It’s been a MASSIVE week in the Disney Parks sphere as news of the Disney Genie system dropped!
In case you missed it, Disney Genie will be a FREE service for guests in Disneyland and Disney World. However, Disney Genie+ will be a PAID service that will replace FastPass and MaxPass for $15 in Florida and $20 in California. The parks will also place their most popular attractions in the “Individual Attraction Selection” category, where guests will have to pay to use the Lightning Lane at individual rides that are subject to surge pricing.
This is a BIG change, folks! And, we wanted to know what our readers thought after providing all the details they needed to know about the Disney Genie service. When we reached out in our Instagram stories to ask whether our readers would pay for the Disney Genie+ feature in Disneyland and Disney World, they were pretty torn!
The votes between yes and no were less than 1,000 apart with 56% of voters saying yes and 44% saying no.
But, that’s not the only paid feature that the Disney Parks will be offering! We also asked if readers would pay-per-ride for the “Individual Attraction Selections.”
And, MOST of our voters want to hold out a bit before giving an answer. They would rather wait and see the cost per ride, as the pricing will see changes depending on the date and time of day for popular attractions. However, over 1,300 people voted that they would rather NOT pay for individual attractions over the guests who would.
However, we also reached out on Facebook to ask more readers about their thoughts on paying for Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection. Some of our readers felt that, if they were guaranteed to ride the most popular attractions (like Rise of the Resistance), they would definitely pay the extra fees.
Others feel that price increases have become a normality in Disney Parks over the years. So, they feel like the new features are now just a part of how the parks will be operating moving forward!
Still, there was a bit of an in-between feeling for many readers that feel they will choose to stand in line for some ride or pay for others, depending on how busy the parks are. And, there is the fact that the new paid service could change how often or how long your family may visit the parks too.
But, plenty of guests still felt that the new paid services were frustrating. Loyal Disney Parks visitors and even locals feel that the parks aren’t worth visiting anymore now with the extra costs of Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection.
Lots of people felt that the cost of the services were too much of an upcharge along with tickets, especially for those who may be staying on property or Annual Passholders and Magic Keyholders. The shift towards Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction selection may make the parks less budget friendly for families who save to visit, according to our readers.
There were even quite a few people who thought that FastPass was a fair and inclusive system that would allow guests to at least skip a few lines per day. Now, they feel that the newer systems are less fair, as they depend on how much you’re willing to pay for Lightning Lanes.
There are a LOT of differences in how these new systems will operate. However, we’ll be sure to break down the best ways to use Disney Genie for your specific vacation needs when it rolls out this Fall. And, you can stay tuned with All Ears for the latest Disney entertainment and news coming soon.
What are your thoughts on Disney Genie? Let us know in the comments below!
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