FastPass+ More Money
Updated: Jun 29, 2022
Paid FastPasses have arrived at WDW.
On October 19, 2021, Lightning Lane debuted at WDW. It's been a frustrating ride for users as bugs plagued its early days with strange recommendations. And with rides going in and out of standard Lightning Lane to accommodate different crowd sizes, it can be confusing to navigate.
“Lightning Lane” (sadly, no correlation to Lightning McQueen) was a package deal with the release of the new virtual assistant, Genie Service. The service is available to everyone as a feature on the My Disney Experience App and can help you plan out your day based on the best times to visit your "must do" attractions. The premium version, Genie+, costs $15 per person per day and gives you access to the next available Lightning Lane pass, one attraction at a time for all available attractions. You can purchase Genie+ beginning at 12 a.m. the first day of your visit, which means no more booking months before your trip. The process of selecting your first Lightning Lane pass begins at 7 a.m. for guests staying on property, and when the park opens for everyone else.
Lighting Lane essentially works like paper FastPasses did: you pick the next available time to return to the ride. Once you use that ticket (or wait 120 minutes from when you booked it - whichever comes first), you’re free to grab another and repeat the process at any attraction in the park as long as they’re available. The only difference is that Genie+ service takes place on the My Disney Experience app, so you don’t have to run around the park getting paper tickets.
The attractions eligible for Lightning Lane on Genie+ are:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
“it’s a small world”
Mad Tea Party
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
Peter Pan’s Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
Journey into Imagination with Figment
Soarin’ Around the World
Living with the Land
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Turtle Talk with Crush
Frozen Ever After
Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
Alien Swirling Saucers
Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage
Disney Jr. Play & Dance
Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Slinky Dog Dash
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Toy Story Mania
Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
Kali River Rapids
Na’vi River Journey
The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
Feathered Friends in Flight!
Still with me? Well, there’s one more caveat: Some rides, like the more popular e-ticket attractions, are not included in Lightning Lane. These premium attractions will cost an additional fee, anywhere from $7 to $20 per person, and only two of them can be purchased each day. You can also only purchase an individual pass for a ride once, meaning you can't book two passes for the same ride on the same day. Currently, there is only one ride per park that has individual Lightning Lane passes, but this is subject to change at any time. However, you do not need to purchase Genie+ to purchase these individual passes. So you can choose to go standby for most of the day, and just buy an individual Lightning Lane pass for the rides with the longest lines.
In our experience, you can easily get everything you want to do done in a day without buying any individual Lightning Lane passes. Early park entry and rope drop are the best times to do these attractions if you don't want to pay extra for them. Genie+ is very helpful to have if you don't want to wait in standby lines all day, but I wouldn't recommend purchasing individual Lightning Lanes in most cases.
The attractions that must be purchased as individual Lightning Lane passes are:
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Avatar Flight of Passage
So for a party of four, you’re looking at an extra $116+ per day for both Genie+ and at one individual Lightning Lane pass. That’s another park ticket or food for the day, which is A LOT considering all the glitches that occur.
Have you tried Lightning Lane and/or Genie Service at WDW? Let us know about your experience!