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Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland

by Leap on January 2, 2024 34 Los Angeles

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Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ services offer ways to be more efficient when it comes to accessing rides at Disneyland. Disneyland Genie+ differs slightly at Disneyland vs. Walt Disney World Resort. We're breaking it down with all of the deets on the Disney Genie, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane services for the Happiest Place on Earth. (Psst ... you can save some green on Disneyland Genie+ tickets through Undercover Tourist!)

Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland

There are three major parts to the Disney Genie service, and they are all different despite having similar names or using similar ways to access rides:

  1. The free Disney Genie service (the planning tool within the Disneyland app that tells you when lines are shortest)
  2. An optional paid Disney Genie+ service to make ride reservations to skip the lines for many popular attractions at the theme parks. (It replaced MaxPass and FASTPASS.)
  3. The individual Lightning Lane service for high-demand rides that aren't included in Disney Genie+ service for an additional cost to skip the line

You can use all of them, some of them or none of them. But these represent some of the latest tools you might use to maximize your time at Disneyland.

The Genie+ service continues to evolve, and the latest updates include changes to pricing. The price of Genie+ for ticket add-ons is $30 per person, per day. (It remains a flat rate, although you can save an extra few dollars on Genie+ tickets through Undercover Tourist). However, for same-day, in-park Genie+ purchases, the price now varies by date, starting at $30. We've seen it hit $35 on holidays and busy Saturdays, but it could go up even higher. Magic Key holders receive a 20 percent discount for same-day purchases. Plus, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway is now on Genie+, and The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure is part of Genie+. Haunted Mansion undergoes a refurbishment starting Jan. 22, 2024, and during its closure Pirates of the Caribbean temporarily takes its place on Genie+.

We know it's a lot to digest, but that is what we are here for. We hear all the time from people who heard that guests now have to pay for Disneyland rides on top of park admission, and that is not true. Every ride and attraction at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure is still included in the cost of admission.

You do not have to pay extra to ride any ride. But if you want to pay to skip the standby line and use the Lightning Lane (what we used to call the FASTPASS return entrance), then you now have options to pay to access attractions faster. You know that saying, "time is money?" Disney Genie+ service is the epitome of that. On a busy day at Disneyland, we waited in no lines except for a few Fantasyland rides that are not part of Genie+. When you use Genie+ it's like operating without the crowds because you can skip the lines for popular attractions.

Radiator Springs Racers is often at least a 90-minute wait. If this is a must-do ride for you, then it may be worth purchasing the Lightning Lane service for it. If you're a huge Star Wars fan but the Force isn't with you when you encounter long waits for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, then buying an individual Lightning Lane selection for this ride certainly buys you more time in the theme park. We created a post about how to get on Rise of the Resistance with the shortest wait (including options that won't cost you), so definitely check that out! You're not paying to ride, but you might want to opt to get on the rides faster, and that's where the paid options come in. Disney Genie+ service offers Lightning Lane access to about 20 attractions.

Keep in mind that the majority of rides at Disneyland do not offer Lightning Lane service. Keeping that in mind, if your family isn't ready for thrill rides or has members subject to height requirements, you'll find many experiences that don't have Lightning Lane service and aren't included in the Genie+ service.

Many rides have only a standby line, so Genie+ may not be worth the added cost for you, especially if you only have small children. Check the Tip Board in the app to see the full list of rides, and the different kinds of lines they offer, to help you make your decision about purchasing the Disney Genie+ service. When you customize the free Disney Genie tool, you can tell Genie to show you height requirements as well. We also have a hopful guide to Disneyland height requirements.

Our Guide to Disney Genie Service at Disneyland

Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland - Genie+ service

We love to skip the lines, but we also love to save money, so usually weigh the benefits of saving time versus spending more money in the parks depending on our party each visit. As we continue to use Disney Genie, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane services at Disneyland, we update our FAQ post and add new tips to help readers navigate this new terrain and help people decide if these new tools are toadally worth the price, or if they can get by without them.

MaxPass, when it was in effect, was worth it to us. We find Disney Genie+ service worthwhile as well, especially for people vacationing who want to do as much as they can in the shortest time. However, Genie+ is a little more limited than MaxPass. People who do not use Genie+ may find themselves waiting in longer lines, watching Genie+ users skip ahead of them.

We find ourselves taking it day by day and strategizing our Genie+ purchases based on our plans for the day. During a recent visit, we experienced Early Entry as a part of our Disneyland Hotel stay, and did not get Genie+. Instead, we focused on the other rides without Genie+ and rode the rides included in the Genie+ service during Early Entry or shortly after park opening. We focused on other experiences, such as dining, shows, parades, nighttime spectaculars and meeting characters. When we have a thrill-filled visit planned as a Frog Family, however, we make sure to get Genie+.

Disney Genie service is available at both Disneyland Parks and Walt Disney World Parks, and we'll do our best to cover all of the details for using it at Disneyland here in your one-stop shop for Disney Genie service. For advanced tips and more answers to common questions, hop over to our Disneyland Genie+ FAQ. There are several differences between the Disney Genie+ service at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, so we'll be focusing on the Disney Genie service at Disneyland (including Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane services) to keep things simpler for Disneyland visitors.

