You may or may not have heard, but Walt Disney World has axed their beloved FastPass lanes and have converted them to Lightning Lanes. This is also changing at Disney Land but for this post, I am going to just focus on WDW. At first, I was okay with the name change, thinking they were trying to tie in the Pixar movie Cars and Lightning McQueen. To my surprise, it was a whole other thing.
Disney introduced Disney Genie Service; this is built into the My Disney Experience app on your phone as a complimentary digital service to create your “Best Disney Day!” The short of it is, the app can personalize an itinerary for you based off selections you make as to what you enjoy most. When to ride what ride (predictive wait times), where to eat, see characters, etc. You tell the app what you want to do, and it plans the day for you. Cool right? Maybe…
Then, Disney announced Genie+ which offers you access to the new and improved Lightning Lane, and for a small price of just $15 a day per person (on top of the already $100 plus dollars to enter the park, per person, per day), you can access these rides through the Lightning Lane. You can only use the Lightning Lane once per ride. So, if you want to go on Splash Mountain, you can use the Lightning Lane once, then you will have to go Standby if you want to ride it again.
Disney is also offering two a la carte rides at each park, which are not included in the $15 a day Genie+ plan. Prices will vary based on the time of year and the popularity of the attraction. These are not accessible to purchase until 7:00am on the day of your specific park visit for resort guests and when the park opens for other guests staying elsewhere. This is also a one and done ride/purchase.
Here is a list of the rides that have Lightning Lanes & are a la carte:
What are your thoughts on the new experience? My family & I will be going in a few weeks, so I am very intrigued to see how it works and if it is worth the money.