My Disney Experience, MagicBands, Disney Genie, and Lightning Lane Information

What is My Disney Experience?

My Disney Experience is the ultimate planning tool for your Walt Disney World vacation. This is where you can book Advance Dining Reservations, make Park Pass selections, use Mobile Order, find out theme park hours, look at the wait times for attractions, take advantage of online check-in, and so much more. My Disney Experience combines all of your vacation planning into one convenient location that's accessible from multiple electronic devices.

When planning a Walt Disney World vacation, you can use My Disney Experience on your computer, tablet, and your smartphone. With your preferred device, My Disney Experience allows you to share all the details you have coming up on your vacation with the friends and family members who are coming with you. As long as everyone in your party is connected to My Disney Experience, you’ll be able to make the vacation plans for them. When your party is all connected on My Disney Experience, the vacation plans can be shared amongst the group.

You can also customize your MagicBands using the My Disney Experience app. A MagicBand is a wearable device that you’ll use as your Resort hotel key, your park tickets (with valid park admission), and you can even charge purchases from merchandise and food locations. MagicBand 2 is sold throughout the parks and resort shops as well as on shopDisney. The newest version of MagicBand is the MagicBand+.

For the phone or tablet, you can get started by downloading the free app, and on the computer you can get started at

You will be required to set up an online account in order to use My Disney Experience. It's important that you use an email address that you check frequently, especially if you have an upcoming Disney vacation planned. Disney also uses this app to communicate important information to guests.

Disney Genie launched within the My Disney Experience app on October 19, 2021. Disney Genie is, in actuality, a three-pronged digital service that is comprised of one complimentary service: Disney Genie (which includes Virtual Queue), plus two ticket add-on services: Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane. Keep reading to learn how the service works.

My Disney Experience Details

When launching the My Disney Experience app, it’ll open up to a main screen of what's currently happening at Walt Disney World. You’ll find everything from theme park maps, attraction wait times and descriptions, character meet-and-greet locations, dining options, restroom locations, entertainment information, events, tours, PhotoPass cast members locations, guest services information, Resort hotel locations, recreation options, shopping, spa locations, and much more.

  • Your Account – In this section, you’ll find your profile information including your name, date of birth, the MagicBands and any cards that are linked to your account, your account settings, your contact information, communication preferences, payment methods, and if applicable, your Annual Passholder or Disney Vacation Club information. This is also where you'll find your friends and family lists.
  • Today’s Showtimes – Here you’ll find all the showtimes for entertainment such as fireworks, and nighttime spectaculars.
  • Park Hours & Information – The park information including the regular park hours, the Early Theme Park Entry, and which attractions and shows are under refurbishment.
  • My Tickets – In the My Tickets section of the My Disney Experience App, you’ll find all the tickets that are attached to your account. Each ticket will include important information such as when it expires and which days that ticket is valid for.
  • Buy Tickets – Buying park tickets is a fairly simple process on the My Disney Experience App. Step-by-step, you’ll select the number of days you’ll be vacationing, then the number of tickets, and finally the type of ticket (regular admission, Park Hopper, or Park Hopper Plus).
  • Annual Pass Blockouts – Here in the Annual Pass Blockouts section of the app, Annual Passholders can find which days are unavailable depending on which type of annual pass they have.
  • Linked Reservations – Here is where your linked dining and resort hotel reservations will be listed. Any plans that your linked friends and family have shared with you will also be viewable here.
  • Reserve Dining – Reservations at some Disney restaurants are a must which makes this section of the app important. After selecting your group size along with when and where you are planning to dine, you’ll be shown a list of available reservations at restaurants across Walt Disney World property.
  • Order Food – Use Disney's Mobile Order Service. to order food at the majority of your favorite Quick Service dining locations across Walt Disney World property. Utilizing Mobile Order will cut down on your wait time allowing you to skip the lines and instead heading to Mobile Order pick-up area.

    TIP: Be sure to click on "I'm here" within the My Disney Experience app when you've arrived at the restaurant.

