Is Disney’s FastPass Worth It? (Costs & Tips)

Any Disney-goer can confirm that waiting in line for your favorite attractions is by far the worst part of an otherwise magical experience.

The good news is that there’s a way to bypass the line on some of the most high-demand attractions, but it will come at a cost. 

Disney’s FastPass was replaced by Genie+, a paid service that allows guests to bypass the lines on certain attractions at each park, and individual Lightning Lane purchases. Genie+ costs $15 per guest (plus tax), and individual Lightning Lane passes range between $7 and $15 per guest, on average.   

Disney FastPass Cost in 2022

First off, it’s important to note that Disney’s FastPass+ system (AKA free FastPasses) was replaced last year with a brand new system known as Genie+.

Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance is a paid service that allows guests to use the FastPass lanes at select attractions across the various Disney parks. 

Genie+ costs $15 per person, per day and it’s good for unlimited uses all day long, even if you hop to a different park. 

In addition, Disney offers individual Lightning Lane purchases for their most popular attractions.

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These are available on a limited basis and the price fluctuates based on demand. The individual Lightning Lane selections could be anywhere from $4 to $20 each. 

Disney’s NEW FastPass Pricing

Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance$15 per person, per day
Individual Lightning Lane EntranceVaries, $4 to $20 each

What is Disney’s Genie+?

Guests can access the Genie+ service through the My Disney Experience app, where they can go to plan their day and manage all their reservations.

Within the Genie+ platform, there are two options for purchase if you want to bypass an attraction’s queue using a FastPass Lane. 

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Entrance costs $15 per person, per day.

With this service, you can choose the next available arrival window for the Lightning Lane entrance at the attraction of your choosing. 

You’re only able to use the Lightning Lane Entrance once per attraction, per day.

On average, most guests can use the Lightning Lane Entrance on two to three attractions per day, depending on how early you make your first selection. 

Also, you can only make one selection at a time and you cannot make another one until you’ve used the previous selection, or after 120 minutes (whichever comes first). So, you’ll want to be strategic with your time selections as much as possible. 

What’s Included With Genie+?

With your purchase of Genie+ Lightning Lane access, you’ll be able to bypass the standby queue on some of your favorite attractions.

Still, not everything is eligible for this perk. Knowing which rides and attractions are included will help you decide if the $15 price per person is worth it. 

Magic Kingdom Genie+ Lightning Lane Attractions:

  • The Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain 
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “It’s a small world”
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • See Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • See Mickey at Town Square Theater
  • See Princess Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid 

EPCOT Genie+ Attractions:

  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Journey into the Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission Space
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
  • Soarin’
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Test Track
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Genie+ Attractions:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
  • Disney Jr. Dance Party
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Rock n’ Rollercoaster 
  • See Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Tower of Terror

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Genie+ Attractions:

  • The Animation Experience
  • Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King
  • Expedition Everest
  • Feathered Friends in Flight
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Na’vi River Journey

So, if you’re able to get the timing right, you can potentially see and do more during your day at the park than you would if you didn’t use Genie+.

If you’re looking to do as much as you can in a day, it might be a good investment. 

Still, you should keep in mind that the offerings are subject to change with demand, and if a ride or attraction is closed due to weather or technical difficulty, you may not get to use your selection. 

What Are Individual Lightning Lane Purchases?

Since Lightning Lane access isn’t available with every attraction with Genie+, there’s another option to snag a FastPass for the most popular rides and attractions. 

For those attractions with the highest demand, Disney may offer an Individual Lightning Lane Entrance.

These are single-entry passes to use the Lightning Lane for a specific attraction at your selected return time. 

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These selections are not always available, as Disney limits the number of Lightning Lane entries for each attraction.

The price fluctuates depending on demand, but typically they’re between $7 and $15. However, they’ve been offered for as low as $4 and as much as $20. 

You can purchase up to two Individual Lightning Lane passes per day, and only once per attraction.

So, you can’t buy access to your favorite ride twice. Buying the Genie+ service isn’t required to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane Entrance pass. 

The attractions offered as Individual Lightning Lane entries include: 

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Frozen Ever After (available with Genie+ 5/31/22-8/7/22)
  • Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (available with Genie+ 5/31/22-8/7/22)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (available with Genie+ 5/31/22-8/7/22)
  • Avatar Flight of Passage

These limited passes go fast, so if you see an attraction you have your heart set on make sure you snag it while you can.

Normal guests can purchase Genie+ and Lightning Lane Entrances starting when the park opens. 

So, for the most in-demand rides and attractions (like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Rise of the Resistance), having the ability to look for Lightning Lane availability earlier can mean the difference between cruising through the line or having to wait in the standby queue. 

Other Ways to Bypass the Standby Line at Disney

Believe it or not, Disney parks need you to spend some time waiting in line. It helps with crowds and keeps the traffic flowing throughout the property.

Still, there are some ways you can avoid spending too much time waiting in line, so you have more time to eat Dole Whips and Mickey pretzels. 

In addition to Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane purchases, you can also spring for park tours and VIP experiences.

These range in price quite a bit, from $125 per person to thousands of dollars, depending on when you visit. 

VIP and park tours typically include a set number of Lightning Lane (FastPass) attraction entries.

If you purchase a VIP tour especially, you can expect to be able to ride pretty much whatever you want while you’re visiting that day. 

If you’re a true Disney addict, you might even be privy to the mysterious Club 33, which is said to come with a number of added Lightning Lane entries for the most in-demand rides and attractions.

But, you’ll be paying tens of thousands of dollars just to join this exclusive club. 

The Bottom Line 

When the free FastPass+ system went away only to be replaced by a system that makes you pay for the same services, plenty of people were upset by the change. Still, there are pros and cons to both methods of skipping the line. 

If you’re going to Disney (or any theme park, really) you should expect to spend a good amount of time waiting in line. It’s just part of the experience, really.

The good thing is that Disney has spent millions of dollars developing immersive, visually-enthralling queues with interactive games and activities to help you pass the time. 

Still, for those who want to skip the line, the option is there – for a price. Whether or not it’s worth it really depends on what you want to do with your day.

If you’re someone who visits Disney frequently, you may not feel the need to “get it all in” during a single visit. In that case, waiting in line is no big deal. 

On the other hand, if you’re going on a once in a lifetime Disney vacation, you probably don’t want to spend a lot of time standing in a queue. 

Plus, nothing at Disney is cheap. If you’re already spending $100+ just to get in the door, what’s another $15 to skip the lines?

If you can fit it into your budget, we definitely recommend giving these FastPass-like options a try, just so you have more time to enjoy all that the happiest place on Earth has to offer. 

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