Disney World recently debuted the new Disney Genie system. At first there appeared to be no benefit for Disney Resort Guests. Today, a new change has now been made to allow Resort Guests an added benefit when utilizing the Disney Genie.
The Disney Genie+ is a one day fee add-on where you can access even more attractions with shorter waits. We have now confirmed that access for Genie+ is now $15.98 (including tax) per day per Guest. See which attractions are included in this Lightning Lane access HERE.
There is no limit to how many Guests may purchase Disney Genie+ in a certain day, but certain attractions can be unavailable throughout the day due to growing crowds. Check out the frustrations with the Disney Genie+ HERE.
This is not to be confused with the Individual Lightning Lane. This is a paid system priced per person per attraction. You can select up to two headliners per day to ride using this option.
Individual Lightning Lane Availability
Since the Disney Genie has debuted, Rise of the Resistance has been the first attraction to sell out of Individual Lightning Lane availability each day. Previously the Walt Disney Company shared that this would be a benefit for Guests staying at a Disney Resort in utilizing the Lighting Lane. They stated that on-site guests could reserve a time at 7:00am and off-site guests could not reserve a time until the park actually opened for the day.
Yesterday, we shared that in fact there appeared to be no benefit for Guests staying at Disney Resorts. It appears that Walt Disney World heard our concerns. Today a HUGE change was made for Disney on-site Resort Guests.
Disney Resort Guest Benefit
For on-site guests, they can begin booking their Individual Lightning Lane attractions at 7am. Disney advertises this as an ON-SITE PERK. Guests who are not staying at a Disney Resort can only make their first Individual Lightning Lane selection at Park opening.
This sounded like a great perk, until Park opening rolled around. At that time, it appeared that earlier return times were made available for non-Disney Resort Guests. The problem with this that you cannot modify your selection for an Individual Lightning Lane.
As of today, guest staying on-site do have an actual benefit in booking their Individual Lighting Lane attractions before park opening. Disney is no longer adding extra availability for off-site guests!
Today when Park opening Individual Lightning Lane times became available, selections were only available for later in the day.
Earlier return times were no longer available that truly allowed Resort Guests to see the added benefit of staying at a Disney Resort.
Earlier return times were no longer available that truly allowed Resort Guests to see the added benefit of staying at a Disney Resort. We are happy to hear that it appears that modifications continue to made to improve the new Disney Genie system.
This is a non-refundable purchase and no changes or modifications can be made. We all know that Rise of the Resistance doesn’t have the best track record for dependability. So what happens for Resort Guests who purchased an Individual Lightning Lane for Rise of the Resistance with a late afternoon return time? Some guests have reported that Disney provided them with a Disney gift card for the purchase amount when the ride experienced an extended closure.
What do you think of this perk for Disney Resort Guests? Will you be purchasing the Individual Lightning Lane? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.