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Disney Lightning Lane Passes: Answering Your Frequently Asked Questions About This New Service

by Leap on June 27, 2024
18 Orlando

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As of July 24, 2024, we're speeding ahead to a new world of Lightning Lane lingo and some changes that blend the new system with the familiar territory of the former FastPass+ (and pre-planning) at Disney World. If you like being able to plan out your park days all at once before your trip, then these changes are for you! We're sure you have a lot of questions about the new Disney Lightning Lane Multi Pass, Lightning Lane Single Pass and overall Disney Genie Plus changes at Disney World. And so do we. Let's jump to it and answer those frequently asked questions about Disney Multi Pass and more.

What is Lightning Lane Multi Pass?

Lightning Lane Multi Pass is the new name for "Genie+" at both Disneyland and Disney World. (Genie+ is an optional paid service that allows the user to skip the standby line by selecting a time to access a shorter called the Lightning Lane). The name change at Disney World also comes with changes in how and when you buy and select your attractions. As of July 24, 2024, you can make these selections in advance of your visit in the My Disney Experience app (similar to how guests could pre-book FastPass+, but with some differences). You can select your arrival window for each attraction in advance at Disney World. (At Disneyland, you are offered the next available arrival window on a rolling basis only after you have entered a theme park.)

What is Lightning Lane Single Pass? 

Lightning Lane Single Pass is the new name for "individual Lightning Lane" at both Disneyland and Disney World. The Single Pass allows guests to pay-per-ride to skip the line for a few in-demand rides that are not included in the Multi Pass (or Genie+). Guests purchase individually as a Single Pass. At Disney World, you can book up to two in-demand Lightning Lane Single Pass attractions per day of your trip in advance. (No changes to booking at Disneyland.)

Disney World Lighting Lane Single Pass Attractions (You may book two per day, and you can choose the time you want to ride):

Disneyland Lighting Lane Single Pass Attractions (No changes. May purchase the same day after entering a theme park on a first-available basis):

Can I purchase Single Pass and Multi Pass Lightning Lanes without the other?

Yes. These services are separate from each other and are both optional. You can purchase both Single Pass and Multi Pass for the same day (which would give you up to two pre-planned Single Pass attractions and three Multi Pass attractions). Or you could buy one or two Single Pass attractions. You could also just purchase Multi Pass for the day. Or don't pay extra for any of it. Standby Lines and virtual queues (when offered) are still ways to access the attractions at no additional cost.

When do Lightning Lane Multi and Single Passes go into effect? 

Lightning Lane passes take over for Genie+ June 24, 2024, at both Disney World and Disneyland.

Is anything changing at Disneyland?

Disney Lightning Lane - Matterhorn Bobsleds

Just the names of the services are changing. That is all. Everything else from this point forward relates to the Genie Plus changes at Disney World. If you have purchased a Disneyland ticket with Genie+, it will function with Disney Multi Pass as of July 24. Undercover Tourist will continue to sell discount Disneyland tickets with Multi Pass included after the change. Hop over to our guide to Genie+ and the upcoming changes at Disneyland to learn more.

What are the Multi Pass tiers? 

When you make Disney Multi Pass Lightning Lane selections at Disney World, there are two tiers where the attractions are categorized. Group 1 includes some of the most popular rides. Group 2 includes everything else, such as other rides, shows and other experiences.

Disney Lightning Lane - Magic Kingdom

For quick reference while you plan, we've created a group of infographics you can download of each park's options.

Magic Kingdom Lightning Lane Multi Pass Options 

Choose up to one of the following Multi Pass experiences:

Choose your other two experiences — or all three — from this group:

  • The Barnstormer
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

EPCOT Lightning Lane Multi Pass Options

Choose up to one experience from this group:

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Soarin' Around the World

Choose your other two experiences — or all three — from this group:

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Hollywood Studios Lightning Lane Multi Pass Options

Choose up to one experience from this group:

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash

Choose your other two experiences — or all three — from this group:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Play & Dance!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania!

Animal Kingdom Lightning Lane Multi Pass Options

Choose up to three of the following Multi Pass experiences:

  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue... and Beyond!
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Naʻvi River Journey

How far in advance can I plan if I'm staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel?

Disney Lighting Lane - Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby

These changes offer a huge advantage for staying on-site at Walt Disney World. Disney World Resort hotel guests (along with guests at Shades of Green or the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels) can purchase and book their Lightning Lane arrivals up to seven days in advance of check-in for the entire trip (through length of stay) for up to 14 days. You must have valid theme park admission for all the party members on your first day of eligibility to be able to book. You can purchase Lighting Lane passes as of 7 a.m. ET each day in the My Disney Experience app. You can purchase Lightning Lane Multi and Single Passes at the same time, and you can book your whole trip in one sitting.

Once you are in the park and have redeemed your first Lightning Lane Multi Pass attraction, you may look for a new selection in the My Disney Experience app (subject to availability). You can book one at a time. Once you have redeemed a ride, you may select another ride from any group if available. No more two-hour rule at Disney World.

How far in advance can I plan if I'm staying off-site? 

Guests staying off-site who have date-based tickets can purchase and begin pre-planning up to three days prior to their ticket’s start date, for the duration of their ticket.

Guests with other forms of admission (such as non-dated tickets, annual passes and Main Entrance passes) can purchase and begin pre-planning up to three days in advance of each day of their visit.

Can I still purchase Lightning Lane in the park/day of? 

