Easy Guide to Lightning Lane Pass at Disney World

Guests looking to save time at the parks may want to look into purchasing Lightning Lane Pass at Disney World. These passes will allow guests to reserve ride times and skip the traditional wait times. Today I am sharing the details for Lightning Lane Pass at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney World has done it again with an update to the “ride skipping” system. Genie+ is out and Lighting Lane Multi Pass is in.

I put together this easy guide to using Lighting Lane at Disney World to share with my readers and help understand how to use Lightning Lane when planning your Disney vacation.

Let’s dig into the details and give an overview of what to expect from Lightning Lane at Disney World.

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What is Lightning Lane at Disney World

Lightning Lane is a paid ride reservation system that allows guests to reserve ride times before they arrive at the parks. This means you will have shorter wait times and ideally ensure you will get on your favorite rides and attractions.

Lightning Lane Options

Lightning Lane will officially replace Genie+ starting July 24, 2024.

Lightning Lane Multi Pass

Guests may reserve 3 experiences at the park. 1 from tier 1 and 2 from tier 2. (More on tiers below.)

Once you use your first experience you can book another one. From what I understand once you use one you can book another, it isn’t a time period to book. This is a bit different from the 120 minute window of Genie+.

Lightning Lane is one entry per attraction, per day. If you are park hopping you can make Lightning Lane reservations at other parks.

Digital Downloads of select attractions is also included in Lightning Lane Multi Pass.

Lightning Lane Singe Pass

Guests may reserve a one-time ride for specific attractions. This is a separate paid fee and these attractions are not included in the Lightning Lane Multi Pass.

Things to Know

Guests staying on-site at a Walt Disney World resort can purchase passes up to 7 days in advance of their stay. If you arrive August 1st for a week, you can purchase Lighting Lane for all of your park days for that trip (up to 14 days).

You will need a theme park admission ticket prior to booking and can start purchase at 7:00am EST 7 days in advance.

Off-site guests can purchase 3 days in advance of their day of visit.

Guests can purchase BOTH Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass. The Lightning Lane Single Pass attractions are not part of the Lightning Lane Multi Pass tiers.

Be sure to download the My Disney Experience App and connect everyone in your Friends & Family to make sure when you book everyone is included.

You will need to purchase a Lightning Lane Multi Pass and/or Lightning Lane Single Pass for everyone in your travel party.

Some attractions have Virtual Queues. Virtual Queues are a boarding group that guests may reserve for free on the My Disney Experience App.

These open at 7:00am and again at 1:00pm day of visit. They “sell out” within minutes but they are free to guests.

If you do not secure a Virtual Queue for those attractions your only option to ride is by purchasing the Lightning Lane Single Pass.

What Does Lighting Lane Cost

Prices will vary by date and theme park and will be on the My Disney Experience App. Currently the Genie+ prices are $17.00-$27.00 per person/per day. If Disney changes this I will update this post.

Lightning Lane Cost
Current cost of Genie+

Magic Kingdom

Group 1: Guests choose one.

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Space Mountain
  • Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Group 2: Guests choose two.

  • The Barnstormer
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid

Lightning Lane Single Pass can be purchased:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: $11+ per person/per day. This ride is not included in Multi Pass but does have a regular line.
  • TRON Lightcycle / Run: $20.00 per person/per day. This ride is not included in Multi Pass and does not have a regular line. It does have a Virtual Que that guests may reserve.


Group 1: Choose one.

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Soarin’ Around the World

Group 2: Choose two.

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Lightning Lane Single Pass can be purchased:

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind: $15.00 per person/per day. This ride is not included in Multi Pass and does not have a regular line. Guests must use the Virtual Queue or purchase.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Group 1: Choose one.

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash

Group 2: Choose two.

  • 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
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania!

Lightning Lane Single Pass can be purchased:

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance: $22.00 per person. This ride is not included in Multi Pass but it does have a regular line.
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Group 1: Choose one.

  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Feathered Friends in Flight!
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Naʻvi River Journey

Lightning Lane Single Pass can be purchased:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage: $12.00 per day. This ride is not included in Multi Pass but does have a regular line for guests.

Prices are all subject to change. Post is updated as new information becomes available.

Is Lightning Lane Any Good

This is the golden question that as of right now I can only answer based on previous experience. We have a visit planned in August and I will be able to experience it all but for now here are my thoughts.

I love that on-site guests can make these ride experience reservations before they arrive. It allows us to plan dining and ride times before we arrive, and that means less time on my phone.

A lot of people are unhappy that it will be paid and wish to go back to the “free fastpass” days but the truth is most theme parks have a paid line skipping service. Universal Express Pass is an example where the cost is high but people still love it.

In an attempt to keep guests happy Disney is finding the balance between on-site perks and making profit. I hope the price point stays where it is at because it is an added expense, especially for families.

Adding Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass to our theme park days as a family of five will be $100.00’s of dollars extra a day. If we did both at Magic Kingdom it would cost at least $235.00.

There are definitely choices to be made when deciding if this is right for you. We take a look at our budget for Disney and then see where or how we can make it work.

That is all for now. I will update this post as we learn more. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

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