Earlier this year, Disney announced that they would be retiring FastPass and FastPass+ in Disney World and replacing it with two new PAID services called Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection.
Both launched in Disney World last month and we’ve been bringing you all the tips and tricks that you need to know before you arrive so that you can “skip the line” like a pro. One of our biggest tips involved learning how to stack multiple Lightning Lane return windows, but Disney has since changed a loophole when it comes to stacking.
Unlike FastPass+, Genie+ allows guests to book one Lightning Lane return window at a time throughout the day. But, the one exception to this rule is when you select a Lightning Lane return window that is more than 2 hours away from when you booked it (or when the park opens). In this case, guests only need to wait 120 minutes (or 2 hours) before they can make a SECOND Lightning Lane reservation.
Before we go further, let’s recap the 120 minute rule. Basically, you can book a second Genie+ Lightning Lane reservation either:
1. You’ve used the first one.
2. Your return window is over (in the case you miss the window).
3. It’s been 120 minutes since you booked the first one.
Whichever comes first.
Also note, this does NOT apply to Individual Lightning Lane selections (“Fancy Rides”) — you can book those whenever you’re eligible, one right after the other.
This 120-minute rule has NOT changed at its core — it was designed to ensure if you book a far-out Genie+ return time, you’re not stuck waiting hours and hours before being able to use the system again. However, what happens AFTER you’ve stacked two Genie+ Lightning Lane return times has changed.
Previously, mastering this rule could really be a game-changer for your day. You could stack a second Lightning Lane reservation on top of a later one and then continue to select a new return window at another attraction after you used each individually, holding 2 Lightning Lane windows at all times throughout the rest of your day.
So, for example, you could book a 12PM return time for Slinky Dog Dash, then book an 11:30AM return time for Star Tours two hours after park opening (typically 11AM). Once you used your Star Tours return window you could book a new Lightning Lane and then you could get another one after using your Slinky Dog Dash return window — essentially stacking two reservations throughout the rest of your day.
Now, Disney has updated Genie+ to only allow guests to hold multiple Lightning Lane reservations where the 120-minute rule applies. This means that you can still stack Lightning Lane reservations if you book a reservation that is 2 or more hours away, but once your return window opens later in the day, you’ll go back to only being able to hold one at a time (unless you book another return window that is 2 or more hours away).
So, while the 120-minute rule still exists with Genie+, it is less of a “hack” to book a Lightning Lane that is later in the day and stack multiple reservations.
We’ll continue to keep an eye out for additional Genie+ updates and changes, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest!
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