It has been an interesting couple of days in the Disney news world, to say the least! Walt Disney World and Disneyland have announced they are introducing the Disney Genie this fall. The Disney Genie is a complimentary new digital service that Disney has said is “designed to create your best Disney day”. The introduction of the Disney Genie was quickly under fire as with the Disney Genie comes the replacement of the FastPass at Walt Disney World and the MaxPass at Disneyland. What’s replacing the old FastPass? A paid service called Disney Genie+ and the “Lightning Lane”. We’re learning how this new “Lightning Lane” will have an impact on select attractions. EPCOT’s newest incoming attraction, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, is going virtual queue or you can pay to ride.
Disney has said that Remy’s Ratatouille attraction coming to EPCOT is a “Recipe for Excitement”. The attraction will be a 4D ride experience where Guests will join Chef Remy on a “daring culinary caper that will captivate all your senses as you zip, dash and scurry through the bustling kitchen, dining room and walls of Gusteau’s famous Paris restaurant.” The most recent update to the ride’s webpage shows that when Remy opens on October 1, a virtual queue will be required to ride – just like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
As shared by Disney: “When Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure initially opens, in order to experience the attraction, Guests will be required to join the virtual queue. A standby queue will not be available at opening. The virtual queue will be limited and subject to availability. Each Guest can enter the virtual queue no more than once per day.” What the webpage doesn’t say just yet, but we are learning from the introduction of the “Lightning Lane” is that you can also choose to pay to ride the attraction.
So how does the new Disney “Lightning Lane” get into the mix? Scott Gustin took to Twitter to share: “After Genie launch later this year, both Rise of the Resistance and Ratatouille will offer two options to ride — either join the virtual queue in the morning or Lightning Lane individual attraction purchases.”
We are unsure just yet what the price of the “Lightning Lane” attractions will be per person. If they are anything like Disneyland Paris’ new paid “FastPass” system called “Premier Access“, then we can predict the cost to ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure could be around $15 per person, or at least that is the cost to ride the Remy attraction currently at Disneyland Paris.
So, here’s the big question. We all know the experience of trying to snag a virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is a huge pain and sometimes impossible – but it is usually doable. If you’re unable to get a virtual queue for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, are you willing to pay the potential $15 per person to ride?
If you missed the details on the Disney Genie+ and the “Lightning Lane” information, check out what Disney has shared below:
- Disney Genie+ service (available for purchase): For the price of $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World Resort and $20 per ticket per day at Disneyland Resort, choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the Lightning Lane entrance. You can make one selection at a time, throughout the day – from classics like Haunted Mansion to thrill rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and newer favorites like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (attractions subject to limited availability). This convenient option is the next evolution of the fan-favorite Disney MaxPass service from Disneyland Resort. Disney Genie+ will also include Disney parks-themed audio experiences and photo features to capture your memories – augmented reality lenses for those visiting Walt Disney World Resort and unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads from your day if you are visiting Disneyland Resort.
- Individual attraction selections (available for purchase): Schedule a time to arrive at up to two highly demanded attractions each day using the Lightning Lane entrance – like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park and Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure park (subject to limited availability; attractions not included with Disney Genie+). Pricing for this option will vary by date, attraction and park and will be announced closer to launch.
Yes, it’s all a little confusing, but we’ll get through this Disney fans!