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  • Writer's pictureJohn Dostaler

Understanding "Disney Genie"

Big News From Disney Today And Here Are Some Details!

There's no way to get around it: FastPass+ and MaxPass are retired and gone. These programs were ways to plan ahead to help bypass the traditional "standby" line at Walt Disney World in Florida (FastPass+) and Disneyland in California (MaxPass).

Today: Disney announced more details for the Disney Genie service. There is a free version and a paid version and I'll give you some basics on both.

This program is BRAND NEW - so I only have the basics right now: I'll have more details as they become available.

Disney Genie Basics

  • Built right into the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps, Disney Genie service will maximize the park time for you, so you can have more fun. It includes a personalized itinerary feature that will quickly and seamlessly map out an entire day.

  • From specific attractions, foodie experiences and entertainment, to general interests like Disney princesses, villains, Pixar, Star Wars, thrill rides and more – you will just tell Disney Genie what you want to do and it will do the planning for you!

Free Features

  • Get Itinerary Updates from Morning to Night: Disney Genie will continue to update your itinerary throughout your day, so you can be more spontaneous and go with the flow.

  • Find Favorites at a Glance: You can create your very own personal tip board to instantly see your favorites! It will display current AND forecasted future wait times, helping you predict when you might experience quicker entry to attractions.

  • Enjoy More Flexibility and Fun: Disney Genie brings existing planning features together in one place. You can join a virtual queue at certain attractions, make dining and experience reservations, mobile order food at many locations, get help from a virtual assistant and more.

Paid Features

Disney Genie+ service (available for purchase):

  • For the price of $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort and $20 per ticket per day at Disneyland Resort, you can choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the "Lightning Lane" entrance.

  • You can make one selection at a time, throughout the day – from classics like Haunted Mansion to thrill rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and newer favorites like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (attractions subject to limited availability).

  • This convenient option is the next evolution of the fan-favorite Disney MaxPass service from Disneyland Resort.

  • Disney Genie+ will also include Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photo features to capture your memories – augmented reality lenses for those visiting Walt Disney World Resort and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from your day if you are visiting Disneyland Resort.

Individual attraction selections (available for purchase):

  • You can schedule a time to arrive at up to two (2) highly demanded attractions each day using the Lightning Lane entrance – like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park and Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure Park (subject to limited availability; attractions not included with Disney Genie+).

  • Pricing will vary by date, attraction and park.

Important To Note: Lightning Lane selections will be made on the same day of the your visit (no more 60 days prior to arrival like with FastPass+) and can be used across multiple theme parks, great for those who love the Park Hopper option.

Attractions continue to offer a traditional standby queue, or a virtual queue at certain attractions like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – to maximize flexibility.

Disney is also making some enhancements to the Disability Access Service (DAS) program, including new options to enroll in the program pre-arrival and for DAS participants to select arrival windows for attractions directly in the app. These options will be available in addition to the existing, in-person DAS program.

Again: this is all BRAND NEW information and I will create a new blog post when more information is released!

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