To be honest, we find that we can get a lot more done through Genie+ at Disneyland than at Disney World for several reasons. There are fewer people in the parks. Plus, people cannot select any Genie+ Lightning Lanes or individual Lightning Lanes until they have entered the park that day. That slows down the distribution by a lot. There are no people with priority access to make selections before the parks open. You don't have to wake up early to book a Lighting Lane at 7 a.m. You still have many choices throughout the day. And the individual Lighting Lanes do not sell out as quickly at Disneyland. Whew! It's a huge relief. Plus, having PhotoPass photographer photos at Disneyland on Genie+ is a toadally awesome perk.

We frogs were MaxPass and FASTPASS masters at Disneyland, and now we consider ourselves Genie+ Lightning Lane gurus. Disney Genie+ service is similar to MaxPass but there are a few differences. We'll go through the process and our tips and tricks below.

And keep hopping back — we'll continue to update as we hop about the parks, learn more and strengthen our tips and strategies! Our Disney Genie Service FAQ is another great resource.

When Did Disney Genie Service Launch?

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Disney Genie service at Disneyland launched Dec. 8, 2021!

What Exactly Is Disney Genie Service?

This is where it can get confusing. Disney Genie service (Genie without the plus) is a FREE tool in the Disneyland app. It's kind of like an app within the app. You can use this new technology to guide you through the theme parks with tips to help you reduce time in lines, discover Disney magic and take the guesswork out of planning your day. Disney Genie service can alert you to short attraction lines or tell you when it's a good time to mobile order. But it only does this if you set it up to do it.

Disney Genie – Personalized Interests on the AppThe Disney Genie service includes a personalized itinerary and recommendations feature that will map out your entire day. To launch it, just let Disney Genie know what you want to do under the "My Day" tab by tapping "Get Started Now" and selecting attractions, entertainment, dining and enchanting extras (such as building a lightsaber). You can personalize your day even more by selecting general interests you may have, such as thrill rides or entertainment. Change your mind? Disney Genie can handle that and readjust your itinerary to include what interests you while you are on the go. You can view your favorites and suggestions in one place on the "Tip Board" tab. You can also request to see height requirements and accessibility when planning out your day. If you do not set up Genie, you'll just see an alphabetical list of rides and wait times on the Tip Board. And that's okay too!

There is a new place to locate My Day and the Tip Board in one spot in the Disneyland app. Tap the three horizontal lines at the bottom of the app, then tap the box with "LL Rides, Shows & Lightning Lane Entry."

Disney Genie service allows for flexibility. If you like to be spontaneous and go with the flow, Disney Genie will update your itinerary as you go. It displays current and projected ride wait times and helps you pick the best time to ride (kind of like what your favorite frogs have been doing for years to help readers maximize time and follow proven park plans based on our extensive experience in the parks).

If you don't like a suggestion, you can do a Swaperoo to swap recommendations. Remove specific attractions from your planning so they won't show up for the rest of the day. You ain't never had a friend like Disney Genie!

You can start planning your trip ahead of time with Disney Genie service, but you'll need to purchase tickets or Magic Key passes and link them to the Disneyland app first. Once you make your theme park reservations, you can start selecting your interests for each day of your visit. We recommend playing around with it at home before your visit so you can get comfortable with it and don't have to spend precious park time figuring it out.

Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland - park hoppingTo get started with the free Disney Genie service (you can do this part at home in advance of your visit):

  • Tap "My Day" on the home screen or from the "LL Rides, Shows & Lightning Lane Entry" box.
  • Tap "Get Started Now."
  • Select the date for which you would like to plan. The calendar shows all of your park reservation days.
  • Select your party (if there are people linked to you that you don't want to plan for, deselect them).
  • Follow the process to choose your must-do attractions, entertainment and restaurants.
  • Select your top 10 Disney favorites, park interests and types of dining interests.
  • Select if you want height requirements and accessibility (super helpful if you use a wheelchair or have other needs) to be displayed.
  • Purchase Genie+ from the home screen, Tip Board or under "My Day" if you want to purchase the paid service (you can only purchase once you have entered the park unless you have purchased a Genie+ ticket).

Doing this is not mandatory, but inputting your plans and interests makes it so that Disney Genie tailors its suggestions to fit in the attractions, shows and restaurants that most interest you that day. It won't offer suggestions unless you input plans and interests.

For the most part, we still use the Disneyland app the same way we always did. We don't rely solely on Disney Genie service to tell us when to mobile order food or to find dining locations. We use mobile ordering the normal way so we can see all our choices. Disney Genie service only offers a sampling of choices. But we could see that a first-time visitor might like the app to narrow things down and make suggestions.

Keep an eye on your tip board. It tends to default to Disneyland Park. At the top of the Tip Board, you can tap "Change Park" to access Disney California Adventure.

