Menu
Disney Genie+ at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Images Credit: Disney Tips / Clipart

Disney Removes One Genie+ Selection Overnight

The Disney Genie saga continues! Whether you love it or hate it, it looks like Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lanes are here to stay. But, it seems like Disney is still working out the kinks as one Disney Genie+ experience was dropped from the list overnight.

The three-piece Genie rolled out at Walt Disney World Resort in 2021 and Disney fans have been doing their best to get used to it since. The first piece, Disney Genie service, is a complimentary service on the My Disney Experience App which is programmed to help Park Guests get the most out of their day with Genie as their guide.

disney-genie

Where it gets interesting is when the $15 Disney Genie+ upcharge to skip a few lines and enter through a Lightning Lane (similar to the former complimentary FastPass system) comes into play. Disney has already made it clear that the system is not as effective as it was initially introduced with an update to its policy suggesting not to expect more than 2 or 3 attractions per day. Disneyland Resort has even gone as far as sending a push notification discouraging Guests from purchasing Disney Genie+.

Then we have the third piece of the puzzle, the a la carte Lightning Lane attractions. These are the popular attractions not available via Disney Genie+ that Guests can pay to skip the line with an a la carte Lightning Lane price which fluctuates depending on crowds.

Disney-Genie-Logo
Credit: Disney

When character meet and greets showed up on Disney Genie+ it brought much question and uncertainty as it put those able and willing to pay for Disney Genie+ in the front of the line to meet characters such as Mickey Mouse. A not-so-magical feeling to say the least.

Now, we’re learning that one Disney Park has decided to drop its Mickey and Minne Mouse character meet and greet from the list of Disney Genie+ selections.

On May 12, 2022, @ScottGustin took to social media to note, “Meet Disney Stars at Red Carpet Dreams” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will no longer offer Genie+ Lightning Lane. Standby only effective tomorrow.”

Why the change? Disney has not provided details. Interestingly enough, Disneyland Resort has made it clear that, unlike Walt Disney World Resort, characters will NOT be included in Disney Genie+. Could Walt Disney World Resort be catching on?

mickey-mouse-character
Mickey at Red Carpet Dreams (Credit: Disney)

Or maybe the use of Disney Genie+ at Red Carpet Dreams was minimal? Whatever the case may be, if purchasing Disney Genie+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, keep in mind skipping the line to meet Mickey and Minnie is no longer an option. Guests can however still skip the line to meet Mickey and Minnie at Magic Kingdom Park.

minnie-red-carpet-dreams
Minnie at Red Carpet Dreams (Credit: Disney)

Currently at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the only individual Lightning Lane attraction. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway has been moved to the Disney Genie+ list until August 7, 2022.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Genie+ Lightning Lane entrance experiences include:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Play & Dance!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania!

This leaves Olaf as the only character meet and greet option currently available via Disney Genie+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

About Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.