Guide to Genie+ & Lightning Lanes at Disneyland & California Adventure
Our guide to the Genie+ at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure answers frequently asked questions about the paid FastPass & MaxPass replacement, info & tips about the line-skipping Lightning Lanes, ride reservations, and itinerary tools. (Updated March 3, 2023.)
Genie+ and Lightning Lanes have now been in use at Disneyland and DCA for over a year, and the system has evolved during that time a little bit. Naturally, the update for the Florida parks have overshadowed the California ones, and questions about the former outnumber the latter by approximately 1,971 to 1. No surprise, since Walt Disney World planners are a lot more hardcore. There’s also the practical reality that Disneyland locals experienced a similar system with MaxPass. It also helps that, like almost everything else, Genie+ is easier to use at Disneyland Resort.
Nevertheless, there are some things worth addressing about the DLR incarnation. Even though it’s more straightforward and simpler at Disneyland, there’s still a learning curve. Going into your days at Disneyland and DCA armed with knowledge of the ins and outs of Genie+ and Lightning Lanes can make a huge difference, help you get more done, wait in lines less, and be able to re-ride your favorite attractions. With that in mind, here’s our FAQ to Genie+ at Disneyland…
Let’s start with some quick updates about Genie+ for Spring 2023. First, the base cost of the Genie+ add-on is now $25 per person per day at Disneyland Resort, which is up from last year’s cost of $20. In addition to this, Disneyland has introduced ‘surge pricing’ that means the service can be even more expensive on peak season days. Thus far, Genie+ has hit $30 on several occasions last holiday season and this year. We expect Genie+ to reach $30 per day with regularity during Spring Break 2023.
As such, we highly recommend purchasing tickets now to lock-in current Genie+ pricing if you have an upcoming trip to Disneyland. Not only will buying legitimate discount Disneyland tickets save you money on admission, but you can also buy Genie+ at the base price, rather than paying the same-day surge prices.
The final update is that Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is now open in Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland, and currently is selling Individual Lightning Lane access. The virtual queue for this new ride has already been retired, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it moves to Genie+ sometime in the next several months. Probably not before spring break, and maybe not before summer. But it’s not popular enough to sustain the Individual Lightning Lane status.
On a similar note, WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure was “downgraded” from Individual Lightning Lane status to the Genie+ service late last year. The following FAQ and Genie+ guide have been updated in March 2023 in light of the aforementioned changes.
Since the Genie system launched, we’ve been in the parks extensively testing it out and sharing results as well as all of the latest news and changes in our posts about Genie+ and Lightning Lanes.
One thing you might notice in perusing those posts: there’s nothing for Disneyland! This is not a conspicuous omission or us overlooking Genie+ at Disneyland and DCA. To the contrary, we’ve tested the paid FastPass service numerous times in 2023 already–including as recently as March 2023. It’s simply a matter of not many material differences at Disneyland.
Not much has changed, either via tweaks to the Genie+ service or its usefulness. We have noticed some minor things, but not enough to merit fully-fledged updates. That’s good news, as Genie+ has worked well from the start at Disneyland and DCA and that continues to be the case. The vast majority of the problems and complaints about Genie+ at Walt Disney World do not apply at Disneyland (save for UI issues).
With that said, we do have a few updates to share…
What happened to the free FastPass system?
Paper FastPass has been retired, and now resides in Yesterland alongside Superstar Limo. In addition to replacing the paid MaxPass, the free FastPass is also permanently retired at Disneyland. Genie+ is the permanent replacement for both.
What are Lightning Lanes, the paid Genie+ service, free Genie feature, and individual or a la carte attraction selections?
Disney Genie (Free) – A feature in the Disneyland app that’s basically a personalized itinerary feature. Think of it as Disney’s answer to Google Maps–if Google Maps told you to drive your car into a lake every 5 minutes–it tells you where to go, but doesn’t offer you any line-skipping.
Disney Genie+ (Paid) – This provides priority access to 19 attractions at Disneyland and DCA. You choose the next available time to arrive, and can make one selection at a time throughout the day. Genie+ costs $25 per day and also includes audio experiences and unlimited PhotoPass downloads from your day at Disneyland Resort.
Individual Lightning Lanes (a la carte purchases) – Choose a specific time to arrive at up to 2 different highly demanded attractions and bypass the standby line. There are 2 attractions at Disneyland Resort offering this, and they are not included in Genie+. Pricing for this option varies by date and attraction.
