Genie+ Toolkit

It's no secret that I'm an avid fan of Genie+. Can it be a pain? A little. Is it an added cost? Sure. But I'd rather bring a sack lunch into the park and put that money towards short waits.

I've figured out the simplest way to use Genie+, learned a lot of tricks, and put it all into this guide. The best part? You'll know which rides to prioritize based on actual data and not a blog you found from last year.

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Table of Contents

Your Dictionary

I. THE LIGHTNING LANE

The Lightning Lane (or LL for short) is the physical expedited queue that let's you skip the regular standby line for most attractions in Walt Disney World. 

II. GENIE

Disney Genie is a free itinerary-building section of the My Disney Experience app.

Once you have your tickets linked, you can walk through and tell the app what you're interested in. Don't worry about this part, we'll cover it again later! 

III. GENIE+

A paid add-on that gives you access to the Lightning Lane for most attractions. The price starts at $15/person, but varies depending on the park you're visiting, if you're hopping, and the crowd levels that day.

Using the My Disney Experience app, choose (or "book") the next hourly return window available for an attraction. Ride and repeat!

As these return windows are booked, availability gets later and later until it sells out.

IV. INDIVIDUAL LIGHTNING LANES

For attractions that aren't included in the Genie+ service  – like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance –  you can purchase Individual Lightning Lanes à la carte.

These are limited to 2 per person, per day and can be used with or without Genie+!



V. TIP BOARD

Everything is done within the My Disney Experience account.

Under it's main menu, you'll find your "Tip Board". This is the main hub to purchase Genie+, book return windows, purchase Individual Lightning Lanes, and check wait times.

WATCH A QUICK VIDEO ABOUT GENIE+ HERE

Avatar: Flight of Passage (44")

Celebration of Festival of the Lion King
DINOSAUR (40")
Expedition Everest (44")
Feathered Friends in Flight!
Finding Nemo: The Big Blue...and Beyond!
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
Kali River Rapids (38")
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Meet Mickey at Adventurers Outpost
Naʻvi River Journey
The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

Animal Kingdom

Star Wars Rise of the Resistance (40")

Alien Swirling Saucers (32")
Beauty & The Beast Live on Stage
Disney Jr. Play and Dance!
Frozen Sing-Along 
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular 
Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
Mickey + Minnie's Runaway Railway
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (38")
Muppet*Vision 3D
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (48")
Slinky Dog Dash (38")
Star Tours (40")
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (40")
Toy Story Mania!

Hollywood Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy (42")

Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
Frozen Ever After
Journey into Imagination with Figment
Living with the Land
Mission: SPACE (40")
Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
Soarin’ (40")
Spaceship Earth
Test Track (40")
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Turtle Talk with Crush

EPCOT

Attractions with Lightning Lanes

Seven Dwarfs' Mine Train (38")
TRON: Lightcycle / Run (48")

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40")
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Haunted Mansion
“it’s a small world”
Jungle Cruise
Mad Tea Party
Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
Meet Cinderella + a Visiting Princess
Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
Meet Princess Tiana + a Visiting Princess
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
Peter Pan’s Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean
Space Mountain (44")
The Barnstormer (35")
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Tomorrowland Speedway (32")
Under the Sea | the Little Mermaid

INCLUDED WITH GENIE+

INDIVIDUAL LIGHTNING LANE

Magic Kingdom

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (42")

Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
Frozen Ever After
Journey into Imagination with Figment
Living with the Land
Mission: SPACE (40")
Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
Soarin’ (40")
Spaceship Earth
Test Track (40")
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Turtle Talk with Crush

INCLUDED WITH GENIE+

INDIVIDUAL LIGHTNING LANES

EPCOT

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (40")

Alien Swirling Saucers (32")
Beauty & The Beast Live on Stage
Disney Jr. Play and Dance!
Frozen Sing-Along 
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular 
Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
Mickey + Minnie's Runaway Railway
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (38")
Muppet*Vision 3D
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (44")
Slinky Dog Dash (38")
Star Tours (40")
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (40")
Toy Story Mania!

