Earlier this year, Disney announced that they would be discontinuing FastPass, FastPass+, and Maxpass and replacing it with TWO new paid services to “skip the line” at popular attractions called Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selections.
The new systems debuted at Walt Disney World yesterday, and we’ve been in the parks bringing you everything that you need to know about the services. From how to purchase Genie+ to how long the standby lines really are, we’re covering it all. But, one of the biggest questions that Disney-goers still have about the service is — can a ride “sell out” of Lightning Lane return times? Let’s take a look!
If you’re not familiar, Disney Genie+ is one of the new paid-for options in the My Disney Experience app that provides guests with access to Lightning Lanes (aka the old FastPass lanes) at 46 different attractions throughout all four parks. It costs $15 per person, per day, and, unlike FastPass+, guests can only make one Lightning Lane reservation at a time.
So, you can book your first reservation as early as 7AM on the day of your visit and then make your next one after you’ve scanned in at the attraction during your return window and so on (with an exception for the new 120 Minute Rule).
Individual Attraction Selections is the second paid-for option (also in the My Disney Experience app) for skipping the lines at select rides throughout the parks that are NOT included in Genie+. These 8 rides are each priced separately per person and the cost can (and will) vary based on date, ride, and park.
Each guest can make up to two Individual Attraction Selections per day (with resort guests able to book as early as 7AM and other guests needing to wait until the park opens), but unlike Genie+, guests can select their preferred return time rather than the first available.
So, now for the question — could you be paying $15 per person just to find that there are no Lightning Lane return times for the attractions that you want to ride?
Well, we’ve been testing both of these new systems in the parks over the past few days and have noticed that from time to time Lightning Lanes do become unavailable in the My Disney Experience app. For example, at around 7PM on the first day that Genie rolled out, Jungle Cruise, Slinky Dog Dash, Rise of the Resistance, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Test Track, AND Peter Pan’s Flight were marked as “Not Currently Offered.”
And, while it could throw a clink into your plans for the day, it is unlikely that this will last throughout the entirety of your day. Instead, we noticed that many Lightning Lanes became available once again after a short period of time.
The only case where Lightning Lane return times were not replenished (and truly did “sell out”) was at Rise of the Resistance. This is an Individual Attraction Selection (costing $15 currently), and we’ve seen the return times become unavailable before 10AM on both October 19th and 20th.
A Cast Member we spoke with did share that they were hoping to release more return windows later in the day for Rise of the Resistance (around 1PM or 2PM) on October 19th, but this did not end up happening. The ride had quite a few technical difficulties throughout the day though, so that could be why more reservations were never released on these specific dates.
But, so far, it does seem that Individual Attraction Selections are more permanent when they become unavailable.
So, the simple answer to whether Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selections can “sell out” is no. But, it is important to keep in mind that you may need to check your My Disney Experience app often to pick up a return time when more are released (something that was also necessary with the former FastPass+ program).
And, we’ll continue to bring you the latest coverage on all things Disney Genie so that you have all the best tips and tricks before you head to Disney World next — stay tuned!
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