For better or for worse, the Genie+ service has totally changed the way guests visit the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, but we still get a lot of questions about it including: “How do I Purchase Genie Plus?”
In case you haven’t been to the Disney parks for a while, Genie+ is a new paid line-skipping service that replaced the old FastPass+ system. Yes, if you want to skip waiting in line, you now have to pay for it.
Thankfully, it’s not too hard to set up. In this post, we are going to show you step-by-step how to purchase Disney Genie Plus, and then how to make Lightning Lane ride selections using it.
Whether or not you choose to use the Disney Genie Plus service or not, it’s still important to have a good understanding of how it works since it will have a big impact on your upcoming vacation no matter what.
Along with this article, we highly recommend reading our Complete Guide to Genie Plus & Lightning Lanes. There we go into detail about the entire system, answer all your FAQs, and give you our best tips and strategies for using it.
Our article on “How to Purchase Individual Lightning Lane Attractions at Disney World” is also essential reading if you are just going to skip the lines a la carte.
Now that it’s been a while since it came out, we’ve had a chance to use Genie+ quite extensively in the parks and it’s our aim to make using it as easy as possible for you.
Also, don’t forget to sign up for our FREE Weekly E-Mail Newsletter. There we bring you the latest changes to Disney Genie Plus and other Disney vacation planning tips. You can sign up here: Join our E-Mail Newsletter
(UPDATE) Genie+ No Longer Available for Advanced Purchase at Disney World
We’ve all had to adapt to the Genie+ system over the last few months, and now more changes are coming to the system which could change the way you book the service.
Starting June 8, 2022, Disney Genie+ is only available for purchase on the day of your visit through the My Disney Experience app and is not available to purchase in advance. Before this change, you had the choice to buy Genie+ as part of your vacation package in advance or individually on the day of your visit.
Disney Genie+ is now also “subject to availability,” meaning the service can sell out each day and not only reservations for each ride. While Genie+ won’t sell out every day, it is more likely on busy days like holidays or for special events.
Disney said it is making these changes to meet the incredibly strong demand for Disney Genie+. Hopefully, with fewer people purchasing the service, it will help with the lack of Genie reservations available throughout the day. Demand has been off-the-charts and this should provide a better guest experience as more capacity is needed.
These changes will be in place for at least the remainder of 2022 and through all of 2023. We’ll keep you updated with any other tweaks to the system in the coming months as you should expect more.
Before You Buy Genie Plus
We’re going to show you step-by-step how to buy Genie+, but before you do, there are some things you need to know. It’s important to have everything in order before your day begins as it will make getting ride reservations much easier.
You Need Park Tickets
Before you can purchase the Disney Genie+ service, you need to first purchase theme park tickets. You can’t buy Genie+ without them.
Guests with one-day tickets, multi-day tickets, annual passes, or tickets as part of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation package are all eligible to buy Genie+.
How Much Does Disney Genie+ Cost?
The biggest bummer about Disney Genie+ is that it is not free and you have to pay to skip attraction lines now.
Disney Genie Plus costs $15.98 per person, per day at Walt Disney World. It is listed as $15 per person, but there is an additional $0.98 after adding on the tax.
Guests are NOT required to purchase Genie Plus and it is totally optional. All members of your party are free to decide whether or not to use it.
For example, if one guest in your party buys Genie+, that doesn’t mean everyone has to buy it. Each member can decide if it’s worth spending the extra money or not. If grandma and grandpa don’t go on a lot of attractions, it probably wouldn’t be worth it to buy Genie+ for them, but for the kids, it might be.
Don’t forget to look through the free version of Disney Genie and take advantage of some of its features like the free itineraries and attractions and restaurant recommendations.
Genie+ at the Disneyland Resort is more expensive than at Disney World and costs $20 per person.
When Can You Buy Genie Plus?
So when can you buy Genie Plus? Before your vacation? On the day of your visit? At the park?
The answer to all those questions is: No, Yes, and Yes.
There is currently only one way to purchase Disney Genie Plus:
- A Single-Day Purchase
Single-Day Purchases – You can buy Genie Plus for one day of your vacation starting at 12:00 am on the day you plan on using it. For example, if you are going to the Magic Kingdom on June 1, Genie+ is available for purchase at 12:00 midnight on June 1.
