This is extremely upsetting news for Guests of Walt Disney World Resort.
This week is an incredibly busy one at Walt Disney World Resort. With two major events and openings happening this week, a large number of Guests entering the Parks was expected. When crowd numbers get larger, the demand for things like the Genie+ service rises as well.
On Monday, the Genie+ service sold out at Walt Disney World Resort in record time. The service was unavailable for purchase before 12:00 p.m. ET, beating out the previous record by nearly an hour. With another packed day to be expected at the Parks tomorrow, Guests were prepared and ready to buy Disney Genie Plus as soon as possible. Unfortunately, fans are horrified to see the ridiculous price that Disney has implemented.
Large Crowds Mean Disney Begins Price Gouging
Yesterday, on Monday, April 4, the smash-hit fighting spectacular “Happily Ever After” made its return to a Disney Park. Guests were thrilled to see the beloved fireworks show return again, this time with all-new projections down Main Street, U.S.A. The show’s return made the Walt Disney World full of Disney fans who wanted to celebrate in all of the fun. All of the Parks were packed with Guests yesterday, especially Magic Kingdom Park. When crowds get busy on days like this, Guests turn to the Genie+ service to buy individual lightning lane for their must-do rides. As predicted, the service sold out yesterday early in the afternoon.
What was not expected was the massive price hike the service would be getting. Today, April 4, marks the opening day of the brand new TRON Lightcycle/Run attraction in Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom Park. Disney fans have been waiting for this day since the project was announced in 2017, so it was expected that Genie+ may sell out quickly. What was not expected was that Genie+ would cost a record-breaking $35 per person for the service.
For April 4 (today), Disney Genie+ is priced at $35 per guest at Disney World. The previous high was $29 per guest. (h/t @mahemphill93) pic.twitter.com/BAupMgmNZ1
— Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1) April 4, 2023
Disney Genie Plus has never reached this price; the previous record was $29. The previous record was during Memorial Day and Spring break weeks. $35 is an absolutely ridiculous price for Disney to be charging, and there is no doubt that Guests will not be happy about paying this price.