Paid front of the line Lightning Lane access coming to major theme park attractions

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Disney recently announced that its new Disney Genie feature will have a Lighting Lane aspect that will replace the FastPass systems at the U.S. Disney parks. Select attractions will use a Lightning Lane queue that guests can pay extra for. One question we’ve been wondering about is what attractions will be included in that service. We know of three for sure so far.

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Before we get to that, here’s a refresher about the new Disney Genie service. When it launches, guests will have three options to access their favorite rides and attractions. The first one is the regular stand-by line as well as the virtual queues that are currently available for Rise of the Resistance in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Stand-by and virtual queues will still be included in park admission.

Rise of the Resistance

The second option guests will have is to upgrade their park ticket to include Genie+. Genie+ is $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World and $20 per ticket per day at Disneyland. The upgrade allows guests to “choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the Lightning Lane entrance”. Most attractions – like Haunted Mansion – will have Lightning Lane access through Genie+ but there are a few that will require a different upgrade in order to gain front-of-the-line access.

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Some highly demanded attractions will require an individual Lightning Lane purchase if you want to skip the long lines. These can be purchased at any time during your day as long as there is availability. The cost will vary “by date, attraction, and park”. Three attractions have been confirmed as requiring the individual Lightning Lane purchase.

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom
  • Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman Josh D’Amaro said Rise of the Resistance will have the Lightning Lane access on top of the virtual queue already in place. Could that mean that other attractions utilizing virtual queues will also be included in the individual Lightning Lane access? Those rides would include WEB Slingers: a Spider-Man Adventure in Disney California Adventure and Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in Epcot.

What do you think about the new Lightning Lane service? Would you pay extra to get to the front of the line?


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