INCLUDED WITH GENIE+

INDIVIDUAL LIGHTNING LANES

Hollywood Studios

Avatar: Flight of Passage (44")

Celebration of Festival of the Lion King
DINOSAUR (40")
Expedition Everest (44")
Feathered Friends in Flight!
Finding Nemo: The Big Blue...and Beyond!
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
Kali River Rapids (38")
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Meet Mickey at Adventurers Outpost
Naʻvi River Journey
The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

INCLUDED WITH GENIE+

INDIVIDUAL LIGHTNING LANES

Animal Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

EPCOT

Hollywood Studios

ANIMAL KINGDOM

NEXT

What Lightning Lanes have the most time-savings based on historical wait times?

Average StandBy Wait IN MINS

Compare this to a normal Lightning lane wait of 5-10 minutes (!!)

How to Use

BUY

Starting at midnight of your park day, purchase Genie+ inside the My Disney Experience app. I like to purchase around 6:45am so I'm ready to book my 1st Genie+.

Whoever wants to use Genie+ will need it added to their ticket. If your child is under 3, you don't have to worry about them!

You can buy Genie+ for up to 12 people at once, as long as they are on your Family + Friends list.

01

PICK

Set up your Tip Board with your Top Pick.

Under the My Day tab, select "start my day!" and follow the prompts for the date, park, and interests.

Only select the FIRST attraction you want to book. This will make it easier and faster to book at 7am.

You can edit this as much as you want  throughout the day.

02

BOOK

At 7am EST, refresh your Tip Board and select the first hourly return window for your Top Pick. 

Regardless of where you're staying, or where you are in the world, you can make your first selection at 7am EST.

Confirm your Genie+ selection and you're set! You can now use the Lightning Lane during that time window.

03

GENIE+ VIDEO TUTORIAL

Welcome to Laid-back Magic

OPEN INSTRUCTIONS

OPEN INSTRUCTIONS

OPEN INSTRUCTIONS

NEXT

2. Confirm your party

3. Purchase with credit card on file

1. Open the MDE app and choose "purchase" from the Home Page

2. Confirm your party

3. Purchase with a credit card on file

PICK

Set up your Tip Board with your Top Pick.

Under the My Day tab, select "start my day!" and follow the prompts for the date and park until it's time to choose your interests.

Only select the FIRST attraction you want to book a return window for. This will make it easier to book faster and get a sooner return window.

You can edit this again and again throughout the day.

02

YOU DID IT!

Welcome to Laid-back Magic

OPEN INSTRUCTIONS

NEXT

2. SELECT "GET STARTED NOW"

3. CHOOSE 1 or 2 TOP PICKS

1. Go to the "My Day" tab

4. REFRESH TO SEE TOP PICK

2. Select "get started now"

3. Choose your 1 or 2 top picks

4. Refresh the Tip Board

YOU DID IT!

Welcome to Laid-back Magic

BOOK

At 7am EST, refresh your Tip Board and select the first hourly return window for your Top Pick. 

Regardless of where you're staying, or where you are in the world, you can make your first selection at 7am EST.

Confirm your Genie+ selection and you're set! You can now use the Lightning Lane during that time window.

03

OPEN INSTRUCTIONS

2. IMMEDIATELY HIT "BOOK EXPERIENCE"

3. CONFIRM RETURN TIME + HIT CONTINUE

1. At 7am EST, refresh the Tip Board

4. ONCE YOU'RE ELIGIBLE TO BOOK ANOTHER GENIE+, REPEAT

2. Immediately hit "book experience"

3. Confirm return time and hit continue

4. When you're eligible to book another Genie+, repeat!

How (and why) to Modify a Lightning Lane

WAIT, WHAT ABOUT THOSE INDIVIDUAL LIGHTNING LANES?

Just like Genie+, you can purchase Individual Lightning Lanes from your Tip Board. 

Disney Resort guests (plus Swan, Dolphin, Swan Reserve, and Shades of Green) can start purchasing at 7am EST. Off-property guests have to wait until official park opening.

Unlike Genie+, you can choose the time window you want, but you cannot modify or cancel them :(

These are limited to 2 per person, per day.

HOW TO SCAN INTO A LIGHTNING LANE

Each person with a ticket will have to scan into their own Lightning Lane that's been booked. You have 3 options:

  • a MagicBand or MagicBand+
  • using MagicMobile on your phone
  • a Key to the World card

We prefer using a MagicBands for everyone so we can scan in faster and don't depend on using our phones so much.

