Disney Guests Discover Lightning Lane Hack to Speed Up Process

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When it comes to operating Disney Genie+ to obtain your next Lightning Lane reservation, whether you are at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, the timing of everything can get tricky. With Lightning Lane selling out so fast a lot of the time, Guests may wonder what is the best way to use the system so that they can optimize their day, and money. And, it seems there may be a small hack that Guests can use to eliminate the swirling circle of doom which happens while the My Disney Experience app loads, at times.

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Before we dive into that hack, we must understand Lightning Lane, and how it functions, as the speed in which you make selections may vary in importance.

Related: Disney Guests Have to Pay Tax on Lightning Lane Purchases

Disney Genie+, the paid aspect of the system, allows Guests to use the Lightning Lane when their return time strikes — which has replaced the previously free FastPass lane. Then both theme park resorts have a la carte options where Guests must pay varying costs per ride, per person to ride the attraction. Disney Genie+ costs $15.00 per person per day for Disney World Guests and $20.00 per person per day at Disneyland. The cost for Disney Genie+ is slightly more expensive at Disneyland, and so are the a la carte options. Rise of the Resistance has hit costs of $20.00 per person per ride, which would essentially double the daily cost of Disney Genie+ if Guests wanted to Lightning Lane the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction, as well as use the paid system for other attractions.

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A la carte options tend to sell out the fastest, as there are only so many to give out, and everyone goes for them in the morning as they are not scattered like the other Disney Genie options, therefore, speed and internet connection do matter for trying to get a Lightning Lane on the following attractions at Walt Disney World.

Those attractions are: 

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest

Depending on where you are in the Park, or on Disney Property, you may realize that the internet connection is not as strong which can be detrimental to your selection process. On Reddit, one user worried about being on Disney Wifi. Bhockey_07 asked:

Is it best to turn of WiFi when doing your 7AM genie/LL selections?

I’ve heard many people complain about slow WiFi and other problems with the MDE app since everyone is trying to book at 7AM

Is it recommended to use only your cellular data to have the best service possible?

Is it best to turn of WiFi when doing your 7AM genie/LL selections? from WaltDisneyWorld

Although some Guests responded that they do not think that it mattered, others noted the days where they were struggling to get a Boarding Pass for Rise of the Resistance due to Disney Wifi being so slow. If you are trying to access the wifi in a very crowded area, or at a time when many people are using it, the internet will likely be slower. As someone who has made the mistake often, I would suggest moving to a less crowded area and using your cellular data (as long as you have a good connection) to make timely selections on Disney Genie+!

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This can ensure your speed is as fast as possible, and deter you from missing that Rise of the Resistance Lightning Lane purchases. Coming out of Presidents Day weekend where the Parks all hit Park Pass capacity, it is important to always find the best way to score those Lightning Lanes if you are planning on making the purchase!

More on Lightning Lane

Previously, Guests could pre-purchase Disney Genie+ prior to their theme park day, now some Guests will not be able to. It seems Disney has changed their policy which will affect Guests buying a one-day ticket. Disney Genie+ must be purchased on the My Disney Experience app on the day of their visit. Multi-day tickets can still have Disney Genie+ added on in advance.

At Walt Disney World Resort, the attractions that are available through Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane include:

Magic Kingdom

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Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrances
Experiences include*:

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • See Mickey at Town Square Theater
  • See Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • See Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Splash Mountain
  • The Barnstormer
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

EPCOT

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Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE – Green
  • Mission: SPACE – Orange
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrances
Experiences include*:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Play & Dance!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • See Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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Individual Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrances
Attractions include*:

  • Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
  • DINOSAUR
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Naʻvi River Journey
  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station

What do you think about Disney Wifi speeds? Have you had an issue connecting in the past? 

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