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 Park||Included in Disney Genie+||Purchase Individual Lightning Lane Entry|
|Big Thunder Mountain Railroad||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Dumbo the Flying Elephant||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Haunted Mansion||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|“it’s a small world”||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Jungle Cruise||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Mad Tea Party||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Meet Ariel at Her Grotto||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Meet Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Meet Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Mickey’s PhilharMagic||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Peter Pan’s Flight||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Pirates of the Caribbean||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Seven Dwarfs Mine Train||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Space Mountain||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|The Barnstormer||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|The Magic Carpets of Aladdin||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Tomorrowland Speedway||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|TRON: Lightcycle / Run||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid||Magic Kingdom||✓|
|Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival||EPCOT||✓|
|Frozen Ever After||EPCOT||✓|
|Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind||EPCOT||✓|
|Journey into Imagination with Figment||EPCOT||✓|
|Living with the Land||EPCOT||✓|
|Mission: SPACE – Green||EPCOT||✓|
|Mission: SPACE – Orange||EPCOT||✓|
|Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure||EPCOT||✓|
|Soarin' Around the World||EPCOT||✓|
|The Seas with Nemo & Friends||EPCOT||✓|
|Turtle Talk with Crush||EPCOT||✓|
|Alien Swirling Saucers||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Disney Junior Play & Dance!||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Muppet*Vision 3D||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Slinky Dog Dash||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Star Tours - The Adventures Continue||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Toy Story Mania!||Disney's Hollywood Studios||✓|
|Avatar Flight of Passage||Disney's Animal Kingdom Park||✓|
|Festival of the Lion King||Disney's Animal Kingdom Park||✓|
|DINOSAUR||Disney's Animal Kingdom Park||✓|
|Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain||Disney'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 Rapids||Disney's Animal Kingdom Park||✓|
|Kilimanjaro Safaris||Disney's Animal Kingdom Park||✓|
|Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost||Disney's Animal Kingdom Park||✓|
|Naʻvi River Journey||Disney's Animal Kingdom Park||✓|
|The Animation Experience at Conservation Station||Disney's Animal Kingdom Park||✓|
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