Genie+, the paid replacement to FastPass+ at Walt Disney World has been operating on dynamic pricing that can become quite expensive, however for Guests with upcoming trips to the Parks we have some good news: The price has finally dropped.
Disney Genie debuted in 2021 with three different tiers for Guests to use to help plan their trips to “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” The complimentary version of Disney Genie is included for all Guests at Disney World right in the My Disney Experience app. This version primarily consists of the tip board, which provides customized recommendations for attractions, dining, and special experiences based on what Guests select as their top priorities in the theme parks.
Genie+ comes at one set price and includes “next available” access to Lightning Lane entrances at attractions, which offers Guests the opportunity to experience popular rides with little to no wait time. The next level up, Individual Lightning Lanes, are those attractions that are not included in Disney Genie+ and have their own costs associated with Lightning Lane entrances (as of this writing, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and TRON Lightcycle / Run at the Magic Kingdom, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind in EPCOT, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Avatar – Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.)
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Since Disney made the change to dynamic pricing for Genie+, the cost of the service has ranged from $15-35 per person, which for the whole family and/or multiple days in the Parks could quickly add up. Recently, Genie+ had been priced at $35 for over a week due to crowds at Walt Disney World from the Easter holiday weekend and school vacation weeks.
Today, April 15, 2023, we are finally seeing a price drop below $30 per person as some of the season’s biggest crowds have returned home. According to the My Disney Experience app, Genie+ is now priced at $25 per person. Additionally, many of the attractions that typically fill up early in the day have remained available further confirming that the crowd levels are slowly decreasing in the theme parks.
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The cost of Genie+ with its basis on crowd levels brings up an interesting conundrum. If the cost is lower, Guests are less likely to need Genie+ to experience their favorite attractions, however, if they do opt to purchase it they will likely be able to book more attractions with the service than they would on more crowded days.
Conversely, on busier days in the Parks, Genie+ may feel like more of a necessity, but Guests will likely experience fewer attractions as the return times will fill up quickly.
If you have not yet used Disney Genie+, we recommend taking a look at the My Disney Experience app in the weeks leading up to your trip to check out which rides are still available at various points throughout the day to help determine if you believe the service will be worth it for you.
And while it has slowed down recently, the service has undergone several major changes since it debuted. So if you need a refresher, or are new to Genie altogether, you may want to review the FAQs on Disney’s official website before you purchase as well.