Disney Jacks Up Lightning Lane Cost As Holiday Crowds Surge

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When Disney announced its new paid-for Lightning Lane (formerly FastPass) service called Disney Genie, they also announced that some of the most popular rides would not be a part of Disney Genie, but would in fact charge Guests a separate fee if they wanted to skip the line. These rides would be considered “individual attraction selections” and there are currently two at each of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT.

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There are also currently three rides at Disneyland Resort that are considered individual attraction selections. Those rides are Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disneyland Park and Radiator Springs Racers, and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure at Disney California Adventure Park. Most of the other rides, including Haunted Mansion Holiday and “it’s a small world” Holiday, are a part of the regular Disney Genie+ service, which costs $20 per person, per day. Disney Genie+ costs $15 per person per day at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Now, from the beginning, Disney has said that the cost of the individual attraction selections can and will vary based on the time of year and even the day of the week that Guests are visiting. With the holiday season being one of the busiest times of the year at Disneyland Resort, Disney has chosen to significantly increase the attraction selection cost for both WEB SLINGERS and Radiator Springs Racers — Rise of the Resistance did not increase as it was already at the $20 cap that Disney is using.

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Until recently, Lightning Lane access for WEB SLINGERS and Radiator Springs Racers had been costing Guests around $7 per person. However, with this being the week of Christmas, Guests noticed that the Lightning Lane cost for both attractions jumped from $7 per person to $18 per person. Since the rate increase is due to the influx of holiday visitors, Guests visiting after the new year will most likely see a drop in the price of individual attraction selections as well.

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Here is more information on Disney Genie+, which only made its Disneyland Resort debut on December 8:

Disney Genie+ will be available for $20 per ticket per day, and allows you to select the next available arrival window for Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane entrances at a variety of attractions, one at a time (subject to limited availability; limit one Lightning Lane selection per experience each day). Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane entrances are available at select attractions at both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park – great for those who have Park Hopper tickets. Disney Genie+ also includes unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital photo downloads from your day, as well as fun new audio experiences that let you discover the parks in cool new ways—through fascinating fun facts and behind-the-scenes insights.

Disney Genie+ service may be purchased in the Disneyland app after you’ve entered the park and have linked your park ticket. After Dec. 8, you may also choose to purchase Disney Genie+ prior to your visit when you purchase a park ticket. You can begin making your Lightning Lane arrival window selections as soon as you enter a theme park! 

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To see the most up-to-date information on Disney Genie+ and individual attraction selections, Guests can consult their Disneyland mobile app at any time.

What do you think of the individual attraction selection price increases for both WEB SLINGERS and Radiator Springs Racers?

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!