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Guide For Using Genie+ In Epcot

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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.

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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+.

Do I need to buy Genie+ in advance?

Short answer: no. You do not NEED to. But you can in some cases.

You can add Genie+ if you have a Disney World resort package with tickets and want to buy the service for every day. This is something your travel agent can help you with should you decide to add the service for the length of stay.

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.

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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+?

Yes.

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!

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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
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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

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:

  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Frozen Ever After

You do NOT have to pay the Genie+ pricing in order to access these 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.

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Frozen Ever After at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., debuted in 2016. (Disney)

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!

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At Epcot, if you choose to arrive early we suggest immediately getting in line for Frozen Ever After when it’s available in order to save that added cost.

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 be Test Track and Soarin’.

But honestly, neither of those have been showing super long standby lines right now.

And they don’t “sell-out” unless it’s an incredibly busy day at Epcot.

If either of these attractions is on your “must-do” list at Epcot, you will want to prioritize them for your Lightning Lane selections.

Should You Buy ILL For Remy Or Use the Virtual Boarding Group?

Remy is the newest attraction at Epcot, and it’s very popular.

If you want to ride this one (and it’s adorable!) then you have two options.

Please note: STANDBY is not one of them!

  1. You can purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for this attraction- which we recommend if “skipping the line” is your goal.
  2. 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 Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot.

And yes, you CAN do both (purchase an ILL and attempt to get a virtual boarding group for this attraction).

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Why do we recommend purchasing the ILL for Remy?

Honestly: it’s just easier. And sometimes it’s worth the $8 to make things easy at Walt Disney World.

You typically can pick up an ILL for this attraction easily, where the Virtual Boarding group is a (pun intended) rat race.

And the line for the Virtual Group is long: you’ll wait 30-60 minutes 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 Remy 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 Remy and plan to do standby for Frozen.

And the rest of the park is very doable through standby options.

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Posters depicting Remy, Linguini and Chef Skinner from “Ratatouille” hang in the queue for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the new attraction inside the expanded France pavilion at EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Harrison Cooney, photographer)

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.

It’s doable.

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+!

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