering when FastPass+ might come back to help them navigate the parks on crowded days. And, now Disney has shared an update on their plans for the perk.
Disney announced today that they will be retiring FastPass, FastPass+, and MaxPass in Disney World and Disneyland immediately. And, to replace the program, they will be introducing new paid options that will integrate into the My Disney Experience app through the new Disney Genie planning feature.
The new features will begin this fall and guests will be able to add on Disney Genie+, and/or purchase additional Lightning Lane passes for other popular attractions.
Disney Genie+ will feature access to new Lightning Lane Entrances at over 40 attractions throughout all four theme parks including Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom, and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Additional Lightning Lane purchases (which will also be known as Individual Attraction Selections) will be different from Disney Genie+ and will enable guests to skip the line at up to two select attractions per day that are not included in Disney Genie+.
These individual attraction selections will include rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom. Plus, both Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT (which opens on October 1st) will feature a free virtual queue and be available as a Lightning Lane attraction.
And, if you’re planning to do some park hopping but want to purchase an Individual Attraction Selection, you’ll still be able to — even if it is in a park that you’re not at in the morning!
Disney Genie+ will cost $15 per person, per day to add onto your day at Disney World, and $20 per person per day at Disneyland. Prices for the additional paid attractions have yet to be released though they will vary by date, attraction, park.
Note that standby lines and virtual queues for select attractions will still be available for guests to take advantage of for free, so you can choose not to purchase Disney Genie+ or Individual Attraction Selections during your visit and still visit the attractions you’d like. We’ll continue to keep an eye out as more details on the new Disney Genie features are released, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest!
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