Lightning Lanes (real world infrastructure) – The name for former FastPass entrances. These are the physical queues in the park through which Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane purchases can bypass standby lines.
Which attractions are available for Individual Lightning Lane (ILL) purchase?
Here’s the official list of ILL attractions at Disneyland Resort:
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Disney California Adventure
- Radiator Springs Racers
Again, these two attractions are not available via the Genie+ service. Guests can only buy Individual Lightning Lane selections for both per day.
Which attractions are available via the Genie+ service?
Here’s the official Genie+ list of attractions at Disneyland Resort:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Haunted Mansion
- Haunted Mansion Holiday (Halloween & Christmas Seasons)
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- “it’s a small world”
- “it’s a small world” holiday (Christmas Season)
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours — The Adventures Continue
Disney California Adventure
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark (Halloween Season)
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Soarin’ Over California (Spring Season)
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure
Which Genie+ selections are the “best” ones?
After extensively Genie+ and Lightning Lanes extensively at Disneyland Resort, we’ve ranked the best Genie+ Lightning Lane picks for both parks based upon time saved and how quickly return times fill up and run out. This is helpful for choosing the order to book your ride reservations, especially on busier days at Disneyland. Here are the lists for each:
- Disneyland Genie+ Priorities & Lightning Lane Ride Ranks
- Disney California Adventure Genie+ Priorities & Lightning Lane Ride Ranks
In addition to consulting these lists prior to making your Genie+ Lightning Lane selections, we’d recommend following a savvy rope drop strategy and good itinerary. There are a lot of great attractions at Disneyland Resort that do not have Lightning Lanes, and you’ll want to beat the crowds to enjoy low wait times at those.
Is Genie+ worth the money at Disneyland and/or DCA?
We think so, especially if you use it smartly.
We Did Every Genie+ Ride at Disneyland & DCA In A Day covers how we did 32 attractions in a single day, and how you can achieve similar “success” by leveraging Genie+ plus sound strategy. It’s really not that difficult–much easier than at Walt Disney World!
I’ve seen complaints about Genie+ online, what’s up with those?
There have been a lot of complaints, but mostly about Genie+ at Walt Disney World. In Florida, there have been issues with guests only being able to reserve 2-3 Lightning Lanes per day, or worse in some cases. This is for a number of reasons, but mostly that more tourists are buying Genie+ at Walt Disney World and 3 of the 4 parks there have far fewer rides. This creates an imbalance of supply and demand–more competition for fewer Lightning Lanes.
By contrast, more locals visit Disneyland and that audience is less likely to purchase Genie+ because they don’t have the same sense of urgency to repeat attractions. On top of that, both parks at Disneyland have greater attraction density. In other words, there’s less competition for more attractions. All told, that makes for a more laid back and easier experience with Genie+ at Disneyland.
That could change during the busy holiday season, but we doubt it. Genie+ debuted last Christmas at Disneyland, and there were no issues during peak tourist season dates. Despite this, the Disneyland app has pushed out a warning notification (see above) for some dates.
How do we incorporate Genie+ into our day with standby lines?
For step-by-step single day itineraries using Genie+ and standby at Disneyland Resort, see our step-by-step plans:
- 1-Day Disneyland Itinerary with Genie+ and Lightning Lanes
- 1-Day Disney California Adventure Itinerary with Genie+ and Lightning Lanes
Like all of this, those sample itineraries might be overwhelming and discouraging. Just keep in mind that a normal touring plan might also be overwhelming and discouraging for first-timers. Walt Disney World is one of the most complicated and convoluted vacation destinations on the planet, and it only becomes “easy” with knowledge and experience.
Can we purchase both Genie+ and individual Lightning Lane access?
Since there is no overlap between what’s covered by Genie+ and by the individual or a la carte line-skipping, you may purchase both.
Can a time slot be selected for Individual Lightning Lane returns?
Unlike at Walt Disney World, Individual Lightning Lane purchases at Disneyland do not allow the selection of a time slot—it’s the next available time for those, just like Genie+ Lightning Lane selections.
When can we buy Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lanes?
At Disneyland Resort, you must purchase Genie+ and make your Lightning Lane reservations after you enter one of the parks. This is true for both Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes.
You can also purchase Genie+ prior to visiting as a length-of-visit ticket add-on. This is possible via Disneyland.com, authorized third party ticket sellers, or travel agents. See our Guide to Discount Disneyland Tickets for recommendations.
