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How to Use Genie+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Genie+ is an outstanding Walt Disney World Guest feature through the My Disney Experience. By choosing to purchase Genie+, Guests use the Lightning Lanes throughout the four Disney Parks. These allow them to bypass the regular standby line and therefore save time in line throughout their vacation. We have looked at how you want to prioritize the Genie+ selections in all the Parks, but we wanted to dive into Disney’s Hollywood Studios specifically.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be tricky for Genie+ as there are so many E-ticket attractions to choose from when it comes to Genie+. Although this is great because it gives variety, it can make knowing which ones you should prioritize challenging.

To help you, we will explain the best way to use Genie+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios currently for your next Disney vacation.

Remember, Guests can start purchasing Genie+ starting at midnight. The starting cost is $15, and we have seen it reach $29 at the peak. Then at 7 am, Guests are then able to make their first Genie+ selection. From there, Guests can continue to make Genie+ reservations when one of the three things happens:

  1. They have used their Genie+ selection
  2. The time has expired on their Genie+ selection
  3. Two hours have passed since booking their Genie+ selection

Using this information, let’s look at which reservations you should docs on when visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Wheezy Box Slinky Dog Dash

  1. Slinky Dog Dash- Toy Story Land

Your first Genie+ selection at Disney’s Hollywood Studios should be the extremely popular Slinky Dog Dash. It is by far the most popular ride in this Park, and because of this, the Genie+ selection goes quickly, and the wait times build just as fast.

You should be ready to book Slinky Dog Dash at 7 am to avoid long waits. This fun, the family-friendly coaster has Guests racing through Andy’s backyard.

Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run
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2. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

For those that don’t wish to experience Slinky Dog Dash or are big Star Wars fans, the second option for your Genie+ selection should be Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. On this ride, Guests get help flying the beloved Millennium Falcon. They work together to complete a mission for the Resistance. Although it doesn’t compare to the waits that Slinky Dog Dahs sees throughout this ride continues to be extremely popular, so picking it as your second Genie+ is an excellent option.

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3. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- Sunset Boulevard

This ride is tricky when it comes to Genie+. When it operates at total capacity, wait times aren’t too awful except in the middle of the day. However, if it runs at half capacity, as it often does, wait times can be extremely long. With Rock n’ Roller Coaster down for an extended time for refurbishment, we anticipate an increase in wait times at Tower of Terror, and the Genie+ return times go quickly.

Suppose this ride is a priority for your family. In that case, we recommend choosing it as your second Genie+ selection and, in doing so, willing to have your riding earlier in the day and ensure that selections are available.

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4. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway- Hollywood Boulevard

This family-friendly ride featuring Mickey Mouse is a top ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Because everyone can ride together, it is highly appealing to Genie+ selection. Guests love to experience this ride together, where they get to see Mickey and his friends.

If you are traveling with a large group or with little ones, this is an excellent option for a second or third Genie+ selection.

toy story mania

5. Toy Story Mania- Toy Story Land

Another excellent option for the whole family is Toy Story Mania. The original Toy Story ride, this game-like ride is fun for everyone. Genie+ is available throughout the day for this ride, making it a good option for your later Genie+ selection. All Guests can compete against one another in different themed rooms.

Alien Swirling Saucers
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6. Alien Swirling Saucer- Toy Story Land

The final ride in Toy Story Land doesn’t typically need a Genie+ as this ride isn’t as popular as the other two Toy Story rides. You can often find availability throughout the day, making it easy to grab as a quick fill-in experience as you have downtime.

Star Tours

7. Star Tours- The Adventure Continues- Echo Lake

The original Star Wars ride is a simulator, and although it might seem like long waits on the busiest days of the year, Star Tours is an easy ride to walk on. Typically you won’t need Genie+ for this ride; however, it is available late into the day if you want to ride it quickly.

Beauty and the Beast
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8. Shows

The other option you have for Genie+ throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the shows. Although they are offered with Genie+, using it for a seat to the show isn’t typically necessary. You get priority seating with Genie+ at the shows; however, there isn’t a huge advantage. We would recommend focusing on the top rides for your Genie+ selections instead.

There are a lot of E-Ticket rides at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that can be experienced with short wait times thanks to Genie+. Focus on top-ride recommendations to get the most out of your purchase. These will help you skip the longest lines while enjoying more of the Park overall. Take time to learn how Genie+ works before you head to Walt Disney World. This will help you get the most out of your investment. It is a great feature, but it does take some time to learn. We have numerous posts on How to Disney to help with your trip.


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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