WARNING: Genie+ is About to CHANGE in Disney World…Again

UPDATE: Disney recently announced that these 5 attractions will continue to be included with Genie+. Learn more about the change here.

Disney Genie+ has gone through change after change since it first debuted in the parks!

Disney Genie+

The rules have been updated, attractions have been added to the list, and we’ve seen rides hop from Individual Lightning Lane to regular Lightning Lane and back again. Even more changes are coming to Genie+ soon, and we’re telling you which rides are being affected. 

Disney Genie+ includes over 40 different rides across the Disney World parks, but not all attractions are created equally. Standby lines at more popular attractions can be skipped via Individual Lightning Lanes, which can be done for an individual fee instead of the $15 per person, per day flat fee with regular Genie+.

Space Mountain Lightning Lane

This can be an excellent time-saver, especially if you’re an attraction aficionado who just can’t go home until they’ve gone on alllllll the rides. To purchase Genie+, just head to the My Disney Experience app on the date of your visit and poof! Your reservations will be linked to your account.

Cast Members scanning for Lightning Lane passes

After that, you’ll be able to make Lightning Lane reservations one at a time — specially reserved windows of time for you to head to the ride and bypass a majority of the standby line. You can make your next reservation when 1) you’ve tapped into your first Genie Plus attraction -OR- 120 minutes have passed since you’ve made your last reservation (the two-hour countdown starts at park OPEN if you made your first selection at 7AM).

Genie+ lets you access the Lightning Lane at many Disney World attractions

Individual Lightning Lane attractions work a little bit differently, in that you’ll be able to choose a return time that works for you depending on availability.

Lighning Lane entrance for Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom

Each guest will be limited to making up to two Individual Attraction Selections per day and they can be purchased as early as 7AM for Disney World Resort hotel guests or as soon as you enter the park as a day guest on the day of your visit.

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Quite a few of these popular attractions — 5 to be exact — were temporarily made available via the regular Genie+ Lightning Lanes, but that’s all about to change.

Expedition Everest Lightning Lane

Starting August 8th, 2022 Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Frozen Ever After, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Space Mountain, and Expedition Everest will return to being Individual Lightning Lane attractions. This means that you’ll have to pay the individual fee to skip the standby lines at each of these attractions. The fee will vary based upon attraction and surge pricing, but we typically see each attraction in the $7-$15 range.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Lightning Lane

Keep in mind that Genie+ will work with Park Hopping as well. In the app, you can book Lightning Lane times for other parks and view availability throughout the day. You can even let the free Genie tool know that you’re hopping so it can continue making suggestions.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is a Genie+ selection in Disney World

Genie+ has been updated so many times since it first launched in Disney World, it can be hard to keep track of all the changes. If you want to see which attractions are included with Genie+, you can check out our list here. The Individual Lightning Lane attractions can be found here. It’s possible that Disney will continue to make different rides available with each service at different times depending on availability, but we’ll be updating you if that happens.

Lightning Lane for Festival of the Lion King

Disney hasn’t shared any additional plans to change or update Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane attractions anytime soon, but we’ll keep an eye out for updates!

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9 Replies to “WARNING: Genie+ is About to CHANGE in Disney World…Again”

  1. Genie+ doesn’t add to the “magical” feel of WDW at all, it just feels like extortion. As the standby times get longer and longer many will get less and less interested in going to the parks. This is particularly true for those of us with DVC membership and many years of consistent annual passholder status. It really makes me sad, my teenage kids began going to WDW while still in diapers and they are now seeing WDW as less magical and more of a cash grab. They should go back to the old fast passes, with that you could get a number of high demand rides in every day, now not so much. A reasonable alternative would be to allow everyone with a park ticket 3 fast passes per day, no more or no less, then you can choose your priority rides and then choose the others based on wait times.

  2. Who is right here?
    WDWNT says Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Frozen Ever After, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Space Mountain, and Expedition Everest WILL REMIAN Genie+ LL!
    Your re saying they will go back to being paid LL!

    Who is right here????

    1. The article has an update at the top that shows that these five rides are going to continue to be part of Genie+ and will not cost extra as individual lightning lane attractions. Disney doesn’t appear to have made an official announcement about this, but if you look at their site, the note about the rides changing to ILL’s is no longer showing up.

      I agree with you that this article is misleading and confusing if you don’t see the note at the top or understand the full background of the Genie+ changes.

  3. I’m glad we visited Disney on both coasts from 1995 to 2006 rather than going today. I don’t think we’d like how it’s morphed into a technology based entertainment. Having to book visits and then control your day using phones or magic bands means it has lost all spontaneity and freedom. I always think that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Fast Passes worked. Park hopping worked ( I know covid has impacted ). Just turning up at the Park you fancied visiting on a whim worked. We didn’t need to walk around staring at phone screens instead of soaking up the sights and we didn’t get stressed out trying to get on virtual lines or booking our food before we were hungry or knew what we wanted.
    Times have changed but not for the better I feel.
    Genie + and any derivative is not really improving the experience. It’s just adding pressure to something that should be fun.

  4. Do you think it is possible these rides being in Genie+ gets extended? Going to HS Thursday to take advantage of Mickey and Minnie rail so am within the time frame but hoping they do get extended.

    1. Disney has updated their website to show that these attractions are a part of Genie+ and they have removed the note about the rides changing to ILL attractions next week. The article shows this as an update at the top now, but it is easy to miss when scrolling through to the content.

      Have a great time! I’m taking my boys next month and I can’t wait!