Updated April 5, 2023 Want to skip the lines at Disney's top theme park attractions? Visitors to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland theme parks can pay their way into a shorter queue by buying one-time Individual Lightning Lane access.
Lightning Lane is Disney's new term for its old Fastpass queues. For many attractions, fans can get Lightning Lane access by purchasing Disney Genie+, which we detailed in a previous post, How to Use Disney Genie+. But for five top attractions at Walt Disney World and three at Disneyland, Genie+ won't get you into the Lightning Lane. You will need to buy what Disney is calling Individual Lightning Lane access for those.
The prices varies for each Individual Lightning Lane access depending upon the attraction and the date. You can book up to two Individual Lightning Lane uses per person per day, but only one at each attraction.
The eligible attractions for Individual Lightning Lane access at the Walt Disney World Resort are:
At the Disneyland Resort, the eligible attractions are:
To book, just select the Individual Lightning Lane box under the attraction's listing on the Disney Genie Tip Board, then select a time and pay.
You do not need to buy Disney Genie+ to buy an Individual Lightning Lane time, but you do need to be logged into the official Walt Disney World or Disneyland app.
Access to Individual Lightning Lane opens at 7am each morning for Walt Disney World's on-site hotel guests, then at park opening for everyone else. Disney seems to be opening additional inventory for day guests at park opening, so earlier times may become available then.
Should you buy Individual Lightning Lane?
As with Disney Genie+, this comes down to your budget and the number of people in the park on the day of your visit. If you check the Disney Genie Tip Board in the weeks leading up to your visit, you will get an idea how long a wait you would be avoiding with an Individual Lightning Lane purchase. Unlike Disney Genie+, the number of Individual Lightning Lane accesses sold each day is limited, so if you want one, plan to buy it as soon as it becomes available.
For attractions with virtual queues, try getting a space in those queues when they open at 7am. If you do not get in, you then can decide if you want to try your luck with the second-chance queue later in the day, or go ahead and pay for the Individual Lightning Lane access. Current virtual queue attractions are Epcot's Guardians, Magic Kingdom's TRON, and Disneyland's Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
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