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Jump into any of the Disneyland Facebook groups, and one of the most common questions you’ll see is “Is Genie Plus Worth It For Disneyland?”  I mean, I was even asking myself, Is Disney Genie plus worth it before our recent trip to Los Angeles.

And the short answer is – it depends on a few different things.

So to help you decide is Disneyland Genie plus worth it for your upcoming trip, in this guide, I’m going to take you through everything you need to consider first.

In this Disney Genie Plus Disneyland guide – we will look at the following:

  • What is Disney Genie Plus?
  • How Does Genie Plus Work?
  • How to Use the Disney Genie Plus App?
  • What is the Disney Genie Plus Rides List?
  • What is Disney Genie Plus Photopass?
  • How Much is Genie Plus Disneyland?
  • How to Purchase Genie Plus at Disneyland?
  • Disney Genie Plus Tips and Tricks

And by then, I think you’ll easily be able to decide whether or not the Disney Parks Genie Plus is worth it for you and your family.

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Is Genie Plus Worth it For Disneyland?

So many of you may have come here for me to give a simple yes or no answer.  And if I had to say yes or no, my answer would be yes; the Genie Plus Pass is worth it.  

However, for larger families or groups weighing up the benefit of the additional cost or who’d rather save that extra money to buy some Mickey Mouse ears, there may very well be some situations where my answer would be, no –  save the money.

However, before deciding if Genie Plus for Disneyland is worth it for you, you really need to understand the bigger picture – so let’s look at that first.

What is Disney Genie Plus?

So first up – what is Geniey Plus Disney?  Genie Plus is an optional service that guests can buy that allows them access to shorter lines at certain Disneyland rides.  With Disney Genie Plus at Disneyland, you can access the Lighting Lane entrance (more on Lighting Lane vs Genie Plus below), while those guests without Disney Genie Plus Pass line up in the regular stand by lines.

So basically, Genie Plus provides you access to shorter lines so you can spend more time on rides and less time standing around in lines.  

However, it’s not quite that simple – more on how does Disney Genie Plus work below.

How Does Genie Plus Work?

Regarding how to use Genie Plus, it isn’t as simple as flashing your pass before going on rides.  As mentioned above, you must “book” your spot using the App.

On the day of your visit, you can book your first ride at 7 am.  You can choose which of the Genie Plus Disneyland rides you’d like to book and then you’ll be provided with a one hour window where you can experience the ride.  

You don’t get to choose the one hour window; you’re simply provided with the next available hour timeslot.  Although you’ll see the timeslot before booking, so if the time doesn’t work for you, simply don’t go ahead with the booking and choose one of the other Disneyland Genie Plus rides with a better time slot.

At your booked time, you go to the ride, tap your ticket on the ride scanner and line up via the Lighting Lane entrance.  While there may still be a lineup for the ride, it will be significantly shorter than the standard line.

Note that despite the hour window time frame you are provided – you will be able to access the ride 5 minutes before this time as well as up to 15 minutes after this window.  So you effectively have a time window of 1 hour and 20 minutes to ride.

Once you’ve scanned your ticket for the ride, the Disney Genie Plus rules allow you to book another ride of your choice, so you can do this while waiting in line.  However, if your ride reservation time isn’t until much later in the day, the Disney Genie Plus Service also allows you to make another booking after 2 hours have passed since you last booked a ride.

So, for example, let’s say at 7 am you book the Peter Pan ride and your window timeframe is 1 to 2 pm, you could make your next booking at 9 am.  However, if your window timeframe was at 9 to 10 am, you’d need to wait until you had checked into the Peter Pan ride before making your next Genie Plus booking.

Unfortunately, how Disney Genie Plus works is that after you’ve made a booking, you cannot change it. Of course, you can cancel it and rebook, but changing bookings is not possible.

The other thing to note is that you can only use Genie Plus once per ride.  So once you’ve experienced a ride with Disney Genie Plus – if you’d like to ride again, you’ll need to join the standard line.

How to Use the Disney Genie Plus App?

To make the most out of your day with the Genie Plus, it’s super important that you have downloaded the official Disneyland App before entering the parks.  You want to make sure the app has downloaded ok, that you can log in and that all your tickets are linked correctly to the App.

The App is the only way you can book your Disney Genie Plus attractions, so I’d recommend getting the Disneyland App sorted well before your trip, so if you have any issues, you can get them sorted out.

To book any of the Genie Plus rides at Disneyland, from the home page, click on “My Day” and then “Tip Board”.

From here, you’ll see all the different attractions listed and the attractions that you can book for Genie+ or for a Lighting Lane Pass. Then, simply click the “LL Disney Genie+” to book.

It’s important to note that the App always defaults to Disneyland.  So if you want to make bookings for California Adventure Park, you’ll need to press “change park” from the top of this page.

What is the Disney Genie Plus Rides List?

While there are many, many rides at Disneyland and California Adventure Park, only certain rides are included in Disney Genie Plus.

It seems that the rides that the Disney Genie Plus ride list does change from time to time.  However, at the time of publishing, these are the included rides on Genie Plus:

Disneyland:

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Hyperspace Mountain
  • Indiana Jones Advenuture
  • It’s a Small World
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

California Adventure Park:

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout
  • Incredicoaster
  • Monsters, Inc Mike & Sulley to the Rescue?
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!

