Step-By-Step Guide to Buying Individual Lightning Lanes in Disney World for 2023

Planning for a Disney Parks trip can be a complicated process that doesn’t leave a lot of room for spontaneity. But Disney’s planning service, Disney Genie, and its for-purchase add-on Disney Genie+, promises to simplify your planning and let you seize the moment at the same time.

Disney Genie+

If you’re new to the Disney planning game, or you just want a little fresher, we’re going to take you through a step-by-step guide for purchasing Individual Lightning Lanes for Disney World’s newest and most popular attractions.

Disney Genie+ replaced FastPass+ at Walt Disney World and MaxPass at Disneyland Resort. Disney Genie+ allows users to access Lightning Lanes (essentially a new version of a FastPass+ or MaxPass queue) by choosing the next available time to arrive at relevant rides and attractions.

Jungle Cruise Lightning Lane entrance

Disney Genie is a triple-threat perk. A triple play, a triple bogey, triple, whammy, or triple scoop! Yeah, that’s right, it has THREE parts.

    • Disney Genie — the free customizable itinerary and tip board to help guests navigate the parks and attractions.
    • Disney Genie+ — similar to a paid version of FastPass. Surge pricing is based on projected crowd levels, and provides access to 40 different attractions across all four parks.
    • Individual Lightning Lanes — select rides are not included in the Genie+ options, where Lightning Lane access can be purchased for an additional fee.

Now that you know the all of the Disney Genie service options, let’s dig into that last one — Individual Lightning Lanes.

Space Mountain

Quick Overview

Through your My Disney Experience App, you may also purchase individual — or à la carte — Lightning Lane entry selections for specific attractions that aren’t offered through Disney Genie+ service. You are allowed to purchase Individual Lightning Lane entry for up to 2 experiences per day, one at a time. You may purchase this option with or without Disney Genie+ service.

The current attractions which qualify for Individual Lightning Lanes are:

To reiterate, you can buy a time to skip the line and ride these attractions — up to two per day. You do not have to pay the daily fee for Genie+ to do this.


Pricing and availability vary by attraction and park. Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app on the day of your park visit for current prices and attraction availability. Prices usually fall between $11 and $25 per person, per ride.

Screenshot from Disneyland app

So, if you have a family of four and you all want to ride Disney’s newest ride, TRON Lightcycle/Run, at its peak pricing, you could be paying over $100 (once tax is included), for this option to ride the attraction.

Step-By-Step Guide

Download (or make sure you have the most updated version) of My Disney Experience on your phone.

My Disney Experience in the App Store

Log into your My Disney Experience App on your phone or mobile device.


From the main menu in the My Disney Experience mobile app, select “Tip Board”.


Select the Park for the attraction Lightning Lane you wish to purchase

    • EPCOT — Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
    • Magic Kingdom — TRON / Lightcycle Run
    • Magic Kingdom — Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
    • Animal Kingdom — Avatar: Flight of Passage
    • Hollywood Studios — Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Select an Individual Lightning Lane experience and follow the prompts to purchase.

The individual

Select members of the party who will be participating in the attraction. 

    • They must be linked to your MDE account
    • They must have valid park admission and park pass reservation
Updating party guests ©Disney

Select from the available times when you want to book the experience window.


Confirm price, party, and experience window.


Purchase screen will include applicable tax and will charge to the credit card linked to your My Disney Experience account.


So, there is your step-by-step, screenshot-by-screenshot guide to purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane through My Disney Experience.

Here are a few more things to keep in mind:

  • Remember that you will still need a ticket and a Park Pass Reservation for the park where you are purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane.
  • It’s important to be on time for your Individual Lightning Lane reservation. Typically, we see a short grace period of about 15 minutes for most Disney reservations, but your mileage may vary on this.

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2 Replies to “Step-By-Step Guide to Buying Individual Lightning Lanes in Disney World for 2023”

  1. How does it work when you show up at your appointed time? Can they scan your magic band for the Lightening Lane or is the phone app required? The reason I ask, we go on vacation to shut off our phones and escape. So only one of us in our group carries a phone, will the kids need to have my phone to scan in for their time?

    1. Hi Natalie! You can scan your magic band! When you make those reservations they’ll be instantly linked to your account and to everyone’s name you included and all you have to do is scan and go when it’s time. 🙂