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Complete Guide to Lightning Lane Passes at Walt Disney World

Complete Guide to Lightning Lane Passes at Walt Disney World

Genie+ is out and the new Lightning Lane Pass system is in. But if you’ve been around Walt Disney World planning for a while, you’ll definitely see why we are calling this new rollout “If Genie+ and FastPass+ Had a Baby” because there are elements from each in this upgrade (and yes, we DO think it is an upgrade).

Let’s get into what you’ll need to know:

Genie Plus and Individual Lightning Lanes Will be Renamed

Walt Disney World has introduced new simpler names for its services. Disney Genie+ has been renamed Lightning Lane Multi Pass, and Individual Lightning Lane is now known as Lightning Lane Single Pass.

These updated (and in our opinion, upgraded) Lightning Lane passes combine features from current services and the previously offered FastPass+ service – like the ability to book experiences AHEAD of time (something we’re very excited to see return!).

Yes, you read that correctly – no more being stressed at 7:00 a.m. while on vacation trying to snag all the things at once. You’ll be able to do some of your planning at home, making it so much easier to work around experiences or reservations you have scheduled during your trip.

What are the differences between the old system and the new?

The old Genie+ system required you to get up extra early every day, and it didn’t easily allow you to plan ahead around dining reservations. Even worse, it forced you to repeat the process each.day.of.your.vacation.

It just wasn’t a good system and was needlessly stressful for something that is supposed to be fun.

Here are the highlights from the new system:

  • Advance Planning: With the new Lightning Lane system upgrade, guests can make Lightning Lane plans (for both the Multi Pass and Single Pass) ahead of arrival—7 days in advance for resort guests and 3 days in advance for non-resort guests. (This is a HUGE upgrade from the way things work now!).
  • Flexible Choices: You can choose experiences and times before purchasing. That means you’ll be able to work around existing plans and dining reservations.
  • Multiple Days Booking: Eligible guests will be able to book Lightning Lane passes for multiple vacation days all in a single day.

What about stacking and churning?

In the old Genie+ system, you were able to both churn Genie+ reservations (which simply means snagging return times close to the current time, so you can quickly make another as soon as you tap into it) AND stack them (which is the technique where you intentionally group multiple Genie+ reservations, back to back, typically for later in the day).

Now, with the new system not allowing any more than 3 Multi Pass Lightning Lanes at a time, your ability to stack will be limited to a total of 3. That may be enough if you are looking for a late start day or evening in the parks – especially if you pair it with a Lightning Lane Single Pass.

BUT, the good news is that you’ll still be able to churn – even easier than you could with Genie+ and the old FastPass+ system.

Churning works best for guests who plan to arrive for Rope Drop because the longer you are in the parks, the more opportunity you’ll have to add additional Lightning Lane Multi Pass spots.

Lightning Lane Multi Pass Overview

Here’s how the new Lightning Lane Multi Pass works:

  • Advance Selections: When you purchase a Lightning Lane Multi Pass, you can make up to 3 Lightning Lane selections per theme park in advance of your visit. You’ll also be able to choose from available times as you make your selections.
  • Day-of Visit Selections: On the day of your visit, after using a selection, check the My Disney Experience app for availability to make an additional selection. Note: The additional selections will be subject to availability. This is different from the old FastPass+ system where you had to use ALL your selections before you could try for an additional FastPass+. With the new Lightning Lane Multi Pass, you only have to use 1 of your selections before being able to make an additional selection. You can hold a max of up to 3 Multi Pass Lightning Lanes at a time.
  • Tiered Attractions: The Lightning Lane Multi Pass has two tiers of attractions at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT. There are no tiers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In the parks with tiers, you can choose one selection from the first tier and two selections from the second tier. The tiers ONLY apply to the attractions you pre-book. There are NO tiers when doing same-day Lightning Lane bookings.
  • Digital Downloads: You will receive digital downloads of select attraction photos and videos from your day, captured with Disney PhotoPass Service. You’ll also have access to PhotoPass Lenses, too.

Lightning Lane Single Pass Overview

The Lightning Lane Single Pass works nearly identical to how the old Individual Lightning Lanes worked. The main difference is that you can plan ahead and not have to worry about getting up at 7:00 a.m. on the day you want to use one.

