As the holidays approach, crowds flock to Disney World. Genie+ may offer a way to reduce waiting, but is it worth it?
Today’s Wait Times
There are a few busy weeks at Disney World that come to mind. Christmas is at the top of the list, followed by the week of 4th of July, Easter, and Thanksgiving. Many schools have the entire week off, and families flock to Disney World to enjoy a nice, long vacation. We shared crazy wait times for yesterday HERE, and they’re not any better today!
There are definitely some benefits of going during this week. For one, you can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal at many Disney World and Orlando restaurants. Christmas decorations and festivities are in full force, and the weather is pleasant.
However, there are definitely some drawbacks of visiting when it’s so busy. Like other holidays, you’ll find massive crowds at Disney World this week. Just take a look at some of the highest wait times for each theme park today at 11:30am…
- Avatar Flight of Passage: 160 minutes
- Na’vi River: 140 minutes
- Kilimanjaro Safari: 115 minutes
- Expedition Everest: 95 minutes
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance: 165 minutes
- Slinky Dog Dash: 130 minutes
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: 120 minutes
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway: 105 minutes
- Millenium Falcon: 90 minutes
- Toy Story Mania: 85 minutes
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure: 140 minutes
- Test Track: 110 minutes
- Frozen: 110 minutes
- Soarin’ Around the World: 105 minutes
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Trail – 180 minutes
- Peter Pan’s Flight – 105 minutes
- Jingle Cruise – 100 minutes
- Pirates of the Caribbean – 85 minutes
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – 85 minutes
- Haunted Mansion – 80 minutes
As you can see from this list, everyone is ready to experience all the Disney World attractions. Unfortunately, with such long wait times, it’s not possible to do as many as during non-peak times.
Genie+ Variable Pricing
Along with a huge list of recent price increases, Disney also moved to variable pricing for Genie+. Since its launch in 2021, Disney World’s Genie+ cost $15 and Disneyland’s version cost $20 per person (plus any applicable tax). However, guests have since seen pricing vary at Disney World and Disneyland.
With date-based theme park ticket pricing and Disney’s announcement that Guests could no longer purchase Genie+ in advance, variable pricing came as little surprise. Disney saw a way to increase revenue during peak crowd levels on this service and capitalized on it.
Today’s Genie+ reached an all-time high of $29 per person! While it’s not that much for a solo guest, the cost can quickly rise for families visiting on multiple day. If you plan to use this service, it’s important to budget these costs into your vacation.
Genie+ During Busy Times
With these insane wait times, Genie+ sounds like a no brainer to cut down on waiting in line, right? Well, maybe not. Many guests report when it’s this busy, they only get 2-3 choices each day. You need to weigh the “time value of money” to decide if purchasing Genie+ is worth it or not for your party.
During busy times, guests may only get a few Genie+ selections each day.
Another option is to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for the most popular rides. If there is availability, this gives you a guaranteed return time and reduces wait time. However, this is an additional cost. For example, today’s Rise of the Resistance ILL costs $29 per person plus tax today. And that’s just for one ride!
Would you purchase Genie+ during peak crowds at Disney? If not, will you wait in the longer lines or focus on holiday experiences and treats instead? Please share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.