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.
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.
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?
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.
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.