Disney Guest Figures Out Lightning Lane “Hack” to Avoid Paying Attraction Costs

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With Disney World implementing their new Lightning Lane system with Disney Genie+, many Guests are spending more than they are used to skip the line.

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In case you did not know, Disney recently rolled out their new Disney Genie program on the My Disney Experience app. With this came the removal of FastPass+, a previously free offering for Guests that allowed them to pick a return time for an attraction and then skip the standby line. Now, with Disney Genie+, Lightning Lane is in use. This will cost Guests $15.00 per person per day to use, but two attractions per Park have their own, separate cost, which is not included in the overall $15.00. 

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As you may imagine, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Rise of the Resistance is its own ticketed cost. Guests have been selling out the added $15.00 per person fee that is associated with solely skipping the majority of the attraction queue. For Guests that do not want to wait hours in line, the extra cost may be worth it to them, but what if we told you there is a chance you can still have a short wait for free?

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The RedHead (@TheWickedWench) Tweeted that they were able to wait less than 30 minutes to board the attraction before the Park closed in the evening, even with a posted wait time of 90 minutes.

Pssst. Don’t pay $15 for Rise of the Resistance. Just get in line at the end of the night.

Posted wait: 90 minutes
Actual wait: 27 minutes

We recently went to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and experienced a similar situation with Avatar Flight of Passage. The attraction has its own separate Lightning Lane cost of $14.00 per person to skip the line, and at the end of the day, the queue was noted as a 60-minute wait. We ended up waiting just over 20 minutes to ride! This is not to say that the wait times will always be incorrect, as the signs were likely not yet changed to the correct times. But, it seems that we are seeing a trend that the more popular attractions have a lower wait at the end of the night as opposed to during the day.

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So, if you want to save some money and still experience a short wait, your best bet will be to hang around the parks as late as you can! That being said, if you want a guaranteed short wait, the only way to do that is through purchasing Lightning Lane. During peak seasons, such as the holiday season coming up, it may be your best bet as crowds continue to flood the Parks.

What do you think of Lightning Lane? Will you use it? 

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