Yes. You can purchase Single Pass and Multi Pass Lightning Lanes on the day of your visit; however, they are subject to availability.

How does Disney Multi Pass Work when park hopping?

If you are park hopping or have an annual pass, you will choose three Multi Pass experiences and arrival windows for the same park. Then, once you arrive at the park and redeem your first Multi Pass attraction, you can start to book more in any park.

As for Single Pass attractions, you can purchase experiences in two different theme parks when you have a park hopper ticket (still limited to two per day, regardless of park).

How do I book for my party?

Disney Lightning Lane — Tiana posing with group

You'll need to do a little advance prep work when traveling with a group:

  • Be sure to have all your party's theme park tickets in your My Disney Experience app.
  • Connect everyone as friends and family.
  • Have a list of your party's must-do experiences ready to go.
  • Select the date and park.
  • After you complete plans for your first day, you can book the next day, and so on.
  • You must book all members of your party together for the same rides initially. Then, you can then go back and modify for people who want to choose a different ride or experience.

Is anything staying the same as Disney Genie Plus at Disney World?

Yes. Here's what is staying the same:

  • You'll still redeem your Lightning Lane selections by holding a MagicBand, MagicBand+, Disney MagicMobile pass or RFID card to the touchpoint at the Lightning Lane entrance.
  • Disney PhotoPass lenses are still included.
  • Disney PhotoPass attraction-photo downloads from the day of the visit are still included.
  • You can still use free standby lines and virtual queues (when offered) to access rides for no additional cost.

Do you have any other questions about Disney Genie Plus Changes or the Disney Lightning Lane Multi Pass or Single Pass? Let us know in the comments below.

Related: All of the Benefits of Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel — Including NEW Lightning Lane Perks!

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Jul 12, 2024 at 6:21 p.m.
Ray Says...

Where does Test Track fall in these categories?

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Jul 12, 2024 at 3:54 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Great question, Ray - since it's on refurbishment, it's not currently listed on Disney's site. But we'll keep our eyes peeled!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 6, 2024 at 7:57 p.m.
Hollis Thomas Says...

Will you be able to overlap your booking times?

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Jul 7, 2024 at 6:20 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Hollis!

We are not sure yet. Stay tuned as we will be testing out the new system on July 24 and updating this guide with our findings!

Keep hopping!

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Jul 6, 2024 at 11:38 a.m.
Betty Says...

We are staying off property. Does this mean that we are not eligible for these fast pass options?

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Jul 7, 2024 at 9:36 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Betty!

If you're staying off-property, you can purchase and select Multi Pass and Single Pass selections up to 3 days in advance of your park visit.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 5, 2024 at 6:45 p.m.
Chris Says...

We’ve already purchased our Nov tickets for WDW. After July 24th can we just buy the new lighting lane through the app?

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Jul 5, 2024 at 2:04 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris!

Yes, Lightning Lane will be available to purchase through the My Disney Experience app.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 5, 2024 at 6:44 p.m.
Roberta Majors Says...

My trip starts on July 21st so this change is right in the middle. We are staying on property so when would we be able to use the new system?

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Jul 5, 2024 at 2:30 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Roberta!

Disney Genie+ will be in use until July 24, so it is our understanding that you'll be able to book the new Lightning Lanes on July 24 for the remaining days of your trip.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 5, 2024 at 5:29 p.m.
Megan Says...

We will be staying at a Disney Springs hotel which includes Disney benefits including the 30 minutes early theme park entry every morning. Does that mean we would also be able to book with the new lightening lane system 7 days in advance? Or would we fall into the 3 days in advance bucket still?

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Jul 5, 2024 at 2:27 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

The early-planning Lightning Lane benefit is only available to guests staying at Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, Walt Disney World Swan Reserve and Shades of Green. All other guests would fall under the 3-days in advance bucket.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 5, 2024 at 5:17 p.m.
LeAnne Conn Says...

Our Disney resort vacation starts on 7/25. Will be able to book our passes 7 days before or just on the 24th?

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Jul 5, 2024 at 2:17 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi LeAnne!

Disney Genie+ will be in use until the transition happens on July 24, so our expectation is that the new Lightning Lanes won't be available until July 24, but you can get a day's head start at that time.

Keep hopping!

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Jul 2, 2024 at 8:01 p.m.
Deb Says...

You must have valid theme park admission for all the party members on your first day of eligibility to be able to book.

this raised a question for me, our check-in day is 8/6 but my first date on my tickets purchased from you is 8/7, which is the first day of my eligibility? Which date do I count back 7 days from? thanks for clearing this up.

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Jul 5, 2024 at 10:25 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Deb!

When staying at a Disney or other eligible hotel, you should be able to purchase starting 7 days before the first day of your Resort stay, for the length of your stay (up to 14 days).

Keep hopping!

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Jun 27, 2024 at 11:15 p.m.
Michelle Says...

Thanks so much for breaking this down. My question is... we are staying on property Oct 30-Nov 1, then moving off property Nov 1-3, then moving back on property Nov 3. Will I be able to book multipasses from Oct 30 for the whole trip, or because of the break to off property do have multiple windows?

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Jul 5, 2024 at 10:51 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Good question! While we don't know for certain since it's a new system, we would expect that you have multiple booking windows since the length of stay gets broken up. We think the system would recognize the first reservation from Oct. 30-Nov. 1 as a full stay.

Keep hopping!

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