Lightning Lane passes are coming to Disney World and Disneyland this fall. This is exciting news but there’s a lot of confusion out there. What are Lightning Lanes? What is a Lightning Lane pass? How do they differ from Disney Genie+? How much will they cost? Keep reading and find out if Lightning Lane passes are worth it!

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 stand-by 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.

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.

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Which Disney Attractions Will Have Individual Lightning Lane Passes?

Disney’s highest-demand Lightning Lane attractions have not been made public yet. However, so far the company has publicly mentioned four.

Confirmed attractions for individual Lightning Lane passes include Radiator Springs Racers at Disneyland, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and the forthcoming Epcot attraction Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.

We suspect that Avatar Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest, Slinky Dog Dash, Space Mountain, and Test Track will also be added.  We could be wrong so stay tuned for more updates!

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How Much Do Lightning Lane Passes Cost?

As of now, we don’t know how much individual Lightning Lane passes will cost. Disney will release this information soon.

That said, Disneyland Paris has a similar option (Premier Access) and those pay-per-ride attractions range from €8 to €15 (this equals around $10 to $18 USD). Costs vary based on the attraction and day of the visit. In other words, it’s a dynamic pricing model that increases with demand.

We expect Lightning Lanes passes at Disney’s US parks will be slightly less expensive than their European counterpart, but time will tell.

How Do You Book Lightning Lane Passes?

Reservation must be made on the same day as the visit. You can book your selections via the Disney Genie mobile app.

Guests staying at a Disney-owned resort hotel will be eligible to purchase and reserve their first Lightning Lane pass at 7 am.  Guests staying at a non-Disney off-site hotel will be eligible to purchase and reserve their first pass when the park opens.

This is just another reason to stay inside that park!

See our Disney World Hotel Comparison, Disney Value Resorts, Disney Moderate Resorts, Disney Deluxe Resorts, Best Pools at Disney World, and Lazy Rivers at Disney World for more information.

Are Disney Lightning Lane Passes Worth It?

Yes! You are on vacation and this is your time to have fun. Spending a little more money means that you will be spending a little less time in line and we think its worth it! Be sure to add Disney Genie+ to your trip as well.

Need Some Assistance?  Contact The Vacationeer!

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Enjoy your trip!