Ready for Genie and Genie+? The Disney Genie release date is closer than you think…
We won’t bury this answer: Disney Genie and Genie+ will debut on October 19th, 2021!
But what does that mean for your upcoming visit?
Gary Daniels, VP of Digital Experience summed it up for us yesterday: “There’s a lot of experiences at Walt Disney World. There’s a lot of things that can then impact when you can do something, whether that’s a show time or a wait time or reservation availability. It’s a lot to think about.”
The goal of Disney Genie is to simplify and personalize the guest experience. And that “personalize” bit is pretty important because some of us still love to plan.
Here are a few things Disney Genie looks at to plan your day:
- The busiest and least busy times for each attraction
- Itineraries of other guests
- Changes in park crowds
- The shortest distance between two locations
- Your Parkhopper plans
Genie For the Non-Planners
You’re in luck! Disney Genie can present a full itinerary for your day.
I tested the Disney Genie app yesterday to see how a family of four could get a full itinerary of attraction, dining, and show suggestions at Magic Kingdom.
To make it easy, Genie just asked for how many people were in my party, confirmed my park reservation for the day, and took in any of my must-dos that I told it were top priority.
How Disney Genie matches guests to their most desired attractions with the best available capacity:
- Guest tells Genie their must-dos
- Genie compares with customer insights and experience ratings
- Genie checks the availability of experiences
- Genie check the guest’s other plans
- Genie gets forecasted wait times
- Genie optimizes the day
After a bit of thinking, Genie produced a full day of fun with suggestions for exact times of when you should try to get to each experience.
I could see as I looked through the list that each stop was in the same neighborhood, and progressed around the park to keep families from ping-ponging from one end of the park to the other.
Genie For the Planners
When I lived in Ohio, I was a real itinerary maker (it even transformed me into a Disney Travel Planner for a few years). I totally get the desire to plan your entire trip, even hours for free time.
Disney Genie has a special section just for the planners in the audience: The Disney Genie Tip Board.
Instead of exploring Genie’s optimized day plans, planners can dive into the tip board to see what’s hopping.
The Disney Genie Tip Board Includes:
- Standby wait times
- Lightning Lane wait times
- Dining availability
Even if you don’t want a fully optimized day, Disney Genie can give you new insight into wait times, the distance between attractions, and those oh-so-important restaurant reservations.
To help you out, here is our complete list of Lightning Lane Attractions:
Genie For the Locals
Hey, that’s me! Disney Genie is all about simplifying and personalizing, and that goes for us Floridians who want to swing by and see what our chances are of riding Tower of Terror and grabbing lunch at Sci-Fi Dine-In.
Not only will Genie help me to determine which park has the best prospect for quick lunch plans or an action-packed half-day, but it will also let me know something VERY important to locals:
When do I need to dash into a dark ride when that hour-long afternoon shower hits?
Disney Genie will tell you when to get in Haunted Mansion, or for me, when to order soup at Columbia Harbour House and watch the storm through an upstairs window.
You Don’t Have to Do What Genie Says
Keep in mind that, outside of confirmed dining reservations and Individual Lightning Lane selections, you aren’t committed to do anything Genie says. If Genie has an itinerary built for you that suggests you hit up Pecos Bills, but you’re more in the mood for a Cheeseburger Spring Roll in Adventureland… just… go do that.
Genie will catch up and reconfigure his suggestions before you’re even grabbing extra napkins.