Disneyland Genie+ Guide: Tips for Paid FastPass Replacement + Is it Worth It?

The new Disney Genie+ program has been announced as the replacement for MaxPass/FastPass at Disneyland! This new program is essentially paid FastPass, similar to MaxPass, and retired the Disneyland FastPass program permanently.

Disney Genie+ is in the Disneyland app and offer access to 15 attractions at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. This paid option is a part of a new app interface, Disney Genie, that Disney launched at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Keep reading for everything that we know so far about the launch of the new Disney Genie Plus service at Disneyland. This new service has now in place at Disneyland!

You can read all details on Disney Genie at Walt Disney Word in our guide.>

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What you need to know about the new Disneyland Genie+ Service

Your next visit to the Disneyland Resort just got more fun (and easier!)  with the power of Disney Genie+! This paid service essentially replaces the former Disney MaxPass and FastPass system, allowing you to skip the regular line on attractions at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

What is Disney Genie?

Disney Genie is a FREE service on the Disneyland app which helps guests at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure customize their day.

This is a good time to discuss the Disneyland app. Downloading the latest version of the Disneyland app is must-have for any Disneyland visit. The Disneyland app is a valuable tool for anyone visiting the Disneyland Resort and will be the location where your tickets are stored, where you can browse ride wait times or bring up the Disneyland map, and will be the main source of all the information you will need while inside the parks.

The Disney Genie app services include:

  • Personalized itinerary planning on the “My Day” tab.
  • Ability to chat with a Cast Member if you have questions during your Disney day.
  • A continually updated tip board that shows you estimated wait times for your chosen attractions, allows you to join a virtual queue, and also make an individual Lightning Lane purchase.
  • A custom tip board for dining. You can mobile order food, make dining reservations, check into a restaurant and join a dining walk-up list. Reservations for some dining locations can be made virtually on the Disneyland app with Disney Genie, instead of putting your name down at the actual location.

These features are so helpful for park guests, especially newcomers that find touring the parks intimidating on a first visit- now you can ask Disney to do it for you, if you wish!

What is Disneyland Genie+Disneyland Genie+ Lightning Lane Indiana Jones

The Disney Genie+ program is accessed on the Disneyland app and allows you to select the next available arrival window for Lightning Lane entrances for 19 attractions at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Lighting Lanes are Disneyland’s Fast Pass/MaxPass successor and work very similar to the old program. The former program allowed a Disneyland guest to book return times to popular rides at the park, essentially skipping the line on a ride with little to no wait time. This new Genie+ program works in the same fashion by booking return times on the Disneyland app and using the Disneyland app as your ticket to skip the line.

The cost of this new feature is $20 per person, per day, for guests ages 3+. However, Disney Genie+ is not required for your Disney day and guests are still able to wait for lines for all rides at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure without needing to purchase Disney Genie+.

Disneyland Genie+ Lightning LanesDisneyland Genie+ Space Mountain

The only way to access Lightning Lanes is to purchase Disney Genie+ for each member of your group.

Once you enter Disneyland or Disney California Adventure, you can make your first Genie+ reservation. Guests can only hold one reservation at a time. You can also only choose one Lighting Lane ride, per day. For example, you can use Disney Genie+ to access a Lighting Lane for Haunted Mansion on your Disney day, but only time. If you would like to ride Haunted Mansion again, you will need to wait in line without using a Lighting Lane.

At Disneyland, you’ll be able to enjoy the Lightning Lanes at these attractions with Genie+:

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

At Disney California Adventure:

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania

Guests can book a new Lighting Lane at least every 120 minutes. It’s possible to book more Lighting Lanes in a shorter time when there are return windows available to book less than 120 minutes later. Once a guest enters a Lightning Lane entrance at a ride and redeem their Genie+ booking, they are eligible to book a new Lighting Lane.

Example:

  • 9:00 AM: Guest enters Disneyland, purchases Genie+ and books a Lighting Lane 9:20-10:20 AM window for Haunted Mansion.
  • 9:20 AM: Guest redeems the Haunted Mansion Lightning Lane, and before they ride Haunted Mansion, immediately books Splash Mountain for a return window of 9:25-10:25 AM.
  • 9:40 AM: Guest finishes riding Haunted Mansion, heads over to Splash Mountain and redeems the Lightning Lane. Guest immediately books a return window of 9:45-10:45 AM for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

You can experience multiple attractions very quickly as long as Lighting Lanes are redeemed as soon as they are scanned on the app and return times for Genie+ Lighting Lane rides are short. Starting your Disney day as early as possible is key to stacking numerous rides one after another. The earlier you start booking Lighting Lanes, the more rides you will be able to enjoy using this paid service.

To maximize your Disney Genie+ value it’s best to purchase a park hopping ticket so you can access both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure’s Lighting Lanes.

If your Lighting Lane ride breaks down, you will be automatically issued a Multiple Experience Pass for that reservation on the Disneyland app. A Multiple Experience Park pass is issued when a ride temporarily stops working during the time a guest would have redeemed their Lighting Lane. They can be used ANYTIME until park closing and are valid in either park if you have a Park Hopper ticket. With this Multiple Experience Pass, you can ride a Lighting Lane more than once a day.

Example:

  • You went on Haunted Mansion using a Lighting Lane.
  • Chose a Lighting Lane for Autopia.
  • Autopia broke down and you were issued a Multiple Experience Pass.
  • Without having to choose a return time, you redeem your Multiple Experience Pass to ride Haunted Mansion again!

