Disney has just announced a major change to their Genie+ pricing, with variances between parks. Guests will now select which park they are visiting when they purchase Genie+, allowing for different parks to have a different rate on the same day.
Park-Specific Genie+ Model
The Walt Disney World website shares an overview:
Beginning June 27, Guests at Walt Disney World Resort will now purchase Disney Genie+ service based on how they want to visit. Guests will be able to select either a single-park option or a multiple-parks option, subject to availability. With this update, prices may now be lower at some Walt Disney World theme parks compared to others.
Scott Gustin on Twitter shared a sample image of how this pricing may work in the future, using planned June 27 listings.
In this example, Disney’s Animal Kingdom may cost $16 per day while Magic Kingdom or a multiple park selection would be $27.
The Genie+ Service Explained
Disney Genie+ is a paid replacement to the former Fastpass+ service, allowing guests to make reservations, sometimes called return times, for popular attractions in an expedited queue known as the “Lightning Lane.” Genie+ is good for the entire day, though those only wishing to purchase lightning lane admission for one experience may do so from a limited selection of options. It’s important to note, not all attractions are included, and availability is not guaranteed. Guests can purchase the service on the day of their visit, or include it in their vacation package. We have a full guide to Genie+ available here.
Purchases and selections will still be made through the My Disney Experience App, with sales going at midnight and first reservations for lightning lanes being available at 7 a.m. daily.
Here is the full announcement from Disney:
As we recently shared, we are working on ways to simplify the Disney Genie+ service, including offering the ability to plan before the day of your visit, which many Guests have asked for. We plan to share more news in the future, but in the meantime, we also want to improve the experience for guests using the service as it exists today, so we will be making an update as we continue to listen to guests.
Beginning June 27, Guests at Walt Disney World will now purchase Disney Genie+ service based on how they want to visit. Guests will be able to select either a single-park option or a multiple-parks option, subject to availability. With this update, prices may now be lower at some Walt Disney World theme parks compared to others. Guests will continue to be able to purchase Disney Genie+ service through the My Disney Experience app on the day of their visit.
We will continue to listen to guest feedback, and look forward to sharing more information about updates to Disney Genie+ in the future.
If any of the parks sell out of Genie+ under this new system, the option to have the service for multiple parks will also be discontinued for the day.
What are your thoughts on this change? How will it impact your upcoming visits? Let us know in the comments.