When can guests be able to make Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane selections?
Disneyland guests are be able to make their first Genie+ selection or Individual Lightning Lane purchase upon entering the park. Unlike Walt Disney World, nothing can be booked at 7 am. It’s all once inside the park, and there’s no on-site advantage.
This works exactly how MaxPass worked, meaning that you can make reservations immediately upon scanning into the turnstiles. Even if the park is not yet officially open or you leave, you’ll be able to make reservations.
Can one person enter the park and make Lightning Lane reservations for everyone?
Unfortunately, each person needs to scan into the park for the system to view them as an “active” guest. On the plus side, there is no strong incentive to make Lightning Lane reservations ASAP upon entering Disneyland or DCA. To the contrary, it’s often strategically advantageous to do standby lines first and make your first Lightning Lane ride reservation around 10 am. (This depends on crowds, your priorities, etc.)
Does entering include Early Entry for on-site guests?
This effectively gives on-site guests a half-hour head start to making Genie+ selections. See our Guide to Early Entry at Disneyland for more details about this perk for guests staying in the Hotels of Disneyland Resort.
When should guests actually start to make Genie+ ride reservations?
In addition to the above guide covering the basics, you might want to check out our Early Entry at Disneyland Photo Report and Early Entry at DCA Photo Report. That shows just how much we got done during the bonus time, and how short lines are first thing in the morning.
As a general matter, we’ve found that making Genie+ selections immediately upon entering the park at or around opening time gives us return times that are simply too soon. During the first couple hours of the day, standby times are short at Disneyland–you want return times that are later, so you actually are bypassing a high wait time and long standby line…not one that’s just as empty as the Lightning Lane!
How many Individual Lightning Lane attraction reservations can each guest book per day?
Two, and those reservations must be at different attractions. (In other words, no doing either attraction twice.)
What do Individual Lightning Lane attractions cost at Disneyland?
The starting price is $12 per attraction, with the highest price being $25–for now. Disneyland did not indicate that $25 is the ceiling for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. To the contrary, the company indicated it would use “variable” date-based pricing, which means ILL costs could go even higher during peak season dates.
However, that did not happen during last year’s holiday season and it hasn’t occurred thus far in 2023. That could change during spring break or summer season, but we’re starting to see less demand for Individual Lightning Lane access, so we suspect that $25 is probably the peak price.
Can the same attraction be booked multiple times with the Genie+ service at Disneyland and DCA?
No, re-rides are not currently possible.
As with anything, this is subject to change as the system evolves. MaxPass did allow re-rides and had no issue, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see this policy quietly change in California.
How many ride reservations can be made at a time with the Genie+ service?
Guests are able to make one reservation at a time–with the ability to make a subsequent reservation immediately upon tapping into an attraction.
Is anything else included with Genie+ at Disneyland?
In addition to Lightning Lane access, purchasing Genie+ at Disneyland entitles you to the following:
- Enjoy Unlimited Disney PhotoPass Digital Downloads from the Day – Download and share digital photos from select dining locations, attractions, iconic settings and more.
- Enhance Your Photos with Disney PhotoPass Lenses – Unlock a special collection of Disney-themed lenses for your mobile device, allowing you to explore augmented reality effects.
- Listen to Audio Tales – Discover the parks in cool new ways through fascinating fun facts and behind-the-scenes insights during your visit.
The PhotoPass Lenses and Audio Tales are taste-specific; some people will these to be nice additions to their day, but most guests will never use them. We’ve used these PhotoPass Lenses extensively at Walt Disney World, and they’re generally pretty fun as a value-add, but definitely not the primary or even secondary reason to buy Genie+ at Disneyland.
Additionally, augmented reality is a HUGE battery drainer. We found our phone batteries going from nearly-full to the red zone after around 30 minutes of use. Genie+ already entails a lot of screen time, so be sure to pack a portable battery charger regardless–but consider a bigger battery if you’ll be spending any amount of time using the PhotoPass Lenses or want to charge multiple devices.
By contrast, most people will find the PhotoPass image downloads to be a huge plus. We’ve heard from some families who have one person purchase in their party purchase Genie+ just for the sake of the on-ride photo downloads. Given that Disney PhotoPass+ One Week costs $78, you come out ahead by simply buying Genie+ for trips that are 3 days or fewer!
