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What You Need to Know About the New Disney World Lightning Lane Passes

by Leap on June 27, 2024
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Attention, froggies! Hop off the press — beginning July 24, 2024, Disney Genie+ service will be reimagined into Disney Lightning Lane Multi Pass. Individual Lightning Lane selections will also fall under a new name, Disney Lightning Lane Single Pass. Both options will introduce the ability to book skip-the-line passes in advance (different from Disney Genie+ service and individual Lightning Lane selections, which could only be booked on the day of). In this guide, we'll cover everything that's changing, as well as anything that's remaining the same. While the system is only undergoing a name change over at Disneyland, at Disney World, some bigger changes are coming — let's jump in!

Disney Lightning Lane - Cinderella Castle

Overview of Disney World Lightning Lane Passes

Combining elements of the most recent Disney Genie+ service and the older FastPass+ system, the new Disney Lightning Lane pass system is an optional paid service that allows guests to skip the standby queue and join a shorter line for select attractions and experiences. Starting July 24, 2024, guests can plan their passes for their entire trip several days in advance instead of on the day of their visit. There will continue to be two types of Lightning Lane passes — the Disney Lightning Lane Multi Pass (formerly known as Disney Genie+ service) and the Disney Lightning Lane Single Pass (formerly known as individual Lightning Lane entry). You can purchase the Multi Pass, up to two Single Passes or a combination of both offerings, per day. All attractions and experiences will still offer a free standby line or virtual queue. Additionally, the complimentary features of the Disney Genie service will continue to be available in the My Disney Experience app.

Disney World Lightning Lane Multi Pass 

With a Disney World Multi Pass, you can choose up to three Multi Pass experiences and arrival windows in a theme park each day of your trip. Then, once you're in the park and have used your first Multi Pass reservation, you can make an additional selection (subject to availability). You can hold up to three at a time (depending on tiers — more on that below!), making one new pass at a time throughout the day until park close. If you're park hopping, you can use a Multi Pass experience in a different park. The Multi Pass includes digital downloads of select attraction Disney PhotoPass photos and videos for the day.

Disney World Lightning Lane Single Pass

The most in-demand attractions in each park are not included in a park's Multi Pass, but you can purchase up to two Single Passes each day (subject to availability).

Lightning Lane passes, whether through a Multi Pass or a Single Pass, are limited to one entry per attraction, per day.

As we learn more details about the reimagined system and test it out ourselves on July 24, 2024, we will be sure to update our guide with the latest tips and info!

When to Purchase Disney World Lightning Lane Passes

Now that you can plan in advance with Lightning Lane passes (as of July 24, 2024), the biggest question is "When?" Well, it depends — on several factors! The general booking window is determined by your hotel stay eligibility:

  • Guests of Disney Resort hotels and other select hotels can purchase and select their Lightning Lane passes up to seven days in advance for the entire length of their stay (up to 14 days).
  • All other guests can purchase and select their passes up to three days in advance of their stay.

Guests can purchase and select Lightning Lane passes for days they have valid theme park admission starting at 7 a.m. Eastern Time on the first day of their eligibility. Before you purchase a Lightning Lane pass, you must already have tickets and may need a theme park reservation (depending on the type of admission and the date of visit).

Eligible Resort Hotel Guests

Disney Lightning Lane - Coronado Springs Resort, Gran Destino Tower

The early-planning benefit is available to guests staying at:

All Other Guests

If you're not staying at one of the above hotels, you can purchase and select Disney Lightning Lane passes up to three days in advance. Additional details depend on your ticket type:

  • Guests with date-based tickets can purchase three days before the first day of their ticket, for the total number of valid admission days on their ticket. For instance, if you have a 4-Day Ticket (or more days), you can select Lightning Lane passes for each day of your entire stay.
  • Guests with other ticket types and annual passholders can purchase three days before their visit and select passes for any day within that three-day purchase window.

How to Purchase Disney World Lightning Lane Passes and Cost

Just like the Disney Genie+ service and individual Lightning Lane selections, you'll be able to purchase the new Disney World Lightning Lane passes in the My Disney Experience app. The cost varies by date and theme park (Multi Pass) or attraction (Single Pass). Prices are displayed in the app before you purchase.

But wait — before you purchase, you'll need to make sure to do these three steps (we recommend doing this before 7 a.m. on the day you're eligible):

  • Download the latest version of the My Disney Experience app
  • Connect everyone in your travel party on your Family & Friends list (if you'd like to make plans for others in your group)
  • Make note of your group's top priority attractions — you can save your favorites using the "My Day" feature

Something brand-new is that you can purchase a Multi Pass and Single Pass for each day at the same time, rather than making separate transactions. Here's what you need to do!