What is Disney Genie Plus Photopass?

Another thing to consider when wondering is Genie Plus worth it at Disneyland is that in addition to shorter line times, you also get access to the Genie Plus Disney Photopass.  This means that any official photos that are taken of anyone within your group during the day, you can access and download via the App completely free of charge.

Another benefit of Genie Plus is you’ll get access to audio guides that will provide you with additional information around the park.  This might be something you listen to while waiting in ride lines.

How Much is Genie Plus Disneyland?

The Disney Genie Plus Price is $20 per ticket per day.  So for a large family, this could add up quite a lot, particularly for those families going to the parks over multiple days.

However, when weighing up the Disney Genie Plus cost – just remember that you don’t need to buy it for every day you visit the parks, and you don’t need to buy it for every person.

How to Purchase Genie Plus at Disneyland?

In terms of how to purchase Disney Genie Plus, there are two ways options.  You can either buy Genie Plus Disney passes upfront when you purchase your Disneyland ticket, or you can opt to purchase Disney Genie Plus on the day of your visit via the Disney App once you’ve entered the park.

You can purchase your Disneyland and California Adventure Park tickets here.

Disney Genie Plus v Lighting Lane

As well as your Disney Genie Plus purchase, you may decide to buy Lighting Lane passes.  Remember we mentioned above that the Genie Plus gives you access to the Lighting Lane entrance for rides?  However, Lighting Lane Passes are also something entirely different.

Lighting Lane Passes are tickets you buy for an individual ride that provides access to the Lighting Lane entrance – yes, the same line entrance you access with the Genie Pass.  

Each guest may purchase up to two Lighting Lane Passes on any given day and each pass must be used for a different ride.  So you can not use both passes for the same ride.

So some people may decide that instead of the Genie Plus, they may opt for Lighting Lane Passes instead.  Or, some people may opt to have the Genie Plus, AND the Lighting Lane Passes.

Lighting Lane Passes can also be purchased via the Disneyland App and you can buy these once the park opens on the day of your visit.  The price of a Lighting Lane Pass ranges from $7 to $20 per ticket (prices are not set and change depending upon demand); you’ll see the price listed against the ride in the app.

Below are the rides you can purchase Lighting Lane Passes for and the price on the day of publishing:

Disneyland:

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – $20

California Adventure Park

  • Radiator Spring Racers – $12
  • Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Avenutre – $12

You can hold reservations for a ride with Genie+ at the same time as having a reservation for a Lighting Lane.

Disney Genie Plus Tips and Tricks

If you have decided to get Disney Genie+, here are a few tips and trips to make the most out of the service:

  • Download the app and ensure it works at least the day before your visit, but even earlier if possible.
  • As you will require your mobile device to use Genie Plus, bring a portable charger to ensure your mobile has plenty of juice throughout the day.
  • Be prepared to use your own wifi, as the Disneyland wifi doesn’t always work that well and you want to ensure you make the most out of your Genie+
  • Make sure to book your first ride at 7 am to make the most out of Genie+.  I’d recommend this booking is for any rides that the first available time is later in the day, as these rides are the ones most likely to “sell out” on the Genie+ App.
  • If you plan on buying any Lighting Lane Passes, buy these as soon as you arrive in the park, as only so many are sold each day.
  • If you’re waiting 2 hours to make your next ride reservation, set a 2 hour alarm, so you don’t forget.
  • As soon as you’ve checked into a ride, book your next ride.
  • Don’t forget that you can ride up to 5 minutes before your reservation time and up to 15 minutes after.  So this can allow you to book two rides (one for Genie+ and one for Lighting Lane) simultaneously – provided you have enough time to get between the two rides within the timeframe.

Disneyland Genie Plus Review – Is it Worth It?

Like I said in the introduction – it depends.  

If you’re short on time, say you’re only going to Disneyland for one day – then it’s 100% worth it.  For our recent visit, we were visiting each park just for one day, so we didn’t have much time to spend waiting in lines.

I also think for families with young children, where standing in lines all day is going to be problematic, the Genie Plus would be a godsend.  Older children may be happy chatting or playing games on their devices while waiting, but this might not be possible for grumpy toddlers.

I’d also consider when you’re visiting the parks.  During peak times, when it’s the school holidays and you know the crowds are going to be insane – then definitely pay the extra.  However, if you’re visiting on a weekday when it’s not school holidays, perhaps the Genie Plus isn’t necessary.

At the end of the day, only you can decide whether the Genie Plus is worth it for your family.  However, from my perspective – if you can afford the $20 per ticket per day – save yourself from waiting in line and buy the Genie Plus – it will ensure you spend more time enjoying the Disney attractions.

So what have you decided?  Either way, you can purchase your Disneyland and California Adventure Park tickets here.

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Hopefully, you’ve found this guide on Disney Genie Plus helpful in deciding whether or not it’s worth it for your family.  We also have a range of other guides you might find helpful, including things to do in California, things to do in Anaheim (coming soon) and where to stay in Anaheim.

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