Whether you love it or hate, it doesn’t look like Genie+ is going anywhere. However, starting today, select guests can no longer book it.
Today, June 8, 2022, Disney released 2023 tickets and vacation packages. In sharing this information, Disney also notified us of a Genie+ change that takes place now also.
Genie+ will no longer be available to pre-purchase ahead of your trip. This means you will need to get in the My Disney Experience app the day of and purchase it each morning of your vacation. You can read all about this change HERE.
Now, this would not normally be a huge deal. You could purchase it as early as midnight or you could decide later in the day if you wanted to utilize the service. Disney previously stated that Genie+ itself would never run out, BUT ride selections may “sell out.”
Not only can guests no longer purchase Genie+ ahead of time, but Disney may also be limiting sales of Genie+. Disney shared that, “This means that, moving forward, whether you have an Annual Pass, multi- or single-day ticket, you may only purchase Disney Genie+ service on the day of your visit via the app, one day at a time, subject to availability. We’re focused on delivering the best possible guest experience, and this adjustment will help manage the incredibly strong demand our guests have shown for Disney Genie+.”
Did you catch that? Subject to availability?
This means you may actually not be able to purchase Genie+ on the date of your visit!
This is likely due to the overwhelming number of Guests purchasing Genie+ and then not being able to grab any return times. Remember, Disney said you could realistically plan to get 2-3 return times per day with Genie+.
How Does this Impact your Vacation?
Now that you can’t pre-purchase Genie+ ahead of time and “sell outs” are possible, it is be important for you to purchase it as early in the day as possible – especially if you are traveling during a busy period. You can purchase Genie+ as early as midnight the day of.
But, if you’re already up at 7:00 making your first selections, it’s not that huge of an inconvenience. If you tend to shut the parks down at night, you may want to stay up until midnight to purchase. Otherwise, you may want to set your alarm for a bit earlier than 7:00.
What do you think of these Genie+ changes? Would you be willing to pay more to have less guests using it? Or, do you wish they would go back to the FastPass system? Please let us know in the comments below and on Facebook.