Rules, Secrets + FAQ

WHEN TO BOOK YOUR NEXT GENIE+

You can make another Genie+ selection after you've scanned into the attraction you booked most recently

OR

after 2 hours have passed
. Whichever comes first.

This clock starts at official park opening. 

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HOW TO "STACK" (HOLD MULTIPLE LIGHTNING LANES AT ONCE)

If your return window is more than 2hours away, you can book another Genie+ selection, or "stack". 

In this video, I showing you how to hold multiple Lightning Lanes at once using the 2-hour rule.

USING GENIE+ WITH A PARK HOPPER TICKET

Once you buy Genie+ it follows you wherever you go.

When you're eligible to make another selection, just tap "change park" on your Tip Board and book a return window for another park. Easy Peasy.

TWO PEOPLE BOOKING AT ONCE

Since everyone on your Family + Friends list can book for each other, you can get help from a spouse, friend, or tech-savvy kid.

For instance, I could be booking a Genie+ for Remy's Ratatouille Adventure while my husband adds us to the virtual queue for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

the standby skipper app

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Standby Skipper is a game-charger for Genie+ users because it can book your Genie+ selections for you, reducing time spent on your phone refreshing, booking, and setting alarms. I love using this app!

new!

ON THE BLOG: STANDBY SKIPPER REVIEW + TUTORIAL

On your Tip Board, you can toggle the rides, character meets, and shows that only have Lightning Lanes. This can save you a lot of time and keep you organized!

NEW UPDATE: TOGGLE YOUR TIP BOARD

Sometimes Lightning Lanes just simply sell out - especially during busy times of year.

If this happens, try pinning and keep refreshing your Tip Board. Some Lightning Lanes become available with earlier return times.

REFRESH, refresh, refresh

Return times between 7:00-7:10am move VERY quickly.

At 7:11am, you'll see earlier return times are released. If you're disappointed the later return times, try modifying at 7:11am.

THE 7:11AM TRICK

If you're at your resort - turn off the wifi provided there.

 You'll get a faster connection over your cell service.

GET OFF WI-FI

When you buy an Individual Lightning Lane, the MDE app asks you to sign in again.

 Allow Face ID on your phone to speed the check out process and guarantee that return time!

BOOK FASTER

Your phone battery WILL get low. Fuel Rods are portable battery packs w/ kiosks all over WDW to swap out a dead battery and replace it with a new one for free!

(They’re 1/2 the price if you order them from Amazon ahead of time.) 

BRING A PORTABLE BATTERY!

You can scan into a Lightning Lane 5 minutes before and up to 15 minutes after your return window,

So really an hour-long window is 80 minutes long!

A LONGER TIME WINDOW

If you're at your resort - turn off the wifi provided there.

 You'll get a faster connection over your cell service.

GET OFF WI-FI

When you buy an Individual Lightning Lane, the MDE app asks you to sign in again.

 Allow Face ID on your phone to speed the check out process and guarantee that return time!

BOOK FASTER

You can scan into a Lightning Lane 5 minutes before and up to 15 minutes after your return window,

So really an hour-long window is 80 minutes long!

BRING A PORTABLE BATTERY!

Sometimes Lightning Lanes simply sell out - especially during busy times of year.

If this happens, try pinning and keep refreshing your Tip Board. Some Lightning Lanes become available!

REFRESH, REFRESH, REFRESH

If you're at your resort - turn off the wifi provided there.

 You'll get a faster connection over your cell service.

GET OFF WI-FI

When you buy an Individual Lightning Lane, the MDE app asks you to sign in again.

 Allow Face ID on your phone to speed the check out process and guarantee that return time!

BOOK FASTER

You can scan into a Lightning Lane 5 minutes before and up to 15 minutes after your return window,

So really an hour-long window is 80 minutes long!

BRING A PORTABLE BATTERY!

When you buy an Individual Lightning Lane, the MDE app asks you to sign in again.

 Allow Face ID on your phone to speed the check out process and guarantee that return time!

BOOK FASTER WITH FACE ID

If you're at your resort - turn off the wifi provided there.

 You'll get a faster connection over your cell service.

