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Breaking: FastPass is Replaced with New Lightning Lane Paid System

Breaking: FastPass is Replaced with New Lightning Lane Paid System
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Disney has just announced Genie and the paid Lightning Lane system that will be coming to the theme parks. Get all the details here and weigh in with your thoughts. Are you willing to pay these prices?



Disney suspended FastPass before the parks reopened last July. It has been a long year without the FastPass, especially as crowds have steadily increased. Rumors have been swirling for months that a FastPass return is on the horizon, and that has come to be true.

Disneyland Paris just recently debuted Premier Access, which essentially grants front-of-the-line access for anywhere from $8 to $17 per person per ride. You can read more about that HERE.


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Back in 2019, Disney announced that they would be creating a planning app for Guests to help them plan their time in the parks. It was supposed to be released late last year, but that did not happen with the pandemic.

Although the My Disney Experience tool is already available for guests to utilize, the Disney Genie app feature will enhance the planning experience in a simpler way for all guests.

It is essentially a similar version of Character Locator. While we clearly don’t know much about Genie, I appreciate the touring plans and tips that are available in Character Locator.

A First Look of The New "Genie" Planning App

The Disney Genie will be helpful in the way that it will quickly evaluate millions of options to present a day with an optimal, yet also flexible, options. It’s also where you will be able to purchase your paid FastPass.

Disney has been pretty quiet in recent months regarding the roll out of Genie. But that all changed with today’s announcement. Here is what is in store for us at Disney World with Disney’s Genie.

Disney Genie is built right into My Disney Experience so no need to use another app.


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FastPass is no longer FastPass. Instead the term “Lightning Lane” will be used.

Genie+ 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.

You can still enter the standby line and use virtual queues when available.


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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

Additionally, you can schedule a time to arrive at up to two highly demanded attractions each day using the Lightning Lane entrance. Pricing for this option will vary by date, attraction and park and will be announced closer to launch.

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This is unlike our tried and true strategy of Tap-Grab-Modify. This will take a lot of getting used to especially for those who have mastered this TGM technique.

We will have more information very soon about how to purchase Disney Genie+

What do you think of the new Genie and paid FastPasses? Will you be purchasing them? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook. You can also share your thoughts with us in the KtP Crew.


  1. I agree that tickets are expensive enough and for people with children of a certain age where queueing is not fun at all this makes my dreams of my Disney vacation, which has bee put off twice now because of covid that much less appealing

  2. Is it $15 per ticket(as in person per day extra) or $15 per ride? If it was per person for the day..ok. But not per ride. That would be insane. A family of 4 coming on vacation is already spending a couple grand with tickets, resort, and food. To add this would be the breaking point.
    It really sucks because I have been putting disney off until my daughter was a littler older. Now I just dont even want to go. They just keep taking more and more away but charging more money.

  3. This is so disappointing. If they were going to do something like this, they should’ve given some perks to top tier passholders. Universal offers free express pass after 4 pm to top tier passholders, so we will probably switch after our current pass expires. This system is not something I plan to pay for at all.

  4. $15 per ticket per day with no limit on amount of lightning attractions you can select or $15 per attraction like in Paris? I enjoyed the fast pass system and am disappointed to see it go. Having the flexibility to quickly select fast passes for rides made moving around the park easier and more enjoyable. This paid option may be good for an out of state family making their once in a lifetime trip to Disney World but I see it as a huge disadvantage to Florida annual passholders lookingto make multiple trips a year. Everytime Disney does something like this they make Universal seem like a better option especially once Epic Universe opens.

  5. Not a chance. They already raise the ticket prices every year and, let’s be honest here, especially with the pandemic, we are getting a lot less for our money.
    Now they want their paying guests to pay extra to ride the rides?
    Not in this lifetime

  6. Yes we would pay for the lightening lane. I really am not a fan of waiting in line for hours to go on a ride. It wastes valuable vacation time that I can never get back. We have paid for additional fast passes before so I see no problem with paying for the lightening lane.

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