When Disney released new information regarding the Disney Genie, the company also announced that both FastPass+ at Walt Disney World and MaxPass at Disneyland will be retired, and instead, new paid Lightning Lanes will debut as part of Disney Genie+.
Lightning Lane selections can be made on the same day of your visit to the theme parks and can be used across multiple theme parks! Attractions will continue to offer a traditional standby queue, or a virtual queue at certain attractions — including Rise of the Resistance.
Despite Rise of the Resistance still offering a virtual queue, for all of you Star Wars fans out there, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro confirmed to D23 that Rise of the Resistance will also be a Lightning Lane attraction — meaning Guests will have the option to pay an additional fee to guarantee them a boarding group!
As D’Amaro stated:
“And above and beyond that, there are some attractions that use the Lightning Lane queue—which you can purchase individually—which is the ultimate in flexibility. Think about Rise of the Resistance. It’s a highly demanded attraction. Guests show up in the morning and they try to get into the virtual queue. We get as many people on there as we can, but inevitably someone is disappointed. Now there’s another option on top of the virtual queue so if Rise of the Resistance is the reason you’re at Disneyland or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there will be an option for you to purchase Rise of the Resistance.”
With all of this being said, it seems as though fans are not as happy as one may have expected, as many feel they already pay enough to visit the theme parks. Inside the Magic Facebook follower, Stacey W. said:
One and done – not paying anymore.. Thanks, bye!
And Ashley G. commented on our article:
Yes because Disney doesn’t already cost enough
Stephen G. did not hesitate to voice their opinion, writing:
Wow. So they charge you for the park ticket, then charge you extra to ride the rides? This place us absurd.
Inside the Magic follower Joseph R. expressed how he feels about the new option:
Disney made the parks for families to be able to enjoy themselves, not go broke. He would be very disappointed […] My family will never get the chance to go to Disney again because we have 10 people. That is like 1000 a day. While we are living off one teacher salary. It is absurd. The park was designed for families, not rich people who put off having kids
Cindy S. simply wrote:
Don’t we pay high prices to get in already?
And Annual Passholder Chris H. expressed:
No thanks! I’m a pass holder not paying more to ride an attraction…
It seems as though many Disney fans are not willing to pay extra for Disney Genie+ to grab a boarding group for the ever-popular Rise of the Resistance ride at either Walt Disney World or Disneyland. The new Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane queue system, which again, is a paid iteration of FastPass, will be rolled out sometime this fall, though an official debut date wasn’t released.
For more information on the Disney Genie, visit our website here.
Are you excited for when the Disney Genie app debuts? Will you be paying extra for Disney Genie+? Let us know in the comments below.