One of the biggest improvements to Disney Genie service joining the Disneyland app is having the showtimes of the performances you want to see on the Tip Board. For example, Disney Genie brought an early showing of the parade to our attention. Since we always seem to miss the Dapper Dans, we selected them as under Entertainment and each performance was highlighted as it approached. At Disney California Adventure, it can let you know when Spider-Man is getting ready to jump over the buildings. With so much going on, these alerts can help you catch all the entertainment that is important to you.

The Power of Disney Genie+ Service

Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland - Family selects Genie on phone

For a daily cost, Disney Genie+ service allows guests to select attractions and bypass the standby line, utilizing the Lightning Lane entrances. It's time to update our lingo — FASTPASS and FastPass+ entrances have been rebranded! Selections are made one at a time for that day. You can make your first selection after entering the park that day.

So how does Disney Genie+ service compare to MaxPass at Disneyland? The overall system is similar to the old format and still includes all of the PhotoPass downloads from the day. However, the pricing depends on how you've purchased Genie+. You can purchase tickets preloaded with Disney Genie+ at Disneyland (for a flat rate of $30 per person, and sometimes even less though Undercover Tourist!) or upgrade in the app on the day of your visit after you have entered a park (pricing varies by date starting at $30). Once you pay the fee and have entered a park, you can make Lightning Lane selections for Disney Genie+ rides. The list is pretty similar to the same rides that were available on FASTPASS, with a few differences.

One of the biggest differences is that you can make a Lightning Lane selection only one at a time. You may make your next selection once your current Lightning Lane arrival window has ended or you have redeemed it or two hours have passed since you booked, whichever comes first. (You can book again if you cancel a ride or if your ride breaks down and you receive a Multiple Experiences pass). With MaxPass, it was easier to stack them up. There are a few exceptions we will get into.

Disney Genie+ Service at Disneyland at a Glance

Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland - Soarin' lightning lane

  • Pricing starts at $30 per person, per day. You can purchase a ticket with Disney Genie+ (for a flat rate of $30 per day) or purchase it in the app after entering a theme park that day (price varies by date).
  • Grants faster access to about 21 attractions (if park hopping) using the Lightning Lane entrance.
  • Guests can make one reservation at a time throughout the day, once they have entered the theme park for the day.
  • Once the initial selection is redeemed or the arrival window has ended (or it's been 2 hours since the last selection was made), guests can make another selection up to park closing.
  • Guests can redeem a Lightning Lane by scanning a phone, park ticket or a MagicBand+.
  • Guests who make a selection that is more than two hours away from the time the selection was made can make another selection two hours after making the selection.
  • Unlimited PhotoPass is included.
  • All guests may book return times for the Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane services when they enter the park for the day.
  • Selections can be made across theme parks for park hoppers (but only after a ride's distribution window reaches at least 11 a.m. when hopping)
  • You can modify (recommended) or cancel reservations.
  • Standby (and Single Rider) lines remain free.
  • Includes classics such as Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad but also new rides such as Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-man Adventure.
  • Audio experiences tailored to specific locations throughout the lands.
  • Disney PhotoPass lenses are now in the Disneyland app. Some of these augmented reality lenses are unique to Disneyland.

Disneyland Park Disney Genie+ Attractions: 

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion and Haunted Mansion Holiday (temporarily closed)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure (make this Lightning Lane a priority)
  • “it's a small world” and its holiday version
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (temporarily added to Genie+)
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain and Hyperspace Mountain overlay (make this Lightning Lane a priority)
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

How to Use Disney Genie at Disneyland - Grizzly River Run Lightning Lane Sign

Disney California Adventure Disney Genie+ Attractions: 

  • Goofy's Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (make this Lightning Lane a priority)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark (during Halloween Time you can book for both versions on the same day when available)
  • Incredicoaster
  • The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Soarin' Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania (make this Lightning Lane a priority)
  • WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure

How to Use Disney Genie at Disneyland - People Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

How Do I Get Disney Genie+ Service?

  • Before Your Visit — You can purchase Disney Genie+ as an add-on to a ticket at Disneyland. If you want to purchase in advance, buy a ticket with Disney Genie+. Save some green through Undercover Tourist! We sell multi-day Disneyland tickets with Disney Genie+ at Disneyland Resort! That's the best way to lock in the very best price. Ribbit!
  • Same Day of Your Visit — Existing ticket holders and Magic Key holders may purchase through the Disneyland app after entering a theme park. This is the route to take if you only want to use Disney Genie+ service for certain days but not your entire trip. It's also the way to go as a last-minute decision. You can purchase on the homepage, at the top of the Tip Board in the blue type or under My Day in a purple bar. Now that Genie+ is offered at a variable price same-day, the only way to lock in that Genie discount is to purchase in advance.

Previously, Disneyland annual passholders could add MaxPass for a flat rate for the year. There is no Magic Key add-on for the year, however, Magic key holders do get a discount for themselves. If a Magic Key holder is purchasing for a mix of Magic Key holders and regular ticket holders, the discount only applies to the Magic Key holders.

How to Use Disney Genie+ Service at Disneyland

How to Use Disney Genie at Disneyland - Man uses Disney Genie at Disneyland

All of the Disney Genie services live within the Disneyland app at Disneyland. You'll want to update to the latest version of the Disneyland app before your visit. The top of the home page shows your plans. Tapping the "My Day" link takes you to the Disney Genie service homepage. Here, you can purchase Disney Genie+ service (if you have not done so already) and begin planning for your day.

