We are getting a first look at the new Disney Genie system and the perks it will provide to Disneyland and Walt Disney World guests. Among the many features is the new “paid FASTPASS” system we have been anticipating since the Parks reopened after the coronavirus closure without the popular FASTPASS and MaxPass at Disneyland, and FastPass+ at Walt Disney World.
Now we know the new system will be called Disney Genie+ and will give guests the option to pay an extra fee for the opportunity to skip an attraction’s standby line and use the “Lightning Lane” for a shorter wait time.
Let’s unpack everything we know about this service so far! Since my website focuses on the Disneyland Resort in California, I am going to share information for Disneyland only.
Disney Genie+ Replaces FastPass/MaxPass at Disneyland
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What is Disney Genie+?
In summary, Genie+ is very similar to the former MaxPass, so if you used MaxPass in the past you’re not going to have a big learning curve with Genie+.
With Genie+, guests have the option to pay an additional $20 per guest, per day, for the ability to request a “reservation” for select attractions. When your assigned time window comes up, return to the attraction and you will wait in a shorter “Lightning Lane” queue.
As with MaxPass, guests will be able to request one Lightning Lane reservation at a time, and will be able to request another after using their current Lightning Lane reservation or having the window of time pass, or after two hours has passed since selecting your previous pass.
With Genie+, there is no limit to how many Lightning Lane reservations you can request in one day, however, guests cannot pull two Lightning Lane reservations for the same attraction in one day. That means if you select a Lightning Lane reservation for Matterhorn, you cannot select another Lightning Lane reservation for Matterhorn that day.
However, more popular attractions such as Rise of the Resistance will not be included in Genie+. Instead, a paid Individual Lightning Lane reservation for these attractions will be “a la carte,” estimated to be in the range of $7 to $15 per guest per attraction, with the fee fluctuating depending on factors such as time of day, time of year, and how busy the parks are that day.
Guests will be able to request two of these Individual Lightning Lane reservations per day.
Genie+ and the Individual Lightning Lane reservations are mutually exclusive of each other. You may choose to purchase and use Genie+, or you can purchase one or two of the Individual Lightning Lane passes, or you can do both.
Free FASTPASS is Being Retired
MaxPass was introduced in 2017 to give guests an easier way to access FASTPASS via the Disneyland app for an additional fee. However, guests could still use the FASTPASS kiosks to select a FASTPASS return time for free.
With the introduction of Disney Genie+, free FASTPASS will not be offered anymore. The only way to utilize the FASTPASS queues – now known as Lightning Lanes – will be to use the paid Genie+ system.
With the exception of attractions that use a virtual queue, all attractions will continue to have a stand-by line for guests who do not want to pay for the Genie+ system.
Other Genie+ Perks
As with MaxPass, Disneyland guests will get unlimited PhotoPass downloads for the day with their Genie+ upgrade.
How will Genie+ Affect DAS (Disability Access Service)?
The new Genie+ system and Lightning Lanes should have no effect on DAS. You can read the most up-to-date information about DAS on Disneyland’s website.
What Attractions Are Included with Genie+?
Here are the Disneyland Resort attractions we can expect to be included with Genie+ when it launches in fall 2021:
- 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
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Toy Story Midway Mania
The following attractions will not be included with Genie+ and instead will have their own Individual Lightning Lane fee:
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Disney California Adventure Park
- Radiator Springs Racers
- WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure
I realize some aspects of the new Disney Genie+ service are confusing, so I created this Frequently Asked Questions section to help break it down.
- What is Genie+ and how does it work?
- How much does Genie+ cost?
- is there an annual add-on for Magic Key passholders?
- Is free FASTPASS still available?
- Will Disney Genie be a separate app?
- After purchasing Genie+, do you then have to purchase a pass for each attraction?
- What are Lightning Lanes?
- How will guests purchase Genie+?
- Does everyone in your party need to purchase their own Genie+?
- Will Lightning Lane passes “sell out?”