Walt Disney World Makes a Change on Disney Genie Plus

August 3, 2022, 6:11 PM · Several popular attractions will not be going off the Disney Genie+ service this weekend, after all.

Walt Disney World has removed the August 7 expiration date from four attractions whose Lightning Lanes have been included with the $15-a-day Disney Genie+ line-skipping upcharge this summer. As a result, the attractions will continue to remain on Disney Genie+, indefinitely.

The attractions are Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and Frozen Ever After at Epcot, and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

As a result, we have updated our How to Use Disney Genie+ page with the latest line-up of eligible attractions in the four Walt Disney World theme parks. Disney continues to offer the disclaimers that the line-up of Disney Genie+ attractions may change at any time and always are subject to availability.

These four attractions previously had been offered with pay-per-ride Individual Lightning Lane access rather than Disney Genie+ access. Currently, just four Walt Disney World attractions remain available via Individual Lightning Lane: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Flight of Passage at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom.

Now that Disney visitors have had nearly a year to use Disney Genie+, we would like to check in and ask your thoughts about this upcharge service.

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Replies (29)

August 3, 2022 at 10:48 PM

It really depends on the park. Genie+ worked beautifully in California where you can zip from ride to ride since few guests bother with it. In Florida, everyone gets Genie+, so you kinda have to as well if you want to even have a chance at getting a couple of quick rides in.

So basically, yes I've used it and will continue to do so.

August 4, 2022 at 12:11 AM

I basically have two types of Disneyland visits: The ones where I show up when the park opens and I efficiently hit a bunch of rides before lines get long … and the ones where I buy Genie+ so I can take on rides at my leisure.

August 4, 2022 at 1:32 AM

Your survey is skewed. It needs an option that says "I used it, I hate it, I have no choice but to buy it again."

The naming conventions are so screwed up I can barely discern if these rides are reserved for ILL, if they're part of the Genie+ LL lineup, or what.

"Walt Disney World has removed the August 7 expiration date from four attractions whose Lightning Lanes have been included with the $15-a-day Disney Genie+ line-skipping upcharge this summer." If they had expired, does that mean they would no longer have a lightning lane, and would have been standby only?

I hope Chapek gets a wart on his face.

August 4, 2022 at 8:23 AM

I refuse to give Disney more money for this flawed system. The inability to experience attractions multiple times through the LL is a massive failure IMHO. I don't want to be coerced to use a LL for Star Tours to justify purchasing Genie+ simply because I used LL on all the rest of a decent attractions in DHS.

@thecolonel - The announcement refers to the "temporary" move of the listed attractions from the ILL service (paying for LL for each individual ride) to Genie+ over the summer. The initial plan was to move those rides to Genie+ in order to increase the service's popularity (and probably since ILLs weren't selling well for those attractions), but those rides were supposed to revert back to ILLs on August 7. If the plan had been maintained, those attractions would have gone back to ILL Sunday, but now those rides will stay on Genie+ for some indeterminant amount of time, which keeps up the value of Genie+.

I absolutely agree that Disney's terminology for this whole charade is confusing and annoying. Personally, I'm still waiting for Disney to explain the usefulness of Genie.

August 4, 2022 at 9:38 AM

At this point I wish Disney would just switch to a true market-based system. Let prices fluctuate throughout the day based on supply and demand. A Lightning Lane for Muppet Vision may only be $0.50 while Rise of the Resistance would be closer to $15 (or more!).

Would this increase screen time for guests? Probably, although Disney could implement a price alert/automatic purchase at certain price points (doubtful given their current IT infrastructure).

Genie+/ILL has been implemented pretty terribly. Ultimately, while an exchange system would probably cause just as much bellyaching, it's likely the smoothest path going forward.

August 4, 2022 at 10:02 AM

I haven't used it and have no interest in using it. I haven't gone to a Disney park in a long time and have no desire to do so again. I wish they had gone with a flat fee and no reservations required like Universal express. If they had done that I would be very happy to go back to Disney. The only way Disney will get me through the door now is if I ever get children. Despite my hatred for the way you need to plan everything at Disney going as a family with kids would be worth it I think to see the happiness in their faces. Then as soon as their old enough Universal only...lol

August 4, 2022 at 7:42 PM

I've used it at DHS, my reservation time from logging on as soon as it opened was for 8 pm for GE when the stand by wait time was only 20-30 for over an hour. Decided to just wait in line, but wouldn't purchase it again.

August 5, 2022 at 7:56 AM

So those responding "I have used it and would use it again" outnumber those responding "I have used it but would not use it again".

Interesting.

