Is Genie Plus Worth It? What You Should Know

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Genie+ is a service that can be added to your Disney park tickets.

Specifically, the service allows guests to skip the standby line on select attractions when visiting Disney parks.

Instead, guests can make reservations to access the Lightning Lane entrance on rides.

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While you need to pay for Genie+, the app also offers a complimentary base Genie service (mockup by HeyOrlando.com with My Disney Experience app screenshot)

What is the point of Genie Plus? 

Genie+ launched at the Walt Disney World Resort in October 2021. It was introduced a few months later at Disneyland. It was, in fact, designed to replace the old Fastpass+ system.

The old Fastpass system allowed ticket holders to make reservations at three selected attractions at a Disney park 30 days in advance or 60 days in advance for Disney resort hotel guests.

Once guests completed their three selections, the feature allowed them to make additional selections (one at a time) for the remainder of their day using the My Disney Experience app on a mobile device.

For this “rolling Fastpass+” system, return times were comparable to live wait times for rides. For example, if there was a 20-minute wait for Haunted Mansion, your return time would be in 20 minutes. 

Unlike the previous Fastpass+ system, there is an added cost associated with Genie+. It’s a service you can purchase in addition to your park tickets.

Genie+ allows guests to make reservations using their mobile device beginning at 7 am on the morning of their park day.

With this in mind, if there’s a popular ride you’re trying to get a return time for, it’s best to make your selection right at 7 am. Once you hop in Lightning Lane for your first attraction, you can use the My Disney Experience app to make another selection. 

Lightning Lane Sign EPCOT
Guests may also purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for the most popular rides (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

Can you add Individual Lightning Lane to Genie+?

In addition to the rides included as part of the Disney Genie+ service, guests can purchase an Individual Lightning Lane reservation for the most popular ride at each park. Basically, Individual Lightning Lanes are a la carte options that are not included in the regular Genie+ service.

The cost of the Individual Lightning Lanes varies based on crowd levels, but it’s a good value if you’re willing to pay to skip the long queues. 

Genie+ is still a pretty new service, and Disney has made some changes to the system since it first launched.

For example, the original cost was a $15 flat fee. You could add to your tickets when purchasing them. They have since transitioned to a variable pricing structure that depends on crowd levels.

On busier park days, the cost increases to around $20. Individual Lightning Lanes have a similar variable pricing structure. 

Read Also: Lightning Lane vs Genie Plus at Disney, what’s the difference?

Can you go to Disney without Genie?

Yes, you can go to Disney without it. But while it’s not necessary, the Disney Genie service can help you spend less time in the standby queue on your vacation. 

Is it worth getting Disney Genie Plus?

Yes. Certainly, it can be worth it if you want to ride a lot of rides and minimize your time in line. You probably get the most bang for your buck at Magic Kingdom where there’s a long list of rides and attractions with Lightning Lanes.

On the other hand, if you’re planning a day with park-hopping or dining reservations, you might be better off skipping the Genie+ service.

Keep in mind that you can purchase Individual Lightning Lane reservations for each park’s most popular ride(s). Some of those wait times can be super long, so this can be a good strategy for saving time in queues as well. 

Buzz Lightyear ride at Disney World
Buzz Lightyear is one of many rides at the Magic Kingdom that accepts Genie+ (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

At the time of this writing, the following attractions are available using the Genie+ service at the Walt Disney World Resort:

Magic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It’s a Small World
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
  • Meet Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid
The Indiana Jones Swap Scene at the Stunt Spectacular Show
The Indiana Jones show is also included in Genie+ (photo by Morgan Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Play & Dance!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania!
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Expedition Everest, Animal Kingdom, is a Genie+ ride (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Dinosaur
  • Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
  • Naʻvi River Journey
  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
EPCOT's Journey Into Imagination
EPCOT’s Journey Into Imagination with Figment is a Genie+ option (photo by James Overholt/HeyOrlando.com)

EPCOT

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

You may notice that these lists are missing some of the most popular rides. Each Disney theme park has one ride for which guests can pay individually for Lightning Lane access.

At Magic Kingdom, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the Individual Lightning Lane ride.

Hollywood Studios’ Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the attraction that offers an Individual Lightning Lane selection.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, it’s Avatar Flight of Passage.

Finally, at EPCOT, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is the attraction that offers an Individual Lightning Lane option.

Note: When Cosmic Rewind very first opened, it was available via a virtual queue.

Read Also: Virtual queue at Disney explained: Best tips, what you should know

Individual Lightning Lane attractions are not included as part of the Genie+ service. Lightning Lane passes are purchased individually on an a la carte basis. 

pink and blue castle in disneyland california
Disneyland in California also offers Genie+ service (photo by Konstantin Yolshin/shutterstock.com)

Is there a Disneyland Genie Plus?

Yes, both Disneyland parks offer Genie+ service! Here’s the list of attractions included at each California park:

Disneyland Park

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • It’s a Small World
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Soarin’ Over California
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure

Just like in Florida, each California park has an attraction not included in the basic Genie+ service.

Guests can purchase Individual Lightning Lane reservations for Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park.

At Disneyland Park, the ride offering the Individual Lightning Lane option is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. 

Do you purchase Genie+ when visiting Disney World? Let us know in the comments!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kirby Russell

Kirby Russell is a freelance contributor for TheSmokies.com LLC – the parent company of TheSmokies.com and HeyOrlando.com.

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