Remember, Disney Genie+ selections can only be made once you've entered the park that day. Lightning Lane windows are offered as the next available times only. Each experience can only be used with Disney Genie+ once per day, so once you ride an attraction with Disney Genie+ service, you won't be able to book another Lightning Lane selection for that ride (but standby is always an option if you want to go again!). This differs from MaxPass and FASTPASS when we could book the same ride more than once after riding.

The exception is Guardians of the Galaxy during Halloween Time. You can book a Lightning Lane for the morning regular version as well as for the Halloween version, Monsters After Dark in the same day! Lightning Lane reservations for Monsters After Dark open late morning to early afternoon for after 3 p.m. The Monsters After Dark version starts at 3 p.m.

If you arrive at the park before other members of your party, you'll want to save rides you want to ride together with Disney Genie+ for when they arrive. There is an exception if your ride breaks down. Your Lightning Lane selection will turn into a Multiple Experiences pass to be used on a variety of rides (including the ride that just broke down). The waiting period to book a new ride is immediately lifted. You can choose a new ride or the one that broke down.

Making selections. In the app, once you've chosen your attraction, you will select your party, which will automatically select anyone with a valid ticket and park pass reservation. You can edit your party members at this time if need be. (If you do not see all party names listed tap the "edit" button to pull up the full list of names and select the ones who want to ride.) Then, you can choose which attraction you would like to use for your first Disney Genie+ experience. The arrival windows will be for a one-hour period, so you can arrive at the Lightning Lane during that time. Some party members can split off to make their own plans.

How to Use Disney Genie at Disneyland - Readers at Disneyland

Once your arrival window has started and you scan your Lightning Lane barcode (or park ticket or MagicBand+) into the reader at the attraction's Lightning Lane entrance and the light turns green, you are free to book your next Disney Genie+ selection. At the top of the Tip Board, it should tell you when you are eligible to book your next ride.

Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland - MagicBand redeem

MagicBands are not necessary, but they are more convenient. You just tap the band to the circle. If you use your phone or ticket to redeem, you will slide the phone or ticket with the barcode into the slot.

Using Genie+ at Disneyland - Scanning Phone at it's a small worldCancel or Modify if you cannot make your window. Keep in mind that if you cannot make your Lightning Lane one-hour window, you can cancel or modify it. You can modify for a later available time for the same ride or a different ride in the same park. You can modify your party at that time if you need to add or drop someone. Use cancel just for an individual if the entire party does not wish to cancel. If you let it expire, you no longer lose that ride. You can tap "Cancel Plan" and rebook it. Good news! If you modify, you do not change your eligibility window. This is super helpful and helps you manage your day without losing time.

Like MaxPass, there is a little wiggle room if you arrive five minutes early or 10-15 minutes late. If you're worried that you'll miss the window, we recommend trying to modify to a different time. If you do miss the window, you can either ask nicely at the Lightning Lane if they can still accommodate you, or tap "Cancel Plan" in the app to rebook the ride.

When you're in a long line to scan in at the Lightning Lane entrance (it happens) and your window is closing in on you, take screenshots of your selections. The cast members know if the line is long and may work with you. That being said, don't push it. Try to arrive with enough time to scan in.

With MagicBand+, guests can leave the phone put away and redeem Lightning Lanes with a tap of the MagicBand+. But a phone is still necessary for booking the next Lightning Lanes.

Select rides in the second park when park hopping. There has been a change in how you select rides when park hopping. You can still book rides in the other park before you hop, but now you now have to wait for a ride's Lightning Lane distribution to be after 11 a.m. before you can select it.

If you start your day at Disney California Adventure and Indiana Jones Adventure is a must-ride attraction for you, keep an eye on that ride in the Tip Board about mid-morning. Once that ride says 11 a.m. or later, you can tap "Book Experience" to reserve it, even if it's several hours away. You do not have to wait until it's 11 a.m. or until you hop to reserve rides in the second park. They just have to be distributing for 11 a.m. We say to look an hour or two before you hop for a ride in the other park.

Take advantage of free PhotoPass Downloads. Disneyland guests can take advantage of included PhotoPass downloads from any day that Disney Genie+ is valid on the ticket. Our PhotoPass post has all the deets on how to use it. Here are the basics.

You can show your PhotoPass code to any PhotoPass photographer (or quickly tap your MagicBand+) and the photos will automatically appear in your Disneyland app. Be sure to ask for Magic Shots! Certain rides have on-ride photos. You can enter the code on the photo into the app. There is a slight delay before images appear.

Some people get Genie+ just for the photos. If you don't care about the Lighting Lane benefits of Disney Genie+ service, then you can just have one member of the party get Disney Genie+ service for the PhotoPass downloads and share the images with everyone else. You'll have 45 days to download the images onto your phone and computer.

Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland-Augmented reality lenses with Groot

Play with PhotoPass Lenses

Here is a fun way to pass the time in line. Play with the PhotoPass lenses. Add Baby Groot, Olaf, Grogu and other characters to your selfies.

Immerse yourself in the magic by adding Disney elements to your images. You can tap the three horizontal lines at the bototm of the app and then scroll down to "Disney Photo Pass" and tap "Disney PhotoPass Lenses." (It can move locations.) You have to have purchased Disney+ for this feature to work in the park.

Individual Lightning Lane Service

How to Use Disney Genie at Disneyland - Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Here is the newest and trickiest part of the new offerings: A couple of high-demand rides are excluded from the Disney Genie+ service. Two are at Disneyland and the other is at Disney California Adventure. For these, you can make a la carte reservations, kind of like FASTPASS, but for a fee for each line that you skip. What we want to make clear is that you can still access these rides without paying anything extra. You can use the standby line or the Single Rider line, depending on what each ride offers.

Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland - Lightning lane selection

Waits can be long at times. If you want to free your time in the park to enjoy other things, now you can buy your way in. Is the line for Radiator Springs Racers prohibitively long? Are your kids too young for Single Rider? Now you can pay a one-time fee to skip the line for the most popular rides. Pricing for this option varies by date, attraction and park. As of now, prices for individual selections will range between $15 to $30. Rise of the Resistance is usually $21 to $26 per person for individual Lightning Lane. Radiator Springs Racers runs a little lower in price but we have seen at $21.

Again, this cost is optional. If you have one day to spend at Disney California Adventure Park and the wait for your family's must-do ride is 90 minutes, you can assess what 90 minutes of your time is worth. Maybe getting those 90 minutes back means doing more. Such as getting on three more rides or getting to take time to sit down and enjoy a nice table-service meal at Carthay Circle. Or maybe the wait is under an hour when you visit, so it's not worth it to pay to skip. If you're a frequent visitor, paying extra may not be in the budget since you can come back another time.

Our family members who are over age 7 always opt for the Single Rider line for Radiator Springs Racers. We know we will split up on the ride, and sometimes we get lucky and get to race each other on Radiator Springs Racers! But if you all want to ride together (or your tadpoles are too young to split up), then you can either stand in line for no cost or skip the line for a fee. We tested the Lightning Lane and Single Rider line on the same weekday, and the Single Rider line was faster. This may not always be the case on weekends or holidays. It might be worth checking out before you purchase. The Single Rider line is usually shortest in the morning.

How to Use Disney Genie at Disneyland - Spider-Man breaks through wall in WEB SLINGERS

You can pay to use individual Lightning Lane service for up to two of these attractions once per day. Also, you can pay to upgrade for up to two different rides per person, per day. You may purchase them one at a time. (You can purchase even if you're hopping to another park. The start of the distribution window must be after 11 a.m. for that ride). You can purchase one right after the other if you like. You do not have to use the first one before buying a second.

Individual Lightning Lane "a la Carte" options are available to all guests with or without Disney Genie+. You can purchase via the Disney Genie service in the Disneyland app at Disneyland on the same day as your visit. Once again, standby lines remain as options for individual Lightning Lane attractions.

Individual Lighting Lane selections can sell out quickly for popular attractions such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. How early can you book? All guests must have entered a theme park entrance to begin booking, which was the case with MaxPass. They are released in order of first availability, which differs from Walt Disney World (where you can choose your window to ride for individual Lighting Lanes). But the distribution windows don't always flow in numerical order. We don't know why. But keep checking as availability can change.

You can purchase individual Lightning Lane selections within the Tip Board or "My Day" itinerary. We were toadally surprised to see you can overlap your Disney Genie+ and individual attraction selections without any issue! Individual attraction selections may overlap as well. When you book, a notice will alert you if you have overlapping plans during that time, but it won't stop you from reserving. Give yourself enough time to make all your reservations, allowing for breakdowns, delays and time to travel between attractions. There is only a 15-minute grace period if you're running late.

Park Hopping and Individual Lightning Lanes

Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland - lightning lane ridesHere's a park hopping tip: You now have to wait for a distribution time to be at 11 a.m. or later to purchase an individual Lightning Lane for a ride in the other park before you hop.

In the morning, you can purchase your Lighting Lane for the second park you visit:

  • Once you have entered your first park of the day.
  • The distribution time reaches 11 a.m.

Watch the Tip Board in the app to keep an eye on distribution times. If it is only distributing for, say, 10 a.m., when you tap "Purchase", it will not let you book yet. You have to wait until the first available time for the ride reaches at least 11 a.m., which is the time you can hop. Keep in mind that the distribution times can jump around a bit so keep checking back frequently. The times are not always sequential. The morning we visited Disney California Adventure, by about 9 a.m. we were able to reserve an 11:25 to 12:25 Lighting Lane for Rise of the Resistance. However, an hour later at 10 a.m. it was distributing for about 10:25 to 11:25 a.m. and we would not have been able to reserve at that time. So just keep checking if it's important to you. 

Individual Lightning Lane selections at Disneyland

  • Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure — The standby line and Single Rider line remain free.
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland — This ride has a free standby line (which can get long). But now you have another way to join the Rebellion faster (for a fee). This is the ride most likely to sell out of Lightning Lane on busy days.

