Disney World Updating Virtual Queue Guidelines in 2024


Traveling to Walt Disney World requires careful planning, as booking Advanced Dining Reservations, Virtual Queues, Individual Lightning Lanes, and Genie+ selections requires careful monitoring of the allowable timelines to ensure access to your top choices. Disney is updating the park reservation requirement for date-based tickets starting in January 2024, and this change has resulted in an update to the virtual queue system that you need to be aware of for your next trip.

Related: New & Returning Experiences Coming to Walt Disney World in January


Currently, guests are eligible to join a virtual queue from any location for a park where they have a valid park reservation and ticket, and any subsequent queues (such as the 1 PM queue for TRON and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind) require the guests to be scanned into the park to book.

The update to the park reservation system for date-based tickets eliminates the need for park reservations, requiring a change in this virtual queue process. Starting on January 9, 2024, guests can book a virtual queue for at any theme park where they have valid admission at 7 am, with the 1 pm queues still requiring the guests to be physically present inside the park.

Related: 5 Tips To Maximize Your Use of Genie+


Note guests can still only enter one virtual queue at a time, which means you cannot be in the virtual queue for TRON at Magic Kingdom and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT. Note select admission types may also require a theme park reservation to join a virtual queue, which means Annual Passholders and other tickets that are not date-based will still need a valid park reservation to join a virtual queue.

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