Disney Announces Temporary Genie+ Changes and Extra Park Time for 2021 Holiday Season

by | Dec 17, 2021 | Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog, WDW News

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During the busy holiday season, Disney has implemented Genie+ changes and extended early park hours. Get the details below.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—but also one of the busiest at Walt Disney World. To help with the surging crowds, Disney has announced two big temporary changes: one to Genie+ and Lightning Lane attractions and one to Early Park Time.

These changes are only in effect from Dec. 19, 2021 – Jan. 3, 2022.

Temporary Genie+ Changes

During the holidays, Disney is removing one Individual Lightning Lane selection from each of its four parks and adding it to the rides available via Genie+, meaning you won’t have to pay extra for these select attractions:

  • Magic Kingdom: Space Mountain
  • EPCOT: Frozen Ever After
  • Hollywood Studios: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest

However, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Rise of the Resistance, and Flight of Passage will still be available via Individual Lightning Lane selection. These will not be a part of Genie+.

New to Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane selections? Get our crash course:

Changes to Early Park Entry

Resort guests can typically get a jump on rope drop by getting into each park 30 minutes before it opens to the public. However, during this brief time window during the 2021 holiday season, Disney has extended this to 60 minutes. That’s a full hour of extra park time with smaller crowds.

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Written by Timothy Moore

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Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as a WDW Magazine contributor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).
Timothy Moore

Written by Timothy Moore

Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as a WDW Magazine contributor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).