The individual pay-per-ride options are subject to change. You should note that this a la carte option and Disney Genie+ service offer different attractions. You can use both services together or separately (or not at all). These cannot be modified if your plans change.

If the individual Lightning Lane ride breaks down in your window, you can come back late later in the day before the ride closes. If you cannot make it on the ride due to a breakdown, you will be refunded automatically. It may take a few business days.

Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland - Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

Tips and Tricks for Disney Genie Service

  • For Disney Genie+ and purchased individual Lightning Lane services, you can only choose the next available timeframe for a show or attraction one at a time.
  • When booking individual Lightning Lane selections, keep in mind that the person making the reservation will be the person paying. Everyone in the party will be automatically linked. If your party consists of individuals or groups who would need to pay separately, you'll want to edit the members of your party. The only caveat is that you could potentially end up in different time windows for your ride reservations, especially if it's a particularly busy day and times are getting booked quickly. If you want to ensure that everybody rides at the same time, then book together and have individuals send money via Venmo (or some other money-sharing app) to the purchaser.
  • Purchase Genie+ under "My Day" or "Tip Board" to edit your party when purchasing.
  • If a ride breaks down in your Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane window, you may receive a Multiple Experiences pass, which allows you to use the pass for select rides in the park. (If you tap it anywhere but the Redeem button, it will give an option to show you what's include or excluded.) You have until the end of the day or ride closure to use it. You can immediately make another Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane selection (including for the ride that you had booked when it broke down). Ka-chow!
  • You can only make one Disney Genie+ selection at a time, but you can have overlapping Disney Genie+ selections. How? There is a two-hour window before you can make another selection. Because you can only choose the next available time window, the window can start as soon as five minutes later or hours away, depending on the ride and crowds. At noon, for instance, you might find that the next time window is at 7 p.m. To avoid being tethered to only one ride for seven hours, your ability to make Disney Genie+ selections is "frozen" for two hours. So, at 2 p.m., you could make another Disney Genie+ selection, despite not going on the 7 p.m. ride yet. At 4 p.m., you could make an additional selection, and so on.
  • Set an alarm so you know when you can book the next ride. If you froget when you booked, you can attempt to book another Lightning Lane. A message will pop up to tell you when you are eligible to book another.
  • Your Disney Genie+ selections can overlap with your individual Lightning Lane attraction selections, so you can max out your day with more efficiency. Just make sure you don't miss your arrival windows.
  • You can also ride Disney Genie+ attractions more than once by using the standby line and Disney Genie+ (or a Multiple Experiences pass).
  • Park hopping? Disney Genie has got you covered. You can let the Disney Genie service know what time you plan on being at the next park. It will add suggestions throughout your day. You can book Lightning Lanes for the second park once the distribution time under the Tip Board reaches 11 a.m. for a particular ride.
  • You can use Rider Switch with Disney Genie+ and individual Lightning Lane services. Read more about it in our Genie+ with a group post.
  • You can use DAS and Disney Genie+ service and have overlapping windows.
  • When using the Tip Board, select "Change Park" at the top to toggle back and forth between theme parks.
  • Pace yourself with the Lightning Lane selections, especially at Disney California Adventure. You'll want to access some of the rides that don't offer Lightning Lane in the morning when wait times are low. (For rides such as Pixar Pal-A-Round, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters.)
  • Modify rather than cancel your Genie+ plans so you do not restart the clock on your eligibility window.

Disability Access Service (DAS) Changes

How to Use Disney Genie at Disneyland - Cars Race in Radiator Springs Racers

Along with the Genie addition to the Disneyland app came positive changes for people with certain disabilities. If you have someone in your party with disabilities that make it difficult to wait in a standard queue, you know that the Disability Access Service (DAS) can be a trip-saver. But having to wait in line to set it up and collect return times can be cumbersome. Disney Genie service helps smooth out the process for you.

Eligible guests are now able to pre-register for DAS Advance via live video chat (there is a chat button on the page) between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Pacific Time. Guests can pre-register up to 30 days in advance of a park visit but no less than two days before arrival. The DAS participants may book up to two one-hour return windows for select experiences. You can still quickly register in the park as well.

Once in the park, DAS users may select attractions directly in the app and are not limited to the advanced select experiences. Tap the three horizontal lines on the bottom right of the screen to get to your page. Scroll to the bottom to see the DAS button to start selecting.

The advance registration and app options are available in addition to the existing, in-person DAS program. The individual Lightning Lane selections, such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Radiator Springs Racers, are not available through the DAS Advance system. But you can still use DAS at these attractions on the day of your visit. (For no added cost). Visit Disney's Services for Guests with Disabilities pages at Disneyland.com for more details.

The people who use DAS can also use Disney Genie, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane services to help streamline their day. The DAS return times can overlap with Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane services.

We're sure you have loads of questions about the Disney Genie service at Disneyland. Ask away in the comments below, and keep hopping back to this post for updates as we discover more about Disney Genie service while we continue to use it.

