• Olivia Ujlaki

FastPass+ More Money

Updated: Jan 20

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.


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Lighting Lane essentially works like paper FastPasses did: you pick a time to return to the ride. Once you use that ticket, 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:


Magic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant

  • Haunted Mansion

  • “it’s a small world”

  • Jungle Cruise

  • Mad Tea Party

  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin

  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic

  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

  • Peter Pan’s Flight

  • Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Splash Mountain

  • Goofy’s Barnstormer

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  • Tomorrowland Speedway

  • Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid


Epcot

  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival

  • Journey into Imagination with Figment

  • Mission Space

  • Soarin’ Around the World

  • Spaceship Earth

  • Test Track

  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends

  • Turtle Talk with Crush


Hollywood Studios

  • 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

  • MuppetVision 3D

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

  • Slinky Dog Dash

  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

  • Toy Story Mania


Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King

  • DINOSAUR

  • Expedition Everest

  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!

  • Kali River Rapids

  • Kilimanjaro Safaris

  • 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. However, you do not need to purchase Lightning Lane to purchase these individual passes. So you can choose to go standby for most of the day, and just buy one or two Premium Lightning Lane passes for the rides with the longest lines.


The attractions that must be purchased as individual Lightning Lane passes are:


Magic Kingdom

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

  • Space Mountain


Epcot

  • Frozen Ever After

  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure


Hollywood Studios

  • Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway

  • 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 least one individual 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!



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