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BREAKING: Paid FastPass Replacement Announced with Unveiling of Genie, Genie+, and Lightning Lane at Walt Disney World, Disneyland

Disney is officially introducing their new Genie Service, along with Genie+ and Lightning Lane. Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane will replace FastPasses at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort this fall.

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The complimentary Disney Genie service will be built into My Disney Experience and Disneyland App. With Disney Genie, guests will have a personalized itinerary feature that will recommend attractions, dining, and entertainment catered to their interests. Watch an overview of the service below.

Here are a few more features:

  • Get Itinerary Updates from Morning to NightDisney Genie will continue to update your itinerary throughout your day, so you can be more spontaneous and go with the flow.
  • Find Your Favorites at a Glance: Create your very own personal tip board to instantly see your favorites. It will display current AND forecasted future wait times, helping you predict when you might experience quicker entry to attractions.
  • Enjoy More Flexibility and Fun: Disney Genie brings existing planning features together in one place. Join a virtual queue at certain attractions, make dining and experience reservations, mobile order food at many locations, get help from a virtual assistant and more.

There are two paid optional upgrades to Disney Genie which incorporate the Lightning Lane entrance to save time in line:

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  • Disney Genie+ service (available for purchase): For the price of $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort and $20 per ticket per day at Disneyland Resort, choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the Lightning Lane entrance. You can make one selection at a time, throughout the day – from classics like Haunted Mansion to thrill rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and newer favorites like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (attractions subject to limited availability). This convenient option is the next evolution of the fan-favorite Disney MaxPass service from Disneyland Resort. Disney Genie+ will also include Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photo features to capture your memories – augmented reality lenses for those visiting Walt Disney World Resort and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from your day if you are visiting Disneyland Resort.
  • Individual attraction selections (available for purchase): Schedule a time to arrive at up to two highly demanded attractions each day using the Lightning Lane entrance – like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park and Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure park (subject to limited availability; attractions not included with Disney Genie+). Pricing for this option will vary by date, attraction and park and will be announced closer to launch.

Genie+ and Lightning Lane selections will be made on the same day of your visit and can be used across multiple theme parks, great for those who love the Park Hopper option. Attractions continue to offer a traditional standby queue, or a virtual queue at certain attractions like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – to maximize flexibility.

As with Disneyland Paris, FASTPASS, FastPass+, and Disney MaxPass will all be retired with these new paid options. Guests can choose from all of them, a mix, or none.

Watch a longer overview of the new services below.

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Justin S.
1 month ago

The price will triple (or more) in the next year.

rom
rom
1 month ago

dare we ask what this means for APs who once had a Fastpass+ privilege as part of their admission to the parks (and hopping) 365 days a year?

pretty big push your nose in it kind of energy from Disney. They are over APs and experience, here for the day-guests and cash.

Scott
Scott
1 month ago

I hate it

David
David
1 month ago

Just horrendous. For a family of 4 staying for 2 weeks thats $840 extra. On top of resort fees/parking at $25 a time so total of $350 after paying for 2 week park tickets at £449 ($617)or £429 ($589) child. That would be $3,602 (£2,620) before hotel, car hire, flights or spending money.
I think that’s the straw the breaks the camels back. I am done!!

M W
M W
1 month ago

Having not used the FastPass system, even I find this a little sad. My wife and I really wanted to go next year to try and see some of the stuff we missed (the nighttime shows, I wasn’t able to get on Rise of the Resistance, build your own lightsabers, etc.), but I’m really questioning it now because it sounds like this is just going to make things stressful instead of fun.

Bit of a shame really, because I don’t handle thrill rides/roller coasters so Disney actually has a lot I can do, unlike some other theme/amusement parks out there.

Chris
Chris
1 month ago

Am I reading this right, does this basically announce that they will be expanding virtual queues for attractions? I’m assuming these will be free and will give a return time for a limited wait in a standby line (guessing 30 minutes or so). While the Lightning Lane will be a FP like wait where you can breeze right to the front.

If you’re allowed to go do something else like watch a parade or have dinner while waiting in a virtual queue, that might not be so bad.

Adam H Handley
Adam H Handley
1 month ago

I am greatly upset at this…

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

It’s such a shame Disney wants to make guests pay for fastpass now, which was one of the few things left that was free. After removing complimentary magic bands to both resort guests and annual passholders, removing the Magical Express from the airport to WDW, all the while many experiences aren’t even back yet such as most shows, parades, wearing masks on rides and inside, meanwhile ticket and resort prices are increasing, now paid fastpass. Disney is not the same as they used to be even just a few years ago. Now Disney tries to squeeze every last dollar out… Read more »

Masta Gracey
Masta Gracey
1 month ago

I really have no idea how to feel about this. On one hand I’m excited to see how this affects the park-going experience, and on the other I hate the thought of my day at Disney being “automated”.

Cave of Wonderer
Cave of Wonderer
1 month ago

Genie? More like Gee-these services suck!

Banshee
Banshee
1 month ago

F Disney. We’re going in October for the last time in a long time. One gouge after another.

Lyndsay
Lyndsay
1 month ago

Guess I won’t be going to Disney anymore. After a nearly 30 year streak of going at least once a year, though more often than not, twice-yearly (pre-covid), this will break it. Tickets are already overpriced, and now they want to charge even more on top of that for fastpasses? It wasn’t enough to start charging outrageous fees for parking at their hotels despite no shortage of space? Their greed has gone too far, especially during a time when so many have already lost so much. Shame on whoever thought this was a good idea. Disney has lost its magic.

Austin
Austin
1 month ago

Honestly when I saw the prices for DLP I was worried. But $15 a day isn’t too bad. It sucks not being free but it’s barely noticeable when budgeting a trip to stay on site, tickets and park hoppers, parking, dining etc.

James
James
1 month ago

Knew this was coming.Still SAD.As annual passholders we’re going once or twice a week.Now at most once a week and will spend less on food etc.Universal Sea World looking better than ever!

Unfortunate Times
Unfortunate Times
1 month ago

No meal plan, no bounce back offers, tiered extra magic hours, no Fastpass, Magical Express retired, additional magicband fees, increased prices literally everywhere. My whole family has been going together every year, some of us even more then once a year together, since 97. They have officially made it impossible for my family to return as a group with all of us being able to afford it. It is extremely upsetting to watch them take more then they are giving now. Fully aware that this is nothing new but this all just feels like it’s happened simultaneously and without a… Read more »

Belle
Belle
1 month ago

Any news on if AP holders at WDW get this?

Sara
Sara
1 month ago

Is the Genie+ fee taxed?

Last edited 1 month ago by Sara
Joseph Kastner
Joseph Kastner
1 month ago

This is why I am going to Universal. Pay to play. Disney is full of greedy Scrooge McDucks

Micheal
Micheal
1 month ago

I wonder if they are running out of previously free things to charge for? How long before we see paid monorail and bus rides.

The other Tom
The other Tom
1 month ago

“Disney Genie will continue to update your itinerary throughout your day, so you can be more spontaneous and go with the flow”. Sounds like they’re trying to schedule spontaneity now…