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Important Changes Coming to Walt Disney World

Today, the Walt Disney Travel Company shared some major news! Effective July 24th, Genie+ will be retired and replaced with a more simplified Lightning Lane system.

While park guests are already familiar with the term "Lightning Lane," Disney is streamlining it's name, along with bringing back some familiar qualities of it's old FastPass system, to help take the magic of the parks to a new level. Here's what you need to know:

 


With Disney's new Lightning Lane passes, skip the standby line and join a shorter line for select attractions and experiences instead. Purchase a Lightning Lane Multi Pass, a Lightning Lane Single Pass or both… and enjoy more magic in every moment of your day!

 

Info courtesy of Walt Disney Travel Company



Lightning Lane Multi Pass - Enjoy Multiple Experiences


When you purchase a multi pass, you can:

  • Plan ahead of your visit and choose up to 3 multi pass experiences and arrival windows in a theme park.

  • Once you’re in the park and you enjoy your first multi pass experience, you may be able to make an additional selection (subject to availability).

  • Enjoy photo perks. Receive digital downloads of select attraction photos and videos from your day, captured with Disney PhotoPass Service. Plus, access Disney PhotoPass Lenses.*



Lightning Lane Single Pass - Ride a Top Attraction


Save time in line with a Lightning Lane Single Pass for one of our most in-demand attractions—those not available with Lightning Lane Multi Pass. Purchase up to 2 single passes per day, subject to availability. *


*Important Details About Lightning Lane Passes

Lightning Lane passes are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Lightning Lane passes, attractions experiences may vary by date, are subject to change or closure, are limited in availability and are not guaranteed, and may not be available at all on the date of visit or at the time you make a selection. Price, terms and entitlements are subject to restrictions, and change or cancellation without notice.


 

When to Purchase Passes

Guests of Disney Resort hotels and other select hotels can purchase passes up to 7 days in advance of their stay—and other Guests can purchase passes up to 3 days in advance of their park visit.


Guests can purchase Lightning Lane passes for days they have valid theme park admission* starting at 7:00 AM Eastern Time on their first day of eligibility.


Here’s when you can purchase a Lightning Lane Multi Pass and/or Lightning Lane Single Pass—and choose experiences and arrival windows:


7 Days in Advance for Eligible Resort Hotel Guests

When staying at Disney Resort hotels or other select hotels, Guests can purchase Lightning Lane passes—and choose experiences and arrival windows—starting 7 days before the first day of their Resort stay, for their length of stay (up to 14 days).

This early-planning benefit is available to registered Guests staying at:

  • Disney Resort hotels

  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel

  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel

  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve

  • Shades of Green Resort


3 Days in Advance for All Other Guests

Not staying at a Disney Resort hotel or other select hotel? Then you can purchase Lightning Lane passes—and choose experiences and arrival windows—3 days in advance. See additional details below, which vary based on admission type:

  • Guests with date-based theme park tickets (which require the Guest to choose a start date at the time of purchase) can purchase 3 days before the first day of their ticket, for the total number of valid admission days on their ticket.

  • Guests with other ticket types* can purchase 3 days before their park visit.

  • Annual Passholders* can purchase 3 days before their park visit.


Valid Admission Required

Before you purchase a Lightning Lane pass, you must have valid theme park admission; you may also need a theme park reservation, depending on the type of admission and the date of your visit. Please see theme park reservation requirements.


Important Information

Limit one Lightning Lane entry per attraction, per day.

*Annual Passholders and Guests with tickets that are not date-based may purchase Lightning Lane passes for any day within the 3-day purchase window.


 



How to Purchase and Use Passes

Learn how to purchase a Lightning Lane pass, and then make the most of it during a fun-filled theme park visit.


Before You Begin

Before you purchase a Lightning Lane pass, you’ll need to do 3 things:

  1. First, download the latest version of the My Disney Experience app.**

  2. Connect everyone in your travel group on your Family & Friends list in the My Disney Experience app—so you’ll be able to purchase Lightning Lane passes and make plans for everyone that is eligible.

  3. Gather your group’s wish list for attractions and experiences. You can save your group’s top picks in the My Disney Experience app using the “My Day” feature.


Just remember, everyone in your party must have valid theme park admission. Park reservations may also be required, depending on the type of admission and the date of your visit.



Price

Pricing for Lightning Lane passes varies by date and theme park or attraction, and purchase is subject to limited availability. Prices will be displayed in the My Disney Experience app.


How to Purchase

When you’re ready to purchase Lightning Lane passes, here’s what to do:

  1. Open the My Disney Experience app, then tap the Lightning Lane Passes section on the home screen.

  2. Select a date and theme park.

  3. Select a Lightning Lane Single Pass, a Lightning Lane Multi Pass or both.

  • If you select a Lightning Lane Multi Pass, you can choose up to 3 Lightning Lane Multi Pass experiences and arrival windows in advance.

  • If you select a Lightning Lane Single Pass, you can choose an arrival window in advance.

  1. Follow all prompts to complete your purchase—and receive a confirmation.

  2. From the confirmation screen, you can tap “Plan Another Day” to purchase another pass—or tap “View My Day” for details about your Lightning Lane selections.


Modify Your Plans

Changed your plans… or your mind? You can modify your Lightning Lane selections via the My Disney Experience app.


To get started, tap the Lightning Lane Passes section on the app’s home screen to find your plans. Then, you can:

  • Change your selected park and/or date in advance (subject to availability)—up until the moment you redeem your first Lightning Lane selection of the day.

  • Change each selected experience and/or arrival window in advance (subject to availability)—up until the start of the arrival window



Unlock More Magic

On the day of your park visit, once you redeem a Lightning Lane Multi Pass selection (or once the arrival window has passed), you can use the My Disney Experience app to check availability for another Lightning Lane Multi Pass experience—and add to your plans.

You can make one at a time until regular park closing (subject to availability). If your park admission includes Park Hopper benefits, you can even choose a Lightning Lane Multi Pass experience in a different theme park.


Important Information

Limit one Lightning Lane entry per attraction, per day.




 

For more details on these new changes, contact your MMV agent!

Ready to start planning a trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth? Request a quote today.





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Guest
Jul 06

Exciting news! I’m very happy about these changes!!

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Guest
Jul 01

This is so exciting! I am so happy to be able to book my Lightning Lanes in advance! This will be such a great way to relax while on vacation, without having to worry about booking the day of. -Ronit Irwin, MMV Agent Ronit.Irwin@mmvagent.com

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This is so exciting! I can’t wait to use this feature in October!

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Guest
Jun 27

Exciting update! My clients are going to be thrilled to hear of these changes. Kimberly Trent, MMV Agent kimberly.trent@mmvagent.com

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Guest
Jun 27

I love these updates. Looking forward to coaching my clients through the changes and helping them plan in advance for even more magical moments!


Kim McLaughlin, Agent

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