Travel Disney introducing paid ‘FastPass’ replacement Oct. 19 — Here’s what ‘Lightning Lanes’ will cost
How to use points to buy Disney tickets
Editor’s note: This guide has been updated with the latest information. A Disney family vacation is almost as classic of an American pastime as baseball games and July Fourth fireworks. It’s an escape from reality and can be a fun dose of magic and happiness. But along with all that joy and anticipation can come …A Disney family vacation is almost as classic of an American pastime as baseball games and July Fourth fireworks. It’s an escape from reality and can be a fun dose of magic and happiness. But along with all that joy and anticipation can come sticker shock at the cost of a Disney vacation. Disney can be done on a budget, but it’s never going to be inexpensive.
On Oct. 19, there’s a new way to skip the regular lines at. This is when Genie, Genie+ and Lightning Lanes will launch at Walt Disney World.
Disney’s free FastPass program is officially a part of theand in its place is a new mix of paid and complimentary services.
Want more travel news and advice?
From what it costs to how it works — here’s what you need to know about Disney’s new way to skip the lines.
Your Day at Disney Theme Parks Is About to Change in a Big Way
RIP fast passes. Heres everything you need to know about new tickets, new ways to skip the line, and planning your next Disney World or Disneyland vacation.But something new is coming this fall that will completely change the way you plan (or don’t plan!) a day at Disney. Whether you’re a park regular or only visit every couple of years, forget everything you learned about navigating Disney because your experience will be completely different and potentially more $$$$. Here’s everything you need to know for planning your next park trip, from paying to jump the line to a new annual pass program that’s kind of like a AAA membership with perks.
$15 to skip lines with Genie+ starting Oct. 19
In a little over a week, Disney Genie+ will launch at $15 per day at Disney World. It provides access to what used to be referred to as FastPass lines and will apply to more than 40 attractions at Walt Disney World. And while this is functionally a lot like what a paid FastPass would have been, the actual term FastPass is being retired and will be replaced with “Lightning Lane.”
While we don’t have a launch date for this service at Disneyland quite yet, Genie+ will cost $20 per person per day when it launches in California and will apply to more than 15 rides. The Disneyland price is on par with what MaxPass cost prior to the 2020 park closure, and this service actually functions much like MaxPass worked at Disneyland.
Disney World celebrates 50 years today: Here’s what has changed, and what has stayed the same
Editor’s note: Walt Disney World hosted the author to showcase the complex’s 50th-anniversary festivities. The opinions expressed below are entirely hers and weren’t subject to review by Disney or any other entity. As the sun rises over Disney’s Magic Kingdom today, the theme park celebrates a significant milestone: 50 years of making magical memories. From …As the sun rises over Disney’s Magic Kingdom today, the theme park celebrates a significant milestone: 50 years of making magical memories.
Examples of attractions that will be available for Lightning Lane via Genie+ include Haunted Mansion, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
At Disneyland, Genie+ will also include unlimited PhotoPass downloads, and at Disney World, it will include some augmented reality lenses.
Similar to how MaxPass operated at Disneyland, you can select another Lightning Lane attraction and return time (if available) as soon as you use the one you had selected. If the one you selected is for a popular attraction that doesn’t have return availability until much later in the day, Disney states you can select a new one after two hours even if you haven’t yet used the one that only had availability much later in the day.
For those that like to park hop, you will be able to use it across multiple theme parks in one day.
The 100 Best Things to Eat at Disney World
To celebrate Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary, we've rounded up the best foods, drinks, and snacks at the iconic park. Allow this list then, compiled after decades of reporting (and eating) in the parks, to come to your aid. Hopefully, you'll find it comprehensive enough to guide you through your entire visit, and then the next. From on-the-fly snacks to great cocktails, it's all here; no need to click around, poring over multiple lists.
A la carte “Lightning Lane” access starts around $7 each
For the highest-demand attractions, you’ll have to pay a separate amount to access those Lightning Lanes. You can do that with or without the purchase of Genie+.
According to Disney, these a la carte attractions include:
- Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Magic Kingdom: Space Mountain
- Epcot: Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
- Epcot: Frozen Ever After
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Rise of the Resistance
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Animal Kingdom: Pandora Flight of Passage
- Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest
The pricing will vary some from day to day, but the examples we were given are roughly what we expected based on the pricing that was used at Disneyland Paris. In the examples provided, pricing ranges from around $7 – $15, per ride, per person.
Disney said that as an example, the Lightning Lane entrance for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure atwill be $9 per person on Oct. 19 and $11 per person on Oct. 23. On those same dates, it will be $7 for Expedition Everest and $15 for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance inside .
14 reasons to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort property
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information. As you drive under the gateway that welcomes you to Walt Disney World, you pass under a sign that reads “Walt Disney World — The Most Magical Place on Earth.” And when you stay in one of the resort’s more than two dozen on-site hotels, …As you drive under the gateway that welcomes you to Walt Disney World, you pass under a sign that reads “Walt Disney World — The Most Magical Place on Earth.” And when you stay in one of the resort’s more than two dozen on-site hotels, that magic spills over into your time outside of Disney World’s theme parks, as well.
