Genie + is a paid skip-the-line service that replaces free FastPass + for select attractions at each Walt Disney World park. The service is now available to purchase for $ 15.98 per person, per day in the My Disney Experience app. This will dramatically change your visit to Walt Disney World, whether you buy it or not, and we are here to guide you through the process of purchasing Genie + and making your first travel reservation.
There are still many questions about the entire Disney Genie system, and we have done our best to answer those of the Genie + Guide to Walt Disney World and Lightning Lane Frequently Asked Questions. However, the day of the Disney Genie launch marks the first opportunity we’ve had to get our hands on the app’s feature, so a lot of that will change soon.
In addition, we have updated the itineraries so that you are ready to use the Genie + paid service:
Much more on Lightning Lanes and Genie + throughout this week. For now, let’s get started with purchasing the Disney Genie + Travel Booking Add-on …
To begin using the Disney Genie suite of offerings, you will need to update the My Disney Experience app to version 7 by visiting the Apple iOS App Store or the Google Play Store. You can click on those links or open the respective app stores and search for My Disney Experience.
We also recommend setting up the free side of the service before doing this; we go through the process in How to set up free Genie Itineraries in My Disney Experience. Now, let’s pick up where you left off …
If you didn’t purchase Disney Genie + as part of the itinerary creation flow, there are still some options and notices.
The most visible should be the purple banner (top at the bottom “My day”) which offers you the possibility to “Take your day to the next level”.
After clicking on that, you will see the screen above announcing the benefits of the Disney Genie + service.
Click “Get Disney Genie + Service” to begin the purchase process.
NOTE: This only applies to same-day purchases, which require a valid ticket and Disney Park Pass reservations. If you do not have both, you will receive a message to call or contact your travel agent. There aren’t really many advantages to doing that, just wait until your trip to add it daily as you wish (our recommendation) or purchase stay tickets with Genie + for each day (NOT our recommendation).
The transaction screen shows the final price ($ 15.98, no $ 15 flat!) After Tax.
It will also display your contact information (phone and email) and offer gift card, Visa rewards redemption card, or credit / debit card payment options. That’s a lot of personal information for you to block and it’s pretty straightforward – everything auto-completes if you used Mobile Order or anything else that has a credit card on file with Walt Disney World, so I assume you know the exercise there. . You’ve probably bought something online before.
After confirming the order, you will receive a very long confirmation code that, hopefully, you will never have to type anywhere again.
From there, click Continue and you will re-enter the My Disney Experience “My Day” screen.
Now, let’s move on to your first Disney Genie + travel reservation of the day.
As we’ve covered elsewhere, you can start making these selections at 7am, regardless of whether you’re an on-site or off-site guest. (I don’t know why it says “Buy at Park Open or if you are a guest of the resort at 7am” since we already shopped and are not guests of the resort).
At 6:59 am, all options were grayed out.
When the clock ticked past 7am, the picks were still gray, so we scrolled to the top and pulled down hard to cool off. Perhaps there is a better way to do this, but it is still day one. (It will update accordingly once we find out.)
Our top priority is the Jungle Cruise, so we scrolled down and chose that: return time at 9am. M. From 7 a. M.
By the time we took screenshots and got to the next screen, the Jungle Cruise return time had already progressed from 9:05 a.m. to 10:05 a.m. This will work like legacy FastPass (on paper), with times progressing in tandem with the guest selections. The higher the demand, the sooner they will disappear.
There is no reason to delay or revise our plans here; we quickly pressed “Continue”.
Above is the confirmation screen. This whole process should be quite familiar to anyone who has used MaxPass at Disneyland or even the virtual queues at Walt Disney World.
It even features cute animation with kids in Minnie, Mickey, and Donald Duck hats passing through the Lightning Lane tapestries.
Back on the “My Day” screen, Sarah now shows Jungle Cruise as her first redemption from Genie + Lightning Lane.
He also lists the Aladdin Magic Carpets as his next recommendation, which is possibly not the best advice of all time. Giving the system the benefit of the doubt, is this due to proximity?
On another note, the next Sarah Genie + Lightning Lane selection is available at 9:00 am based on the poster above. This is interesting since your Jungle Cruise window doesn’t open until 9:05 am.
We were previously informed that the clock would start ticking the 120 minute rule at the park opening, which would mean that this is not because of that (your selection was made at 7am so that would be 120 minutes later ). Maybe it’s a 5 minute grace period from when the Jungle Cruise window opens? Maybe it is a mistake? I guess we’ll find out later today!
Speaking of which, there is probably a lot We will learn using the paid Genie + and free Genie services today and this week. Don’t be surprised if things change or if how these features work in practice slightly contradicts the information above.
As noted in our other ‘how to’ post, we reserve judgment on all of this. It’s still day one and we still have to use it in Magic Kingdom. Speaking of which, today we will be in the park testing the competitor’s strategy (“compete” is probably the wrong word since Sarah will have Genie +) and we will have a full report of our results tonight or, more likely, tomorrow morning. . . If you visit us today or during the rest of the week:a lot of field tests, research, etc. planned, please say hello!
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