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Comparing Genie+ in Disneyland and Walt Disney World

Disney Genie is now available at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Along with this free planning service, is the option for Guests to purchase Genie+ as well as Individual Lightning Lanes. Both of these features allow Guests to bypass the regular standby line and therefore spend less time in lines and more time enjoying the magic of the Theme Park.

As Disney Genie was released recently at Disneyland, we have seen a few big differences between how the service works in Disneyland vs. Walt Disney World. We are going to break down these differences so you know what to expect when you visit these two iconic Theme Parks.

Cost

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The first big difference that Guests will notice is the cost of Genie+ is different between the two. Walt Disney World Guests pay $15/day/person whereas in Disneyland the cost of Genie+ is $20/day/person. This $20 fee isn’t a new cost to Disneyland as the previously used MaxPass system was $20 as well giving Guests a similar experience. For larger families, this additional fee can add up quickly making an already expensive vacation even more money.

Cost For Individual Lightning Lanes

First Order Stormtroopers. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (Photo: Disney)

On both coasts, not all rides are included in Genie+. There are rides that if Guests want to use the Lightning Lane for they will need to purchase individually. We have seen a difference in cost for these rides as well.

For example, in Walt Disney World the top cost for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has been $15; however, over in Disneyland the cost of an Individual Lightning Lane for Rise of the Resistance has been $20. Again this additional fee can really add up for families and is something that vacationers will need to keep in mind. We have been told that prices for these Individual Lightning Lanes will fluctuate depending on date, ride, and Park so it is possible to see the cost of Rise of the Resistance go down in Disneyland moving forward.

Amount of Attractions Available

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Another major difference between Walt Disney World and Disneyland when it comes to Genie+ is the number of rides included in the service. In Walt Disney World, there are over 40 attractions that are included throughout the four Theme Parks (Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT). Over in Disneyland, there are only 19 attractions included between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland Park

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Disneyland Credit: Disney “it’s a small world”

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!

Soarin’

Are the rides that are included in Genie+ for these two Parks.  Even though it provides a variety of ride selections, when we think about the fact that we are paying $5 more per day per person in Disneyland compared to Walt Disney World, it seems like we might have more of a selection to choose from.

This is the same when it comes to Individual Lightning Lane selections.  Disneyland offers only three rides currently between the two Parks:  Rise of the Resistance, Radiator Springs Racers, and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.

Walt Disney World has two in each Theme Park that offers Individual Lightning Lanes giving Guests the option of eight different rides:

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Rise of the Resistance
  • Minnie and Mickey’s Runaway Railway

EPCOT:

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Frozen Ever After
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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (Credit: Disney)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest

Magic Kingdom:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain

The availability of rides is something to consider when choosing if Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lanes are right for your family.

What Is Included

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In both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, Guests who purchase Genie+ for the day get a nice additional bonus. Walt Disney World offers Guests fun AR Lenses to play around with during their vacation.  These are fun and very similar to Snapchat filters with a Disney focus. Disneyland offers Guests who purchase Genie+ free PhotoPass downloads during the day. Both Parks offer Guests unique audio experiences with their Genie+ purchase.

When Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes Selections Can Be Made

When selections can be made is a big difference between the two Theme Parks that Guests will want to be aware of when purchasing Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lanes. When it comes to Individual Lightning Lanes, in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Guests can not purchase them until the day of.

The big difference here is that Guests in Disneyland have to be IN the Theme Park in order to make their selections. In Walt Disney World, Guests can start making selections at 7:00 am from wherever they are on Disney property. Guests staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel currently have no advantage when it comes to making their selections.  They too have to be in the Park before they can purchase Individual Lightning Lanes.

As you plan your vacations to Walt Disney World and Disneyland, you will want to keep these differences in mind as you choose if Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes are the best options for your family. Even though there are some differences overall these two systems are both meant to save Guests time in line so they can enjoy more of what the Parks have to offer in both Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.