What if the return time for that selection is not until much later in the day?
Guests are able to make another reservation 120 minutes after their first reservation even if they have not yet redeemed the first Genie+ selection.
Does this mean I can actually hold multiple Genie+ selections simultaneously?
Yes, when using the 120 minute rule. Disneyland’s official wording is confusing, but it’s possible to stack Genie+ selections. In fact, there are quirks to the system that make it possible to accumulate Lightning Lane reservations via Genie+ later in the day.
What if the return times conflict with one another or other reservations?
Genie+ will not stop you from making overlapping plans, so you need to monitor this yourself and make sure it doesn’t happen. It will simply give you a ‘warning’ message that you have overlapping plans (see screenshot above).
If a specific attraction’s return time conflicts with your schedule, either select a different attraction with a return time that isn’t problematic, or wait 5-10 minutes until the clock moves forward on return times and eliminates the overlap.
How do groups make Genie+ reservations?
Guests can link tickets and select family and friends in the Disneyland app during the ride reservation process.
Do Genie+ and/or individual Lightning Lane attractions work with Park Hopping?
You are able to reserve attractions after 11 am in a different park than the one where you started your day and have reservations. Park Hopping with Genie+ or individual Lightning Lane attraction purchases must follow all the normal rules of all three (Park Hopping, Genie+ and Lightning Lanes), meaning that you need to wait until the Lightning Lane return time window has advanced past 11 am for the park to which you’re hopping.
What if not everyone in our party wants to do a certain ride?
You can choose to only make Genie+ reservations for some guests within your party.
Alternatively, you can make the reservation for everyone, and some people in your group can ride multiple times by scanning the redemption belonging to someone else (keeping in mind that each one is valid once). Certain thrill rides are too intense for Sarah, so I scan her Genie+ Lightning Lane entry code after using mine.
Can only certain guests within a party choose to purchase Individual Lightning Lanes?
Yes–same idea. You can choose among linked guests in the Disneyland app from whom you want to purchase the ILLs.
Can guests choose to purchase Genie+ only on specific days?
Only buying on specific days will give you the option to have “commando touring” days and more laid back ones, instead of simply buying for the duration of a Disneyland ticket or vacation package–saving money in the process.
Are any virtual queues in use at Disneyland Resort?
At Disney California Adventure, World of Color – ONE uses a virtual queue. This is reserved viewing for the nighttime spectacular, and doesn’t work in quite the same way as prior virtual queues for attractions.
What’s up with the virtual queues for rides?
As of March 2023, no virtual queues are in use for rides at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure. The parks have shifted to standby lines for all attractions that previously used them, but has reserved the ability to use the virtual queues when demand is high.
Thus far, this has yet to happen. Given that it didn’t occur during the peak holiday weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we doubt that the virtual queues will ever be brought back. At least, until another new ride opens.
What changes with standby lines?
Regular ole walk-up standby lines are still available on all attractions.
Can Magic Key Passholders be able to purchase Genie+ or individual Lightning Lane access at Disneyland?
Magic Keyholders are able to purchase Lightning Lane or add Genie+ on a per-day basis, just like regular theme park ticket holders.
There’s now a 20% off discount on the Genie+ service on days when Magic Keyholders use their pass for park admission.
Is there an annual add-on for Magic Keymasters?
There is not a yearly add-on option for Genie+ for Disneyland Resort Magic Key Passholders. It’s possible one will be added down the road, but we wouldn’t expect that until pent-up demand fizzles out. So maybe 2023?
Is there a Disney Vacation Club Member discount?
Will these systems force me to be glued to my phone all day?
Using the Genie systems will definitely require phone use throughout the day–there’s no way around that. However, it could be as little as a couple of minutes every 90 to 120 minutes, or shortly after entering an attraction queue. It won’t be necessary to be constantly on your phone.
With that said, just as before with MaxPass, it’s likely that those guests who refresh the app compulsively and are diligent about making reservations will be at an advantage.
Are there multiple options for time slots when booking Genie+ ride reservations?
The only option is the next available time slot.
Does Genie+ work with MagicBands at Disneyland Resort?
Yes. Genie+ work with the MagicBand+, which has now debuted at Disneyland.
With that said, MagicBands are not required. You can use your park tickets or phone instead if you don’t have MagicBands.
Is refreshing and rebooking ride reservations possible with Genie+?
