Epcot Disney Genie+ & Lightning Lane Tips and Strategies

Epcot Disney Genie+ Guide

What Is Disney Genie+

DisneyGenie+ (Genie+) is a great system that lets you make your theme park visit easier and more fun. Disney Genie+ service can be found in the My Disney Experience mobile app. Disney Genie+ does have a cost.  This service allows you the opportunity to use these Lightning Lane entrance at select attractions and experiences at the Walt Disney World theme parks. (The former FastPass+ queues.) On average, Guests can experience 2 to 3 attractions or experiences per day using Disney Genie+. Keep in mind, that is if the first selection is made early in the day.

Guests are able to enjoy ride one attraction or see one show using the Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane entrance once per day. If you’d like to experience the attraction again within the same day, you’ll need to use the standby line.

Disney Genie+ service costs $15 plus tax per ticket per day.

Experiences may vary by date and are subject to change or closure. There’s limited availability for experiences. Also they may not be available at all on the date of visit. Or it is possible they are not available at the specific time you are looking for.

Also, in order to be able to use Disney Genie+, Guests will need to have valid admission. They will also need a Theme Park reservation for the same Park and same date. Park reservations are limited, subject to capacity and availability, and specific dates or Parks are not guaranteed.

Epcot Disney Genie+ Tips and Strategies

Getting the most out of both Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes first involves preparation. For Genie+, you definitely want to have completed your purchase before you try to make your first booking. To purchase, you can add on to your entire stay (with a vacation package). You can also choose to buy through the My Disney Experience app starting at midnight.

At 7 a.m., everyone is able to start making their first Genie+ reservation. Guests staying at select Walt Disney World resort hotels can also begin making Individual Lightning Lane reservations at that time. (More on Individual Lightning Lanes below.) You will want to start choosing your attractions as close to 7 a.m. as possible for the best selection.

To fully maximize your Lightning Lane usage, you will also want to make any additional selections as soon as possible. If your first selection was made inside that 2 hour line, you can make a new selection as soon as your final entry scan is complete. (So if you make your first selection at 11:00 a.m. for a ride on Peter Pan’s Flight with a return time to the attraction of 12:30 p.m., you’ll actually be able to make your next Genie+ selection at 12:30 p.m., after you scan through the final touch points.) To optimize the number of attractions you’ll be able to see, you’ll want to start booking your next Genie+ attraction AS SOON AS you scan through that final touch point.

Pay attention to the exact time your initial selection was made, if your first Genie+ selections are more than 2 hours in the future. At that time, Gusts will want to be ready on the My Disney Experience app to make another selection, 2 hours after making their first selection. (So if you make your first selection at 7:00 a.m. for a ride on Peter Pan’s Flight with a return time to the attraction of 10:00 a.m., even though you’ve not ridden the attraction, you’ll actually be able to make your next Genie+ selection at 9:00 a.m.)

As an extra help, Guests are able to use the My Disney Experience app to check your My Day itinerary or Tip Board to see when you’re eligible to make another selection.

For quicker access to select attractions and entertainment, when using Disney Genie+, you should choose the next available attraction arrival window.

If you are booking those Disney Genie+ reservations later in the day, you can also “stack” reservations close to each other. This means that you can experience numerous attractions in quick succession. Be sure you give yourself enough time to experience the attractions and travel to the next.

Guests are also able to book a Disney Genie+ reservation for a park that they have not yet park hopped to. So if you are planning on hopping, you can make a reservation for an attraction in the park you’re planning to hop to before you begin your travel to save time upon arrival.

How to Purchase

Same Day of Visit:
Available for single-day use for existing ticket holders or Annual Passholders. Purchase via Disney Genie service in the My Disney Experience mobile app

 

What Are Individual Lightning Lane Attractions?

Guests will need to purchase access for Lightning Lane entrances individually for the most popular attractions. Guests may purchase and select an arrival window one at a time for up to 2 of these attractions a day. (If available.) This option is available for all Guests, no matter whether you’ve already purchased Disney Genie+ or not. The pricing varies by attraction, and can even vary by day. Guests will find out the cost of the Individual Lightning Lane access in the My Disney Experience app on the day of their visit. To purchase, you can do so within the Disney Genie service Tip Board or My Day itinerary in the app. This must be done on the same day of your visit.

Guests of a Disney Resort Hotel will be able to make their first purchase starting at 7:00 AM on the day of their visit. This option is available to Disney Resort hotel Guests and Guests of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green. All Other Guests will be able to make their first purchase when the park opens.

 

You can find out more details about the Disney Genie+ system, Lightning Lanes, and Individual Lighting Lane Attractions in our Lightning Lane Guide.

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Attractions

Currently, Individual Lightning Lane attractions are:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Currently, DisneyGenie+ is available for the following EPCOT rides, shows, and experiences:

Note: Many seasonal or limited time events, such as the Eat to the Beat concerts have historically offered Disney Genie+ when they occur. 

Disney Genie+ Tips for EPCOT

Here are a few tips to help you decide which experiences you should choose depending on your touring party.

EPCOT Disney Genie + General Strategy

The EPCOT Disney Genie+ strategy requires guests to make decisions about what is most important to them. The biggest challenge for guests is that the most popular attractions are Frozen Ever After, Soarin’ and Test Track. (And if you want to ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure you’ll want to purchase the Individual Lightning Lane access. You’ll also want to purchase Individual Lightning Lane for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. This will be true no matter what kind of group you’re traveling with.)

If you and your group are up for anything and just want to experience all that the park has to offer, the attractions for which Disney Genie+ will save you the most time are generally Frozen Ever After, and Spaceship Earth. You also might want to consider choosing Mission Space.

If you still wanted to experience Soarin’ and Test Track with as little wait as possible, the fastest way to do that is probably to head straight to Soarin’ when the park opens, and then ride Test Track through the single rider line.

The attractions on this list that generally have little to no wait include Living with the Land and the Pixar Short Film Festival.

Groups with Small Children

If you are visiting EPCOT with small children, you most likely should choose Frozen Ever After.  This is still newer attraction for EPCOT. It’s also one of the most appealing attractions for children so riding this attraction with Disney Genie+ is key. Standby wait times here will likely be long. If you think you will want to experience this attraction, try to make a Disney Genie+ reservation for it.

Additional child-centric options that will generally save you the most time are The Seas with Nemo and Friends and Journey Into Imagination with Figment. The lines for Journey Into Imagination can be a little unpredictable, so if you have access to Disney Genie+, you might want to consider it, but if the standby line is short, your next best option to save time is probably Spaceship Earth.

Thrill Seekers

At the moment, the EPCOT Disney Genie+ options for Thrill Seekers are a little limited. Of course, you’ll want to purchase the Individual Lightning Lane option for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind. You should also definitely consider getting Disney Genie+ for Test Track and Mission:SPACE Orange. Soarin’ is also a fantastic option, although less of a thrill ride.