It’s good to know that some rides may sell out of Lighting Lanes for the day. It’s best to use Lighting Lanes early in the day for the more popular rides or on rides that are most important to you.

Individual Lighting LanesDisneyland Genie+ Rise of the Resistance

Park guests are able to purchase separate access to individual Lightning Lanes to ride. There are three rides that a guest can skip the line by using a Lighting Lane, however, they are not part of the Disney Genie+ package. These three rides need to be purchased individually in order to skip the line:

Disneyland:

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Disney California Adventure:

  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure

These individual Lightning Lanes can be purchased on the Disneyland app for an additional $7-$20 (depending on the ride) per person. The price will vary depending on the day and time, likely influenced by how busy the parks are. These attractions can sell out, so prioritize these rides early.

*Important: you can only choose two of these rides per day, not all three.

Disneyland Genie+ Additional PerksDisney World/Disneyland dapper dans

Guests that purchase Disney Genie+ also have access to unlimited PhotoPass downloads for the entire day – a huge perk! This helps justify the cost greatly in the same way MaxPass did. I am thrilled that Disney is continuing to include this perk with the new Disney Genie+.  Without Disney Genie+, PhotoPass can be purchased by any guest for $19.99 for the day. When a guest purchases Disney Genie+ for $20, it automatically comes with PhotoPass for the day, an extra savings perk!

Also, guests will have access to Audio Tales, exclusive audio tours of the parks featuring fun facts and park history facts.

Tips and Tricks to Maximize Disney Genie+DIsneyland Genie+ Multiple Experiences

  • Make sure to have the latest version of the Disneyland app and your notification and location services turned on.
    • Since you will be using your phone throughout the day, also make sure to bring extra portable battery chargers as the Disneyland app uses a ton of juice!
  • Be sure your park tickets are linked to your Disneyland app account.
    • Without your park tickets linked, you won’t be able to use Disney Genie+. In the Disneyland app, scan your ticket barcode or enter the ID number of your ticket to link.
    • You can link your park tickets on the Disneyland app by printing out the paper electronic tickets and scanning the barcode, or using your phone to capture the barcode from your computer. You can also manually enter in the Ticket ID to link the tickets to your account.
  • Always check the Disneyland app to check Lightning Lane attraction entry availability before buying.
    • If you are arriving to the parks later in day, some rides may not be available for Disney Genie+ and may have already reached their Lighting Lane capacity.
  • To make the most of your Disney Genie+ purchase, get to the parks EARLY, an hour before opening!
    • Arriving to the parks early will maximize your Disney Genie+ purchase. Try to select the more popular rides early in the day (for example, Guardians of the Galaxy) so your Lighting Lane wait times are short.
  • Having a park hopper ticket, so you can use this service at both parks, will give you the most bang for your buck!
    • There are a total of 19 rides that have Lighting Lanes with Disney Genie+. Disneyland has 12 of the Lighting Lanes rides, so if you have a single park day ticket, you get more Lighting Lane ride opportunities at Disneyland versus Disney California Adventure.
  • Always book the next Lighting Lane as soon as you redeem one, before you get on the ride.
    • Once your Lighting Lane is scanned on the Disneyland app, select the next ride you would like to go on! The earlier you select your next Lighting Lake, the more rides you can conquer!
  • Have a list of rides you would like to accomplish that day, both with Lighting Lanes and without. On the downtime between your Lighting Lane times, go on the other rides that have stand-by lanes only!
    • Having a plan for the day your whole group has agreed on will really help in having a smooth, relaxed Disney day. Select one person in your group to be in charge of booking the Lighting Lanes for your group. Link your tickets to that one account, so everyone in the group can be on a ride at the same time. One person will select all the rides, and if a plan is in place, it will be easy to select each ride. Make sure to treat this wonderful person to a churro, or two!
  • Purchase any individual Lighting Lanes (Radiator Springs Racers, Web Slingers, Rise of the Resistance) early in the day as these rides may sell out.
    • These individual Lighting Lanes can sell out, especially the very popular Rise of the Resistance.
  • Mobile order your meals with pickup times during the downtime in between Lighting Lane rides.
    • Mobile ordering meals is key to skipping the lines.. at dining locations! Many dining locations and even quick service eateries offer mobile ordering. Try to mobile order your meals early in the day, and pick up your food while waiting for your next Lighting Lane time slot to open up!
  • Don’t forget to take advantage of the unlimited PhotoPass downloads that come with Disney Genie+! Open up the Disneyland app, go to the teardrop icon at the bottom of the page, and at the top use the pull down bar to select “PhotoPass” to locate where all the PhotoPass photographers are!
    • Your photos are automatically linked to your Disney account. You can download them straight to your phone or computer!

Guests with Disabilities Disneyland Genie+ screenshot

Guests that qualify for the existing Disability Access Service (DAS) program will be relieved to know that everything has remained unchanged with the exception of additional options to book return times! Disneyland’s Disability Access Service is for guests who have disabilities and who are unable to wait in a standard line. Instead of waiting in line, the guest and their party can use a DAS pass to schedule a return time to ride attractions without having to wait in the standard line.

With the new free Disney Genie service, guests will now be able to book their return times on the Disneyland app instead of going to Guests Services to issue one. Guests will also be able to pre-enroll for the DAS service before they arrive which is a great time saver.

Guests will be able to utilize live video chat to register for the program with a cast member up to 30 days in advance of their visit. During the video chat, guests can also select two experiences per day using the new DAS advance planning option. You can read more about options for guests with disabilities at Disneyland in our guide.

Disney Genie Digital Overview Video

You can also watch the video above to get a great look at how Disney Genie works in real time!

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