GENIE

Can you guess the most confusing thing about going to Walt Disney World this year?
 
If you guessed Genie+ then YES. But here's the good news:
 
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.

Ready to get the hang of this thing?

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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 park reservations, 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 fluctuates depending on crowd levels and starts at $15 per person, per 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.

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 (44")
Slinky Dog Dash (38")
Star Tours (40")
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (40")
Toy Story Mania!

Hollywood Studios

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

EPCOT

attractions with lightning lanes

Seven Dwarfs' Mine Train (38")

The Barnstormer (35")
Big Thunder Mountain (40")
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Festival of Fantasy Parade
Haunted Mansion
"it's a small world"
Jungle Cruise
Mad Tea Party
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Mickey’s Philharmagic
Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
Peter Pan's Flight
Pirates of the Caribbean 
See Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall
See Mickey at Town Square Theater
See Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
Space Mountain (44")
Splash Mountain (40")
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

how to use

BUY

Starting at midnight the day you want to use it, purchase Genie+ inside the My Disney Experience app. 

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.

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INSTRUCTIONS + VIDEO

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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 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.

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YOU DID IT!

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OPEN INSTRUCTIONS

NEXT

2. SELECT "GET STARTED NOW"

3. CHOOSE 1 or 2 TOP PICKS

1. GO TO "MY DAY"

4. REFRESH TO SEE TOP PICK

2. SELECT "GET STARTED NOW"

3. CHOOSE 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.

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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 + HIT CONTINUE

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

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, which is great! These can also overlap with your Genie+ return times.

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.

the rules & secrets

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 any of return window that's in the 2pm range or later. Easy Peasy. 

CANCELLING A GENIE+ SELECTION

Go to "My Day" and hit the three dots next to the Genie+ you'd like to cancel. From there, hit "cancel". You can cancel it for everyone or for specific people in your group.

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

PSST...USE CODE DANA5 TO SAVE $5 ON ANY PLAN!

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!

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

If this happens, try pinning + 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 refreshing 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 + 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

shhh....

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 updated every two weeks!

Magic Kingdom

1. "Jingle" Cruise
2. Meet Cinderella at Fairytale Hall
3. Meet Mickey at Town Sq. Theatre
4. Meet Princess Tiana at Fairytale Hall
5. Peter Pan's Flight

DANA'S PICK: Peter Pan's Flight

EPCOT

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

DANA'S PICK: Remy's Ratatouille Adv.

Hollywood Studios

1. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance*
2. Slinky Dog Dash
3. Tower of Terror
4. Mickey + Minnie's Runaway Railway
5. Millenium Falcon: Smuggler's Run

DANA'S PICK: Rise of the Resistance*

Animal Kingdom

1. Avatar Flight of Passage*
2. Na'vi River Journey
3. Meet Disney Pals at Adv.'s Outpost
4. Kilimanjaro Safari
5. Expedition Everest

DANA'S PICK: Na'vi River Journey

DOWNLOAD THE LIGHTNING LANE PRIORITY GUIDE

*Individual Lightning Lane not included in Genie+

what to book first

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is the newest attraction in EPCOT. It's unique for a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is that it doesn't have a standby line.

There are 2 ways to ride: through a free virtual queue or purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane. Download the bonus guide HERE.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: COSMIC REWIND

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