  • Advance Selections: When you purchase a Lightning Lane Single Pass, you can make up to 2 Lightning Lane Single Pass selections per day in advance of your visit. You can also choose available times as you make your selections.
  • Different Parks: Your Lightning Lane Single Pass selections do NOT have to be in the same park, but you will need a ticket that has Park Hopping if you plan to purchase a Single Pass in 2 separate parks.
  • Separate Purchase: The Lightning lane Single Pass is a separate purchase from the Lightning Lane Multi Pass. You do NOT have to purchase a Multi Pass to buy a Single Pass.

Included Attractions:

  • TRON Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • AVATAR Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind at Epcot

Tiers for Lightning Lane Multi Pass

The Lightning Lane Multi Pass at Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot features two tiers of attractions. Guests can choose one attraction from the first tier and two from the second tier when making pre-booked selections. Or, guests can choose all three pre-selections from Tier 2. There are no tiers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

It’s important to note that these tiers only apply to the attractions you pre-book. There are no tiers for same-day Lightning Lane bookings.

Magic Kingdom Attraction Tiers for Lightning Lane Multi Pass

When using Multi Pass, you’ll be able to select one attraction from Tier 1, and then 2 additional ones from Tier 2, or all three pre-selections from Tier 2:

Tier 1

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Space Mountain
  • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Tier 2

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle*
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Meet Ariel in her Grotto*
  • Meet Cinderella & a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall*
  • Meet Mickey at Town Sq. Theater*
  • Meet Tiana & a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall*
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor Comedy Club
  • The Barnstormer
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Journey of the Little Mermaid

*Note: Characters may not be available OR may only be available same day

Magic Kingdom Single Pass Attractions (not eligible for Multi Pass)

In addition to all the attractions available with Multi Pass, you can also purchase a separate Single Pass for the following attractions:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run

Epcot Attraction Tiers for Lightning Lane Multi Pass

Guests using the Lightning Lane Multi Pass at Epcot can pre-select one from Tier 1, and two from Tier 2, or all three pre-selections from Tier 2:

Tier 1

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Soarin’ Around the World

Tier 2

  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Meet Mickey and Friends*
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Disney-Pixar Short Film Festival

*Note: Characters may not be available OR may only be available same day

Epcot Single Pass Attractions (not eligible for Multi Pass)

In addition to all the attractions at Epcot available with Multi Pass, you can also purchase a Lightning Lane Single Pass for the following attractions:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Hollywood Studios Attraction Tiers for Lightning Lane Multi Pass

Remember, if you purchase Lightning Lane Multi Pass you’ll be able to select one attraction from Tier 1, and then 2 additional ones from Tier 2, or all three pre-selections from Tier 2:

Tier 1

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash

Tier 2

  • The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Play and Dance!
  • Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Meet Olaf*
  • Muppet*Vision 3D

*Note: Characters may not be available OR may only be available same day

Hollywood Studios Single Pass Attractions (not eligible for Multi Pass)

In addition to all the attractions at Hollywood Studios available with Multi Pass, you can also purchase a Lightning Lane Single Pass for the following attractions:

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Animal Kingdom Lightning Lane Multi Pass Attractions

Animal Kingdom doesn’t have a tier system, so all the following are available to book with a Lightning Lane Multi Pass:

  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost*
  • Naʻvi River Journey

*Note: Characters may not be available OR may only be available same day

Animal Kingdom Single Pass Attractions (not eligible for Multi Pass)

A Lightning Lane Single Pass can be purchased for the following attraction:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage

When Can You Purchase The New Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass?

How far in advance you’ll be able to book will depend on where you are staying and what type of ticket you have.

Important Note: You MUST have a valid theme park ticket before you can purchase either a Lightning Lane Multi Pass or Lightning Lane Single Pass.

Onsite Guests – 7 Days in Advance

Guests of eligible resorts can purchase Lightning Lane Single Pass and Lightning Lane Multi Pass and start pre-planning up to seven days before their check-in date, covering the length of their stay (up to 14 days).

Eligible resorts include:

  • Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Hotel
  • Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
  • Shades of Green Resort

Offsite Guests – 3 Days in Advance

Guests staying offsite at a non Disney Resort hotel with date-based Disney Theme Park tickets can purchase Lightning Lane Single Pass and Lightning Lane Multi Pass and start pre-planning up to three days before their ticket’s start date, for the duration of their ticket.

Annual Passholders and Guests with Main Entrance Passes – 3 Days in Advance

Guests with other forms of admission (such as non-dated tickets, Annual Passes, and Main Entrance Passes) can purchase and begin pre-planning up to three days in advance of each day of their visit. Theme Park reservations are required.

