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Aug 19, 2021

Would You Pay $20 To Skip The Line? Disneyland is Betting You Will

Disneyland is rolling out a new app titled Genie+. The app will let visitors skip the line, for a price.

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Disneyland is retiring the Maxpass to make way for a reservation system that gives riders access to a “lightning lane.” This new mobile app will debut this fall and will require users to pay additional fees to skip lines at Disneyland, California Adventure, and Walt Disney World (Florida). The app has a free and paid version called Disney Genie (free) Disney Genie+ (paid), this replaces the free Fastpass and $20/day digital Maxpass that allowed visitors to avoid long lines for rides. For $20 a day at Disneyland and $15 at Walt Disney World, on top of the price of admission, Disney Genie+ will let visitors make reservations at rides and skip long lines via the “lightning lane.” More than 15 rides at Disneyland, including Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, will be available for reservation through the paid app. But high-demand rides like Radiator Springs Racers at California Adventure and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park will cost riders an additional fee that will vary by date, attraction and park, Disney said. Specifics on pricing will be announced at a later date.

The free app does have its uses. Disney Genie, will help visitors plan out a personalized itinerary for their day, make reservations at restaurants and see forecasted wait times for rides. Disney Genie was first teased to audiences who attended D23 back in 2019.

“This service will soon be your new personal assistant to help you create your best Disney day,” Gary Daniels, vp digital experience at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a video announcing the app.