You can continue buying Genie+ as a single-day purchase as much as you want throughout your vacation. If your vacation is 7 days and you want to buy Genie+ for 1 day that’s fine. 2 days? No problem. Etc.
We recommend buying Genie+ BEFORE 7:00 am so that you are ready to make ride reservations at that time. Even though it’s possible to buy Genie Plus when you arrive at the theme park, if you wait that long, most of the best ride reservations will be gone by that time.
Get it done before 7:00 am, or even after midnight if you are up late the night before.
Vacation Package Ahead of Time – Genie+ is no longer available for purchase in advance as part of your Vacation Package and can only be purchased one day at a time and on the day of your visit.
In the past at Disney World, guests could purchase Genie+ ahead of time, though you were required to buy it for your entire vacation (which we never recommended).
At that time you could add Genie+ to your package at any time after you have purchased your theme park admission. You could choose to buy it on the same day you booked your vacation package, one week later, one month later, etc. It was up to you.
Now you can still purchase it for every day of your vacation, but you will have to buy it separately one day at a time. That means you can’t purchase it ahead of time or as one package when you book your trip.
In the end, it’s not really necessary anyway as Genie Plus is really only useful at one or two of the four Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios). It’s not necessary to purchase it for every day of your trip.
I guess if you wanted to wait the absolute least amount of time in line for rides each day, you could buy Genie+ at all the parks, but $15 per person, per day, is too high of a price for the little return it gets you at Animal Kingdom and EPCOT.
Purchasing Genie Plus Step-by-Step
Download & Update My Disney Experience
When you decide to buy Genie Plus, the first thing you need to do is download the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device. My Disney Experience is crucial to using Genie+ and it is what you will need to buy it and make ride reservations.
If you already have My Disney Experience installed on your device, make sure it is updated with the latest version. Disney releases updates on a regular basis and it’s important to have the latest version so that all the features of Genie+ work properly.
If your apps on your mobile device are updated automatically, this should be done for you.
To update My Disney Experience manually go to the App Store on your mobile device, find My Disney Experience in the list, and download the update from there.
Purchasing a Single Day
If you are interested in buying Genie Plus for a single day of your vacation, just follow these easy steps.
STEP 1: Log Into My Disney Experience
Starting at midnight on the morning that you will be visiting the Disney theme park, you can purchase Genie Plus.
Open My Disney Experience on your mobile device and log in if you have not already done so.
STEP 2: Open “My Day”
At the bottom right corner of the app, you will see the “Menu” button which has 3 horizontal lines. Click that.
That opens a new screen with boxes. Click the box on the top right that says: “My Genie Day.”
STEP 3: Get “Disney Genie+ Service”
Once the “My Day” tab opens up, click in the purple box almost at the bottom of the page where it says: “Get Disney Genie+ for Today.”
A new screen will open which explains some of the features of the Genie+ service including Lightning Lane entrance and Interactive Disney PhotoPass Lenses.
Click the button at the bottom of the page that says: “Get Disney Genie+ Service.”
STEP 4: Select Party Members
On the next screen, you will select all the members of your group that are going to purchase Genie+ for that day.
The screen is divided into two sections, “Your Party” and “Anyone Else Going?” Make sure all the correct guests are selected in the “Your Party” section and then click the button “Confirm Party” at the bottom of the page.
STEP 5: Review Details
On the next screen, you will see all the details of your purchase including the price.
You will also see all the guests listed in your party. If you need to make any adjustments to the guest list, click the “Edit” button on the right side of the screen and add or remove the appropriate guests.
STEP 6: Confirm Information and Pay
The last step is to confirm all your information, contact info, and the cost.
You will notice that the final price per person is not $15.00 flat but $15.98 after tax is added. If you have a family of 4, it will really cost $63.92 total.
You can pay for the Genie+ service by Credit Card, Debit Card, Disney Gift Cards, or Rewards Redemption Cards. When you choose your payment method, click “Purchase.”
Once your purchase is made, you will receive a confirmation at the bottom of the screen. Click “Continue” to see more information.