If Annual Passholders have an onsite Disney Resort stay, that booking takes priority and falls under the same rules as all onsite guests.

How much will the new Lightning Lane Single Pass and Lightning Lane Multi Pass cost?

Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Single Pass are not free (and they also aren’t cheap), but if you use our guides and maximize your day, they can definitely be worth the cost.

Remember – the price will fluctuate depending on the time of year. Busier times of the year are more expensive, less busy times cost a little less. So, use our numbers below as an example from one point in time with the understanding that the price will vary depending on your trip dates.

Lightning Lane Multi Pass

Sample price ranges. Busier times of the year may exceed the max below.

  • Magic Kingdom: $25-$29 per person
  • Hollywood Studios: $22-$26 per person
  • Epcot: $18-$21 per person
  • Animal Kingdom: $16-$18 per person

With Multi Pass, there is no “Multiple Park” option and Guests can’t make advanced selections for multiple theme parks in one day. However, after using one selection at a park, guests with Park Hopper benefits can make selections at other parks, subject to availability.

Lightning Lane Single Pass

Sample prices for Lightning Lane Single Passes. Keep in mind that busier times of the year will see prices that are higher than the ones listed below.

  • TRON Lightcycle / Run at Magic Kingdom – $20 per person
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom – $11 per person
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – $22 per person
  • AVATAR Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – $14 per person
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot – $22 per person

How do you purchase Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass in the My Disney Experience App?

You can purchase both the Lightning Lane Multi Pass and the Lightning Lane Single Pass inside the My Disney Experience App. If you don’t see the option to buy, you may need to look for an update and update your app first.

Guests can purchase Lightning Lane passes for days they have valid theme park admission starting at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time on their first day of eligibility.

Before you begin:

  • Download the Latest App: First, download the latest version of the My Disney Experience app.
  • Connect Your Group: Connect everyone in your travel group on your Family & Friends list in the My Disney Experience app—so you’ll be able to purchase Lightning Lane passes and make plans for everyone that is eligible.
  • Create a Wish List: Gather your group’s wish list for attractions and experiences. You can save your group’s top picks in the My Disney Experience app using the “My Day” feature, if you’d like.

How to purchase:

  • Open the App: Open the My Disney Experience app, then tap the Lightning Lane Passes section on the home screen.
  • Select Date and Park: Select a date and theme park.
  • Choose Your Pass:
    • Select a Lightning Lane Single Pass, a Lightning Lane Multi Pass, or both.
    • If you select a Lightning Lane Multi Pass, you can choose up to 3 Lightning Lane Multi Pass experiences and arrival windows in advance.
    • If you select a Lightning Lane Single Pass, you can choose an arrival window in advance.
  • Complete Your Purchase: Follow all prompts to complete your purchase and receive a confirmation.
  • Next Steps: From the confirmation screen, you can tap “Plan Another Day” to purchase another pass—or tap “View My Day” for details about your Lightning Lane selections.

How to modify:

You can modify your Lightning Lane selections (both Single and Multi Pass Selections) via the My Disney Experience app.

To get started, tap the Lightning Lane Passes section on the app’s home screen to find your plans. Then, you can:

  1. Change Park or Date: Change your selected park and/or date in advance (subject to availability)—up until the moment you redeem your first Lightning Lane selection of the day.
  2. Change Experience or Arrival Window: Change each selected experience and/or arrival window in advance (subject to availability)—up until the start of the arrival window.

Important notes about modifying:

  1. If you need to modify your prebooked Lightning Lane Multi Pass from one park to another, you can do so. Just keep in mind that you will need to pay the difference if modifying from a less expensive park (like Animal Kingdom) to a more expensive park (like Magic Kingdom).
  2. You would also need to pay the difference if modifying from a less expensive day to a MORE expensive day.

How to get additional Lightning Lane Multi Pass Selections

On the day of your visit, once you use a Lightning Lane Multi Pass selection or the arrival window expires, you can check the My Disney Experience app for availability and add another Lightning Lane Multi Pass experience to your plans.

You can continue to make one selection at a time (after tapping into your next Lightning Lane) until the park closes (subject to availability). If you have Park Hopper benefits, you can select a Lightning Lane Multi Pass experience at another theme park.

