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Genie+ & Lightning Lane

Disneyland's latest way to access shorter lines has multiple components that can help you get the most from your day. We'll show you how making the right choices (with the use of a Touring Plan) can make it even better.

Last updated: April 11, 2024

So what is the difference?

Genie+
Individual Lightning Lane
What is it?
Genie+ is a paid, app-based ride reservation system. It allows you to make one-at-a-time reservations for most attractions. When your return time comes, you get to skip the standby line and use the faster "Lightning Lane" queue to board with a low wait.
For a per-attraction, per-person fee, get the next available return time to use the faster "Lighting Lane" queue at the one or two top attractions in each park excluded from Genie+. The alternative is waiting in a slower line.
How much does it cost?
The daily cost ranges from $30 to $35 per person. For a fixed daily price, Genie+ gets you "next available" access to Lightning Lane queues at many attractions, one-at-a time.
Prices vary by attraction and day of year, ranging from $16 to $28 per person, per ride. You do not need to purchase Genie+ to purchase.
Is it worth it?
In general, yes: we recommend using Genie+ at both Disneyand and California Adventure, in conjunction with a touring plan.
That depends on how long the standby lines are and how large your party size is. Passes are sold per-person, and guests are limited to two purchases per day. If you schedule appropriately with a Touring Plan, it may not be necessary.

Don't make a Genie+ reservation unless it can save you 30 minutes or more at an attraction or if the ride is distributing immediate return times.

Do I still need a Touring Plan if I use Genie+?

YES! Even with the potential to schedule your attractions, you'll definitely want to use a Touring Plan to know the best time to visit each attraction and whether there's a way to save paying for an Individual Lightning Lane.

Plus, our subscription is about the same price as one person's use of Genie+ for the day or about the same price as one person paying to use the Lightning Lane. And you'll get a lot more than just saved time!

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Using Touring Plans with Genie+ is like waxing your skis. You'll still get down the mountain without it, but you'll get around faster and enjoy yourself more.

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How much time could paying for Genie+ save me?

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Attraction
Average Time in Line Saved
Average Time At Which Availability is Gone
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Question Mark
38 minutes
8:00pm
Space Mountain Question Mark
35 minutes
8:00pm
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin Question Mark
32 minutes
8:00pm
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Question Mark
28 minutes
8:00pm
Matterhorn Bobsleds Question Mark
26 minutes
8:00pm
Indiana Jones Adventure Question Mark
23 minutes
8:00pm
Autopia Question Mark
21 minutes
8:00pm
Haunted Mansion Question Mark
20 minutes
8:00pm
"it's a small world" Question Mark
18 minutes
8:00pm
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Question Mark
15 minutes
8:00pm
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue Question Mark
7 minutes
8:00pm
Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway Question Mark
Not Yet Available
Not Yet Available
Pirates of the Caribbean Question Mark
Not Yet Available
Not Yet Available
WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure Question Mark
40 minutes
7:00pm
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! Question Mark
38 minutes
7:00pm
Toy Story Midway Mania! Question Mark
34 minutes
7:00pm
Soarin' Around the World Question Mark
29 minutes
4:00pm
Goofy's Sky School Question Mark
27 minutes
8:00pm
Incredicoaster Question Mark
26 minutes
7:00pm
Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! Question Mark
25 minutes
8:00pm
Grizzly River Run Question Mark
20 minutes
7:00pm
The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure Question Mark
Not Yet Available
Not Yet Available

What Individual Lightning Lanes can I purchase and how much time could it save me?

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Highest Cost
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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Question Mark
53 minutes
$28
$31.70
Radiator Springs Racers Question Mark
49 minutes
$21
$25.71

What if I don't want to pay for Genie+?

If you choose not to purchase Genie+, we recommend 3 things:

1. Stay on-site and show up early to maximize your time.

2. Ride during parades and fireworks, and/or hop into line just before the park closes.

3. Purchase a Touring Plans subscription to know the best time to visit each attraction.

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FAQs

What do I do if a ride is down?
If a ride closes unexpectedly around your return window to experience it, you'll be notified via the official Disneyland app that you return time has converted to an "anytime pass" that gives you single-use Lightning Lane access to one of several attractions. See your alert in the official Disneyland app for details.
How early or late can I be to my reserved time slot?
Disney's scanners will let you into the Lightning Lane queue if you arrive up to 5 minutes before your return window starts or 15 minutes after it ends. If you're outside that "grace period," you can ask a Cast Member nicely to let you in, but do not assume you'll get a positive response.
Do I have to purchase Genie+ for every member of my party?
Yes. Genie+ is sold per-person, per-day. It must be purchased via the official Disneyland app on the day you plan to use it.

Unofficial Tips to Maximize Your Time

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Decide in advance what you really want to see
Planning with a Touring Plan will help optimize your best path.
2
Arrive early! Arrive early! Arrive early!
And know what to expect when you arrive, like how to “rope drop.”
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Use a Touring Plan
We'll be guiding you every step of the day and help you make the most of things that may pop up.
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Understand the time difference between standby queues
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