Park hopping with Genie+ just got more complicated. As any new product will, Genie+/ Lightning Lane has experienced some tweaks and changes since it launched at Walt Disney World on October 19, 2021. While we’ve loved some of the changes, others not so much. This one, however, is just confusing.
As of today, it’s being reported that you can no longer make Lightning Lane selections with a return time before 2:00 pm. While that may seem like common sense since you cannot Park hop before 2:00 pm, it is a departure from how the app previously operated, and it does make it more complicated.
In the past, if you were at Animal Kingdom and planned to hop to Hollywood Studios in the afternoon, you could hop on Genie+ and grab the first available time slot, which could have been before 2:00 pm when Park hopping begins. The app would automatically change the time to 2:00 pm. Now it will no longer default. It will simply disallow you from choosing it.
So what does that mean exactly? You’ll have to do a little more searching and a little more scrolling from now on. In order to make Lightning Lane selections going forward, they will have to be for a time slot that you’re eligible for. This means that sometimes you won’t be able to make a selection because you’re only given the most recent time options with no ability to scroll for later times. You’ll simply have to keep checking back to see if an appropriate time is available to you.
If that makes your head hurt, you’re not alone. This change is confusing, but ultimately shouldn’t impact your use of the app much.
One other important thing to note about this change is that it does not affect Individual Lightning Lane selections (the ones you pay for as you go). That’s because you have a full complement of times to choose from with these selections as opposed to just the earliest three or so.
This service remains incredibly popular, and because of that, we can expect more changes in the future as the wrinkles in the system get ironed out. What do you think about these changes? Let us know in the comments.