Earlier this year, Disney World announced that they would be discontinuing FastPass+ and replacing it with TWO new paid options called Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection.
The new services will roll out in Disney World on October 19th, 2021 and we’ve been breaking down everything that you need to know about the new way to “skip the lines” at some of the most popular attractions in the parks. But, do many park-goers plan on purchasing the new add-ons? We reached out to AllEars readers on our Facebook Page to find out — here’s what they said!
We first turned to our readers back in August when Disney originally announced the new offerings. And, the responses were split down the middle with 56% of those who responded saying that yes, they would likely be purchasing Disney Genie+ and 44% saying that they would not.
At that time, we didn’t know exactly which attractions would be included in Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection (or whether you could skip the lines at attractions more than once). But we did know that Disney Genie+ would cost $15 per person, per day in Disney World and include access to Lightning Lanes (aka old FastPass lanes) at over 40 different rides and include new AR Disney PhotoPass Lenses within the My Disney Experience app.
Since then, Disney has shared the FULL LIST of 46 attractions that will be available as part of the $15 per person, per day charge for Disney Genie+ (they’ve also shared more details on pricing and rides part of Individual Attraction Selection too). So, has that changed park-goers thoughts on purchasing?
Well, we asked our readers on Facebook, “Are you planning on purchasing Genie+ for your next Disney trip?” and the response was once again split down the middle! But, readers were a bit more specific about when they will be purchasing Disney Genie+.
While roughly 50% of the respondents were certain that they would be passing on the newest way to “skip the line” at Disney World attractions, the other 50% were at least willing to try the service and see how it works for their family.
Many responded by saying that they would be choosing to pay for Disney Genie+ on select days of their vacation (with Magic Kingdom being a common park that people do want to purchase it for) rather than purchasing it every day. In fact, one reader even shared their strategy saying, “We have reservations to go to each park twice. We plan to pay for it once for each park and do standby the other day.”
And, this is totally doable with Disney Genie+! Just keep in mind that choosing to pay for Disney Genie+ only on select days of your trip means that you’ll need to buy it day-of rather than prior to your vacation.
Now, there were still quite a few readers who responded but aren’t sure just yet whether they’ll be making the splurge to bypass the standby line. Many shared that they will be choosing to purchase Disney Genie+ for only one day to see if they feel it is worth it. And, others shared that it will depend on crowd levels and standby wait times when they are visiting.
Keep in mind that Disney Genie+ does NOT include access to Lightning Lanes (aka old FastPass lanes) to 8 of the most popular attractions across all four parks, including Remy Ratatouille Adventure in EPCOT and Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And, while our readers’ responses were concerning Disney Genie+, many did share that they would be opting to pay for the Individual Attraction Selection at some of these rides in addition to Disney Genie+ or instead of Disney Genie+.
Once Disney Genie+ finally becomes available in Disney World on October 19th, we’re anticipating that more Disney-goers will have a better idea of whether the new service is for them. And, of course, we’ll be bringing you a look at BOTH Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection once they debut to help you decide if these new systems are best for you!
And, in the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for more of the latest Disney Genie news and updates!
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Are you planning to purchase Disney Genie+ on your next trip? Let us know in the comments!