Important Information: Limit one Lightning Lane entry per attraction, per day.

What about international guests?

Unfortunately, aside from Canada*, guests visiting from outside the United States will not be able to purchase either of the Lightning Lane Passes until you are on American soil.

This is because the My Disney Experience App is set up using geolocation that only works here in the states.

This is a definite disadvantage for our international friends, and something we hope Disney figures out a way to work around in the future.

Until then, International Guests will have to wait until your arrival. At that time, you’ll be able to complete your purchase and make your selections as described above.

*We have seen reports with guests from Quebec having difficulty being able to book. However, a workaround that was shared with us is to turn off your location, change your address to another province – while keeping your billing location to your real address. We haven’t tested this ourselves, but it does appear as if it is currently working for our Canadian friends.

FAQs

What time can you start booking Lightning Lanes?

Guests can purchase Lightning Lane passes for days they have valid theme park admission starting at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time on their first day of eligibility.

Are my selections held for a period of time while I complete my purchase?

Yes. You will have 5 minutes to complete your purchase, after that, your selections are released, and you’ll have to start over.

Can Lightning Lane return times overlap?

Yes they can. The default times Disney shows you will be stacked close together – but you can select different times (including overlapping times). One important note – during the pre-selection process, we did get an error message if our times were too close together – BUT, after we completed our purchase, we were able to modify 2 attraction return times to be at the same time.

If I use my tier 1 ride, can I book another tier 1 ride?

Yes, you can! The tiers only apply to pre-booking. There are no tiers for same day Lightning Lane Multi Passes.

Guests have also reported success after using/tapping into their first Lightning Lane pass of the day, being able to then modify their remaining 2 Lightning Lane passes to Tier 1 attractions. If this works for you, it is a great use of Lightning Lanes.

Can I see what is available before I purchase?

Yes you can! With both Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass, you will be able to make your selections BEFORE you complete the purchase.

Is it hard to modify your selections?

Modifying is VERY easy. It can also be necessary if you want your return times closer together than what is allowed during the pre-selection.

You can modify both Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass selections.

Do I have to pre-select 3 attractions?

You technically don’t have to – but there is no real advantage to not, since you can always modify your selections.

And if you want to park hop, you’ll still need to tap into your first attraction and then you can go in and modify existing choices to a different park.

If I have an Annual Pass, will I need a Park Pass Reservation before I can make my pre-selections?

Kind of. If you want to make pre-selections and/or modify selections to times before 2:00 PM at a park that requires Park Pass reservations, you’ll have to make your Park Pass Reservations FIRST.

So, in most instances, you’ll want to go ahead and make your Park Pass Reservations FIRST so that you have access to the entire day’s available Lightning Lane spots.

Is there still a 2-hour rule?

Nope! With these changes, there is no more 2-hour rule. As soon as you use a Lightning Lane Multi Pass you’ll be able to grab another, but you can only have a max of 3 at any one time.

Are there still virtual queues?

Yes! The virtual queues are not going away for the attractions that currently use them (TRON, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind).

Are Standby Lines going away?

No! Absolutely not. Guests can choose to purchase Lightning Lane Multi Pass, Lightning Lane Single Pass, both, or neither. Attractions will still offer Standby Lines or Virtual Queues (at select attractions) as alternatives.

Can I make my Lightning Lane Multi Pass pre-selections in different parks?

No – your pre-selections must be in the same park. On the day of use, you can make another selection at a different park after you have used your first Multi Pass as long as you have a ticket that allows for Park Hopping.

Can I make Lightning Lane Single Pass selections in different parks.

Yes – the Single Passes are different, and you CAN make them in different parks, just keep in mind that you will need to have a ticket with Park Hopping to enter multiple parks on one day.

What time can I purchase my Lightning Lane passes (both Multi Pass and Single Pass)?

Guests can purchase Lightning Lane passes for days they have valid theme park admission starting at 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time on their first day of eligibility, which is 7 days in advance for onsite guests, and 3 days in advance for all others.

Do I have to buy the Lightning lane Multi Pass to get a Single Pass?

No! You do not have to buy a Multi Pass to purchase a Lightning Lane Single Pass.

Can I use the Multi Pass on the same attraction more than once?

You can only use the Lightning Lane once per attraction per day (for both the Lightning Lane Multi Pass and the Lightning Lane Single Pass). For example: If you want to make a Lightning Lane Multi Pass selection for Pirates of the Caribbean, you can only use the Lightning Lane once to ride Pirates of the Caribbean on that particular day. If you want to ride it again, you’ll need to use the Standby Lane.

