Disney has permanently retired its free FastPass+ system and will replace it with paid Disney Genie+ and pay-per-ride Lightning Lane passes.
These line-skipping add-ons will be available starting this fall at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
What are Lightning Lanes at Disney?
Lightning Lane queues will replace FastPass+ queues at Disney theme parks. They allow expedited entry on a select number of Disney theme park rides.
In other words, Lightning Lane will allow guests to skip the normal standby lines and head right onto the rides (or at least have a shorter wait time).
To utilize a Lightning Lane, guests must pay for Disney Genie+ and/or pay-per-ride Lightning Lane passes and make their reservations via the Disney Genie mobile app.
What are Lightning Lane Passes?
As we discussed in our What is Disney Genie blog post, Disney Genie is a free mobile app designed to help you maximize your Disney experience with personalized and time-saving recommendations. Disney Genie+, on the other hand, is a paid option for guests who wish to utilize shorter ride queues via Lightning Lane queues.
For $15 per person per day, Disney Genie+ gives Disney World guests expedited access (via Lightning Lane entry) to over 40 attractions. For $20 per person per day, Disneyland guests will have expedited access to over 15 attractions at Disneyland.
The Disney Genie+ reservation system allows guests to make one reservation at a time. As soon as you use your first reservation you’ll be able to make your next.
Overall, we think adding Disney Genie+ to your tickets is worth the money.
Lightning Lane passes are related to Disney Genie+ but it’s a separate expense entirely.
A Lightning Lane pass allows a guest to utilize the Lightning Lane entrance at one of Disney’s highest-demand attractions. Passes are available on a pay-per-ride basis and guests are allowed up to two passes per day.
Guests are not allowed to choose the same attraction for their second pass on the same day.
Please beware that guests do not need to purchase Disney Genie+ in order to take advantage of these high-demand Lightning Lane passes. However, if you want to experience short wait times at Disney’s other attractions then we recommend that you also pay the extra fee to add Disney Genie+ to your ticket.
Your first Individual Lightning Lane selection can be made at 7 AM on the day of your visit if you are staying at a Disney hotel. If you are staying off-property (a non-Disney hotel), you can make your first reservation once the park opens on the day of your visit.