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 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.

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Which Disney Attractions Will Have Individual Lightning Lane Passes?

Individual Lightning Lane passes are Disney’s highest-demand attractions.

Here are the four pay-per-ride individual Lightning Lane attractions: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and Avatar Flight of Passage.

Learn more about these rides in our Best Magic Kingdom Rides, Best Animal Kingdom Rides, Best Epcot Rides, and Best Hollywood Studios Rides pages.

View the chart below to see a list of the Disney rides that are included with Disney Genie Plus and which Disney attractions are only available on a pay-per-ride basis as Individual Lightning Lane Access passes.

Attraction Disney Theme ParkIncluded in Disney Genie+ Purchase Individual Lightning Lane Entry
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Magic Kingdom
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger SpinMagic Kingdom
Disney Festival of Fantasy ParadeMagic Kingdom
Dumbo the Flying ElephantMagic Kingdom
Haunted MansionMagic Kingdom
“it’s a small world”Magic Kingdom
Jungle CruiseMagic Kingdom
Mad Tea PartyMagic Kingdom
Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale HallMagic Kingdom
Meet Mickey at Town Square TheaterMagic Kingdom
Meet Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale HallMagic Kingdom
Mickey’s PhilharMagicMagic Kingdom
Monsters Inc. Laugh FloorMagic Kingdom
Peter Pan’s FlightMagic Kingdom
Pirates of the CaribbeanMagic Kingdom
Seven Dwarfs Mine TrainMagic Kingdom
Space MountainMagic Kingdom
Splash MountainMagic Kingdom
The BarnstormerMagic Kingdom
The Magic Carpets of AladdinMagic Kingdom
The Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohMagic Kingdom
Tomorrowland SpeedwayMagic Kingdom
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little MermaidMagic Kingdom
Disney and Pixar Short Film FestivalEPCOT
Frozen Ever AfterEPCOT
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic RewindEPCOT
Journey into Imagination with FigmentEPCOT
Living with the LandEPCOT
Mission: SPACE – GreenEPCOT
Mission: SPACE – OrangeEPCOT
Remy’s Ratatouille AdventureEPCOT
Soarin' Around the WorldEPCOT
Spaceship EarthEPCOT
Test TrackEPCOT
The Seas with Nemo & FriendsEPCOT
Turtle Talk with CrushEPCOT
Alien Swirling SaucersDisney's Hollywood Studios
Beauty and the Beast Live on StageDisney's Hollywood Studios
Disney Junior Play & Dance!Disney's Hollywood Studios
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along CelebrationDisney's Hollywood Studios
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt SpectacularDisney's Hollywood Studios
Meet Olaf at Celebrity SpotlightDisney's Hollywood Studios
Mickey & Minnie's Runaway RailwayDisney's Hollywood Studios
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers RunDisney's Hollywood Studios
Muppet*Vision 3DDisney's Hollywood Studios
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring AerosmithDisney's Hollywood Studios
Slinky Dog DashDisney's Hollywood Studios
Star Tours - The Adventures ContinueDisney's Hollywood Studios
Star Wars: Rise of the ResistanceDisney's Hollywood Studios
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™Disney's Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Mania!Disney's Hollywood Studios
Avatar Flight of PassageDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Celebration of the Festival of the Lion KingDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
DINOSAURDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden MountainDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Feathered Friends in Flight!Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
Finding Nemo: The Big Blue...and Beyond!Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
It’s Tough to Be a Bug!Disney's Animal Kingdom Park
Kali River RapidsDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Kilimanjaro SafarisDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers OutpostDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
Naʻvi River JourneyDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
The Animation Experience at Conservation StationDisney's Animal Kingdom Park
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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 it’s worth it! Be sure to add Disney Genie+ to your trip as well.

Need Some Assistance?  Contact The Vacationeer!

Have questions about Disney Genie+ or the Lightning Lane Pass? Or maybe you’re ready to start planning your Disney World vacation? Then contact The Vacationeer today for your free quote.

These Disney Travel Agents can set you up with a payment plan and make sure you get the best deals. Their advice, expertise, and dedication will prove invaluable. And best of all, their services are 100% free to use!

See our Best Time to Go to Disney World, Free Disney World Photos, Disney Crowd CalendarDisneyland Crowd Calendar, Disney World Payment Plan, Disneyland Map, and Disney World Map for more informative articles.

Enjoy your trip!