August 5, 2022 at 9:45 AM

@TH - I'm not surprised by the poll results. The thing about Genie+, particularly at WDW, is that because guests were so engrained into using FP+ that Genie+ is essentially an extension of the old system, making it a necessity if you want to come close to mimicking how you visited WDW prior to the pandemic. People are using it because they don't know how to tour the parks without some sort of line skipping service, and Disney has perfectly priced it at $15/person/day, which gives them a solid return on the costs of developing and maintaining the system while putting right at the top of a typical guest's pain threshold for upcharges. However, that doesn't necessarily people like Genie+, and the reviews have generally been negative throughout its deployment.

August 6, 2022 at 10:45 AM

"Would use it again" sustains a MASSIVE statistical lead!

This makes it ironic that the overall leading response is "I have not used it and have no interest in it:"

In other words, people who reject it before giving it a chance.

Funny.

August 6, 2022 at 12:36 PM

And one other thing, Russell. This survey epitomizes the hateful cynicism about the Disney company that has infested the world wide wasteland. The "Let's hate all things Disney, only for the sake of hating all things Disney" crowd. The Dis Unplugged crew (arguably the best and most honest Disney travel vloggers on Youtube) said on their show something to the effect of "everyone of our associates didn't like the idea of Genie until they actually TRIED Genie".

This is ABSOLUTELY CONSISTENT with the video brain trust that HAMMERED on the Halcyon without ever EXPERIENCING the Halcyon. They saw videos and read press material but they never boarded the ship.

I have offered up a substantial number of posts on various platforms saying the most comprehensive and objective assessment of Disney's Star Wars hotel is published as a multi-part series written by my kind of pal RM. I would add "here's a link. Invest the time".

The fact that there are people how would dump on a Disney service/experience without ever engaging in those products certainly affirms the existence of widespread cynicism when it comes to the brand called Disney.

(THC pauses to acknowledge the applause).

August 6, 2022 at 1:12 PM

While TH grows old waiting for the applause ( that never came ) we can complaint about Disney managment producing a solution for the problem they created themselves and THEN they charge US for it. Whats not to love?????

August 6, 2022 at 1:54 PM

@Pablo: You can "complaint" all you want. But it really rings hollow if you complain about a product's value if you haven't used it. And that's ESPECIALLY accurate when you toss up a comment on a thread where the majority of those who paid for the service said they'd buy it again.

Swing and a miss.

August 6, 2022 at 3:49 PM

A 6 to 7 percent difference is a very flimsy " majority ", specially when our point of reference is a relativitly small sample. On the other hand my problem is that the "product" solves a problem created by the same company that uses and regulates access to rides and attracttions but expects us not only to pay more to enter the Park, but in adittion to that, pay extra for a better experience, when they have other resources to fix that, but they want to convice us that they are doing us a favor. In this thread, that opinion is not on the fringe, as you May want to suggest. That Swing brougth home 2 runs.

August 6, 2022 at 3:56 PM

Name the "other resources" please.

August 6, 2022 at 4:18 PM

Cancel all FOTL gimmics ( no bottlenecks that add to Long lines ). Distribute the entry to the Park giving Disney hotel guests 1 to 2 hours advantage to the general public and not Just 30 minutes, . Making Park Wide events ( like the parade) maybe twice a Day , to draw crowds in line in conflicting busy hours. Just a couple examples

August 6, 2022 at 4:37 PM

And where exactly is the industry, studied data that shows such solutions haven't been:

1. Evaluated.

2. Determined to have been effective.

August 6, 2022 at 5:09 PM

Extra magic hours ( by Disney itself ) and they were popular among Disney fans. Disney( and everybody ) was okay before fastpass. So capped attendance ( vía park reservation ) and no FOTL should keep lines moving ( along well staffed rides and attracctions ) All stategy Brooks did point out that going to a ride during the fireworks and /or the parade could give you a shorter line. You never heard of those??

August 6, 2022 at 5:31 PM

But you offer no data related to impact/consequence.

Impact: How substantial would such approaches have on actual wait times?

Consequences: How much would these approaches effect operating costs?

August 6, 2022 at 5:50 PM

You are absolutly rigth. I have no hard data. But The question is Who does? And how can we access to those numbers? But the reality is that extra magic hours was a popular perk ( promoted by Disney itself ). A lot of Books and videos about visiting Disney did mention those strategy points (For many years ) In this site and many others there are avocates for the no FOTL option. But in the end, any option that does not overcharge costumers them and forces them to be submerged in their phones or behave in a pre-programmed ( and prepaid) way is worth traying. How much does it cost? To the uber rich board of directors, almost nothing.

