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Disney Genie Service Overview – The “New FastPass” [2023]

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If you are planning a trip to Disney, you already know that it can be confusing and overwhelming.

Well, to add 1 more thing to learn (and a lot of FastPass knowledge to forget), let’s take a look at Disney Genie, an in-app service aimed at making your next trip to the parks more enjoyable by suggesting rides based on wait times and your personal preferences.

Gone are FASTPASS, FastPass+, and Disney MaxPass — now guests at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California have the option of using Disney Genie and Disney Genie+, which is a paid version of the new free service.

On top of that, guests will have the option to pay even more for à la carte express access to select rides. Yes, that’s 2 additional charges on top of your already expensive park tickets.

Yes, it’s more money. Yes, it’s confusing. Yes, we are going to break it all down for you. Let’s get into the details so you can really maximize your next trip to Disney.

Disney Genie

Disney Genie Service Comparison, Disney FastPass replacement
Disney Genie service comparison. Image Credit: Disney

Disney Genie is a new, free planning tool built into the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps. The idea behind the new service is to help guests have a more enjoyable park experience by optimizing their time in the parks.

Planning a day at Disney can be complex and overwhelming for many, and this is Disney’s latest attempt at making the planning process easier for those who don’t treat a park day like a competitive sport — but don’t worry, there will still be some of that!

The technology behind Disney Genie uses algorithms based on estimated wait times to help you plan out your park day based on your preferred itinerary.

Before you arrive at the park you can log into the app and tell the Genie exactly what rides, attractions, experiences, and meals you want to have, and the Genie (algorithm) will, in theory, lay out a plan for you so that you can spend more time enjoying the park instead of waiting in lines.

For those of us who take planning very seriously, only time will tell if Disney Genie will actually be useful or if it will be more of a suggestion to keep in the back of our minds.

What we do know is that Disney is trying to help guests skip long lines and that Disney Genie will update throughout the day so that you can be flexible with your plans.

Bottom Line: Disney Genie replaced Walt Disney World FastPass+ in 2021. While there are some similarities, there are some definite differences between the 2 programs.

Disney Genie+

The pandemic brought the suspension (and ultimately the retirement) of Disney FastPass+ at Walt Disney World and FASTPASS and MaxPass at Disneyland, which has now been replaced with Disney Genie+.

Disney Genie+ is an optional paid service that will allow guests to skip the line and head right to the Lightning Lane entrance on select attractions.

As of right now, Annual Pass holders will also need to pay the daily fee, however, Disney has said that may change in the future.

Guests can select 1 ride at a time throughout the day and will have access to unique in-app experiences based on the park they are visiting.

Watch the video above for a quick overview; details on each park are below.

Disney Genie+ at Walt Disney World

Disney Genie+ Disney FastPass replacement
Disney Genie+ Benefits. Image Credit: Disney

Disney Genie+ costs $15 to $29 per person, per day at Walt Disney World and guests have access to over 40 rides to choose from. If you have a Park Hopper ticket, you will still be able to select rides and access Lightning Lanes across parks.

The complete list of Disney Genie+ rides at Walt Disney World includes:

Magic Kingdom

  • The Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
  • Meet Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

EPCOT

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Hollywood Studios

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Play & Dance!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along
  • Celebration Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Meet Disney Stars at Red Carpet Dreams
  • Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Animal Kingdom

  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
  • Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
  • DINOSAUR Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Naʻvi River Journey

Your purchase of the service includes unique audio experiences while inside Walt Disney World parks and access to augmented reality lenses while using the app.

Guests staying onsite at Walt Disney World Resorts can book Disney Genie+ attractions and à la carte attractions (more on that below) starting at 7 a.m. on the day of their park reservation.

Those visiting the park for the day (but not staying on property) can also book Disney Genie+ attractions at 7 a.m. but can only book à la carte attractions at park opening, regardless of whether they’ve entered the park or not.

Disney Genie+ at Disneyland

Disney Genie Disneyland PhotoPass
Disney Genie+ PhotoPass at Disneyland. Image Credit: Disney

Disney Genie+ costs $25 per person, per day at Disneyland and guests have access to 18 rides to choose from.

The complete list of Disney Genie+ rides at Disneyland includes:

Disneyland Park

  • 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

Disney California Adventure Park

  • 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!

