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Genie+ Rides To Book Quick at Disney

We have been learning a lot about how to get the most out of Disney’s new feature Genie+.  Genie+ joined the My Disney Experience app last year.  It is an additional $15 per person, per day that Guests can choose to add during their Walt Disney World vacation.  It is through this feature that Guests can then book Lightning Lanes for select attractions in all four Disney Parks.  Doing so lowers their wait times and allows them to see and do more during their vacation.

We have seen over the last year that some rides are more popular when it comes to Genie+ than others.  Because of this, they become more important to book right away in the morning (7 am) when Genie+ becomes available.

To help you get the most out of Genie+, we are going to share what rides we have found to be a top priority for Genie+ selections at each of the four Disney Parks.  We hope this will help you get the most out of this feature during your trip.

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Cost:  Genie+ is $15 per person, per day

Availability: Starting at midnight, Guests can add Genie+ to their ticket through the My Disney Experience app.  At 7 am, they are able to book their first Genie+ selection.

How it Works:  Guests will choose a specific attraction that they wish to use Genie+ on.  They will be given the next available return window (one hour).  It is during this window that Guests then will return to that attraction and be able to use the Lightning Lane.  The Lightning Lane is the physical queue that Guests will use to access the ride.  This wait is shorter than the standby line and typically no longer than 15-30 minutes.

How Many:  Guests can book a Genie+ selection every 120 minutes, or after they have used their original Genie+ selection

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At EPCOT the difficulty there is how big the Park is to navigate.  Because of this you have to really think about where you will be throughout the day.

There are three rides to choose from in EPCOT when it comes to your first Genie+ selection.  Those three rides are Remy’s Ratotoulie Adventure, Test Track, and Frozen Ever After.  Start by thinking about what ride is a must-do for your family.

Test Track typically sees the standby lines build the fastest, Genie+ book up first, and is the one that is impacted the most by rain.  If this is a must-do for your family, make it your first Genie+ selection at 7 am.

If Test Track isn’t a priority, think about booking Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.  As one of the newer rides in all of Walt Disney World, the lines for Remy’s are often long.  If you use your first Genie+ selection here, you can often rope drop Frozen Ever After in Norway easily.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

This Disney Park probably offers the fewest options when it comes to Genie+ selections overall.  The top options for booking would be Kilimanjaro Safari, Navi River Journey, or Expedition Everest.

Our top choice of these three would be Kilimanjaro Safari.  As this ride is so very unique to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we think that is a must-do each and every trip.  As we like to ride earlier in the morning when the animals are up, having a Genie+ booked can really help lower wait times.  The ride is around 20 minutes long depending on the animals, so the line can build quickly.

We have also found that we can typically find Genie+ reservations for Expedition Everest and Na’vi River Journey later in the day.  Rope dropping these two is also a great option.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land, and Sunset Boulevard all have fantastic rides making it hard to choose which to select for your first Genie+ choice.  If your family loves Slinky Dog Dash, this should be your top pick at 7 am.  Although we have seen more available now that the crowds have slowed down, Slinky Dog Dash continues to be one of the toughest Genie+ selections to get at any Disney Park.

If Slinky Dog Dash isn’t necessary for your family, then Millennium Falcon should be your top pick.  These two rides followed by Tower of Terror and Rock n’ Roller Coaster are where you should focus your Genie+ selections.  Determine where you don’t rope-dropping and use that to pick your Genie+ selections.

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Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom has the most attractions of the Disney Parks participating in Genie+.  Although this is great when it comes to options, it can also be tricky to determine which ride should be your first choice.

When it comes down to availability, we continue to see Jungle Cruise as the attraction that has its Genie+ selections run out quickly.  When it comes to avoiding long lines, Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain all continue to be great options for Genie+.  These thrill rides in Magic Kingdom see the longer waits throughout the day, but they also don’t see their Genie+ selection run out until late morning or early afternoon.  This gives you some time to snag Peter Pan’s Flight or Jungle Cruise beforehand.

There is a lot that goes into understanding Genie+ at Walt Disney World.  We have a lot of information over at How to Disney to help you navigate this feature found on the My Disney Experience app.  By providing these suggestions, we hope that you are better able to determine which rides you will book as your first Genie+ selection at each Disney Park.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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