Genie+ Has a HUGE Problem, and You Won’t Like the Solution

Disney Genie+ has been controversial since the day it was announced.

Genie+ lets you access the lightning lane at many Disney World attractions

It essentially replaced the pre-pandemic free FastPass system with a paid service to skip standby lines for rides. However, after flexible pricing was introduced to Genie+, it created a HUGE problem.

First, here’s a quick explainer on how flexible pricing works with Genie+. At launch, Genie+ was $15 per person per day. In October 2022, Disney brought in flexible pricing for Genie –– at the time, the prices were between $15 to $22 per person per day, depending on demand for the service.

Jungle Cruise Lightning Lane entrance

Therefore, a busier day at the parks means a higher price for Genie+ on that day. Although the highest price we’d seen at that point was $22 per day, the Thanksgiving holiday season brought an even higher price for the service$29 per day.

Disney Genie Price

On top of that, rides that use the Individual Lightning Lane service (pay per ride), have been going up in price on these busy days. For example Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios got up to $25 per person.

Rise of the Resistance

Here’s the thing: it doesn’t seem like Disney has set a maximum high price for Genie+, so the price will continue to rise based on demand. It seems like with the holiday crowds beginning to arrive in Disney World, demand is not only going to remain high, but it’s very possibly going to increase the more crowded the parks become.

Main Street, U.S.A.

Crowds mean more people. That means longer standby lines. That means more people willing to pay to skip those standby lines. That means more demand for Genie+. That means we could see a situation where Genie+ costs anywhere from $30 to $35 per person per day.

Hollywood Studios crowds

Imagine you’re a family of four visiting Disney World on a day when demand for Genie+ is high. Using the $30 to $35 per person per day estimate, it would cost you $120 to $140 total to use Genie+ for just one day. That’s potentially more than your park ticket!

Thanksgiving week crowds, line for Mad Tea Party

So what’s the solution? Well, the solution is to convince guests not to buy Genie+ and to use the standby lines for rides, and, yes, we know that’s a hard sell. Perhaps more than anywhere else, time is money in Disney World, and saving time by NOT waiting in long lines means you  get the opportunity to do MORE in Disney World.

Lightning Lane

That’s going to be even more difficult when guests face crowded park days where standby lines for popular rides can be multiple hours long. Who wants to wait in a line for 2+ hours when you can just make a purchase on Genie+ and wait a little less for it?

Expedition Everest

So, unfortunately, for the time being, there will probably still be a BIG demand for Genie+, which will continue to drive up the price. We’ll have to see just how high that price can get when we get a look at the holiday crowds in Disney World.

Want to know more about how Genie and Genie+ work? Be sure to read our ultimate guide here.

We cover standby wait times every day on our site, too, so stay tuned for that important vacation planning information!

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3 Replies to “Genie+ Has a HUGE Problem, and You Won’t Like the Solution”

  1. There is no question Disney does everything they have done since the pandemic started (and keep teelling yourself this is all pandemic related) because they can. What is stopping them? Prices are supply and demand related. I can assure you they will change how they operate if one of two things happen: Attendance drops (which so far hasn’t happened) or the guests become unruly (which also hasn’t happened). And the next time you pull up to the gas pump and yell at the pump and blame the political party in power for causing this, make sure you go home and order up Genie+ for your next trip to WDW and double the cost of park entry. That would be twice as much to go to any Disney park for the day. And barely say BOO about it. And then remember you are paying to offset the losses at Disney’s other businesses, not to help operate WDW, as they are making tons of profit on their theme parks.

  2. It is disgusting what Disney continues to do too their visitors. They will continue to ask us to keep digging deeper into our pockets until we say enough is enough and just stay away.

  3. Why pay premium to stay at resorts fast pas was for resorts guests as a perk genie is just another money grab on top of overpriced hotels food and tickets with less services.