NEWS: CONFUSING Genie+ Change Made For Disney World

Buckle up, y’all. It’s about to get COMPLICATED.


Disney Genie

But don’t worry, we’re doing our best to break it down. Disney Genie+ is the new-ish way to skip the standby lines in Disney World, and it has been quite a hot topic since it first debuted in the parks. Some guests rave about it, while others think it’s a waste of money. The service has gone through a few updates, and it looks like it has just changed AGAIN. Let’s take a look at the NEW Disney Genie+ changes and how they will impact your next visit. 

In a shocking surprise to probably no one, Disney has once again made an update to Genie+ — this time as it pertains to park hopping. As of now, this change only applies to the regular Genie+ Lightning Lanes (the $15 per day option) and not Individual Lightning Lanes (the individually priced a la carte option). Genie+ Lightning Lanes book up throughout the day, and the next earliest available option is what you’re shown.


Lightning Lane

Previously, guests with park hopper tickets who purchased Genie+ were able to book Lightning Lanes in their second park at 7AM (the time when you’re able to make your first selection). The Lightning Lane return times would automatically populate with 2PM or later options, since that is the earliest you can park hop right now.

With the new rule, guests with Genie+ will have to wait to book a Lightning Lane at the park they’re hopping to until the return time reaches 2PM or later for all guests — regardless of whether or not they’re park hopping. So, if you’re booking a Lightning Lane for the park you’re hopping to later, you’ll have to wait until the next earliest available window is 2PM or later.

Genie+ has been updated today and includes a change to booking Genie+ LL when park hopping.

If you're booking a LL at the park you're hopping to — and the return window is earlier than 2pm — you won't be able to book until the time is 2pm or later.


— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) August 11, 2022

Confused? Let’s say you purchased a park hopper ticket and Genie+ (the regular version). You decide to spend the first part of your day in Animal Kingdom, and want to hop to Hollywood Studios later and book a Lightning Lane for Tower of Terror. Under the old rules, you’d be able to immediately book a 2PM Tower of Terror Lightning Lane at 7AM (when guests can make their first selection).


Tower of Terror

However, with the new rule, if you want to book that Tower of Terror Lightning Lane for when you park hop after 2PM, you’ll have to wait until all Tower of Terror Lightning Lanes prior to 2PM have been booked.


Tower of Terror Lightning Lane

Essentially, this levels the playing field for all guests regardless of whether or not they’ve got a park hopper ticket and plan on heading to a second park. But, it also means that guests who are park hopping will now have to keep checking Genie+ times for their second park as well as their current park.

We’ll keep an eye out for more Genie+ updates, so be sure to stay tuned to DFB for the latest news!


Splash Mountain Lightning Lane

Want to learn more about Disney Genie+? Check out the most recent Genie+ attraction updates here, and click here to find out how to avoid the biggest Genie+ mistakes in Disney World. Plus, these are the updates you need to know about before your next Disney World trip.

Still confused about Disney Genie+? Everything you need to know is in our Ultimate Guide here!



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