Since its launch last year, Disney Genie+ (Disney World’s new skip the line offering) has seen a wide variety of reactions.
Here are six things most people would consider wrong with Genie+!
1. It costs money.
We’re starting with the obvious one. This might not be the wrong choice for Disney, but for those of us used to the free Fastpass+ perk, this can certainly seem like the wrong decision.
$15 per person per day adds up fast for families so Genie+ might not even be an option for some Disney World guests. Fastpass+ on the other hand was equally available to all.
This might be the most controversial aspect of Genie+ overall with some liking the more exclusive nature and others resenting it. For some, adding a cost to the skip-the-line offering in Disney World was the wrong decision. \
2. It’s WAY too confusing.
This is perhaps the biggest thing wrong with Genie+ — it’s massively confusing! For something meant to make your trip easier, understanding the system is way, way too difficult.
When Genie+ launched, it took our team of Disney experts hours to wrap our heads around all the different rules and options, and we had hands-on experience at the time. For those who aren’t familiar with Disney World, it could be nightmarishly confounding.
The biggest points of confusion have to be the dreaded 120-minute rule, the 7AM booking for some things and park open for others, and the names and terminology. Why couldn’t they name Individual Attraction Selections? Why? The good news is, if you’re confused, we’ve got a complete guide to the service!
3. You can only use it on a ride once per day.
This is another more controversial one. The rule of only using Genie+ once on each ride each day helps to make sure that none of the popular rides get overly booked and everyone gets a chance to ride them.
On the other hand, it does mean that despite paying for the service, you’re not getting the chance to ride rides how you want to and that can feel unfair when you’ve shelled out the cash.
4. You have to get up at 7AM.
Many aspects of Genie+ open for booking at 7AM including your first Lightning Lane selection and, for resort guests, Individual Attraction Selection bookings. That’s certainly a problem for some guests.
Disney World is vacation and getting up at 7AM is not ideal for those who were looking to relax. Sure, those that go-go-go in Disney World might not mind, but sleep can be very important before a full Disney parks day!
5. You’re paying and you still might not get the rides you want.
Disney World is huge and has a lot of visitors at any given times. For more popular rides, that can mean there’s a lot more demand than supply. You’re paying and you’re still not guaranteed you’ll get to skip the lines you want.
For instance, if you don’t book Slinky Dog Dash in the first moments you’re able, you might not get to ride it with the skip-the-line offering that day — despited paying $15 per person for the chance.
6. There’s no “modify” button.
We’ve gone over the fact that the service is confusing, but even when you understand it, it isn’t the easiest to use. If you have a Lightning Lane booked, there’s no “modify” button.
So, if you see a better time or an attraction you’d rather book, you have to fully cancel the old Lightning Lane. Those moments could mean that you miss the chance at snagging the new better time or ride.
Overall, there are things right and wrong with Genie+ and it’s going to work better for some groups than others.
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