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How do you tell the difference between Disney Genie and Disney Genie+? This short guide will clear up a few points that your wallet will thank you for.

With the US now reopened to international travel and with Disney announcing recently its new Disney Genie & Genie+ Services there is a lot to get excited about returning to the theme park capital of the world and to the Walt Disney World resort.

with the additional of the Lightning Lane, and Individual Lightning Lane attraction selections the reaction to the new services has been rather mixed from many loyal fans and spurred plenty of rumors on many top Disney news sites, so to make things easier, here we are only going to tell you about the known facts.

Disney Genie is a new free service that any park guest, regardless of annual pass status or resort stay, has access to through the (also free) My Disney Experience app (or the Disneyland app over in California).

Disney Genie+, however, is a PAID service.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Free Disney Genie Service

The FREE Disney Genie service is quite handy, especially if you are already a My Disney Experience or Disneyland app power user.

With FREE Disney Genie, you will be able to …

Enter in your interests and top picks from…

  • Attractions
  • Dining
  • Entertainment
  • And highlight interests like:
  • Star Wars
  • Marvel
  • Pixar
  • Personalized recommendations

.. and based on your entries, the FREE Disney Genie will build out an ideal daily itinerary for you and your family.

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Everything You Need to Know about the Paid Disney Genie+ Service

The biggest difference between Disney Genie and Genie+ is the cost. The Disney Genie service is complimentary, but Disney Genie+ will cost you, per person, per day:

Disney Genie+ at Walt Disney World: $15 per person, per day
Disney Genie+ at Disneyland Resort: $20 per person per day

Remember if your a UK citizen and you purchase your Disney Magic Tickets from Fly Mickey Travel you can get Disney Genie+ for the amazing discounted price of JUST £6.99/day.

So what does that $15 or $20 for Genie+ get you? With it, you will be able to …

You’ll be able to select an arrival window for one ride at a time, using the Lightning Lane

Among confirmed Genie+ rides are Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.

Disney Genie+ will offer unique audio experiences across both resorts.

For PhotoPass, offerings vary by resort:

  • At WDW, you’ll have access to various augmented reality photo lenses on your own phone.
  • At DLR, you’ll get free unlimited PhotoPass downloads.
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Not every Disney World and Disneyland attraction will be available for the paid Genie+ Lightning Lane access. For a select few, you will instead need to utilize Individual Lightning Lanes (Disney originally called these Individual Attraction Selections).

You can purchase up to two of these a day, separately from Genie+. These will guarantee entry at specific times on some of Walt Disney World’s and Disneyland’s most coveted rides.

Across the two parks, Disney originally confirmed Individual Lightning Lanes (an a la carte FastPass experience) for Rise of the Resistance, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Radiator Springs Racers. But now we’ve got the full list and cost of Individual Lightning Lane attractions at Walt Disney World.


Disney Genie and Genie+ are both new services meant to enhance the experience at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. We will continue to keep you upto date on the latest Disney Genie and Genie+ updates as and when Disney confirms more news.

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