Disney Genie Debuts on October 19th
Walt Disney World just announced that Disney Genie will debut to the public on October 19th.
So, we’re only ten days away from the next generation of theme park visits.
Here’s everything we just learned.
Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Start Soon
Disney announced this program will begin a week from Tuesday.
Based on a media preview, Disney Genie will appear on the home page of My Disney Experience. That’s where you will access your new virtual assistant.
As a reminder, Disney Genie is a free service that park officials promise will be just as valuable to Disney pros as it will be to first-time guests.
Still, most DVC members have expressed more curiosity about Disney Genie+, the modern equivalent of a paid FastPass system.
During this announcement, Disney updated the official site to show which attractions will participate in Disney Genie+.
As a reminder, this service costs $15 per guest per day at Walt Disney World. Here’s the list of attractions at Magic Kingdom:
- 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
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Splash Mountain
- The Barnstormer
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
I’ll add that Disney has limited guests to eight bookings for Disney Genie+. That number could change later, but it’ll force some hard choices when you buy the product.
Also, you may only hold a maximum of two Disney Genie+ reservations at any one time. In fact, you’ll face a hard limit of one much of the time.
Disney will allow you to schedule one Disney Genie+ pass at any point. You may hold a second if it’s more than two hours beyond the current time.
I’d suggest that you do this when you’re about to eat a meal, especially a Table Service or Signature Dining experience.
Disney Genie+ at the Other Three Parks
Here’s the list of participating attractions at the other three parks. The eight-reservation limit applies to them as well.
At a place like EPCOT, it’s not a big deal at all. Magic Kingdom is probably the only place where you’ll struggle with the upper limit.
- Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
- Journey into Imagination with Figment
- Living with the Land
- Mission: SPACE – Green
- Mission: SPACE – Orange
- Spaceship Earth
- Test Track
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Beauty & The Beast Live on Stage
- Disney Jr. Dance Party
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – Returning December 19th, 2021
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Muppet*Vision 3D
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Star Tours
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Toy Story Mania!
- Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
- Feathered Friends in Flight!
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
- Kali River Rapids
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Naʻvi River Journey
- The Animation Experience
You’ve likely noticed some glaring omissions here, and that brings us to…
Lightning Lane Attractions and Pricing
We already knew the daily cost of Disney Genie+. The new information involves Lightning Lane, the skip-the-line service.
With Lightning Lane, you can pay your way onto specific attractions at Walt Disney World.
Disney just confirmed the initial lineup as:
- Avatar Flight of Passage – Animal Kingdom
- Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom
- Frozen Ever After – EPCOT
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Hollywood Studios
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure — EPCOT
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Magic Kingdom
- Space Mountain – Magic Kingdom
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Hollywood Studios.
So, that’s two attractions per park, which makes sense given that you can purchase a maximum of two Lightning Lane passes per day.
Most of these attractions represent the most popular attractions at Walt Disney World.
The only surprises are probably Expedition Everest and Space Mountain. Neither of them requires an average wait on a par with the others.
Capacity and throughput, as well as name recognition, likely factor into Disney’s calculus here.
The pricing is noteworthy as well. Each attraction comes with its own pricing model, and Disney indicates that these will change at times. So, tiered pricing is a thing with Lightning Lane, too.
On the first date for the service, Disney lists sample prices of:
- Expedition Everest: $7
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure — $9
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train — $10
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — $15
On other days in October, Ratatouille costs as much as $13. Obviously, Disney has chosen a complicated approach for its pricing model.
As a reminder, when you stay at Disney hotels, including DVC resorts, you can book Lightning Lane reservations at 7 a.m.
Otherwise, you must wait until you arrive at the park that morning. So, that’s one advantage of being a loyal Disney customer.