Changes to Walt Disney World Vacations

I always say the only constant at Walt Disney World is change. I know a lot of people don’t like change, but with a company as large as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, it really is inevitable. In this post I’m going to share a few changes that have recently been made and some that are on the horizon.

First, let’s talk about the new Genie system. This is replacing FastPasses at all Disney parks.

Disney Genie is a complimentary service to all guests with vacation packages, tickets, or annual passes. You can access this service through your My Disney Experience app by visiting the Disney Genie Service on your home page or visiting the “Tip Board” or “My Day” on the menu page. 

The “Tip Board” option is more generalized with current ride wait times, show times, forecasted wait times for rides and dining options with next available mobile order windows and restaurants with walk-up lists available.

The “My Day” option is more personalized with live updates throughout the day based on your favorite rides, enchanting extras, and personal dining reservations.

Genie+ is an additional service available for purchase within Disney Genie! 

LIGHTING LANE ATTRACTIONS- At a price of $15 per ticket per day (plus tax), gain flexible access to expedited lines at over 40 attractions. Unlike FastPasses, you do not have to make your choices months in advance. This new system will give you day-of planning capabilities to access the Lightning Lane at your favorite rides and attractions.

All guests have the ability to begin their selection of Lightning Lane attractions beginning at 7:00 AM and you can only ride each Lightning Lane attraction ONCE per day.

There are individual attractions available for purchase too! This service will allow you to purchase and reserve a specific ride time for the two most popular attractions inside each park not included with Disney Genie+.

Onsite DISNEY RESORT GUESTS can access Individual attraction selections beginning at 7:00 AM on each day of your park visit. Guests not staying at a Disney Resort will have the option to purchase individual attractions at the time of park open.

One of my favorite changes is the brand new Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot. I was fortunate enough to ride this attraction twice during my last visit and it is so fun! It’s definitely a Must-Do for me now. And while in the France pavilion, be sure to try out the brand new Creperie! They have sweet and savory crepes that are absolutely delicious!

Next up, let’s talk about extra time in the parks! All onsite Disney Resort guests receive 30 minute early park admission. This may not sound like a lot, but it makes getting some of the most popular attractions out of the way super convenient. It also allows for some great photos without a ton of people in the background.

Taken last month at Animal Kingdom during early admission.

WDW recently announced Extended Evening Hours for guests of Disney Deluxe Resorts. This perk provides guests with an additional 2 hours after posted closing times to enjoy Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Hours and availability vary based on date.

Lastly, Disney announced earlier this year that it’s complimentary Magical Express service between Orlando International Airport and Disney Resorts is being discontinued for 2022. Guests will now need to find their own transportation to and from the airport. Transportation between the parks and resorts is still complimentary.

We do work with multiple vendors who will be offering shuttle service. This is a service I provide to my clients so that they are not stressing themselves out trying to figure out their transportation.

With fireworks and Meet & Greets returning, new entertainment, tasty treats specially designed for the 50th Anniversary and more attractions opening, 2022 is going to be a great time to visit Walt Disney World!

Contact me for a No-Obligation Quote or to learn more about my complimentary, expert planning services!

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