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Plan Ahead with Lightning Lane Entry at Walt Disney World Starting July 24

Plan Ahead with Lightning Lane Entry at Walt Disney World Starting July 24

© Disney

© Disney

by Dannielle Puckett, Travel Advisor

It's finally here! The change we have all been waiting on, especially those of us who like to sleep in on vacation!

Walt Disney World has listened to guest feedback. Guests have wanted the option to do more of their planning before their theme park day. So, this summer they will make changes to the Disney Genie+ service and individual Lightning Lane entry, including new ways to plan ahead.    

On July 24, Walt Disney World will introduce new, simpler names to provide more clarity for everyone. Disney Genie+ service will become Lightning Lane Multi Pass, while individual Lightning Lane will now be known as Lightning Lane Single Pass.   

These updates enable guests to:

  1. Make Lightning Lane plans before you’re here, for added confidence.     
  2. Choose your experiences and times prior to purchasing, so you know what you’re getting. 
  3. Book Lightning Lane passes for multiple vacation days, all in a single day. 

Here’s how Lightning Lane passes will work beginning July 24.

Lightning Lane Multi Pass
When guests purchase Lightning Lane Multi Pass, they may make up to 3 Lightning Lane selections in a theme park, in advance of your visit. They’ll also be able to choose available times as they make their selections. On the day of their visit, once they use a selection, they may check the My Disney Experience app for availability to make an additional selection.  

Lightning Lane Single Pass
 Lightning Lane Single Pass will work much like it does today, where guests can secure a time to ride one of our most highly demanded attractions, but they’ll now be able to make their purchase and plan in advance.       

How to Plan Ahead 
As always, Disney takes care of their on-property guests by giving them an extra perk! Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel and other select hotels (Shades of Green Resort, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels) will be able to plan Lightning Lane passes up to 7 days in advance, for their entire stay (up to 14 days). All other guests can plan up to 3 days in advance. These advance purchase windows will let guests secure some of their must-do rides and experiences after they've had some time to decide what dining reservations they want to book and any other plans they may need to consider.  

Guests may purchase a Lightning Lane Multi Pass, a Lightning Lane Single Pass or both. The app will also be updated to make it quicker and easier to purchase and plan, with fewer steps and a new option to purchase Lightning Lane Single Pass and Lightning Lane Multi Pass in one transaction.        

Lightning Lane passes will blend features from our current services and the previously offered FastPass+ service, giving guests the choice to plan ahead and removing the hassle of planning during their vacation.  

Here is a quick video demonstrating how Lightning Lane passes at Walt Disney World Resort will work:

Disneyland Resort will also use the new Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass names beginning July 24. Based on the different ways they know guests visit Disneyland Resort, the way guests purchase, select and redeem Lightning Lane passes at Disneyland Resort will remain the same.  

The complimentary features of Disney Genie service will continue to be available in the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps. Both apps have also gotten a series of upgrades over the last year to make features easier to use, including making dining reservations, mobile food ordering, and more. 

Visit https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/lightning-lane-passes/ for additional information on how to purchase, select and use Lightning Lane passes.(Text copy and images © Disney)

Dannielle Puckett, Travel Advisor | Specializing in Disney Vacations

Dannielle has been a lover of travel her whole life. From family ski trips in Canada and the US, to adventurous deep sea fishing and lobstering in the Florida Keys, her love for travel never stops. Since having children of her own, she has fallen in love with the magic and wonder that Walt Disney World Resort vacations bring her family. She is always planning trips for herself, family, and friends and now is excited to help YOU plan your next Disney or Universal Vacation.

Attention to detail is her specialty, and she loves finding magical moments everywhere in her trips.

Dannielle is a blessed wife and mother to four amazing children.

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