Related: Your Frequently Asked Questions About Disney Genie Service

Related: Our Top Tips and Strategies for Using Disney Genie Plus Service at Disneyland

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Jun 23, 2023 at 3:40 a.m. Craig Says...

If you take a break back at your hotel mid-day, can you continue to schedule rides with Genie+ for your evening back in the park? Thanks!

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Jun 23, 2023 at 9:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Craig!

Yes, you can! While you must enter the park to activate Genie+, you can leave and continue to make reservations for later in the day.

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Oct 11, 2022 at 9:10 p.m. Anna Says...

Hi we are planning out trip to Disneyland next year with our 3 kids (4 and under) is genie+ worth it? We are going with other family that have kids. When we went last year before genie+came out, we utilized rider switch for big rides. Can we still do this without genie+?

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Oct 12, 2022 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna!

Yes, you can still utilize Rider Switch without Genie+! And depending on their ages, if they're under 3 and wouldn't need regular admission, then they wouldn't need Genie+ either and can accompany the party in the Lightning Lane.

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Sep 12, 2022 at 5:45 a.m. Gaby Says...

Hi! Is there any chance to chance my plans about park hopper? I’ll be there only for two days and I’ve chosen first Disneyland and then (after 1 pm) Disney adventure park. Or what park do you suggest to visit al first? Thanks

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Sep 13, 2022 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gaby!

Sounds like a good plan to us! If you have two days, you could switch it up and go to DCA first and then hop to Disneyland on the second day. However, if you're visiting in the near future, you'll want to keep in mind any Oogie Boogie dates, as DCA closes at 6 p.m. on party nights. So if you happen to be going on an Oogie Boogie date, you may want to start in DCA first, then hop over to Disneyland.

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Aug 4, 2022 at 1:44 a.m. Danny Says...

Can we just have one member in a big family with Genie+ and still use it to get everyone on the rides?

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Aug 4, 2022 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danny!

Each person would need Genie+ in order to use the Lightning Lane. (On a side note, if you just want to use Genie+ for PhotoPass, then only one person needs it.)

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Jul 27, 2022 at 9:14 p.m. Shauna Says...

Hello!

At Disneyland, what time can the first Lightening Lane be reserved with Genie Plus?

At Disneyworld it is 7AM and then 3 hours later for the next choice, then every 2 hours throughout the day (unless you use or cancel them).

Is it the same for Disneyland?

Thx!

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Jul 28, 2022 at 4:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shauna!

At Disneyland, you can make your first Genie+ reservation once you've entered the park! Then afterward, it's similar to Disney World — can book another reservation after two hours or when you scan in at your most recently booked reservation. Also just wanted to clarify that at Disney World, you can make your first one at 7 a.m. but then you can make your second reservation two hours after the park opens (if Animal Kingdom opens at 8 a.m., then that time would be 10 a.m. but if Magic Kingdom opens at 9 a.m. then that time would be 11 a.m.).

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Jul 18, 2022 at 12:47 p.m. Scott Sams Says...

Does everyone in the party that has a Genie+ ride reservation need to tap in with their phone or park pass separately (even with the same ride time res.) or can one person tap in for the entire party? Also, where can you get a pass if you do not want to use your phone each time?

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Jul 18, 2022 at 3:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Scott!

One person can tap the party in. It’s easier for one person to tap in if all the reservations were made at once by one person. Otherwise, you’d have to open each reservation separately (if you made them all individually). There is not a pass, but you can scan your physical park ticket instead of the code in the app if you don't want to use your phone.

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Jun 1, 2022 at 9:33 p.m. Suzan Says...

I want to buy tickets for 4 adults, 2 children 5 & 8 with Genie + before it closes on June 8th, however we are only going to Disneyworld on Dec. 11th. Would these tickets be refundable if something happened?

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Jun 6, 2022 at 3:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Suzan!

Unless otherwise noted, our Disney World tickets with the Genie+ add-on are covered by our 365-Day refund policy. (Note: The policy is void if modified by Disney Guest Services or through My Disney Experience.)

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Jun 1, 2022 at 4:12 p.m. Carolin Says...

We are coming to LA in August and unfortunately only have 1 day for Disney in our itinerary. I am about to purchase the one day park hopper with Genie + but they want me to specify which park we’d want to start in. Kids are 8 and 13 so I’m thinking the Star Wars rides will be top of our list.. Is it best to get those done early? And then head to other park after 1pm? Thanks for this super helpful website! Carolin

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Jun 1, 2022 at 2:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Carolin!

With Genie+, you can easily get Genie+ reservations for Star Tours and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run no matter where you start. If you want to purchase individual Lightning Lane (ILL) access for Rise of the Resistance, you could also start in either park. Our post on Rise of the Resistance offers our best strategies for riding that attraction. Since you have one day to do it all, getting an ILL selection for Rise will save you the most time. If your kids like thrill rides, you can get a lot done at Disney California Adventure first and then hop to Disneyland as early as 1 p.m. Get a Genie+ reservation for Millennium Falcon, and then book Star Tours after scanning into Millennium Falcon.

