Today, Disney World finally debuted Disney Genie, a new addition to the My Disney Experience app that many have long-awaited.
The new Disney Genie also includes Disney Genie+, which is a new paid Lightning Lane system that replaced the previously free FastPass+ lane. Disney Genie+ will be a paid system that will charge Disney World Guests $15.00 per person per day to utilize the Lighting Lane queue, which will be the old FastPass+ queue. Guests will be able to pick one return time at a time for select attractions and skip the lines when their turn arrives. There will be two attractions at each Park that will have their own separate cost to ride.
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Rise of the Resistance is the most expensive single-priced Lightning Lane ticket, where Guests must pay $15.00 per person to ride the attraction once. Although the price may seem rather high for one attraction, it has already sold out, and the standby queue has increased to a 120-minute wait (which will, of course, fluctuate). Knowing that there is such a high demand for the attraction today, any hold-ups will push back Lightning Lane return times which may cause an issue and higher wait for those Guests.
Now, WDW Stats (@WdwStats) has noted that the attraction is down.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 48 minutes. http://wdwst.at/detail/19263736 #RiseOfTheResistance #GalaxysEdge #HollywoodStudios #WDW #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has been temporarily interrupted. On average, an interruption takes 48 minutes. https://t.co/RaDcwvBblS #RiseOfTheResistance #GalaxysEdge #HollywoodStudios #WDW #WaltDisneyWorld #DisneyWorld
— WDW Stats (@WdwStats) October 19, 2021
Because this will likely affect return times for the sold-out Lightning Lane queue, it will be interesting to see if those Guests will have a longer wait to board the attraction today than previously anticipated after paying to skip the line. That being said, the Lightning Lane queue will surely be much shorter, even with the backup, than the Standby queue at any given point of the day.
What do you think will happen when a Lightning Lane attraction goes down and Guests miss a pre-paid return time?