Disney shared more details about their new Genie service this week.
Genie is a planning tool that also has additional services that will replace FastPass+ in Disney World and MaxPass in Disneyland. Some of the features cost money, while others are free, and it’s all a bit confusing, so we’re here to break it down in the easiest possible terms!
Disney Genie is a FREE service that everyone can use through the My Disney Experience app for Disney World and the Disneyland app for Disneyland. The service will ask about your preferences when planning your trip, and from that, it will create a personalized itinerary for you.
It will map out your entire day and will continue to update your itinerary throughout the day so you can go with the flow more. Basically, you can just tell the Genie what you want to do, and it will do the planning for you.
Genie will also create a tip board that will show your “favorites,” like rides or restaurants. It will display current wait times AND forecasted future wait times to help you decide the best time to go on a ride. The service is also where you can see virtual wait times and you will have a virtual assistant to help you out.
The service is also where you can see restaurant wait lists, check in to restaurants, and reserve restaurants as well as place mobile orders.
The Disney Genie+ service will be available to purchase on My Disney Experience and the Disneyland apps. It’s $15 per ticket per day in Disney World and $20 per ticket per day in Disneyland. You can buy this service in advance for ticket holders, but you can’t use it until the day you’re going to the theme parks (Annual Passholders can purchase day of). You do not need to buy it for the duration of your trip, you can pick and choose which days you want it.
Genie+ is essentially the new FastPass and MaxPass system. You will see the next available time to arrive for 40+ attractions in Disney World and 15+ in Disneyland (depending on availability). You can only choose ONE attraction at a time.
Once you make a selection, you will be given an arrival window for that attraction. Then, once your arrival time comes, you will go into the Lightning Lane entrance for the attraction. This is like the FastPass/MaxPass line, where you get to skip the majority of the standby line.
There WILL still be standby lines at all of these attractions you can wait in. We do not have a full list of the rides Genie+ includes yet, but we do know Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run are included.
You can use Genie+ to make ride selections across multiple theme parks, so you can park hop and use this service. All guests will be able to start making Genie+ attraction selections at 7AM on the day they are visiting the parks. Genie+ will also include PhotoPass downloads in Disneyland, but not in Disney World. Disney World will have augmented reality lenses available for photos through Genie+.
Individual Attraction Selections
Individual attraction selections are also available to purchase. These are for high demand rides that are NOT included in the Genie+ service. You can select an arrival time for up to two attractions per day that you will pay separately for to use the Lightning Lane entrance.
These attractions will only have the standby line (or normal virtual line) and the Lightning Lane entrance that you will pay individually for. Genie+ will not give you access to the Lightning Lane entrances for these attractions.
We do not know all of the rides that fall under this category yet, but we do know that Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom and Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure will be available. Pricing for these attractions will vary by date, attraction, and park. We do not know the pricing at this time.
You do NOT have to have Genie+ to use this service. You can just pay for these individual attractions if you wish.
So, let’s say, for example, a Rise of the Resistance arrival time is available to be individually purchased. You still have the option to get a free boarding group through your phone like you did before — this just adds the option of being able to pay for one instead.
Disney Resort guests will be able to select which two attractions they want to pay for starting at 7AM on the day they are visiting the parks. All other guests will be able to select these attractions once they’re inside the parks.
That’s the new Genie system broken down for you! To reiterate, you can STILL wait in the normal lines to get on an attraction, you do not need to pay to go on ANY attractions if you don’t want to. We don’t have an official launch date for Disney Genie yet, but we do know it will be this fall. If you’re still looking for a way to better understand Disney Genie, we also have a helpful video with everything we know!
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