  • Link Dining – If you or someone in your party has booked a dining reservation, but it isn’t showing up on your itinerary in the My Disney Experience app, you can link that reservation by using this tool. By simply plugging in your dining confirmation number and the last name on your reservation, it should automatically connect you to that reservation.
  • Link Hotel – Similar to the Link Dining tool, the Link Hotel tool will allow you or someone in your party to link your My Disney Experience app to your party’s Resort hotel reservation. Again, simply plug in the confirmation number and the last name on the reservation and then it should link your hotel reservation directly to your My Disney Experience app.
  • Buy Memory Maker – In order to enjoy your PhotoPass photos without a watermark, you’ll have to purchase Memory Maker which includes downloads of all the pictures and videos that were taken of you and your family. The current price of Memory Maker is $199, but that is subject to change at any time. If your Memory Maker account is not connected to your My Disney Experience app, this is where you’ll link it.
  • Find Photographer – PhotoPass cast members can be found throughout Walt Disney World property, but if you have trouble finding someone, the “Find Photographer” tool will show you directly on a map where they are located.
  • Link Photos – In order to link your photos, you’ll need to have your MagicBand scanned by the PhotoPass photographer. 
  • Shop Online – In case you missed buying something while visiting the Disney theme parks, you can visit this page and order the items you may have forgotten. This will send you directly to the shopDisney website.


MagicBands can be a fun way to interact with the My Disney Experience app as they are available in all sorts of designs, but they are not required. A MagicBand is a wristband with an embedded RFID chip that park guests can wear – if they choose – which links to their theme park tickets, resort room keys, dining reservations, PhotoPass photographs, payment option and much more. Guests will touch their bands to they contactless touchpoints that are located throughout the theme parks and resorts on turnstiles, cash registers and Lightning Lane scanners. The MagicBands are available in many different colors and designs that can include favorite Disney characters, theme parks, and more. MagicBands are able to be customized with snap-on charms, fabric covers, a watch face, and so much more.

The MagicBand+ is available now at Walt Disney World. This new version lights up, vibrates, and interacts based on where a guest is in the theme parks and what that guest is doing at the time. They interact with the golden Fab 50 statues that can be found throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Guests using MagicBand+ also have access to “play like a bounty hunter” throughout Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The MagicBands also illuminate and “complement the magic in the skies” during ECPOT’s Harmonious and Disney Enchantment in the Magic Kingdom.

Disney Resort hotel guests as well as new and renewing Walt Disney World Annual Passholders can purchase at a discounted, pre-arrival price. Current MagicBand 2 will continue to be available, too, along with the complimentary Disney MagicMobile service that extends MagicBand features, such as park entry, to smart devices.

Disney Genie

The park day optimizer will allow guests to input information regarding their must-do attractions for that day, their must-do dining experiences (whether it be signature/fine dining, character dining, counter service, or table service), as well as any “Enchanting Extras,” like building a lightsaber at Savi’s Handbuilt Lightsabers in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, that they’d like to do. Guests will also be able to input what they are most interested in, such as Disney princesses or villains or fireworks, etc. Disney Genie will then prepare an optimized plan for their day and, using data collected over the course of years coupled with realtime attraction wait times, will suggest that they arrive at certain attractions at specific times. When calculating your personalized itinerary, Disney Genie will take into account the guest’s desires, as well as any previously scheduled dining reservations, and proximity. Genie doesn’t want you to have to walk clear across the park for one attraction only to come all the way back for the next; it’s going to try to save you steps.

Disney Genie is also going to take current wait times into account. It knows how many guests it’s sending to a certain attraction at a certain time, and if there’s a potential overload, it’ll suggest a different time with a lower wait for you to head to the attraction. Disney Genie will also know if an attraction is down due to weather conditions, and will reorganize your itinerary accordingly. Guests can switch out and move around suggested attractions at any time. Disney Genie and its personalized itineraries are completely flexible. Guests get to be in control.

If a guest is wearing a MagicBand or has bluetooth enabled on their smartphone and rides an attraction that’s on the itinerary for later in the day, Genie will know that the attraction has already been ridden, and take it off of the list for later.

Guests who are planning to park hop that day can also input that information into Disney Genie, along with the park that they’re planning to hop to, the attractions and experiences that they’d like to enjoy, and the time that they plan to park hop. Disney Genie will then configure (or reconfigure) your itinerary.

Also included in the complimentary portion of Disney Genie will be a tip board and forecasted wait times. Guests will be able to look at a certain attraction for the course of the day and see, based on data gathered, which times might offer lower waits. A virtual assistant function is also available in the complimentary portion of the digital service which will allow guests to chat with a cast member. Have a question? Drop it in the virtual assistant and get an answer right away.

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My Disney Experience’s Mobile Order function will also be found in the complimentary portion of Disney Genie, as well as a restaurant tip board which will allow guests to look at available dining reservations and book them, to join a dining location’s walk up waitlist, or check in for your reservation. At the time of launch, Genie will only include in-park dining locations; out of park locations may be added in the future. If an attraction also has a Virtual Queue associated with it, you’ll find the spot to join that queue in the complimentary portion of Disney Genie as well.

