Guests Pay For Lightning Lane, Still Forced to Wait In Outrageously Long Line

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Lightning Lane Radiator Springs Racers

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In case you were not aware, both FastPass+ at Walt Disney World and MaxPass at Disneyland are now officially retired, and instead, Lightning Lane is taking its place — a paid service. Lightning Lane is part of the new Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ services offered.

Lightning Lane individual purchases app
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Related: Genie+ and Lightning Lane Prices Drop at Disney

Guests visiting Disneyland who do not wish to stand in line can opt to pay for Lightning Lane. The new “a la carte” option allows the individual purchase of Lightning Lane for some of the most popular attractions, including Radiator Springs Racers.

Well, when visiting the theme Park yesterday, many Guests paid for the Lightning Lane option, only to come to find that the line started outside of the queue.

Instagram user @thecalibae took to the platform to share a photo of the Lightning Lane light, which Guests paid $12 for, along with the caption:

line for $12 LL cars on a Saturday 🚗 #disneyland


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Though Lightning Lane is designed to help cut down the wait time for select Guests, unexpected issues, such as ride breakdowns or malfunctions, may cause the Lightning Lane line to back up unexpectedly. If you ever experience this, please stay as patient as possible, as the Cast Members are doing everything they can to make your day as magical as they can.

More on Lightning Lane at Disneyland:

Lightning Lane Genie+ in app
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Related: Disney Makes Changes to Genie+, Lightning lane at Classic Attraction

Disneyland describes Lightning Lane as:

This new “a la carte” option allows the individual purchase of Lightning Lane entrance arrival windows for some of our most popular attractions: Radiator Springs Racers and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure at Disney California Adventure park, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland park (subject to limited availability; attractions not included with Disney Genie+). Pricing for the “a la carte” option will vary by date and attraction. Be sure to check the Disneyland app on the day of your visit for the latest pricing for each available Lightning Lane attraction entrance arrival window. If you choose this option, you may purchase the next available arrival window, one at a time, for up to two (2) attractions per day upon entering a theme park.

For more information on Lightning Lane, visit our website here.

Lightning Lane safari
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Have you purchased Lightning Lane while visiting Disneyland or Disney World recently? Was it worth it? Let us know in the comments below.

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