Adding Genie+ to your day,
Booking Lightning Lanes & Strategies
Booking Lightning Lanes
You will be able to make your first Lightning lane (LL) selection beginning at 7:00 AM for your park reservation that day.
When Can You Book Your Next Genie+ Lightning Lane?
This is the question that causes the most confusion, but it really isn’t too hard. Once you make a Genie+ Lightning Lane booking, you are prohibited from making another booking until:
A. You use any Genie+ Lightning Lane booking OR
B. You wait two hours from when you made your last Genie+ Lightning Lane
booking EXCEPT the two-hour clock doesn’t start running until the park
Magic Kingdom opens at 9 AM. At 7 AM, you booked a 1:00 PM slot for Peter Pan’s Flight. You can make your next booking at 11 AM, two hours after the park opens.
120-min. rule for Disney Genie+
This rule states that you can make a new Lightning Lane selection 120 minutes after you made your previous selection. If your previous selection was made before the official park hours (as is the case because Disney allows your first selection to be made at 7am), then the 120 minutes don’t begin counting down until the official park hours begin for the day.
Here’s the rule:
- Next Lighting Lane selection is available 120 minutes after the previous selection
- 120 minutes after park opening if initial selection made before park opening
Example & Strategy:
At 7:00 AM you book Slinky Dog Dash for 11:15 AM. If the park opens at 9 AM then at 11 AM you can make a new booking (two hours after the park opens). At 11 AM you book Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run for 3 PM. At 11:05 you tap into and ride Slinky Dog Dash, using that Lightning Lane booking. You can immediately make a new Lightning Lane booking.
Variation this with…
At 7:00 AM you book Slinky Dog Dash for 11:15 AM. If the park opens at 9 AM then at 11 AM you can make a new booking (two hours after the park opens). The example is still the same. But now you wait, and at 11:15 AM you tap into and ride Slinky Dog Dash, using that Lightning Lane booking. Then at 11:20 AM, you book Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run for 3 PM. You will now need to wait until 1:20 PM to make a new Lightning Lane booking.
In these two examples, changing the order you did things had a huge impact on when you could make your next booking. Book new Lightning Lane first, use old Lightning Lane second, and you immediately can make a new booking because using the old Lightning Lane “unlocks” you and lets you make a new booking. IF you use the old Lightning Lane first, book a new Lightning Lane second, and you have to wait 2 hours because making that booking put in place a two-hour rule.
Things to know:
- The more crowded the park is the later the LL times will be pushed out to.
- You can only make 1 LL reservation per ride per day.
- Refresh your tip board. A lot of the time when searching for selections they will pop up after refreshing.
- If you 'KNOW' you want to purchase a 'Fancy Ride', do it at 7 AM - they do sell out!
- You can only purchase 2 'Fancy Rides' per day