Disney Genie at Disneyland
UPDATED MARCH 2023. There is SO much to learn about visiting Disneyland right now and Disney Genie is at the top of that list. Especially because things continue to change on a regular basis.. It can be hard to keep up! But, that’s where we come in.
We’re covering everything you need to know about Disney Genie, the FastPass replacement at Disneyland Resort. This is possibly the biggest change to come to the Disneyland Resort in years. Our team uses Genie+ on every visit and we are here to share everything we know with you!
Get Away Today Cheat Sheet
- Disneyland Genie+ is available for pre-purchase with your Get Away Today tickets.
- Day-of Disneyland Genie+ price varies by date, and will only be shown on the day-of in the Disneyland app.
- Disneyland Genie+ selections can begin as soon as your tickets are acitivated at the turnstiles. Make selections via the Disneyland app.
What is Disney Genie?
Disney Genie was put in place at the Disneyland Resort on December 8, 2021.When we say Disney Genie, we’re typically talking about three different things; Disney Genie, Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes.
Here is a brief definition of each of these new terms:
- Disney Genie = A free service that gives you itinerary planning based on your preferences and location inside the parks.
- Disney Genie + = A paid service that gives you access to Lightning Lanes for select attractions (one attraction at a time, based on availability), unlimited PhotoPass+ downloads and access to audio tours. It is most like the previous MaxPass, which has been retired.
- Lightning Lanes = Formerly known as FastPass queues, Lightning Lanes are an alternative to stand-by queues with expedited access to select Disneyland attractions. Lightning Lanes may be accessed via Disney Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane selections.
How much does Disney Genie + cost?
How much does Individual Lightning Lane cost?Individual Lightning Lane selections are dynamic and prices can vary depending on demand for the attraction. Only select attractions offer Individual Lightning Lanes. You can expect to pay approximately $7-$25 per person per attraction for Individual Lightning Lanes.
Do I need to purchase both Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane?You can purchase Genie+ AND/OR purchase up to two Individual Lightning Lanes per day. You don’t have to purchase Genie+ in order to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane, or vice versa. They are considered separate from each other and are not tied together.
How do I buy Disney Genie +?
First, you can pre-purchase Disney Genie + as part of your Disneyland ticket. By pre-purchasing Disney Genie +, you will have the service for each day of your ticket. For example, to upgrade a 3-Day Disneyland ticket to include Disney Genie +, you’ll pay an additional $75 ($25/day) and have Disney Genie + available all three days of your trip.
There are two main benefits of pre-purchasing Genie+:
- Locking in the $25/day per ticket price instead of being subject to dynamic pricing.
- Convenience of already having it loaded onto your Disneyland tickets. Once you’re in the Parks, you’re ready to go and start making your first Genie+ selection.
You can also purchase Disney Genie + through the Disneyland app. If you purchase Disney Genie + through the app, you’ll only be able to purchase one day at a time and will have to wait until the day you are at the parks to purchase it.
You will have to be scanned into the park in order to purchase Genie+ and make your first Lightning Lane selection. You’ll have more flexibility this way, however, just be aware that once you use Disney Genie +, it will be hard to go back to not having Disney Genie +. Because of that, we recommend pre-purchasing your Disney Genie + tickets through Get Away Today.
Can I upgrade my tickets to pre-purchase Genie +?
Can I pre-purchase Individual Lightning Lanes?
Do I HAVE to buy Disney Genie + in order to ride anything on my vacation?
There are also other ways to save time in lines. Rider swap and DAS (Disability Access Service) are all still available to all who qualify to use those services. Single rider lines may be available at some attractions as well. If you’re traveling with adults or older kids, keep an eye out for this option.
Do I need Disney Genie + for everyone in my party or can we share?
Will Disney Genie + sell out?
What attractions are included with Disney Genie +?
- 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!
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
- Soarin' Around the World
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure - NEW as of October 11, 2022
What attractions have Individual Lightning Lane options?
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
- Radiator Springs Racers
How do I use Disney Genie or Disney Genie +?
Can I book a Lightning Lane selection for Disneyland if I’m in Disney California Adventure and vice versa?
Do I have to have a Park Hopper to have Genie+?
Can I have more than one Lightning Lane at a time?
How long will I have to wait in line with Disney Genie +?
Adding Disney Genie+ to Your Package
We can’t wait to help you plan your Disneyland vacation!
Join the Conversation!Leave A Comment
Get Away TodayDecember 23 2022
Hi Ashley! Once you are scanned into the Park, you will be able to access Genie+ to make your Lightning Lane reservations.
AshleyDecember 23 2022
I have purchased 1 day per park tickets and it came with genie + included. I don't see anything on the app that shows I have genie +. Is there some way I need to activate it before I can use it?
Get Away TodayMarch 23 2022
Hi Elena! If there are reservations for your dates available still, please give us a call and we would be happy to help you upgrade those tickets! If reservations are sold out over your dates, then you'll want to add it on at the Park. If possible, we recommend upgrading before hand so it's one less thing to worry about at the Parks. :)
Elena PrunedaMarch 21 2022
I have park tickets purchased already, how can I add the geni plus? Do I have to call or can I purchase at the park?
Get Away TodayFebruary 10 2022
Hi Karah! Yes, that is correct. The Lightning Lane for those three rides are only available through Individual Lightning Lane selections at an additional cost. Thanks for clarifying!
KarahJanuary 19 2022
Can I confirm with you, after reading this very helpful article, that the Disney Genie + does NOT include the lighting lane for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Radiator Springs Racers, and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure? You can only utilize the lightning lane on those three rides if you purchase them individually?
Get Away TodayDecember 15 2021
Hi there! If your trip is further in advance when Park reservations are still available, you can give us a call at 855-GET-AWAY and we can help you upgrade your tickets over the phone. If your trip is coming up soon, or you don't want to receive new ticket numbers, we recommend adding on Genie+ each morning when you are at the Parks.
AnonymousDecember 14 2021
How do I add genie+ to an order I made before genie+ was released?
Get Away TodayDecember 13 2021
Hi! You are able to add on Genie+ at the ticket option portion of building your package. You can also give us a call at 855-GET-AWAY and an agent would love to help you over the phone.
AnonymousDecember 08 2021
Trying to book my trip right now but don't see genie + as an option to add to my ticket. How do I add it on?
Get Away TodayDecember 07 2021
Hi Anonymous! Magic Key Pass Holders will be able to add Genie+ on each day at the Parks once you are scanned in.
Get Away TodayDecember 07 2021
Hi Amber! You will need to add on Genie+ each morning once you are scanned into the Parks. There is no way to add it on early without changing your ticket numbers/ticket type. Hopefully that helps!
AnonymousDecember 07 2021
Do you know how it will work for magic keyholders?
AmberDecember 06 2021
Do i have to wait until im at the park to buy the Genie + or can i go to the app and add it to my tickets starting on Wednesday. I will be at the park the 26th,27th and the 28th?