You also will receive an email with a receipt of your Disney Genie Plus purchase.
Buying Genie Plus for the Whole Trip
(Buying Genie Plus ahead of time for your entire trip is no longer possible at Walt Disney World, but it is still possible at the Disneyland Resort)
Making a single-day purchase is the easiest and most common way to buy Genie Plus. However, if you want to buy Genie Plus for your entire vacation, follow these easy steps…
While Booking Vacation Package
The first option is to add Genie Plus to your entire trip while booking your vacation package for a future trip.
When you are choosing your theme park tickets, you will see the option to add Genie Plus next to the various ticket choices.
Just remember that if you book Genie Plus this way, you are purchasing it for every day of your vacation. It also cannot be removed from your package once you choose it, so make sure that is really what you want before buying it.
Adding Genie Plus to Existing Tickets
If you already have booked a Disney vacation package or have theme park tickets, you can add Genie+ ahead of time for the length of your ticket.
Follow these steps:
- Go to disneyworld.com
- Click the button “Sign In” and enter your username and password to access your account.
- Hover your mouse over the button “My Disney Experience” on the right side of the screen and click “My Plans.”
- Scroll down to the “Tickets & Memory Maker” tab under “My Plans, Reservations, and Tickets.”
- Select “Change Ticket” next to the ticket you want to modify. Select every ticket in your party you want to modify.
You can also add the Genie+ service to your tickets ahead of time through the My Disney Experience app, by calling the Disney Reservation Center at (407) 939-5277, or by contacting your Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.
Making Genie Plus Selections
Now that you have purchased the Genie+ service, the next step is to go ahead and start making ride reservations.
Genie+ ride selections begin at 7:00 am on the morning you are visiting the theme park.
The 7:00 am rule is the same for all guests no matter if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel or off-site. It also doesn’t matter if you are an annual passholder or a regular ticket holder, selections start at 7:00 am.
This is a big change from the old FastPass+ system where you could make ride reservations 60 days before your vacation began.
Just follow these easy instructions to make your Disney Genie+ ride selections:
STEP 1: Open Tip Board
At 6:55 am on the day you are visiting the park, open the My Disney Experience app and click on the menu button at the bottom of the page (the button with 3 horizontal lines on the bottom right).
Attraction selections start at 7:00 am, but it’s always good to be a few minutes early to get familiar with the layout of the app.
On the next screen click the “Tip Board” on the top left.
STEP 2: Select Attraction or Experience
On this screen, you can see the theme park you are going to plus all the attractions, shows, and dining options.
If the park selected is not the one you are going to that day, click the “Change Park” button and select the correct one.
Scroll through the list of attractions until you find the one you want to book with Genie+.
The standby line time and next available return time are listed.
If you want that attraction, click “Book Experience.”
Attraction selections will be grayed out until 7:00 am. If for some reason the selections are still grayed out at 7:00 am, pull down on the screen to do a hard refresh.
STEP 3: Add Guests & Review Details
On the next screen, the attraction information is displayed including the return time.
Add the members of your party to the reservation that want to ride this attraction. If someone is not in the list, click the edit button to add them.
Click the “Confirm Party” button when you are done.
Make sure all the correct guests are in the party and then click the “Continue” button at the bottom of the page.
STEP 4: Confirm Reservation
On this screen, you will see your selection confirmation and it will show your redeem time for that attraction. There is even a cute animation with children wearing Mickey, Minnie, and Donald Duck hats as they are passing by.
Guests have 1 hour to redeem a Genie+ selection. For example, if the next available return time was 1:00 pm, you have from 1:00 to 2:00 pm to redeem it.
You also are given a 15-minute grace period in case you are running late, so you really have 1 hour and 15 minutes from the time your return time starts.
Click the “View My Day” button at the bottom of the page to see all your booked experiences. Go to the “My Day” tab whenever you want to check what time your next Lightning Lane selection is.
You can also see which Genie+ reservations you have booked by clicking on the “Tip Board.”
STEP 5: Redeem Genie+ Selection
When your return window arrives, go to the attraction entrance and tap in using your MagicBand or park ticket on the touchpoint. When the touchpoint turns green, proceed through the queue.
