5 Mistakes to Avoid When Using Disney Genie+

by | Mar 11, 2024 | WDW Blog

We’re sharing our top Disney Genie+ tips while you’re in Disney World, including the mistakes to avoid when using the paid service to skip the line.

In 2021, Disney made a big change. They officially revealed that FastPass+ was gone and would instead be replaced by Disney Genie+. This way of skipping the line requires a day-of purchase, with the price changing based on the date and park you’re visiting.

While the service can save you time from waiting in lines in the park, it can also be a bit confusing for first-time visitors (to make it easier for you, we break it ALL down here!). So, before you head to the parks for your first trip with Disney Genie+, we’re sharing our best tips and the mistakes to avoid when using the service.

Forgetting a Portable Battery

There are no two ways about it — using Disney Genie will require you to be on your phone often within the parks. Whether signing up for a virtual queue, picking new Lightning Lanes, or mobile ordering, you’ll want to plan accordingly for being on your phone throughout the day. Because of this, bringing a portable charger is critical to ensuring your phone battery lasts throughout the day.

You can pack your own or use FuelRod, which you’ll find located throughout the park. FuelRod is a quick and easy system, with kiosks throughout the four theme parks. The way it works is you can pay an upfront cost of $30 and then will be able to swap your battery out at any point throughout the day for no additional charge.

Not Knowing How the “Rules” Work

There is a LOT to learn about Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Individual Attraction Selections. Because of this, one of our top Disney Genie+ tips is studying up before your trip (our ultimate guide is a great way to do this!). Getting to know the service prior to visiting the parks will save you time and ultimately help you get the most out of your experience. You’ll want to know the difference between Disney Genie+, Individual Attraction Selections, and exactly when you can make each. Here are a few highlights to know beforehand:

  • When you can purchase Genie+: 12AM the day you will be going to the park.
  • When can you make your first Genie+ Lightning Lane reservation: 7 AM
  • When can you make your SECOND Genie+ Lightning Lane reservation: If your FIRST reservation is in less than two hours, you can make your second reservation after scanning into that ride. If your first reservation is MORE than two hours later, you can make your next Lightning Lane reservation two hours after the park has opened.
  • When you can purchase an Individual Attraction Selection: 7 AM if you are staying on-property, at park opening if staying off-property.

If you’re wondering what in the world we’re talking about with all of these highlights, we recommend heading over to read our guide for an overview first; it will help these tips all make a bit more sense for you!

Picking the WRONG Attractions

While there are a few exceptions, most rides and attractions are available by purchasing Disney Genie+. However, since you will be limited to how quickly you can use each of your Lightning Lane selections, you must know which rides to prioritize over others. For example, in EPCOT, a ride like Frozen Ever After or Test Track will become unavailable quite a bit quicker than something like Living With the Land. For that reason, it’s never a bad idea to choose some more popular rides first thing in the morning and then use your selections for less popular rides later in the day.

What came before Living with the Land? Step back in time for a look at Listen to the Land, a classic defunct attraction at EPCOT.

Photo by Cliff Wang

As an example, I recently visited Disney World during spring break, far and away, one of the most crowded times of the year. When I went to EPCOT, I made my first Genie+ selection of the day for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. The first spot available was for 10 AM, which meant I couldn’t make another selection until I had scanned into the ride. However, this was well worth it. By the time I scanned into the ride, almost all availability was gone for it until 7 PM. However, other rides like Soarin’ had plenty of availability, and I was easily able to grab a spot for that instead.

While your priority should very much depend on what you and your family plan to get done that day, and what you want to ride, these are a few of the most popular selections at each park that you may want to consider.

Magic Kingdom:

  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

EPCOT:

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Test Track

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Tower of Terror
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (currently closed until summer 2023)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • Expedition Everest
  • Na’Vi River Journey
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris

Not Refreshing the App

Along the lines of knowing which rides to prioritize, it’s very key that you remember if you don’t get the ride you want right away, keep refreshing and trying back! If you get a ride you want, but not until later in the day, you can keep checking back for earlier availability to open up (because it often does). The same thing goes for a ride being unavailable. While it’s never a guarantee, continuing to check back in on the tip board can help you get a ride you may otherwise have given up on.

Also, don’t forget that you CAN modify your selection. If you picked a ride at a time that no longer works for you, you can go in and modify and pick a new time that works better for you and your group.

Buying Disney Genie+ When You Don’t Need It

While it can save a tremendous amount of time in your day by allowing you to skip the regular line, one of our top Disney Genie+ tips is that it’s not always necessary. During busy times of the year like spring break, the holidays, runDisney marathon weekends, or other particularly crowded days, it can save you from waiting in hours-long lines. But, during slower times of the year, you may find that you are paying to skip an already short regular line.

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Photo by Cliff Wang

Since Disney Genie+ is a day of purchase, it’s a good idea to check in the days before your visit what the wait times are looking like. For example, if you’re planning to visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom and seeing the majority of rides are in the 10 to 15-minute wait range, you may want to consider saving the money you and your group would spend on Disney Genie+.

However, if you’re seeing longer wait times or with younger kids that may not do well with any time in line, the cost of the service could be worth it for you. It can be completely dependent on a number of factors: the time of year, the park, and your group’s personal preferences. You can learn more about the cost of the service in our full guide here.

 

Posts by Morgan Flaherty

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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