August 6, 2022 at 7:36 PM

And many indepentent guides hava actually timed the lines with and without fastpass plus ( now ligthing lane ) and the results usually shows that for people in general lines are longer in the stand by including in rides that did not have congestión even in pre pandemic times.

August 6, 2022 at 8:59 PM

I haven't used Genie+ yet, but will be trying it at Disneyland this coming weekend. It seems very reasonable and fair to me especially at the low cost...while it sucks that it costs ANYTHING, it feels like the value should be there relative to the cost. And if we don't love it on day 1, we don't have to get it again on day 2.

On that note: If anyone has used Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane recently at Disneyland specifically, and has any suggestions/tips/tricks/strategies for how to maximize the value of these services beyond the standard strategies found on-line, please post -- all info is greatly appreciated!!

Thanks!!


August 6, 2022 at 10:53 PM

My objection to Genie+ is that is a pay service that replaces a free service (FP+) and actually is a lesser version of that free service. I refuse to pay for something that is inferior to what used to be complimentary simply because Disney want to make an extra few bucks.

Now, if Genie+ mimicked MaxPass from Disneyland/DCA as what was initially anticipated when Disney announced they were going to start charging for the queue avoidance system, I might consider using it. However, the fact that it's even inferior to that former pay service is a huge negative for me, and I'm not about to pay for something that can't even get within 25% of what we were able to do with the free FP+ service.

This only furthers my complaint that over the past 2-3 years Disney's MO is charging more for less - a kind of "shrinkflation" for theme park guests. The manipulation on both ends (price AND quality/quantity) really gets on my nerves.

August 7, 2022 at 10:49 PM

And again, people are responding "I've used it and will use it again" because WE HAVE NO CHOICE. If you don't buy Genie+, you're hosted. So yes, I bought it, I hate it, I think it's a ripoff, but what am I going to do, stand in the standby lines? Nope.

As of now, a Disneyland ticket necessarily includes the additional price of Genie+.

August 8, 2022 at 8:38 AM

And what does stop Disney from including the genie plus in the ticket for the general public or at least Disney hotel guests? Nothing. Is Just corporate greed.
On the other hand, an interesting point did come un in the debate. How much does a full and well trained staff crew on a ride afects waiting times on rides?? Robert was a cast member and some others were too, or at least had a similar position in other parks. Perhaps they can shed a light on the subject.

August 8, 2022 at 9:47 AM

Actually, it's not corporate greed, Pabloatthepark. It is corporate responsibility. If Disney doesn't price their products appropriately within the parameters of the market they have largely created, then they have not acted in a responsible corporate manner to their stockholders and employees.

A great example of corporate greed would be Martin Shrkeli and the price of the drug Daraprim. In that case, people had little to no choice with their need for a lifesaving drug. When it comes to entertainment, we have many other choices than Disney.

And when it gets down to it, can anybody think of another company that has ingrained itself in American culture and now world culture for such a long time at such a high level of quality and has provided us with so much entertainment value? They've earned the right to rake in the cash whether we like it or not. We just have to adapt our expectations and our engagement with the new Disney which isn't like the Disney of the 2010s or the 2000s or the 1990s or the 1980s (the best!). One day we may look back and say, "I wish Disney were like they were in 2022."

August 8, 2022 at 10:31 AM

Agree with Tim on this one. I'm no fan of Disney parks but people need to stop calling every price increase there "greed". They are a business in the business of making money!!! If people aren't happy with the pricing then don't go! I stop going because I can't pay for what I want. I don't care of the price I just want a real express pass that doesn't require reserving rides. I've tried their VIP tour before and didn't find the value in that simply because you still need to wait in line and it doesn't even include any meals during the day.

August 8, 2022 at 3:15 PM

I do agree. Maybe its not greed the correct term. Maybe its Disloyalty. I love Disney to bits. They are part of childhood. Like the muppets, like marvel and starwars, and now they are all together!!!. But they know that a vast majority of their most loyal fans are Hard working families, that invest a lot of work and money to them. But they move the goal ever further away. Thats fustrating.
Disney has every rigth to charge whatever they want. Its a private company, not a public service. But its the disloyalty that hurts, when does not go both ways.

August 8, 2022 at 4:11 PM

"Actually, it's not corporate greed, Pabloatthepark. It is corporate responsibility. If Disney doesn't price their products appropriately within the parameters of the market they have largely created, then they have not acted in a responsible corporate manner to their stockholders and employees."

*whispers*

they're the same thing — though I'd push back on the notion they're acting on behalf of their employees; at least, the ones outside of the c-suite.

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