Can I get additional Lightning Lane Multi Passes?

Yes, you can. On the day of your visit, after you use a Lightning Lane Multi Pass OR once its arrival window has passed, you can use the My Disney Experience app to check for availability and add another Lightning Lane Multi Pass experience to your plans. You just can’t use your Multi Pass to ride the same attraction twice.

Can Lightning Lane selections run out for the day?

Both Multi Pass and Single Pass options can (and likely will) run out for the day – especially the Tier 1 options for the Multi Pass. We recommend you make your selections as SOON as your window opens.

How long are Lightning Lane return times?

The return time window for Lightning Lane selections is 1 hour. This means you can redeem your Lightning Lane selection (both Multi and Single Use Lightning Lanes) any time within this 1-hour window.

What happens if I miss my return time window?

If you miss either your Lightning Lane Multi Pass or Lightning Lane Single Pass reservation for an attraction, that’s it for the day. You won’t be able to make another one for that particular ride.

Sometimes you’ll be given a small grace period, but that’s up to the discretion of the Cast Member.

What if you don’t have a smartphone? Can you still use Lightning Lanes?

Now more than ever guests visiting Disney parks need a smartphone, especially when it comes to accessing virtual queues, placing mobile orders, and making Lightning Lane selections.

If you don’t have a smartphone, you won’t be able to utilize the Lightning Lanes Multi or Single Pass. You cannot use it via a web browser.

But, there are still Standby and Single Rider lines that don’t require the use of a smartphone or your credit card. Unfortunately, without a smartphone, this will be your only option.

Amy H

Sunday 30th of June 2024

This was a super helpful article. For Epcot - Is Test Track a Tier 1 Ride or Tier 2 Ride (I did not see it on the list but was not sure if maybe that was because it was not available for pre-booking)

Heather Thomas

Sunday 30th of June 2024

My guess is that Disney left it off because it isn't available right now - but back when FastPass+ was a thing, Test Track was a "Tier 1" attraction, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it there when the refurbishment is over.

Tammy Hancock

Saturday 29th of June 2024

If I’m park hopping from MK to HS, do I have to wait until I’m at HS to purchase the LL multi pass or will there be multi-park options like we’ve had with Genie+?

Heather Thomas

Sunday 30th of June 2024

That's a great question - right now, Disney's verbiage isn't super clear. We know that it is a possibility to use it in multiple parks, but I haven't found where they explicitly say if there will be a multi park option vs a single park option.

Nancy HB

Friday 28th of June 2024

Any advice for those of us who will be there on 24 July? We have a 3-day Park Hopper starting 23 July. We plan to do MK on the 23rd (using G+), HS on the 24th,and Epcot on the 25th. With the new system dropping the 24th, is there a good reason to change which day we do which park? Do you expect the system to be stable that first morning or is a crash likely? And we can do reservations for both the 24th and the 25th at 7am on the 24th,correct?

Nancy HB

Sunday 30th of June 2024

@Heather Thomas, thanks so much!

Heather Thomas

Sunday 30th of June 2024

I don't think it will make much of a difference which park you plan to do when, but I do think having extra patience on the 24th and 25th will be good. There were some bugs when Genie+ first rolled out, so it isn't out of the realm of possibility that we'll see the same thing with these changes. If you run into significant snags and you aren't able to use what you purchased, don't be afraid to go to Guest Services or the Guest Experience team (blue umbrellas in the park) to ask about a refund. But my hope is that if you're prepared for the worst, Disney will surprise you with the BEST and that things will be ok for your trip!

And yes - you should be able to book your reservations for BOTH the 24th and the 25th at 7:00 am on the 24th!

Olivia Stegall

Thursday 27th of June 2024

What happens when a member of your party cannot ride a selection under the multi-pass. With health, mobility and formerly-DAS issues, not every member of our party will be able physically to ride all selections chosen for the rest of the party. But I see no way to let one person opt out of a selection after purchase of the multi-pass. Is there a way to include some but not all of the party on a particular ride? Can you divide your travel party and purchase 2 differing-list-of-selection multi-passes?

Sarah Burton

Wednesday 26th of June 2024

Great article as always!!! Crossing fingers they change the virtual queue time so I don’t need to wake up for that either at 7am!