As of today, October 19th, guests can once again “skip the lines” at many popular attractions across all four parks in Disney World — though, it does look a little different.
Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selections are Disney’s two new PAID replacements for FastPass+, so guests hoping to hop into the Lightning Lanes (aka new FastPass+ Lanes) at attractions will need to purchase these services in advance. And, we’re bringing you along with us today as we try out both!
But, with Disney Genie+ reservations opening up for all guests at 7AM, the virtual queue for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure becoming available at 7AM, AND Individual Attraction Selections becoming available for Disney World Resort guests at 7AM, there’s a lot to do bright and early. So, is it logistically possible to do it all?
This morning we sent several reporters out into the parks to try some different strategies, and we experienced a wide variety of glitches, issues, or scheduling conflicts. For our visit to EPCOT, we had to attempt to do three things at once when 7AM hit: get a boarding group for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, purchase our Individual Lightning Lane selections (only for resort guests at 7AM, others must wait until park open), and make our Genie+ Lightning Lane choice.
We started by snagging a free boarding group for Remy’s, because we were the most concerned about that option “selling out.” However, boarding passes continued to be available for the ride until almost 8AM! There will also be a second boarding group drop at 1PM for those who missed the chance to snag it in the morning.
After our boarding group was secured, we quickly purchased Lightning Lane access individually for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure as well (proving that you can ride it twice in one day — once with a boarding pass and once with Individual Attraction Selection, there’s no standby line). Those Individual Lightning Lanes for Remy’s didn’t sell out for several hours.
After that, we were able to make our first Genie+ Lightning Lane choice of the day! Since we were a few minutes after 7AM, some rides were already unavailable for the earliest time slots, but we were still able to snag a Genie+ Lightning Lane selection for Test Track in the morning!
Over at Hollywood Studios, things were complicated as well. We were able to score an evening Genie+ Lightning Lane for Slinky Dog Dash at 7AM. We tried to book a second Genie+ choice, but were told that we must wait at least two hours before booking another — that two-hour time window starts at park opening, so we were barred from making an earlier Genie+ choice until 11AM (since Hollywood Studios opened at 9). If you decide that you don’t want to wait that long, you can cancel and rebook your later Lightning Lane, but you won’t be able to modify it directly.
And as far as Rise of the Resistance goes, it became available for individual purchase at 7AM for resort guests. It started selling out more quickly than the other Individual Attraction Selections, but was still available to purchase for later in the day even after the park opened. Since then, it has sold out for the day.
If we learned anything here, it’s that you should prioritize which attractions you’d like to do! If Rise of the Resistance is highest on your list, book that one first (if you’re a resort guest). If you can’t miss Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, try for the virtual queue for free first, then pay for the individual access if you don’t get a boarding group.
So, you’ll definitely want to have a strategy for your early morning wake-up call at Disney World to reserve your Lightning Lanes and get a spot in the virtual queue! Of course, we’ll be bringing you all of our best tips and updates on how to maximize Disney Genie, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for more!
Are you planning on purchasing Disney Genie+ or Individual Attraction Selections on your next trip? Let us know in the comments!
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