Just like Disney Genie+ at Walt Disney World, guests will be able to access unique audio experiences and augmented reality lenses while using the app.

However, in addition to those features, guests at Disneyland Resort also have unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from their day at the park.

Guests visiting Disneyland (regardless of where they are staying) will only be able to book Disney Genie+ attractions and à la carte attractions once they enter the park. This, of course, is subject to change.

Individual Lightning Lanes

Remys Ratatouille Adventure Epcot
Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT will use a virtual queue. Image Credit: Disney

If you were bummed about now having to pay for an updated version of Disney FastPass+, you probably won’t love Individual Lightning Lanes (formerly known as Individual Attraction Selections).

For yet another fee, this à la carte service allows guests to use the new Lightning Lane entrances at some of the most high-demand rides and attractions in the parks. This could be good news for some people, especially those trying to get on rides with Virtual Boarding Groups that haven’t been lucky enough.

Rides like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure that aren’t included in the Disney Genie+ service can be purchased separately.

There is a limit of 2 selections per person, per day, and pricing will be variable based on dates.

Hot Tip: Virtual Boarding Groups will still be in place and can be booked starting at 7 a.m. as they have been. That means guests should not plan on sleeping past 6:59 a.m. on park days if they want to book a Virtual Boarding Group, a Disney Genie+ attraction, or an à la carte ride … just in case Disney wasn’t exhausting enough.

Lightning Lanes

Disney Genie Lightning Lane, Disney FastPass replacement
Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane. Image Credit: Disney

As mentioned above, Lightning Lanes have now replaced Disney FastPass+ queues.

In order to access these express lines, guests will either need to pay for Disney Genie+ or pay for an à la carte single ride.

Although it is certainly a bummer to have to pay for something that was once free, this does open up the opportunity to guarantee that you can experience certain rides. No luck getting a Virtual Queue Boarding Group? Just buy your way on!

Lightning Lanes at Walt Disney World

The list of Lightning Lane rides at Walt Disney World includes:

Magic Kingdom

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

EPCOT

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Hollywood Studios

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Animal Kingdom

  • Avatar Flight of Passage

Lightning Lanes at Disneyland

The list of Lightning Lane rides at Disneyland includes:

Disneyland Park

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Disney California Adventure Park

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

Lightning Lanes can cost up to $25 each.

Final Thoughts

Millenium Falcon at Star Wars Galaxys Edge at Disneys Hollywood Studios
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Image Credit: Chris Hassan

Disney Genie is yet another tool to help you maximize your time while visiting Disney parks. Hopefully, the service will be able to work some magic and make planning easier for most guests, although many guests are finding the service and Disney experience more overwhelming than ever.

Disney Genie+ is the long-expected (and dreaded) paid Disney FastPass+ replacement. While many will complain about the extra cost, it has proven to be quite a popular add-on despite the ~10% increase to a daily visit to the park.

Unfortunately, as things are right now, Annual Passholders do not get a discount on Disney Genie+, so that could represent a huge additional expense for frequent visitors.

With the option to pay to skip the line, Disney now has a financial incentive to see long lines, which has been the case ever since re-opening.

Overall, Disney Genie should/could improve the Disney park experience, and we don’t think that anyone is surprised to see a paid component to it.

What do you think about Disney Genie? Will you use it? Will you pay for it? Was a Disney FastPass replacement necessary? Let us know in the comments or come join our private Facebook Group, Level UP Travel, and chat with fellow travelers!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Disney Genie+ cost?

Disney Genie+ costs $15-= to $29 per person, per day at Walt Disney World, and $25 at Disneyland.

Does Disney Genie+ work with Park Hopper tickets?

Yes, Disney Genie+ will work if you have a Park Hopper ticket.

How many rides are included with Disney Genie+?

Guests have access to 18 rides to choose from at Disneyland and 46 at Walt Disney World.

Is Disney Genie free?

Yes, Disney Genie, the park planning tool, is free. However, the FastPass+ replacement, Genie+, has a daily fee.

What is the Disney FastPass replacement?

Disney Genie and Genie+ have replaced Disney FastPass.

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About Chris Hassan

Chris holds a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management and managed social media for all Marriott properties in South America, making him a perfect fit for UP and its social media channels. He has a passion for making content catered toward family travelers.

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