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Jun 6, 2022 at 8:32 a.m. Carolin Says...

Amazing! Thanks so much for all the tips!

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Jun 6, 2022 at 9 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Of course! We hope you have a frogtastic time! :)

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Apr 24, 2022 at 9:58 a.m. Tim Says...

I bought my Disneyland tickets ages ago before Genie+ existed, so I believe I can only pay for Genie+ separately each day we go in now. Does it take long? Dont want all the early slots to be gone by the time I even buy it.

And do you physically have to be in the parks to do so? We will be in a hotel over the road and wondering whether it will think I'm already in the park whilst at the hotel?

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Apr 26, 2022 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tim!

You do have to enter the park to purchase Genie+ and making Lightning Lane selections, but don't worry - it only takes a minute and there is not a single ride that will be affected by taking a minute to purchase! Just go to My Genie Day to the purple bar to purchase (trying to find a button to purchase is usually what takes the longest).

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Apr 26, 2022 at 5:39 p.m. Tim Says...

Thank you :)

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Apr 26, 2022 at 1:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You're welcome, Tim! Have a magical time!

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Apr 21, 2022 at 4:41 p.m. Mackenzie Jackson Says...

My sisters and I are going in may, but most of us bought our tickets separately. We had not yet decided to buy genie+ when we bought our tickets, but have now. Since we bought our tickets separately is there a way to link our group with genie+ when we buy it, or will we just need to buy it for the individuals/groups that bought the tickets?

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Apr 22, 2022 at 1:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mackenzie!

You can purchase Genie+ separately! And as long as everyone's tickets are linked, you should be able to make Genie+ plans with the others in your group.

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Apr 15, 2022 at 3:32 p.m. Debbie Says...

We’re a group of 7 going to Disneyland next month. I already bought Genie + in advance for all of us. However, my group wants to split up (Parents with the youngest child and The teenagers together) due to different interests in the rides. Is there a way my teenagers are able to use Genie + on their own phone without me being there even though I purchased them all together?

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Apr 18, 2022 at 4:55 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie!

Yes, you can easily split up and have individuals make their own Genie+ ride selections that differ from the rest of the group's plans. The people who want to split off from the group can either link their tickets to a separate account on their own phones or just log into the same account as the others are using — it doesn't matter! When you go to book a ride, you can edit the party by adding the people who wish to make that Lightning Lane selection (and removing the others who don't). For example, if Mommy Frog and I want to ride Haunted Mansion, we would only select our two tickets when choosing the party for a Genie+ reservation, allowing Tad and his cousin or friend to select themselves for Space Mountain or Guardians of the Galaxy. You just cannot have one person on two different Lighting Lane reservations. So if we added Tad to our Haunted Mansion one, he would be unable to make a different selection unless he canceled his Haunted Mansion Lightning Lane.

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Feb 15, 2022 at 12:10 p.m. Mike Says...

The tips and recommendations are great, thank you! We are a family of 4 with an upcoming 1 day trip to Disneyland only (no DCA). We've booked Genie+ and we're planning to rope drop. Would you recommend securing as early a Genie+ reservation as possible, or pushing the first reservation a bit later (say, 930) to have the ability to book 2 Genie+ for the rest of the day?

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Feb 15, 2022 at 3:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

We would take advantage of booking a Genie+ reservation right away once you enter the park (particularly for any of the more popular attractions such as Indiana Jones Adventure). Then, we'd hit some of the rides that aren't included with Genie+ such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise. Once we use the pass for Indiana Jones (our top pick), we'd immediately book a new one as soon as you scan in after entering the Lightning Lane.

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Feb 10, 2022 at 7:59 p.m. Rhonda Says...

My family of 4 (2adults, 1 teen, 1 tween) When purchasing the Genie+ for each person will one parent be able to control/navigate reservations for all members of our family on one phone? One of our kids do not have a phone.

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Feb 11, 2022 at 9:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rhonda!

Yes, one person can be in charge of making the Genie+ reservations for everyone in your party.

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Jan 28, 2022 at 6:14 p.m. Megan Says...

Thanks for all the helpful info and recommendations. I'm booking our reservations now and Genie+ is actually $40/ticket.

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Jan 28, 2022 at 1 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

Thanks so much for hopping by! At Disneyland, Genie+ adds $20 per day on each ticket. So if you hoppen to purchase a 2-day ticket, you're correct! Genie+ would add $40 to each ticket, and so on (depending on the length of your ticket).

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Jan 13, 2022 at 12:03 a.m. Laura Glover Says...

We're a group of 4 going Feb 25 to Disneyland for just one day, no hopper. Our top priority is "Rise" Would you buy Genie Plus the additional Lightning Lane to be sure or just try and make a walk/run for it? Ok to spend the money if it secures the ride.

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Jan 14, 2022 at 12:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laura!

If it’s in your budget, buying Individual Lightning Lane access is a time-saver and really secures you a short wait. If you buy the Lightning Lane, you can use the morning to hit several other rides with a very short wait and then skip the line for Rise to maximize time. If you want to ride again (which you toadally will) hop in line 15 minutes before the ride closes for the night.

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