An important factor to consider when calculating your total cost to go to Disney is whether you’re going to pay for priority access (AKA “skipping the lines”) at some rides and attractions. So how much is a Fast Pass at Disney World? Let’s dive in.

Are Fast Passes Still Free?

A lot has changed at Walt Disney World since the pandemic, and FastPass is no exception.

First of all, FastPass (at least as we always knew it) is no more. There is still a system in place that lets you skip the lines at some rides, but it’s no longer free and it’s no longer called FastPass.

History of FastPass

Let’s start at the beginning. If you don’t recall the old Fast Pass system, here’s a quick refresher.

For many years, Disney offered something called “FastPass” — a way for its Guests to avoid waiting in line for the most popular rides and shows in the park.

Original Version: FastPass

In the original version of this system, Guests would go up to a machine outside the attraction, insert their ticket, and would receive a little slip of paper that showed a one-hour “return window.” You would come back to the ride during that one-hour period, use a separate entrance line, and get onboard with a much shorter wait. Once you rode (or at least two hours had passed), you could go get another Fast Pass for another ride. There was no charge to use this system.

Second Version: FastPass+

Later on, a second version called “FastPass+” came along. This version kept the idea of the alternate entrances and the one-hour return window, and was still free. The changes? You no longer needed to go to each ride to get the return ticket; you would instead pre-schedule three return windows using the My Disney Experience app — and could do so about two months in advance of your trip! You could also select your preferred return windows for each ride, versus just having to take “first available” in the original version of the system

Third/Current Version: Lightning Lane and Genie+

In October 2021, the third version of the system came along. The FastPass entrances at each ride at Disney World were renamed “Lightning Lane,” and there were now two ways to access those priority entrances — both of which require a fee to be pad.  Guests had the option of a paid package deal called Genie+ and a paid single entry called Individual Lightning Lane. Each attraction that has a Lightning Lane entrance is included either in the Genie+ package or sold as an Individual Lightning Lane — not both.

Disney Genie+ Package for Lightning Lane Access

The Disney Genie+ service allows you to purchase multiple Lightning Lane entries under a single price. The cost of Genie+ varies based on date and demand; expect to spend somewhere between $15-$25 per person, per day. The more crowded the parks are, the higher the price.

You’ll need to purchase Genie+ via the MyDisneyExperience app on your mobile device on the day you’re visiting the park. Once you’ve paid your fee, you’ll be able to make your first ride reservation as early as 7:00 AM if you’re staying at a Disney Resort Hotel. If you’re staying elsewhere, you’ll have to wait until the park opens for the day.

It’s important to note that — much like the original version of Fast Pass — Genie+ lets you make only one reservation at a time. Based on this restriction — and the fact that the system is back to “first available” versus picking a preferred time window — Disney says most Guests can reasonably expect to use the service to skip the line at 2-3 rides per day during crowded times (maybe more on slower days).

Individual Lightning Lane Entry Cost

Most of the attractions which have a Lightning Lane entrance are eligible for Genie+ — but a few are not. Lightning Lanes at the most high-demand rides at each park — usually the newest or most thrilling — are not included in Genie+ and can only be accessed by buying individual access. One such example is at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

Costs vary — typically from around $10 to $20 (but occasionally a few dollars more or less) — depending on the popularity of a particular experience and the time of year. All prices are per person, per ride.

Individual Lightning Lane reservations are completely separate from Genie+ reservations; they don’t count as your “one at a time” for Genie+. That said, you can’t keep paying over and over to ride over and over; it’s one Individual Lightning Lane entry per ride/attraction, per day.

What are the Lightning Lane Attractions?

Here’s a complete list of rides/shows which are included in the system.

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 Ariel at Her GrottoMagic 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
The BarnstormerMagic Kingdom
The Magic Carpets of AladdinMagic Kingdom
The Many Adventures of Winnie the PoohMagic Kingdom
Tomorrowland SpeedwayMagic Kingdom
TRON: Lightcycle / RunMagic 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
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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