Huge Lightning Lane Lines Cause Guests to Move to Standby After Purchase

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One of the newest systems that have been added to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort is the Disney Genie.

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The Disney Genie system allows for Guests to have their day planned by the Genie in Aladdin! Well, really, is it a programmed add-on to the My Disney Experience app that gives Guests suggestions based on their location on what to do next. That being said, those suggestions have, at times, not been great options as some Guests were being directed to “lower” wait time attractions in the past, which ended up being over 60-minutes. At Disneyland, the entire system went down on the first day as well, which gave it a slower start when it comes to enticing Guests.

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Disney Genie also has Disney Genie+! For $15.00 per day person at Disney World or $20.00 per person per day at Disneyland, you can skip one standby queue at a time by booking your reservation for the Lightning Lane line, which is the new FastPass queue. You can only book one reservation at a time or one every hour, but remember to start this early in the morning as we have seen attractions sell out of Lightning Lane spots by mid-afternoon!

But some Lightning Lane attractions may seem longer than they actually are! At Disneyland Park, Guests who are lining up for their Lightning Lane spot have been seen leaving to go into the standby queue. The reason for this is seemingly because the Lightning Lane queue has a wrap-around section that takes place outside of the Space Mountain building, making the line look very backed up, while standby is often empty on their outdoor queue. That being said, there are a lot more twists and turns inside that some Guests may underestimate.

Dan (@hoops_fan) Tweeted:

Space Mountain lightning lane has multiple switchbacks upstairs. ZERO guests have entered the standby line the whole time (posted 140). 2 people just got out of LL and walked to standby omg

Tangaroa Joel (@TangaroaJoel) knew this was a mistake right away and noted:

Bad idea for them to walk standby!

It seems Joel tested the wait times once and realized that you cannot judge Space Mountain’s wait times from the exterior view.

Gone are the days of determining the length of the Space Mountain line by seeing if anyone was on the roof from afar.

The wait was listed at 100 min and I wanted to test it. The new-ish extended indoor queue was a third full. Took 25 minutes to go two switch backs. It’s clear that the LL to standby guests ratio is ridiculously high. In this case, the line was likely close to 100 minutes. Maybe closer to 75, but that’s a typical wait inflation comparable to years past.

From the ongoing thread in the Tweet, it seems that Guests have noticed that if the Lightning Lane line looks backed up, that the standby queue will be much worse due to it for the Tomorrowland attraction.

Disney describes Space Mountain as: 

All Systems Go
Navigate through a vast futuristic space station as you make your way to Mission Control. Board a sleek flight vehicle and prepare yourself for a high-flying adventure to the furthest reaches of space.

Ascend slowly through a swirling solar field as your rocket powers up. Plunge through a spectacular spiral nebula and then, when the countdown ends—hang on tight!

As you hurtle forward into infinite darkness, your rocket darts and twists in the void, speeding faster and faster. Feel the g-force as you careen into the unknown!

Immersive sound effects and evocative music add to the intense sensory experience.

Brave the most epic journey of your Earthbound life and accept your mission—to conquer Space Mountain.

What do you think of Disney Genie+? Let us know in the comments below! 

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