Is Genie Plus Worth It?

Is it possible for the happiest place on Earth to become even better? With Genie and Genie+ it is!

Themed rides, meeting your favorite characters, and enjoying delicious food make for a memorable day. But, while the plethora of rides, attractions, experiences, shopping, dining, and ticket options can turn anyone loopy, the Disney Genie plus app can help!

Whether it is Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland in California, the very mention of Disney brings a smile to everyone’s face.

Follow along as we give you the best Genie tips and tricks to getting the most out of your Disney day with Disney Parks Genie Plus.

What is Genie Plus?

Are you wondering what is the Disney Genie app? Disney’s Genie is like the magic lamp in Aladdin. Give a little rub, and all your wishes come true. Except, in this case, it is much easier!

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A Disney experience app, Disney Genie allows you to make attraction selections and plan the perfect magic kingdom trip. Optimizing your time at Disneyland Resorts and Disney Parks, this app makes the ultimate attraction selections.

All you have to do is download the app, login to your Disney account, and you’re on your way.

Please note: starting June 8, 2022, the Disney World Genie plus service will only be available for sale on the day of your visit, one day at a time, via the complimentary Disney Genie service in the My Disney Experience app, subject to availability.

Pro Tip: The Enchanting Extras feature within Genie alerts you for dining and activities you’re eligible for!

Close up of the magic genie lamp from Aladdin on a purple background.
photo credit: Fandom via Facebook

How Does Genie Work?

Disney Genie is the most valuable feature when visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Straightforwardly accessible via the official Disneyland or My Disney Experience app, this feature is about to change your life.

Once your Disney Genie app download is complete, open the Disney Genie to access your “Disney Tip Board.” Select from the individual attraction selection that appears on your screen until the app has gathered all it needs.

Disney Genie will gather the rides (complete with wait times), restaurants, shopping, attractions, and even special interests you want to focus your trip on. 

Ready to be amazed?

After processing for a few seconds, the app gives you a personalized itinerary for the day! It’s like magic! 

Genie+ Features

Wondering what the app does that you cannot do for yourself?

The first thing to know is that Disney Genie works on real-time data. It connects to real-time wait times and reservation status to bring you the most up-to-date information.

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This can be incredibly handy information at a large park-like Disney. With this information to hand, you won’t waste time by making your way to an unavailable activity.

We adore this app! Some of its top features include:

Personalized Itinerary Tab “My Day”

Once you have generated your first automated itinerary, you can view it under the tab “My Day.”

Head to this tab throughout the day to consult for your next stop.

Each recommendation comes with several alternative options. If you don’t like what the app has planned for you, switch it out!

Pro Tip: Direct all your questions to a Cast Member via virtual chat. They are happy to help!

A blue purple and white graphic with two phones showing the Genie App and an illustration of Genie's head to the left for
photo credit: Orlando Sentinel via Facebook

Custom Tip Board

The app does more than just plan the best time to visit certain attractions.

The Tip Board is also great for:

  • Making meal reservations
  • Ordering food ahead of arrival
  • Checking into a restaurant
  • Joining a virtual queue

It’s like a personal assistant that walks five steps ahead of you, clearing the way!

Beat the Queues with Genie+

The happiest place on Earth never runs out of options!

You will inevitably run into long wait times for your chosen attractions. So vanquish fun-ruining queues with Genie+ at over 40 Walt Disney World Resort attractions!

For a small fee you can upgrade your Disney Genie to access all the benefits of Genie+.

Wondering is Genie plus worth it? Let’s have a quick look at what Genius+ will get you:

Lightning Lane

Lightning Lanes are the ultimate Disney queue-busting hack. Giving you instant access to an eligible ride of your choice, these are what Genie+ is all about!

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In your Genie+ itinerary, you will see the lightning lane time for each ride of your choice. Lightning lane displays the return window or the next available arrival time at the ride of your choice. It is an hour-long window within which you can tick another fabulous attraction off your list!

Pro Tip: One lightning lane entry can be booked at a time, and return times are available on a first-come-first-serve basis

Close up of a Lightning Lane sign at EPCOT in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA
photo credit: WDW News Today via Facebook

Disney PhotoPass Lenses

Immerse yourself in the Disney experience with the Disney PhotoPass Lens. These lenses make for spectacular vacation pictures using several themes from Disney stories.

These augmented reality-powered lenses produce photos to die for! Try the:

  • Elsa Lens to shoot ice from your hands like the Queen of Arendelle
  • Timone Lens to sport a meerkat on your hat
  • Expedition Everest Lens to go looking for the Yeti

Want to see your favorite characters in the stars?

Try the Constellation Lenses to witness Mickey, Simba, and many more gracing the night skies.

Close up of a woman with bright red hair and a purple Ariel shirt with her hand out with a PhotoPass filter on it to make it look like she is holding Sebastian at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, USA
photo credit: Alaina Cosplay via Facebook

Audio Tales

Ever found fun facts about a theme park after your visit?

Tripster knows how frustrating that can be! Therefore, we bring you the best news of all. With Disney Genie+, you can listen to fun facts and extraordinary insights while walking around.

Genie+ is the gift that keeps giving.

Individual Lightning Lane

Speaking of gifts, let’s talk about Individual Lightning Lane.

Over 40 rides at Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, what more could one want?

You could buy Genie+, but certain rides are so popular that they are excluded from its lightning lane benefits.

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Get Individual Lightning Lane for the following rides to gain instant access.

  • Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT

Pro Tip: Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park is now included in Genie plus Disney World instead of Individual Lightning Lane!

Disney is now your oyster with the perfect one-stop guide to understanding Disney Genius and all its variations and this information at your fingertips.

Spend your day chasing the best rides, shopping at Disney Springs, or sampling mouth-watering cuisine. Whatever you do at Disney, you simply cannot go wrong!  

Disney Genie Plus FAQs

Many wonder, "how many times can you use Genie Plus at Disney?" It's a timely query, given the park's popular status among globetrotters and Disney aficionados. You'll be pleased to discover that when it comes to Genie Plus, its benefits can be utilized once per ride per day, ensuring an experience that's both magical and manageable.

If you're finding it a little tricky to distinguish Disney's Genie+ from Lightning Lane, don't worry, you're not alone. The essence you need to grasp is that Genie+ is a purchased service granting you admittance to Lightning Lane. Lightning Lane, to clarify, is a fast-pass system intended to reduce wait times at several attractions throughout Disney's theme parks.

Have Any More Disney Genie Plus Tips?

Let us know in the comments below! 

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Written by Sarina Byron

Sarina Byron is a California-based writer whose work has been featured in leading publications such as  Authors Publish, Introvert, Dear, Thrive Global, Book...

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