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Explaining Disney's new Genie app and Fastpass+ replacement

Disney unveiled the details on its new Genie app, which will combine tools from across the vacation experience to streamline trips to both Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort. Chief among those are its premium features that act as the newest iteration of the FastPass+ and MaxPass systems.

Complimentary Features

Genie is a free service, downloadable as an app. For free, guests will be able to get custom itineraries based on their interests (i.e. a day planned around Star Wars) or can have a continually updating itinerary that allows for more spontaneous planning throughout the day. The app also brings together features from across Disney services, allowing guests to join virtual queues, make dining reservations, mobile order food and more. Guests can also favorite attractions and get their current wait times and predicted wait times for the rest of the day, making creating a game plan in the parks easier than ever.

Paid Features

The FastPass+ replacement comes in the form of premium add-ons in what is called Genie+, but could possibly help bring the wait times down in standard queues.

Guests attending Disneyland Resort can spend $20 per person per day to create selections for the Lightning Lane—the FastPass+ and MaxPass lane's replacement—for over 15 attractions upon scanning tickets and entering either of the parks. The Disneyland Resort version of Genie+ will include PhotoPass.

Guests attending Walt Disney World® Resort can spend $15 per person per day, with the option to purchase in advance, to book Lightning Lane times for over 40 attractions. Guests with a resort hotel reservation can book their times starting at 7 a.m. of their park visit day. PhotoPass is sold separately.

Some attractions, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Radiator Springs Racers and rides with virtual queues are not part of Genie+, and will require a separate purchase, with fluctuating pricing based on season and popularity, to get in the Lightning Lane. You can still ride those attractions without paying, but those who want to skip the standard line or skip waiting for a virtual pass will have a paid option to do so.

Genie and its Genie+ features debut later this fall.

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