GET OFF WI-FI

When you buy an Individual Lightning Lane, the MDE app asks you to sign in again.

 Allow Face ID on your phone to speed the check out process and guarantee that return time!

BOOK FASTER WITH FACE ID

You can scan into a Lightning Lane 5 minutes before and up to 15 minutes after your return window,

So really an hour-long window is 80 minutes long!

BRING A PORTABLE BATTERY!

 Fuel Rods are portable battery packs w/ kiosks all over Disney to swap out a dead battery and replace it with a new one for free!

(They’re 1/2 the price if you order them from Amazon ahead of time.) 

BRING A PORTABLE BATTERY!

If you're at your resort - turn off the wifi provided there.

 You'll get a faster connection over your cell service.

GET OFF WI-FI

When you buy an Individual Lightning Lane, the MDE app asks you to sign in again.

 Allow Face ID on your phone to speed the check out process and guarantee that return time!

BOOK FASTER WITH FACE ID

You can scan into a Lightning Lane 5 minutes before and up to 15 minutes after your return window,

So really an hour-long window is 80 minutes long!

BRING A PORTABLE BATTERY!

If you're at your resort - turn off the wifi provided there.

 You'll get a faster connection from your cell phone service.

GET OFF WI-FI

If you're at your resort - turn off the wifi provided there.

 You'll get a faster connection over your cell service.

GET OFF WI-FI

When you buy an Individual Lightning Lane, the MDE app asks you to sign in again.

 Allow Face ID on your phone to speed the check out process and guarantee that return time!

BOOK FASTER WITH FACE ID

You can scan into a Lightning Lane 5 minutes before and up to 15 minutes after your return window,

So really an hour-long window is 80 minutes long!

BRING A PORTABLE BATTERY!

You can scan into a Lightning Lane 5 minutes before and up to 15 minutes after your return window,

So really an hour-long window is 80 minutes long!

A LONGER TIME WINDOW

The Secrets

Questions and Answers

CAN 2 PEOPLE BOOK AT ONCE?

Yes! This is great for when you need to buy an ILL or join a VQ alongside Genie+. I recommend using two separate My Disney Experience accounts with everyone linked through their Family + Friends list so there's no glitching.

HOW DOES PARK HOPPING WORK WITH GENIE+?

When you buy Genie+ for the day, it follows you wherever you go. Just tap "change park" on your Tip Board and book a return window for the next park you're visiting. 

HOW DOES GENIE+ WORK WITH RIDER SWITCH?

It kind of works the same: everyone who wants to use the Lightning Lane in the first group would ALL need to have a Lightning Lane booked. Ie: you can't cheat the system and only book for 1 parent, and then switch.

CAN I HAVE A GENIE+ RETURN WINDOW AND ILL AT THE SAME TIME?

Yes, you can even have overlapping times between Genie+ return times and Individual Lightning Lanes. The app doesn't care! 

HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I BOOK FOR AT A TIME?

As long as everyone is on your Family + Friends list, you can book for your entire group. Book up to 12 people for Genie+ return windows, and up to 10 people for Individual Lightning Lanes at once.

Prioritizing your Lightning Lanes is a balance between what your family wants to ride, of course, but also the order that Lightning Lanes sell out. This can change depending on events, weather, and time of year -- that's why this section is constantly updated!

Magic Kingdom

1. Seven Dwarf's Mine Train*
2. Peter Pan's Flight
3. Big Thunder Mountain
4. Enchanted Tales with Belle
5. Meet Ariel at her Grotto

DANA'S PICK: Peter Pan's Flight

EPCOT

1. Remy's Ratatouille Adventure
2. Guardians of the Galaxy*
3. Test Track
4. Frozen Ever After
5. Soarin'

DANA'S PICK: Remy's Ratatouille Ad.

Hollywood Studios

1. Slinky Dog Dash
2. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance*
3. Millenium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
4. Toy Story Mania!
5. Twilight Zone Tower or Terror

DANA'S PICK: Rise* and/or MMRR

Animal Kingdom

1. Avatar Flight of Passage*
2. Meet Pals at Adventurers Outpost
3. Na'vi River Journey
4. Expedition Everest
5. Kilimanjaro Safaris

DANA'S PICK: Na'vi River Journey

THIS LIST IS UPDATED WEEKLY SO YOU HAVE THE FRESHEST INFO FOR YOUR TRIP

*Individual Lightning Lane not included in Genie+

What to Book First

Magic Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

EPCOT

Hollywood Studios

Click below to see example itineraries on a day with Genie+ using a combination of the 2-hour rule and the scan-and-book method.

