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Why We Won’t Regret Paying Extra For Rides In Walt Disney World

With the introduction on Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection in Walt Disney World it had us thinking of when we wouldn’t mind paying a little extra to ride with a lower wait.

Genie+ is the system that replaced Fastpass+ and costs an additional $15/day/person to get access to over 40 Lightning Lanes in the Theme Parks.

Individual Attraction Selections (IAS) are rides that you can purchase al-a-carte in order to use the Lightning Lanes.  This pricing is date based and ranges from $7 to $15 per person.

Guests are able to purchase two IAS per day and they don’t have to be in the same Disney Park.

For Genie+, Guests can choose to add it to their Walt Disney World package or ticket purchase for the whole length of their vacation, or they can Genie+ on the morning they want to use it.

To add IAS, Guests can sign onto My Disney Experience and purchase their IAS choices starting at 7am.

When We Would Pay Extra

Although we would prefer that this feature was free, it isn’t and that means we are going to have to adjust.

When we think about when we would be willing to pay extra for rides there are a few instances that we wouldn’t be upset about having to pay extra.

First is when there is a new ride in a Theme Park.  When new rides and attractions open in one of the four Theme Parks, we see extremely long waits as all Guests want to experience it.

The other reason we would be willing to pay for rides is when we haven’t ridden it yet.  When we head down in March for Spring Break 2022, we will be paying for Rise of Resistance as my husband and son haven’t experienced it yet.

By purchasing these rides we haven’t done yet, we can help ensure that we are able to experience them without extreme waits.

Finally, we are willing to pay extra for rides that seem to always have long wait times.  If we know that a ride typically has wait times longer than an hour on any given day, we are going to be willing to pay a little extra to skip these long lines.

These are the three reasons why we would be willing to pay extra for rides.

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IAS We’d Pay For

Right now there are two rides in each of the four Theme Parks that are part of Individual Attraction Selection (IAS) meaning Guests need to pay individually in order to have access to the Lightning Lanes.

As we mentioned earlier, the cost for these rides are date based meaning they vary depending on when you are visiting.  Popular times such as the holidays or spring break will see higher prices than slower times such as end of January/ early February.

When looking at which of these rides we would pay for, there are four out of the eight that we would be willing to pay for during our Walt Disney World vacation for various reasons.

Rise of the Resistance is the first ride that we would be willing to pay for while on our vacation.  Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Rise of the Resistance is currently the most popular ride in all of Walt Disney World.

With lines constantly over an hour and sometimes reaching two to three hours on busy days, Rise of the Resistance is one IAS that we would pay for.

Cost for Rise of the Resistance is constantly $15 each day.  We think that this is a good investment if you haven’t experienced this ride and don’t want to spend an extended period of time in line.

Avatar Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is another ride that we would purchase the IAS for during our vacation.  A lot like Rise of the Resistance, Avatar is extremely popular and consistently sees wait times that are higher than 90 minutes.

Early in the morning this ride moves quickly, but within the first hour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom opening, you will see the wait time rise to 90 plus minutes.

Since we really enjoy this ride and prefer to not spend a long time in line while visiting Animal Kingdom, we will opt to pay $11-$14 to use the Lightning Lane.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

The newest ride in Walt Disney World is found in EPCOT back in the France Pavilion.  Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure opened with the 50th anniversary celebration.

Because this is the newest ride, many Guests haven’t experienced it yet which causes the wait time to be longer.  As it just transitioned away from the virtual queue, Guests now only have the option of standby or IAS.

For $9-$11, we think this is a good use of money to experience a new, exciting ride without a long wait.

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Frozen Ever After

The last of the IAS rides that we would consider paying for is Frozen Ever After in EPCOT.  Even though this ride is no longer new, it still sees extremely long waits as princesses and princes want to see their favorite sister duo.

The cost ranges between $9 to $11 daily and can really reduce the wait time for Guests.

Those are the four rides that we wouldn’t regret paying extra for during our Walt Disney World vacation.

Space Mountain

The other four rides that currently are part of the IAS are Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom, Expedition Everest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Although there might be times when it could be helpful to pay for these other IAS, overall there are other ways to ride them without long waits.

We hope that this helps you as you determine what rides could be beneficial to pay for when it comes to Individual Attraction Selections.

See our other suggestions about Genie+ HERE.

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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