Disneyland Just Got a Whole Lot More Expensive, Again

The Guide to the Genie+ App

Disneyland Just Got a Whole Lot More Expensive, Again

Gabriel Salinas, Staff Writer

After evaluating pre-pandemic crowds, Disneyland has changed the way many guests now wait in line for rides.

Disneyland and its sister parks including: Disney World, Disney Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai, wanted every guest to have the option of changing their reservations and ride selection anytime. As well as keep the app’s maps up to date so everyone can see the wait time for certain attractions. Thus Genie+ was created to replace the old FastPass system.

Genie+ is not Disney+ for Aladdin content. Think of it as the Siri of Disneyland. 

This application was implemented on December 8, 2021. FastPass was those little slips of paper that were used to skip the line for the most popular attractions at the parks and they were free. But because of Genie+ they are no longer available to the guests. Genie+ is a downloadable app that can help people plan their trips to the park and make reservations for certain attractions.

There are two versions of Genie. Genie+ is a payment system that for $20 per day anyone can receive two “fast passes” (which are now called Lighting Lanes) on less popular rides including:

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • “It’s a Small World”
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Rides available at California Adventure include:

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania

However, some rides do have a different price point per day. The Rise of the Resistance ride at Disneyland can cost up to $20 on popular days. Other rides like Disney California Adventures’ Radiator Springs Racers and Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure can go from $7 to $20 a day. 

The other Genie feature is simply called Genie and is a detailed, up to date map of the park with wait times for all rides and recommendations for food and drinks as well as shorter forms of entertainment like shows or singers.

In order to make reservations for the rides, one has to wait until the park is open and then use the information on the ticket to create a reservation.

And definitely bring a back up phone battery or charger because guests are  on their phones making reservations on the app throughout the day.

So how should people take advantage of this? If you and your group of friends know you want to ride certain rides together, it might be a good idea to save up and plan which rides are worth the $20 price point and skip the line together. Or use the app to see which wait times are shorter and save your money.

Either way, Disneyland just got a whole lot more expensive.