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Disney’s Genie+ brings new changes for single rider lines

Disney’s Genie+ brings new changes for single rider lines

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Genie+ has completely changed how we tour Disney theme parks (and not necessarily for the better). The system also brings new changes for single rider lines.


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Disney Genie is touted as a revolutionary tool to help you have the best Disney day. This free service is said to help you plan your day – from wait times and itineraries to making reservations and joining virtual queues, Disney promises to deliver.

Built on top of Genie, the Genie+ is a paid feature that offers more convenience and flexibility. Here is the shortened version: for $15 per person per day at Disney World and $20 per person per day at Disneyland, choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the Lightning Lane entrance.

Lightning Lane? Yes, Lightning Lane. This is essentially the old FastPass+ return line, so you won’t have to wait in standby. If your head is spinning, be sure to read our guide HERE to learn all about these new names and how they work.

Changes to single rider lines

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Single rider lines are separate lines in select attractions for those who are traveling solo or don’t care to ride the attraction with the rest of their party. These lines are usually much shorter than standby lines. Attractions at Disney World that utilize single rider access include Expedition Everest, Test Track, Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run.

At Disneyland, single rider attractions include Space Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, and Monsters Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue. Unfortunately, with the introduction of Genie+ last month at Disneyland, Disney has removed these single rider lines.

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Credit: Disney Indiana Jones Adventure thrill ride at Disneyland

Note this change is only for Disneyland. We have not seen any adjustment to single rider access at Disney World (yet).

Unfortunately, this means Guests will have to wait in the standby line or purchase Genie+ to get Lightning Lane access for the above attractions at Disneyland.

Will we see this at Disney World?

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Disney World implemented Genie+ back in October, and so far there are no changes on the East Coast. Disney World park operations vary greatly from Disneyland due to the amount of people who visit every day and the size of all four theme parks as a whole.

We cannot say for sure if single rider access will be removed from Disney World, but we will be sure to update if any changes take place.

Do you utilize single rider at either Disneyland or Disney World? Do you think Genie+ is changing the park experience in a bad way? Join the conversation in the comments below and on Facebook.

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Red Queen

Thursday 20th of January 2022

I bought Busch Gardens pass + 2 pay for a day play all year on black Friday and paid about half of what I pay for 1 disney pass (<400). The standby lines at Disney have become awful since LL was introduced and as a passholder I refuse to spend $45 every time we go. TI won't be renewing in April and will probably buy Universal pass with the extra money.

Chris Gapske

Thursday 20th of January 2022

I am about done with disney. If they do this in Florida it will be last time I go or bring family.


Wednesday 19th of January 2022

Some of the attractions at Disneyland have single rider access built into the line architecture. Matterhorn, Smuggler's Run, Radiator Springs Racers. I believe IncrediCoaster might still be doing single rider through an emergency exit on the bridge. Goofy's Sky School and Grizzly River Run have signage for single riders, and Splash Mountain did it through the exit, but I didn't actually check the last time I went. January is just too cold for water rides.

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