That was the case with MaxPass, but it’s more challenging with Genie+ because there’s no modify button–this means you have to cancel and rebook, which is a cumbersome process.
Generally speaking, expect features and functionality to be added to Genie+ over time.
How does this impact Single Rider or Rider Switch?
Keep in mind that even though Genie+ and Lightning Lanes have now launched in California, the system is still in its infancy. Beyond that, Disney is clearly focused on the Walt Disney World version of the Genie system first as that’s the money-maker. Disneyland’s incarnation is on the backburner, and will likely evolve post-release based on the unique operational wrinkles of the California parks. Our expectation is that Genie+ and Lightning Lanes will continue to be tweaked in California.
This should answer most of the questions that readers have been asking about the Genie+ app feature and Lightning Lanes that are coming to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. In some cases, those “answers” are simply our best guesses and speculation, but in a lot of cases that’s the best we can offer. There have been a lot of questions, so if we didn’t address yours, we apologize. Please post in the comments below and we’ll answer more as they’re asked!
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Lots of new info for me. We’re a true wdw family and know all the ins and outs there but we’re going to visit family in CA this summer. We of course want to head to DL and DCA, but unlike our week long trips to the world we won’t have that kind of time. Im looking at a 2 day hopper or 3 day non hopper.. of course with genie plus. Which do you recommend, I know how close the 2 parks are so I’m on the fence. We’ve been before but it was about 7 years ago and I know a lot has changed. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey Tom – not sure if you’ve seen this hack but I’m gonna leave this here.
If you are holding a multi-experience pass and a Genie reservation both valid at the same ride, when you scan into the turnstile, the ride specific reservation will always be use dup, not the multi-experience pass, AND THE TIME ON THE RESERVATION DOESN’T MATTER.
– I book Indiana Jones Adventure for 8-9 AM. It’s broken, so I get a multi-experience pass.
– I then book Space Mountain for 9-10 AM.
– At 8:30 AM, I walk up to space mountain’s LL scanners and scan my ticket. The light turns green.
– When I open my app, the LL reservation for 9-10 AM is now gone, but I still have the multi-experience pass.
Works for park hopping too. If I were to book Toy Story for 6-7 PM, I could scan in at any point that day before 6-7 PM as long as I hold onto the multi-experience pass.
If you are holding a multi-experience pass, you can completely ignore time slots. I call this the “accelerate” trick. (more on this in some forums on the disboards if ur interested)
Why does this work? Pretty sure it has to do with the logic that Disney’s Genie system uses. 1: Do you have a valid reservation for this ride? (Sees multi-exp pass for correct time). If yes, then light turns green. 2: Consume reservation from user’s account. If they have a rez for this specific ride, consume that. If they don’t, then consume their multi-experience pass.
The barcodes on the multi-experience passes and genie+ lane reservations that pop up in your app are just your ticket barcode, so it doesn’t matter which piece of the app you scan, this trick still works.
Caveat: The multi-experience pass needs to be valid for the ride you are going on. So you couldn’t use a “B tier” multi-experience pass to
I used this last time we went. Booked Indy at rope drop, it was down, got the multi-pass at 8:30 AM. After that, we used Genie+ on literally every single available ride in both parks that day, and didn’t even break a sweat. We just booked the ride we wanted as we were walking over (even if the time slot was for 7+ hours in the future), scanned our tickets, got in the LL queue, and still had the multi-experience pass for later use. Rinse and repeat all day long.
If anyone has questions feel free to ask bc I’m happy to explain. This isn’t gonna get patched – it’s baked into how Disney built their system and I doubt they’re going to do a redesign considering how on top of things Disney’s IT department is lol
This is a subject that has always interested me. This doesn’t come up much in Disney world but worked out really well in Disneyland when I got to visit last year. Whenever I’ve gotten a multi experience it happened to be the a tier. I’wonderered what rides showed up on the b tier if you recall? Thanks again.
Brandon, that’s an excellent discovery–and one that I was NOT aware of!
I think your explanation is almost certainly why this works, and also why it’s a loophole that won’t be closed. (And also, because how many people are actually exploiting it?) Genie+ was already pretty easy at Disneyland, but this is like the ultimate cheat code. Thanks for sharing!