  • Open the My Disney Experience app and navigate to the Lightning Lane Passes section on the home screen
  • Select a date and a theme park
  • Select a Lightning Lane Single Pass, a Multi Pass or both
    • If a Multi Pass, choose up to three experiences and arrival windows
    • If a Single Pass, choose an arrival window
  • Follow the remaining prompts to complete the purchase and receive confirmation
  • From the confirmation screen, tap "Plan Another Day" to purchase another pass for a different day or "View My Day" to view your selections

Disney World Lightning Lane Attraction and Experiences

Each theme park offers a selection of attractions and experiences offered through the Disney World Lightning Lane Multi Pass or separately as a Single Pass. The Multi Pass experiences are determined by tiers, except at Animal Kingdom (which has no tiers). You can choose up to one experience in Tier 1 and two experiences (or all three) in Tier 2.

You can view a full list of the Multi Pass and Single Pass experiences at each park in our following guides and infographics.

Magic Kingdom

Disney World Lightning Lane - Magic Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Disney World Lightning Lane - Animal Kingdom

Hollywood Studios

Disney World Lightning Lane - Hollywood Studios

EPCOT

Disney World Lightning Lane - EPCOT

Using Disney World Lightning Lane Passes

When it comes to using Disney Lightning Lane passes in the parks, we don't expect too much to change (though we'll test it out on July 24, 2024, and report back with any changes)! You can scan your Key to the World card, MagicBand/MagicBand+ or MagicMobile device by tapping the Mickey-shaped touchpoints at each ride's Lightning Lane entrance. For many rides, prepare to tap again later in the queue.

The system usually lets you tap in five minutes early with no issue, but nothing earlier. If running late, there is a five-minute grace period. There can sometimes be up to 15 minutes late allowed, but that can be up to the specific attraction at that time. If you are worried that you will miss the window, we recommend trying to modify and book a different time.

Speaking of modifications, if you change your mind or need to switch any pass selections or arrival times, you can do so within the app! Once you find your plans in the Lightning Lane Passes section, you'll need to:

  • Change your selected park and/or date in advance (subject to availability) — up until the moment you redeem your first Lightning Lane selection of the day
  • Change each selected experience and/or arrival window in advance (subject to availability) — up until the start of the arrival window

Something we're still wondering about is what exactly happens if you switch to another Multi Pass or Single Pass that has a different price point.

If you have any more questions about the new Disney Lightning Lane pass service, you can hop over to our FAQs blog post. There are still some unknown details, but we frogs will hop right on it as soon as we know or can test it on our own. 

Related: Disney Lightning Lane Frequently Asked Questions

Keep hopping!

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Jul 6, 2024 at 1:10 p.m.
Dave Says...

Do we know yet whether the multi pass tiers still matter for booking additional multi pass selections once in the park? For example, if I book a smugglers run window for 12 pm (tier 1) and Toy Story mania for 9 am (tier 2), do I have to wait until I check into smugglers run at 12 pm to reserve another tier 1 like runaway railway, or do the tiers only apply for the pre park entry bookings, and we can still reserve another tier 1 as soon as we check into our tier 2 ride at 9 am?

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Jul 7, 2024 at 5:49 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dave!

Disney has stated that once you redeem a Lightning Lane pass, you can select another Multi Pass experience from either tier (subject to availability), so the tiers mainly apply to the pre-booked selections.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 9, 2024 at 12:28 p.m.
Dave Says...

That’s great to know. Thanks so much!

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Jul 5, 2024 at 5:47 p.m.
Kate Says...

This is so helpful. Is there any information on whether the Virtual Queue will go away entirely with this change?

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Jul 5, 2024 at 2:59 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

The virtual queue system is different than the Lightning Lane service, so we do not expect any changes to virtual queues at this time.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 5, 2024 at 3:42 p.m.
Jennifer Says...

Now that there is pre booking for 3 attractions, when can you start picking additional for the park day? Right now you can start biking at 7am of park day from your resort room, but will you have to tap into one of your pre booked attractions or tap into park to pick additional? We like to sleep in and slowly go to park ab currently i start booking at breakfast so when i get there I’m ready to go.

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Jul 5, 2024 at 10:57 a.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

Lightning Lane Multi Pass selections can only be made one at a time, so on the day of your park visit, once you scan into and redeem a selection, you can use the My Disney Experience app to select one new Lightning Lane Multi Pass experience. You can continue to repeat this, making one selection at a time, until park close.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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