The team behind Disney Genie has the goal of optimizing guests’ time and maximizing guests’ fun. Disney Genie is here to help walk guests through the process of navigating a park day.

Disney Genie+

Disney Genie+ is available for a per day, per guest price (currently ranging from $15-$29) that varies based on the date of your visit, and includes three additional options to what is already included in the complementary service. If you’ve heard the term “paid FastPass,” this, boiled down to its simplest form, is it. Essentially, a guest who purchases Genie+ is paying for the ability to be able to use Lightning Lanes (former FastPass queues) at attractions that have them in (listed below – subject to change at any time without notice) order to ride those attractions one time.

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A guest using Genie+ will input their must-do attractions for a day, and Genie+ will allow that guest access to the Lightning Lanes at those attractions, one at a time. Guests will be given the next available time to enjoy an attraction, and will have an hour in which to ride that attraction. Only one selection can be held at a time, with the exception being when a guest’s next selection time window is more than 120 minutes away. In that case, Disney Genie+ will allow a second selection to be held.

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Attractions (Subject to Change)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Alien Swirling Saucers
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
Dumbo the Flying Elephant Disney Jr. Play and Dance!
Haunted Mansion Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
"it's a small world" Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Jungle Cruise Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway
Mad Tea Party Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
Magic Carpets of Aladdin Muppet*Vision 3D
Mickey's PhilharMagic Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor See Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
Peter Pan's Flight Slinky Dog Dash
Pirates of the Caribbean Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue
See Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
See Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall Toy Story Mania
See Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall  
Space Mountain  
Splash Mountain  
The Barnstormer  
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh  
Tomorrowland Speedway  
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid  

Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane Attractions (Subject to Change)
Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King
Frozen Ever After DINOSAUR
Journey into Imagination with Figment Expedition Everest
Living with the Land It's Tough to be a Bug!
Mission Space – Green & Orange Kali River Rapids
Soarin' Around the World Kilimanjaro Safaris
Spaceship Earth Na'vi River Journey
Test Track The Animation Experience
The Seas with Nemo & Friends Feathered Friends in Flight!
Turtle Talk with Crush  

With the purchase of Genie+, guests also will be granted access to 20 augmented reality lenses starring some of our favorite Disney characters. And lastly, Disney Genie+ will offer guests “Audio Tales” that will show on their itinerary. If Genie+ knows you’ll be near Cinderella Castle with a few minutes to spare until your next available attraction time, it may recommend that you stop by and take a look at the castle mosaics. Hit the “Listen Now” button, and you’ll hear behind-the-scenes Imagineering details about those mosaics.

Individual Lightning Lane

The last of the three prongs of Disney Genie is Individual Lightning Lane. Essentially, this gives guests the option to make an à la carte reservation for up to two of the most popular attractions in a theme park, one at a time. Guests don’t have to purchase Disney Genie+ in order to be able to purchase Individual Lightning Lane selections. Each of the attractions in this category will have a certain price attached to it depending on the attraction and the day. Guests visiting during the holidays will likely experience higher attraction prices than they will be on a random Tuesday in March.

Guests can choose to modify a Lightning Lane selection without having to cancel and rebook their selection by quickly searching for and selecting other available attractions or arrival windows.

Individual Lightning Lane Attractions (Subject to Change)
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Avatar Flight of Passage

Also important to note is that a park’s up to two Individual Lightning Lane attractions are not accessible via Genie+. If you’d like to have Lightning Lane access to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance in addition to the other Lightning Lane attractions in the park, you need to purchase a Rise of the Resistance Individual Lighting Lane selection for each guest who wishes to ride, on top of Genie+. If your only goal for the day is to ride Rise, then you’d just purchase it without Genie+ and wait in standby lines for the rest of the day.

Guests staying at a Disney resort can purchase their first Individual Lightning Lane attraction selection starting at 7am day-of, and park day guests can do so when the park officially opens for the day. Disney Genie+ can be purchased in-app as either a one-day service on the day of use, or as a ticket add-on option for your length of stay. Guests may only ride a maximum of 2 different Individual Lightning Lane attractions each day.

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It’s important to note that either a standby line or Virtual Queue will be offered at each attraction. Guests who would rather not purchase Genie+ or Individual Lighting Lane selections will still have access to the attractions they’d like to ride.


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