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Ep. 193 - Deciphering Genie+ w/ Brooke McDonald

Disney Deciphered: a Disney World planning podcast

Release Date: 10/27/2021

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Disney Deciphered: a Disney World planning podcast

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Ep. 193 - Deciphering Genie+ w/ Brooke McDonald show art Ep. 193 - Deciphering Genie+ w/ Brooke McDonald

Disney Deciphered: a Disney World planning podcast

We check in with Brooke McDonald (@brookegmcdonald on IG and Twitter, a great follow for parks coverage!) who shares with us everything we need to know about using Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Individual Lightning Lane selections at Disney World. She was down at Disney World for the big unveiling and shares about the best ways to use Disney Genie to maximize your vacation.

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Episode Description

We check in with Brooke McDonald (@brookegmcdonald on IG and Twitter, a great follow for parks coverage!) who shares with us everything we need to know about using Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Individual Lightning Lane selections at Disney World. She was down at Disney World for the big unveiling and shares about the best ways to use Disney Genie to maximize your vacation.

Do you have any Genie+ tips to share? Let us know by e-mailing disneydeciphered AT gmail DOT com, messaging us on Twitter, or leaving a comment on our Facebook page!

Episode Notes

Don't forget to follow Brooke @brookegmcdonald on IG and Twitter! Also check out her super comprehensive Instagram story about Genie+.

2:20 - Quick Genie/Genie+/Lightning Lane recap

3:23 - A trick to keep the terminology straight

4:11 - Brooke's Day 1 experience

7:33 - Why you might want to book Genie+ Lightning Lanes before Individual Attraction Selections

10:37 - Strategies for Individual Lightning Lanes

13:11 - "Stacking" Lightning Lanes

16:15 - Stacking on half days

19:17 - Which Lightning Lanes are hardest to get?

20:39 - Hollywood Studios morning experience

22:21 - How important is early entry for on-site guests?

23:31 - Low priority Individual Attraction Selection Lightning Lanes

24:51 - What happens if an attraction goes down?

27:35 - What happens if you miss your Lightning Lane window?

28:58 - Is Genie+ worth it? Individual Lightning Lane purchases?

32:08 - Disney dos and don'ts

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