Since Disney Genie+ rolled out at Walt Disney World, the new system has been met with complaints. With Disney Genie+, you can pay an extra $15 a day to skip the Standby Line and enter the Lightning Lane instead. That is where the first complaint comes in.
Paying an extra $15 is not a big deal if you visit a Theme Park by yourself. It’s about the same amount that you will pay for a Quick Service meal with a drink. On the surface, it doesn’t look like Disney Genie+ costs all that much.
The problem lies when you add up the cost. If you have a family of four and you plan to spend five days in the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, that is an extra $300 added onto your vacation cost if you buy Disney Genie+ for your entire trip. Your vacation budget just jumped way up.
If the system was infallible, then it might be worth it. The problem is, Disney Genie+ doesn’t always work the way that it’s supposed to.
We have heard countless stories of people who purchased Disney Genie+ and only used it for one ride. While that is comparable to purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane or two, there are few people who would pay $15 to experience The Seas with Nemo & Friends, which usually has a fairly short wait.
One thing that we are glad about with Disney Genie+ is that you don’t need to add it to your entire ticket. You can purchase just one day if you want.
If you are on the fence about purchasing Disney Genie+, consider which Theme Park you will be visiting. You will get a lot more use out of it at the Magic Kingdom, which has well over a dozen Lightning Lane options, than Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which has only seven.
We miss free FastPass at Walt Disney World as much as anyone, but we know that Disney Genie+ is here to stay. We hope that learning what some of the problems are will help you to make an informed decision.
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