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2024 Lightning Lane Tips for Off-Site Guests

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World in 2024 and staying at a vacation rental or offsite? Get ready for an exciting change to the park’s queue-skipping system! Starting July 24, 2024, Disney World is introducing the new Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Lightning Lane Single Pass, replacing the previous Genie+ and individual Lightning Lane services. This comprehensive guide will walk you through everything you need to know about these new passes to help you make the most of your magical vacation.

What’s New: Lightning Lane Multi Pass and Single Pass

The Lightning Lane Multi Pass replaces the Genie+ service, while the Lightning Lane Single Pass takes over for individual Lightning Lane entries. The most significant change? You can now purchase these passes and make selections days in advance of your arrival, giving you more time to plan your perfect Disney day.

When Can You Purchase Lightning Lane Passes?

As a vacation home guest, you can purchase Lightning Lane passes and choose experiences up to 3 days in advance of your park visit. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Guests with date-based theme park tickets can purchase 3 days before the first day of their ticket, for the total number of valid admission days on their ticket.
  • Guests with other ticket types can purchase 3 days before their park visit.
  • Annual Passholders can purchase 3 days before their park visit.

Remember, you’ll need valid theme park admission before purchasing any Lightning Lane passes.

How to Purchase and Use Lightning Lane Passes

  1. Download the latest My Disney Experience app
  2. Connect everyone in your travel group on your Family & Friends list
  3. Use the “My Day” feature to save your group’s top attraction picks
  4. Open the Lightning Lane Passes section in the app
  5. Select your date and theme park
  6. Choose either a Multi Pass, Single Pass, or both
  7. For Multi Pass, select up to 3 experiences and arrival windows
  8. For Single Pass, choose an arrival window
  9. Complete your purchase and receive confirmation

Prices vary by date, theme park, and attraction, so check the app for current rates.

Lightning Lane Multi Pass: What’s Included?

The Multi Pass allows you to choose up to 3 experiences per theme park. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Magic Kingdom: Choose 1 from popular rides like Space Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and 2 from other attractions
  • EPCOT: Select 1 from top rides like Frozen Ever After or Soarin’, and 2 from other experiences
  • Hollywood Studios: Pick 1 from favorites like Slinky Dog Dash or Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and 2 from other options
  • Animal Kingdom: Choose any 3 from available attractions

After redeeming your first selection, you can make additional choices throughout the day, one at a time.

Lightning Lane Single Pass: Premium Attractions

Some of Disney’s most popular rides are only available through the Single Pass:

  • Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and TRON Lightcycle / Run
  • EPCOT: Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
  • Hollywood Studios: Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Animal Kingdom: Avatar Flight of Passage

Tips for Maximizing Your Lightning Lane Experience

  1. Plan ahead: Purchase passes as early as possible (3 days in advance) for the best selection
  2. Be flexible: You can modify your selections in the app before your arrival window
  3. Mix and match: Consider combining Multi and Single Passes for the ultimate Disney day
  4. Park Hop strategically: After using your first Multi Pass selection, you can choose experiences in other parks (with valid Park Hopper admission)
  5. Keep checking: Even if an experience is unavailable initially, keep checking for newly released times throughout the day

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use both Multi and Single Passes on the same day? Yes!
  • Are standby lines still available? Absolutely, for most attractions.
  • Can I ride an attraction multiple times with the Multi Pass? No, it’s limited to once per day per attraction.
  • How do I redeem my Lightning Lane selection? Use your MagicBand, Disney MagicMobile pass, or linked ticket at the Lightning Lane entrance during your arrival window.

By understanding and utilizing the new Lightning Lane system, you’ll be well-equipped to create unforgettable memories at Walt Disney World. Remember to stay flexible, plan ahead, and most importantly, have a magical time during your stay at your Global Vacation Rentals property!

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