Disney Genie has finally arrived! The planning service features both a paid FastPass through Genie+ service that’s $15 per person per day as well as an extra pay-per-ride charge for the Lighting Lanes of popular rides called Individual Attraction Selection.
Now that we’ve got the new service in our hands we wonder: does staying onsite give you a distinct advantage with the pay-per-ride system in Disney World?
As Disney previously announced, there is a perk to staying on-site for the new services. Guests at Disney World hotels can begin booking Individual Attraction Selections as early as 7AM. By comparison, guests not staying on property will have to wait until the opening of their park to be able to book their first Individual Attraction Selection.
And just as a reminder, here are the rides included in the Individual Attraction Selections list currently:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
- Frozen Ever After
- Rise of the Resistance
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Expedition Everest
- Flight of Passage
With the early 7AM booking window for resort guests, you could get your Individual Lightning Lane selections booked up to four hours before other guests staying offsite (depending on what time the park opens that day). But is that advantage really necessary to get the rides you want?
This morning at 7AM, our team jumped headfirst into Genie+, booking our virtual queues, Genie+ selections, and our Individual Lightning Lanes (the “FancyRides” option, as Molly calls it). We were able to secure incredibly early windows for some of the Individual Attraction Selections, including snagging one for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at 10:20AM, just minutes after the scheduled park opening time.
But even after the resort guests got the chance to make their decisions for the day, there were still plenty of Individual Attraction Selection times left. In fact, none of the rides even “sold out” until about an hour after Hollywood Studios opened, when Rise of the Resistance filled up for the day. (Keep in mind that the standby line was still available, even when the Lightning Lane times were gone.)
It is important to note, however, that as of park opening at 9AM, the remaining Rise of the Resistance Individual Attraction Selection time slots were for 5PM and beyond. If you aren’t staying in a Disney World hotel, you might want to plan for a later time slot if you’re using Individual Attraction Selection for Rise. And if you are staying on property, you might have the advantage of earlier reservation time slots.
Several hours later, there are still plenty of options. By mid-afternoon, return times were still available for purchase for the other seven rides. Space Mountain, Frozen Ever After, and Expedition Everest all still have Individual Lightning Lane selections available within the next 30 minutes, so you could purchase one, skip the standby line, and be on the ride right away!
However, it’s important to keep in mind that today is a Tuesday in October. If you’re visiting during a holiday weekend or a particularly busy time of year, things may look very different. While any guest (resort or offsite) could’ve purchased any of the Individual Lightning Lanes today, that isn’t promised to be the case during your vacation.
But don’t worry — if you’re not staying onsite, the standby lines are still open for these rides throughout the day. (Except Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure that’s using a virtual queue.) You can also plan to rope drop one of these rides in order to avoid the longest wait times in the middle of the day. And for those who are purchasing Genie+ already, you’ll hopefully save so much time waiting in line that you won’t have to worry about waiting an hour for ONE ride during the daytime.
And even if you’re staying at a Disney Resort, don’t feel obligated to purchase the Individual Attraction Selections. Many of these rides are open during Early Theme Park Entry, so if you time things right you may be able to knock out both of the IAS rides in your chosen park before it even opens to the non-resort guests!
As always, we’ll continue to cover the most important news about Disney Genie+ and all the new features that come along with it, so stay tuned to AllEars in the coming days, weeks, and months.
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