Disney Brings Major Update to Controversial Genie+, Lightning Lane Service

Guests at Walt Disney World Resort have become accustomed to a whole new system over the past few months.

Disney unveiled the Disney Genie, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane services as a new fast pass system last fall, which means guests could pay an extra $15 per person to book attractions and use the “lightning lane” instead of waiting in the regular queue.

However, the feedback hasn’t been great.

Many Disney Park visitors were upset that they couldn’t book the attractions they wanted to get reservations and some noted inflated wait times for the rides. Others reported glitches and glitches in the app and on the opening day of Disney Genie at Disneyland Resort the feature crashed.

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However, the latest feature should prove both convenient and necessary for groups traveling to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort.

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Theme park reporter Scott Gustin shared on Twitter that the Walt Disney World app has been updated to now include linking code functionality. This means guests traveling with a party, whether family or friends, can now easily link their accounts to book Disney Genie+, Lightning Lane and restaurant reservations using a simple QR code.

The Walt Disney World app has been updated and now includes a “link code” feature to make it easier to connect with family and friends. After opening your linking QR code under My Profile, a friend can scan and link your accounts to book Genie+, Lightning Lane, etc.

If you’ve ever tried adding family or friends the previous way, you know the app can be tricky and the locations can be spotty at best. This new feature will make logging in a breeze!

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Learn more about Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane

Disney Parks describes Genie+ like this:

For the price of $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort and $20 per ticket per day at Disneyland Resort, choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the Lightning Entrance Lane. You can pick one at a time, throughout the day – from classics like Haunted Mansion to thrill rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and new favorites like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (attractions subject to limited availability). This convenient option is the next evolution of Disneyland Resort’s fan-favorite Disney MaxPass service. 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 visit Disneyland Resort.

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At Walt Disney World Resort, attractions available through Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane include:

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Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mining Train
  • space mountain

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Tickets
Experiences include*:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the flying elephant
  • Haunted house
  • “the world is small”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • crazy tea
  • Mickey’s Philhar Magic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • The Flight of Peter Pan
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • See Mickey at the Town Square Theater
  • See Princess Tiana and a visiting princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • See Cinderella and a visiting princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • splash mountain
  • The Barnstormer
  • Aladdin’s Magic Carpets
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland circuit
  • Under the Sea ~ Voyage of the Little Mermaid
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Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • frozen forever
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Tickets
Attractions include*:

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into the imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Earth
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Go around the world
  • Spaceship Earth
  • test track
  • The seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Talking turtle with Crush
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Tickets
Experiences include*:

  • Alien whirling saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast live on stage
  • Disney Junior Play and Dance!
  • For the first time ever: a frozen celebration in chorus
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Millennium Falcon: The Smugglers’ Race
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with Aerosmith
  • See Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story mania!
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Tickets
Attractions include*:

  • Lion King Day Celebration
  • DINOSAUR
  • Feathered friends in flight!
  • It’s hard to be an insect!
  • Rapids of the Kali River
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Journey on the Na’vi River
  • The animation experience at the conservation station
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Have you used Genie+ in Disney Parks? What was your experience like?

Let Academy Travel’s team of experts help you plan your next magical Disneyland Resort vacation, including Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure and the Downtown Disney District. Or what about the Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks – Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios – and the shopping and dining district of Disney Springs!

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