Planning a Disney Trip? Starting This Fall, You’ll Have To Pay For Disney Parks FastPasses…
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Disney Parks have a new service designed to cut your wait time, but it’s going to cost you!
Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts are preparing to release a new planning tool designed to help you maximize your Park time at both locations.
The new Disney Genie is a complimentary digital service that will be built into the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps. It includes a personalized itinerary feature that will help guests build a schedule and map out their day at the park.
When this new service goes live in the apps this fall, you’ll be able to tell Disney Genie the rides, attractions, and food you want to enjoy, and the Genie will take care of all the planning so that you can do all those things in the shortest amount of time. That much is free.
But if you really want to maximize your day at a Disney Park, that means skipping the line at some of the resort’s busiest rides and attractions. Before the pandemic, this could be done by securing FastPasses, which were included in the cost of your ticket. Now, FastPasses are being replaced by something called Lightning Lane, which is only available through the paid Genie+ service.
Lightning Lane costs $15 per ticket per day at Disney World and $20 per ticket per day at Disneyland. It can be used for more than 15 attractions at Disneyland and more than 40 at Disney World. Genie+ will also offer guests exclusive audio experiences, augmented reality lenses for Disney World guests, and unlimited PhotoPass downloads for Disneyland guests.
For an additional fee, guests can also schedule a time to arrive at up to two ultra-popular attractions each day (like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom or Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure) by using the Lighting Lane entrance. Pricing for this option is not available yet but will vary by date, attraction, and park.
What do you think – will Lightning Lane enhance your next day at the Park, or should Disney leave this Genie in the bottle?