Disney's Lightning Lanes began operating on October 19, 2021, offering ways to pay to access a shorter queue for most attractions at Walt Disney World in Florida. Similar queues are expected to start operating at Disneyland in California by the end of 2021.
We are collecting data and learning how Lightning Lane access via Genie+ and individual purchases function. We also are collecting wait time and return time data so that we better understand how much time might be saved by paying to access Lightning Lanes.
Our initial observations are shared in several Genie+ posts on our blog. During the first week that Lightning Lanes were operating, we also published several live debriefs of our in-park testing on YouTube.
We have also:
- Added the ability to input your obtained Lightning Lane return times for a same-day Personalized Touring Plan in our Lines app, allowing you to optimize in the parks around those return times. (Released for iOS on November 13. Android release coming later in 2021.)
In the future, we expect to offer:
- Ability to use forecasted Genie+ return times in future Personalized Touring Plans, providing recommendations about when to make various Lighting Lane selections. You also can input individual Lightning Lane return times that you plan to buy. This will help you determine how much time Lightning Lane purchases would save you. (Late 2021/Early 2022)
- Premium Touring Plans that make use of Genie+. (Our Premium Touring Plans depend on our Personalized Touring Plan software, so the software changes will come first.)
- Data-based recommendations about scenarios where purchasing Genie+ and/or individual Lightning Lane access will save you the most time.