If the light turns blue instead of green, that means there is a problem. It could be that you are either too early for your reservation or too late. Just ask for assistance from a nearby Cast Member who will be glad to help you.
Some attractions have a second checkpoint later in the queue, and others only have the one at the line entrance.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to make your first Genie Plus selection immediately at 7:00 am. Some of the best attractions fill up for the day even before the official park opening, and if you don’t book them early enough in the morning, they will run out of selections and you will have to wait in the standby line.
So don’t think you can sleep in and make your reservations on your way to the park. Get up early and take care of this.
Here are a few of the most common questions when purchasing the Genie Plus service at Disney World…
When Can I Make My Next Selection?
Once you make your first Genie+ reservation for the day you must wait 120 minutes from the last time you booked at Genie+ attraction OR until tapping into the Lightning Lane for your current reservation, whichever comes first.
The only time the 120-minute rule does not come into effect is when booking your first reservation of the day BEFORE the official park opening.
If you make a Genie+ reservation at 7:00 am, you have to wait 120 minutes after the park officially opens to make your next selection. If the park opens at 9:00 am, that means you have to wait until 11:00 am to make your next reservation, unless you redeem your reservation before that time.
If you redeem your current ride reservation before the 120 minutes is up, you can make your next selection when you tap through both touchpoints in the attraction queue.
Can You Book More Than One Attraction at the Same Time?
You can only make one Genie+ ride reservation at a time throughout the day and you have to wait 120 minutes between selections.
However, if your current Genie Plus selection has a return time that is more than 120 from the time you book it, you might be able to hold more than one Genie+ selection at the same time.
For example, if you book an attraction at 7:00 am with a 2:00 pm return time, at 11:00 am you can make your next selection (120 minutes after the park opens at 9:00 am) and you will still have your first reservation at the same time.
If your second return time is also after 2:00 pm, for example, you will get a third Genie+ selection at 1:00 pm (120 minutes since your last one), all before ever using the original selection you made at 7:00 am in the morning.
Sometimes it just works out that way and it will depend on which attractions you choose and what the return times are at the time of booking.
Does Disney Genie Plus Sell Out?
Disney has recently changed its policy and it is now possible for the Genie+ service to sell out on a given day. Disney stated that Genie+ is now “subject to availability,” meaning the number of guests that can purchase the service in one day is limited.
The reasoning behind this is that Disney is “focused on delivering the best possible guest experience, and this adjustment will help manage the incredibly strong demand our guests have shown for Disney Genie+.”
Besides the service itself, reservations for the individual attractions definitely sell out each day. The most popular Genie Plus attractions sell out each day, sometimes only an hour or less from when the park opens.
There is only a limited number of reservations for each attraction every day, and when they are gone, they are gone for good. That’s why naturally, the most popular attractions sell out first.
Sometimes an attraction will still have availability near the end of the day, but it will most surely be an attraction you either don’t want to ride or one you don’t need a Genie+ reservation for.
Can I Add Genie Plus to a Complimentary Ticket?
The Disney Genie Plus service can be added to a complimentary ticket. However, you cannot add Genie+ ahead of time and you must do it on the day you are going to use the ticket.
You will need to add Genie+ at the beginning of each day you want to use the service.
How Do I Add Genie Plus to Existing Disney Tickets?
Yes, you can. If you have already booked a Disney World vacation package with theme park tickets, you can add Genie+ to your existing reservation. You can do this through the My Disney Experience app, over the phone, or at the theme parks at the ticket booth or a Guest Relations location.
Open the My Disney Experience Mobile App, and tap on the three horizontal lines in the bottom right corner (the Menu). Click on “Tickets and Passes.” Find your theme park ticket and choose “Change Ticket” to add the Genie+ service to it.
That wraps up this step-by-step on how to buy Genie+ and use it at Walt Disney World. We hope it makes this whole process a little easier for you on your next Disney vacation. Feel free to ask any unanswered questions below and we will add them to the article.
If you are thinking about going to Walt Disney World in the coming future, here are some other popular articles where you will find all the info and tips you need to plan your trip.
- Disney World Vacation Planning Guide
- Disney World Crowd Calendar
- When are the Best Times to Visit Disney World?
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