Glad to help Tom! One other thing I just realized is that if you do child swap, the CMs actually give you a multi-experience pass on your ticket – I haven’t tested it, but I’m pretty sure that if you just use child swap for a ride you can automatically get the pass that makes this hack work. You’d miss out on child swap for that one ride at that moment, but you could get back to it eventually once you’ve used the Multi pass to accelerate all your other genie reservations. Limited in its application, but when I take a group in May I’m gonna try it. If it works that gives you an ace in the hole.
@Carol, each park has “2 tiers” of rides for Multi-exp passes, which lend themselves to 3 tiers of passes in effect.
S Tier: Space Mountain, Matterhorn, Indiana Jones – Multi passes from these rides are good at any ride in either park except for Individual LL rides and Peter Man.
A Tier – Disneyland: All remaining Genie+ rides at DL park. These are not good for the S-tier rides but work for any rides in DCA. (I believe – haven’t tested this for all the rides at DL)
A Tier – DCA: Guardians of the Galaxy, Web Slingers – These are not good for the S-tier but are good for any ride A tier and below.
B Tier – DCA: These are the weird ones. They only work on B-tier or lower rides AT DCA, but they work on all the A-Tier rides at Disneyland.
Don’t stress about memorizing that lol. It’s written down on every multi-experience pass you get. If you’re a nerd like me and want to do the math on permutations and possibilities based on you booking a certain ride that breaks down, then there you go :). Otherwise just check what your pass says.
Thanks so much! I stumbled on to the General advantage of booking a genie + reservation on a temporarily closed ride from a comment on this blog last year, but didn’t discover this additional advantage! I was there from the east coast with my 80 year old California native cousin and he was flabbergasted when we used the multi use experience ticket to bypass a 45 minute wait on jungle cruise.
I apparently am a nerd just like you and I hope to return with daughter and grands because Disneyland was so much more enjoyable with genie than disneyworld. When I checked online i couldn’t find info on various tiers. I must have had s tiers from Indiana Jones being down. I ran into a weird situation where the canal boats were not listed as either A ride you could use passes on or a ride you couldn’t. The cast member was very kind and let me on and I didn’t even have to use pass! Just a thoughtful CM helping a couple of older folks to have a much less stressful day!
Once again, this info is invaluable to me, thanks so much for sharing.
So, how would that work for a family?
I’m thinking about the child swap. Let’s say we go a ride and use child swap. CM gives multi pass experience to only one of the 2 parents correct?
I ride. My wife gets multi experience pass to ride after me but does not use it?
Then we book attraction for 7pm but it’s 10am let’s say.
How would that work? Would everyone’s light turn green just because she has the multi experience or just her light would turn green?
Not sure if I make sense lol
@Antoine – the multi-experience passes are stored on each TICKET. What you scan at the LL entrance is your ticket, not a separate FastPass.
So, when you go to get your child swap passes, the CM will scan UP TO 3 of your tickets and add a multi-experience pass onto them. Those 3 tickets will be able to accelerate any lightning lane reservations stored on them because they also have the multi-experience pass that makes this hack work.
So if it’s you, your wife, and one kid, then the three of you would have tickets that can accelerate your LLs for the rest of the day until you use up the multi-experience pass.
@Brandon Thank you! I think I’m starting to understand this.
The only thing now is how would I approach a CM about that? My wife and I usually go to Disney just the both of us and our next trip is the first time we will take our daughter to the parks (she is now 4)
Cause I read you are divided into 2 groups when using child swap.
So in our case wouldn’t that be 1 + 2 ? And only the +2 would have the multi experience?
Or could I pretend my daughter can’t do the wait in queue, ride once solo and then technically re ride with them?
Or last option, I don’t give much info, present them with our 3 tickets and say that we need child swap passes for these 3 tickets and that’s it? Lol
Just trying to visualise how I would have that convo wirh CM to make sure all our tickets get the multi pass
Apologize for all my questioning and thank you so much for clarifying!
So you’ll ALL go to the entrance of the ride. Explain that she (or you) will be riding, and then the other will wait off with the kid. Then just give them your three tickets to scan. I’ve always done this with my group and they never ask questions. If you have the DL app, just open the tickets page and swipe through the three tickets, then you’ll have multi-experience passes on all three of your tickets! Good luck!
just a quick question I probably wouldnt want to but the guide still says you can book a genie plus regular lightning lane at another park after one. has this changed to 11 with the park hopper rules change
Yep! Once the time slot on the Genie+ rez is a time when. you’re able to physically be in the park (after 11), you can book it.