This a la carte option will only be available for two different attractions each day — though you can split them between parks doing one in Magic Kingdom and one in Hollywood Studios, assuming you park hop.
New free Genie service will help optimize your day
There’s also a long-awaited free service coming soon to all Disney World and Disneyland guests — Disney Genie.
The new Disney Genie service will be available within the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps. Its goal is to help Disney guests maximize their day by displaying estimated future wait times for attractions, making suggestions on their day’s specific itinerary based on their plans and stated preferences and centralize their dining reservations, virtual queues and “lightning” access plans.
These won’t be static recommendations but will update in real-time based on wait times, their changing goals, ride availability and more.
Disney Genie will leverage decades of Disney data and technology to help guests plan their best Disney day and reduce the time spent in lines.
Old-fashioned lines are still available
With all of this talk of Genie, Genie+ and individually available paid Lightning Lane access add-ons, you may start to wonder if you can still just decide to just buy a regular ticket and get in line to ride something.
Experts Explain 4 Gifts You Can Always Regift, and 4 Gifts You Probably Shouldn’t
Regifting is OK—sometimes. The post Experts Explain 4 Gifts You Can Always Regift, and 4 Gifts You Probably Shouldn’t appeared first on Reader's Digest.Regifting is the process of receiving a gift and then passing it on to another person. Think of the process like a traveling sisterhood of gifts making their way from one recipient to the next, but doing it tactfully is incredibly important. "At its heart, regifting lacks integrity because the original gift recipient is passing along a gift that was specifically selected for them to someone else," shares Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert and author. "It has become more acceptable in certain social circles.
Thankfully, Disney says that the answer is yes — standby lines will still be available as they are now. The obvious difference is that those lanes will now probably move a bit slower than they currently do because you’ll have to alternate with people using Lightning Lane access.
Beyond the old-fashioned physical lines, some of the virtual queues that are available today at no extra cost will continue to operate in that same way. At Disney World, ais being used for the new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure.
When can you buy Genie+ and request Lightning Lane access?
Disney states that date-based ticket guests will be able to purchase Genie+ in advance of their visit, but Lightning Lane won’t be available until the day of the visit.
At Disney World, Genie+ users will be able to select a return time for your first desired and included attraction of the day beginning at 7 a.m. on the day of your trip. At Disneyland, you’ll have to wait until you’re physically in the park to select a return time for your first ride. That’s true regardless of where you are staying for your vacation.
However, there is a little extra perk for those who are staying in.
If desired, Disney resort guests can make their first individually purchased Lightning Lane attraction selection beginning at 7 a.m. (such as for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train). Non-resort guests can’t do this until the park officially opens — which may be an hour or two later depending on the day and selected park.
Blast from the past: time-warp hotel rooms you can stay in
From gloriously kitsch 1950s motels to Art Deco classics, these are the rooms to check out if you want to do the time warp (again).
Disney has not ruled out the possibility that annual pass holders will one day be able to purchase a Genie+ add-on to their pass, but that is not available at rollout and may or may not happen down the road.
When speaking about all these new options and planning features, Disney says that the “one size fits all approach doesn’t make sense” for its guests anymore.
While most who follow Disney Parks news pretty closely likely expected some version of paid FastPass to be introduced at Disney World just as it had been at, and other Disney parks, it might come as a disappointing shock that there is no longer any included tier of FastPass (now called Lightning Lane) access available.
Thankfully, the $15 per person per day fee for Genie+ likely doesn’t add a huge amount to the total overall total cost of a trip to Disney World. It’s certainly a much more affordable option than the several thousand dollars per day, which is currently the only real way to bypass the increasingly long standby lines.
For a family of four who is spending three days in the Walt Disney World parks and wants these perks, Genie+ will add $180 to the trip cost. Purchasing two a la carte Lightning Lanes per day for top-tier rides would add approximately $265 to their trip, based on an average of the examples given. That $445 is a lot of money and could be the deal-breaker for some.
But for others, it’s a lot more affordable than some other skip-the-line options. Time will tell how much time using Lightning Lane really saves.
Walt Disney himself once said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things…” And this time, that means the end of the FastPass era and the beginning of a more a la carte approach to a day spent at Disney theme parks starting on Oct. 19.
Featured photo by Summer Hull/The Points Guy.
SPONSORED: With states reopening, enjoying a meal from a restaurant no longer just means curbside pickup.
And when you do spend on dining, you should use aand potentially even score special discounts. Thanks to temporary card bonuses and changes due to coronavirus, you may even be able to score a meal at your favorite restaurant for free.
for dining out, taking out, and ordering in to maximize every meal purchase.
Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.
Bookings are open: How to get a reservation for the new Star Wars hotel at Disney World .
Editor’s note: This is a recurring post, regularly updated with new information. If you’re a Star Wars fan like we are, you’ve likely been taking in all of the updates about the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel for the last few years as feverishly as we have. This is set to be more than a …If you’re a Star Wars fan like we are, you’ve likely been taking in all of the updates about the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel for the last few years as feverishly as we have. This is set to be more than a hotel, but rather a two-night immersive experience, unlike anything Disney World has offered before beginning on March 1, 2022.