In-between using your Lightning Lanes, plan to ride low standby waits and shows.

Examples

Park Hopping

7am: Book Peter Pan's Flight for 9:30-10:30am.

9:30am Scan into Peter Pan's Flight and immediately book Meet Ariel at her Grotto for 3:35-4:35pm.

11:30am Using the 2-hour rule, book Winnie the Pooh for 1:10-2:10pm.

1:10pm Scan into Winnie the Pooh and immediately book it's a small world for 1:20-2:20pm.

1:20pm Scan into it's a small world and book Enchanted Tales with Belle for 4:05-5:05pm

3:20pm Using the 2-hour rule, book Under the Sea -- Little Mermaid for 3:55-4:55pm 

3:35pm Scan into Meet Ariel at her Grotto

3:55pm Scan into Under the Sea -- Little Mermaid and continue booking Lightning Lanes.

GENIE+ in MAGIC KINGDOM

7am: Book Remy's Ratatouille Adventure for 9:30-10:30am and buy an ILL for Guardians of the Galaxy for 1:00-2:00pm.

9:30am Scan into Remy's and immediately book Frozen Ever After for 2:15-3:15pm.

11:30am Using the 2-hour rule, book Soarin' for 12:35-1:35pm.

12:45pm: Scan into Soarin' and book Spaceship Earth for 1:55-2:55pm.

1:10pm Scan into ILL for Guardians of the Galaxy.

1:55pm Scan into Spaceship Earth and book Test Track for 4:10-5:10pm.

3:10pm Scan into Frozen Ever After.

5:05pm Scan into Test Track.

GENIE+ IN EPCOT

7am: Book Slinky Dog Dash for 1:05-2:05pm.

9am: Official park opening

11am Using the 2-hour rule, book Toy Story Mania! for 12:40-1:40pm.

12:40pm Scan into Toy Story Mania! and book Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway for 5:05-6:05pm.

1:05pm Scan into Slinky Dog Dash.

2:40pm Using the 2-hour rule, book Meet Olaf for 3:25-4:25pm.

3:25pm Scan into Meet Olaf and book Tower of Terror for 6:30-7:30pm or sooner.

5:05pm Scan into Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.

6:25pm Scan into Tower of Terror.

GENIE+ IN HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

7am: Book Na'vi River Journey for 11:30-12:30pm and buy an ILL for Flight of Passage for 11am-12pm

8am: Official park opening. 

10am Using the 2-hour rule, book Meet Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost for 11:45am-12:45pm.

11:05am Scan into your ILL for Flight of Passage.

11:35am Scan into Na'vi River Journey.

12:10am Scan into Meet Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost and book Expedition Everest for 12:40-1:40pm.

1:30pm Scan into Expedition Everest and book DINOSAUR for 2:05-3:05pm.

2:05pm Scan into DINOSAUR and keep booking Lightning Lanes if you're hopping to another park.


GENIE+ IN ANIMAL KINGDOM

7am: Book Slinky Dog Dash for 9:30-10:30am.

9:30am Scan into Slinky Dog Dash and book Tower of Terror for 2:35-3:35pm. Ride low standby waits.

11:30am Using the 2-hour rule, book Remy's Ratatouille Adventure for 5:20-6:20pm.

1:30pm Using the 2-hour rule, book Test Track for 4:40-5:40pm.

2:35pm Scan into Tower of Terror, park hop to EPCOT.

4:40pm Scan into Test Track and book Soarin' for 5:10-6:10pm.

5:10pm Scan into Soarin' and book Frozen Ever After for 6:10-7:10pm.

5:20pm Scan into Remy's Ratatouille Adventure followed by Frozen Ever After at 6:10pm.




Park HOPPING EXAMPLE

Keep track of what you need to book the morning of your park day: Virtual Queue, Genie+, and Individual Lightning Lanes. Yay, organization!


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