Big changes are coming to Disney Genie+. What you need to know before your next Disney World or Disneyland vacation

Disney Genie+ is changing to Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass starting July 24 at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Disney's Magic Kingdom (Photo: Kent Phillips)
Disney's Magic Kingdom (Photo: Kent Phillips)
  • Disney Genie+ is changing to Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass starting July 24, 2024.
  • Walt Disney World will have the most changes to its Genie+ system, which includes being able to pre-book some attractions.
  • Disneyland’s Genie+ will act the same as it is now but will also adopt the new names for the service.

If you’ve been to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, or the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California then you may have used Disney Genie+, a paid skip-the-line service, while visiting the theme parks. Today, Disney has announced changes coming to the program that are supposed to streamline the service and make it easier for guests to get on their favorite rides. So what’s actually changing? Keep reading to find out.

Before diving into how the change will impact your trip there are some new Disney vocabulary words that you need to know. Disney Genie+, the paid skip-the-line service will now be called Lightning Lane Multi Pass. Individual Lightning Lane will be known as Lightning Lane Single Pass.

Disney World's 50th anniversary celebration began October 1 (Photo: Matt Stroshane / Walt Disney World)
Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Single Pass launch at Disney World July 24, 2024 (Photo: Matt Stroshane / Walt Disney World)

Disney Genie+ changes at Walt Disney World

The changes at Walt Disney World begin on July 24, 2023. Here’s what you need to know.

Lightning Lane Multi Pass

The new Lightning Lane Multi Pass will work more similarly to the now obsolete Disney FastPass+ where guests could make a selection of three ride reservations in advance of a visit to Walt Disney World. With Lightning Lane Multi Pass you can make up to three Lightning Lane selections at a park before visiting. You can also choose what time you want to ride as you pick your attractions. This will be helpful as you plan your attraction times around dining reservations or when you think you may head back to your room for a break.

On the day of your visit, once you use one of the selections you can look at the My Disney Experience app to make another ride reservation. This can continue throughout the operating day of the theme park.

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Lightning Lane Single Pass

The Lightning Lane Single Pass will work like it does today for Individual Lightning Lanes, but you can purchase and plan for those attractions in advance.

When can you purchase Lightning Lanes?

If you’re staying at a Disney Resort hotel you can book Lightning Lanes up to seven days in advance of your visit, and for your entire length of stay at one time, for up to 14 days. Those not staying at a Disney Resort hotel can book advanced Lightning Lanes up to three days in advance. You can purchase Lightning Lane Multi Pass, Lightning Lane Single Pass, or both for any day of your visit to Walt Disney World.

When you go to book passes, you’ll be able to see the prices and some attraction times before purchasing. This is different from Genie+, where guests can’t see availability before buying.

Along with the updates to purchasing times and names, Disney will be updating its My Disney Experience app to make it easier to purchase Lightning Lane access, including having fewer steps to purchase.

What attractions are included

Purchase flow of Disney's new Lightning Lane Passes.
Flow chart of how to make new Lightning Lane Multi or Single Pass selections (Photo: The Walt Disney Company)

With the new process, Lightning Lane applicable attractions at Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be divided into two groups. The first group includes some of Disney’s most popular attractions like Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT, and Slinky Dog Dash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests can choose one of these attractions per day to start with as part of their original booking of three Lightning Lanes.

The second group includes every other Lightning Lane applicable attraction. Guests can choose two or three Lightning Lane bookings from this group at the time of booking the initial three attractions.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park will not have its Lightning Lane attractions broken down into groups. Instead, all attractions will be available to every guest when you make your initial three selections.

If you have a Park Hopper add-on to your ticket, don’t worry, Lightning Lane Multi Pass will still work. You would still make your first three selections at the park of your choosing, then after you use your first selection, you can make additional Lightning Lane bookings for any park.

Just like Individual Lightning Lanes are now, Lightning Lane Single Passes will be limited to two per day.

Disney Genie+ changes at Disneyland Resort

Pixar Pier in Disney California Adventure Park (Photo: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)
Lightning Lane changes are not as vast at Disneyland. (Photo: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Like at Walt Disney World, Disney Genie+ will adopt the new names of the skip-the-line service, including Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass starting July 24, 2024. Nothing else about Lightning Lane purchases, selections, or redemptions will change at Disneyland at this time.

Disney Genie

Disney Genie is the complimentary planning feature that’s integrated into Walt Disney World’s My Disney Experience app and the Disneyland app. This feature will still be available for free.

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Megan duBois
Megan duBois is the Senior Theme Park Editor for FamilyVacationist. She's also a freelance journalist who covers theme parks, cruising, family travel, and wine tourism for outlets like Conde Nast Traveler, Business Insider, Forbes, Travel + Leisure, The Points Guy, and National Geographic. You can reach her via email at megand513 [at] gmail [dot] com.