Let’s talk about what the new Disney Genie Plus at Disneyland and how it can help you make the most of your trip.
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Disneyland has changed so much in the last couple years. The days of just showing up to the ticket window to buy a ticket are gone. It takes a little work when it comes to planning a trip to the parks.
For some people a trip to Disneyland is a once in a lifetime trip. All these changes can make it hard to have the most magical time. And if you fall into this category of park goer, you might consider using the Genie Plus system.
My number one tip to anyone heading to the parks is to get familiar with the Disneyland App before you go. This is where you will have your tickets, check out the wait times, find restaurants and menus, mobile order your food and more.
Disney Genie – The Free Version
A new part of the app is the Disney Genie. Not to be confused with Disney Genie Plus, Disney Genie is a free option you can use to plan your Disneyland day. I have tried it, and I don’t believe it gives you the best tips to make your trip the best.
I would NOT use the free option of Disney Genie. I think as long as you have an idea of the things you want to accomplish before you go, then you would do better on your own. Rather than using that free option.
But if you want to get a lot done during your time at Disneyland, I would take advantage of the Disney Genie Plus. Maybe it’s not something you would want to use everyday, but one day during your trip you would find it useful.
What is Disney Genie Plus
Disney Genie Plus At Disneyland is the new fast pass system to get you on to the rides faster and make the most of your trip to the parks. It has taken the place of the free fast pass system Disneyland used to offer. As well as the Max Pass system that was in place a few weeks ago.
Disney Genie Plus is an extra cost on top of your park ticket. It costs $20 a day per person. You can purchase tickets that already have the Genie Plus option on there. Or you can add it on a daily basis when you enter the parks.
You can purchase Disney Genie Plus as soon as you go through the turnstiles of Disneyland or California Adventure. Genie Plus can be purchased through the Disneyland App. You can select all the members of your party at the time of purchase too. Which makes it easy to plan out the rest of your day.
Disney Genie Plus does come with photo pass too. So take advantage of that service while using the Genie Plus system.
How Do You Use Disney Genie Plus at Disneyland
Disney Genie Plus allows you to bypass the regular standby lines and access the lightning lanes to get on the rides faster. Not all rides are included in the Disney Genie Plus program. See the list of rides you can access below.
In the app you will find a tab under My Genie Day plans called My Day. Tip board is the free Disney Genie plan that we already talked about. You want to be in the My Day tab. This is where you can purchase Disney Genie +.
Once you purchase Disney Genie Plus, you will then be able to use this section of the app to select return times for different attractions. Find the attraction you want to go on and select a return time. When it is your time to return to the ride, go to the entrance and enter through the lightning lane.
You will scan your ticket/phone for all the people in your party to get on the ride. Once you scan into your first selection, you will be able to choose your next attraction. If your first return time is a couple hours away, you may make another selection after 2 hours from your first selection.
For example, if it’s 9:00 and you select Space Mountain for 12:30, at 11:00 you can select another Genie Plus selection. I know if sounds a bit difficult to understand right now. But once you try using the system, it will all make sense.
Genie Plus Things to Note
One thing to note, you can only use the Genie Plus program only one time per ride. Of course you can ride any ride as many times as you want. But you can only use the lightning lane for the ride one time. The other times, you will have to wait in the standby line.
If you have a return time selected and the ride breaks down when you are supposed to return, you will see a Multi Experience selection pop up in your app. This means you can use this multi experience selection for almost any ride (the ones that have lightning lane) any time during the day.
What Rides Does Genie Plus Include
Not all rides are included in the Genie Plus program. Here are the rides that are included in Genie plus at Disneyland.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Haunted Mansion
- Indiana Jones
- It’s a Small World
- Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run
- Roger Rabbit Cartoon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours
The rides included in the Genie plus program at California Adventure are:
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Monsters Inc.
- Soarin Around the World
- Toy Story Midway Mania
The other rides are either standby wait only, or part of the individual lightning lane part of Genie plus.
What are the Individual Lightning Lanes
The last part of the Disney Genie program are the individual lightning lane selections. These are the most popular rides that can incur the longest wait times. These attractions offer the ability to purchase a one time use of the lightning lane.
You do NOT have to have the Genie Plus purchased to use these lightning lanes. You can select each ride individually. Depending on the day, the price varies. It can be anywhere from $7 to $10.
If you do not want to wait standby for these rides, you can just purchase the lightning lane selection. You can only use it once per ride per day. And you can only select 2 of these lightning lane rides a day as well.
The 3 rides that you can use this service for are:
- Rise of the Resistance in Disneyland
- Webslingers in DCA
- Radiator Springs Racers in DCA
The new system really isn’t as hard as it seems when first learning about it. Once you get started using Disney Genie Plus, it will make so much sense and you will be so happy you decided to use it.
Where Can I Buy Disneyland Tickets
When it comes to planning your Disneyland trip, I recommend purchasing your tickets through Get Away Today. I have been personally using them for years. They are the only place I buy my Disney tickets.
They have been a partner with Disney for 30+ years. They offer a discount on their multi day tickets over the Disneyland Gate prices. And their tickets are refundable.
They also have amazing vacation package and work with some of the best Anaheim area hotels. They have worked to get Liz on Call friends that best rates! Plus if you use my link and my code, LIZONCALL, you not only get the best price, you get $10 off your vacation package.
And if you decide to call them on the phone, mention Liz on Call sent you and they will take excellent care of you. I’ve got a couple blog posts on some of the area hotels is you want to read about those.
You can read about our stay at the Homewood Suites, the Anaheim Hampton Inn and Suites and the Howard Johnson Anaheim. And you can follow me on my Disney Instagram DIsneyFoodnFun to see even more hotels in the area and Disneyland Fun.
I’d love to answer any questions you might have. So feel free to email me and I’d love to help you.