Genie+ is here as a replacement for Disney World’s FastPass+ system. There are some big differences and some hacks to using Genie Plus that you may want to know! Here’s a guide for using Genie Plus at Epcot in Walt Disney World.
Guide For Using Genie+ At Epcot
We used the new Genie+ system on our last trip.
Here’s a guide with some best practices, tips, and options for using Genie+ at Epcot in Walt Disney World.
First, we’re answering some basic questions that you might have about using the Genie Plus service.
FAQs For Using Genie Plus
What Is Genie+ and how do we use it?
Start here. Check out this Disney Genie+ 101 to get the basic definitions and pricing for Genie+.
Can I buy Genie+ in advance?
Short answer: no. Not after June 8, 2022, anyway.
Until then, you may be able to add Genie+ in advance in some cases.
You can add Genie+ if you have a Disney World resort package with tickets and want to buy the service every day. This is something your travel agent can help you with should you decide to add the service for the length of stay until June 8, 2022.
If you only want to use the service for certain days, you’ll want to buy Genie before 7 am on the day you wish to use it.
If you are an annual passholder or have discounted tickets you cannot purchase in advance. You WILL be able to buy Genie each day you wish to use it.
Can you choose return times with Genie+?
No. It’s just like FastPass of old- you get what you get!
Is there a grace period with Genie+?
You can arrive 5 minutes early or up to 15 minutes late and still use the Lightning Lane (LL) selection you booked.
No need to ask a CM about it or point it out; just scan in and go!
What if there’s an ADR or previous ride conflict?
Genie will allow you to book overlapping plans, so keep this in mind when you accept your LL selection.
If you have a meal planned during the suggested LL time, we suggest waiting a few minutes or dragging the screen on your app to refresh the options.
Hopefully, something that works better will be offered!
What Attractions Are Included As Genie+ Lightning Lanes At Epcot?
All of these attractions will be available for the basic purchase of $15+ tax per person per day at Epcot.
- Mission Space
- Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
- Journey into Imagination with Figment
- Test Track
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Spaceship Earth
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
- Frozen Ever After
Magic Kingdom is where you can really get the biggest bang for your Genie+ buck with Hollywood Studios coming in at a close 2nd.
Epcot, however, doesn’t seem to offer as much value for the price of Genie+, especially if you have the ability to do single rider on Test Track.
We don’t recommend purchasing Genie+ for this park unless you are park hopping later.
Guide For Using Genie+: Individual Lightning Lane Options In Epcot
Usually, two rides at every park cost an additional amount if you’d like to “skip the line” at Disney World.
In Epcot, the Individual Lightning Lane options are:
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
You do NOT have to pay the Genie+ pricing in order to access the ILL (Individual Lightning Lane) purchases.
In fact, this is what we suggest you do for this park (see below).
You can just pay for these rides alone, and simply do standby lines for the other rides in the park.
And unlike the Genie+ Lightning Lane selections, the Individual Lightning Lane selections DO allow you to choose a time window based on availability.
Prices for these attractions in Epcot start at $9.
What’s The Best Practice For Using Genie+ In Epcot?
While each day will be different depending on crowd levels and when you plan to visit, there are some trends we see.
Here are a few suggestions as far as tips and best practices for Epcot Genie+ usage.
Resort Guests Should Use Early Magic Hours
We know, we know- groan! It’s so early!
But if you are staying onsite, taking advantage of the Early Magic Hours can be key to skipping lines and potentially saving money.
If a park shows an opening time of 11 am, resort guests are officially allowed in at 10:30 am.
But the secret here is that 10:30 is sometimes even earlier- so go ahead and plan to rope drop at 9:45 am. That means you want to be through the security line by 9:45 am.
This time is not guaranteed, but the trend is that Disney is allowing guests in even earlier than advertised and this can really help you get a jump on the lines!
At Epcot, if you choose to arrive early we suggest immediately getting in line for Frozen Ever After or Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure depending on which entrance you are using.
International entry: go straight to Remy.
Spaceship Earth main gate: go straight to Frozen.
What Lightning Lane Should You Choose First at 7 am: Guide For Using Genie+
If you are using Genie+, the two attractions that “book up” the quickest at Epcot will now be Remy and Frozen.
After that, look to Soarin’ or Test Track, though neither of those tend to sell out or have long standby lines.
If Frozen or Remy are attractions on your “must-do” list at Epcot, you will want to prioritize them for your Lightning Lane selections.
Should You Buy ILL For Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Or Use the Virtual Boarding Group?
Cosmic Rewind is the newest attraction at Epcot, and it’s going to be very popular. It opens on May 27 and will NOT offer a standby line.
If you want to ride this one (and it’s adorable!) then you have two options.
Please note: STANDBY is not one of them!
- You can purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for this attraction- which we recommend if “skipping the line” is your goal.
- Or you can try your luck to get a virtual boarding group. Here’s the information on how to accomplish a virtual boarding group for Cosmic Rewind at Epcot.
And yes, you CAN do both (purchase an ILL and attempt to get a virtual boarding group for this attraction).
Why do we recommend purchasing the ILL for Cosmic Rewind?
Honestly: it’s just easier. And sometimes it’s worth the $8 to make things easy at Walt Disney World.
Because this one will be pricey ($15-20 per person) we think you’ll be able to pick up an ILL for this attraction easily, where the Virtual Boarding group is a (pun intended) race against time.
And the line for the Virtual Group is long: you’ll wait 30-60 minutes easily when you return within your window as a Boarding Group holder,
The ILL is generally a 5-10 minute “walk-on” wait when your time is called.
Bottom line: we think Cosmic Rewind is the best place to spend your money with Genie at Epcot.
You can skip the $15/a day option and just buy the ILL for Cosmic Rewind and plan to do standby for Frozen and Remy.
And the rest of the park is very doable through standby options.
CAVEAT: Park Hoppers May Want Genie+ at Epcot
We do think if you plan to park hop, then you can and should go ahead and purchase Genie+ for Epcot to allow your party to speed through the lines and hit all the attractions before hopping to another park.
Guide To Epcot Genie+ Use: Hit That Refresh Button!
If you are not seeing the attraction or the time window you are looking for, go ahead and keep refreshing the app.
Drag your finger down on the screen and it will reset and show you additional options if they are available.
This seems to be the most overlooked tip when using Genie+.
Guests assume what Disney shows first is their final offer. Not true!
Other guests are looking at options at the same time and if they bounce off and choose a different attraction, the time they were looking at will go back into the pool of choices.
So go ahead and use Refresh while checking your LL selections in Genie+!