June 25, 2024

Genie+ Sells Out at 2024’s Highest Price, Just as the Founding Fathers Intended

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As a salute to all presidents…but mostly Americans George Washington and kinda Abraham Lincoln, the Multi-Park Genie+ has sold out again at Walt Disney World. Over the long weekend, Lightning Lane prices bounced around for

As a salute to all presidents…but mostly Americans George Washington and kinda Abraham Lincoln, the Multi-Park Genie+ has sold out again at Walt Disney World. Over the long weekend, Lightning Lane prices bounced around for Park Hopping, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Animal Kingdom, and Genie+ has now started selling out. This post covers all of that along with a conversation about why attendance is elevated.

For starters, let’s talk crowds. This is one of the busier stretches of the entire year at Walt Disney World. We’ve been warning readers about this for a while, with the current week being on our list of the 10 Worst Weeks at Walt Disney World in 2024 & 2025. More recently, we discussed trends in Winter Crowds Heat Up at Walt Disney World as Worst Weeks Arrive.

Nevertheless, it’s still likely catching some tourists and locals by surprise. Pretty much everyone knows that Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve are busy travel times. Fewer are aware that Presidents’ Day coincides with mid-winter breaks for a lot of school districts, and there’s also runDisney’s Princess Half Marathon, youth sporting events at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and more on top of all that. It makes this week a recipe for crowd-tastrophe.

For those keeping score at home, wait times are actually down year-over-year for the week of Presidents’ Day (etc.) thus far. Obviously, we’re only a few days into what will be a busy week, but usually it’s fairly front-loaded and the worst crowds occur over the long weekend up until midweek.

With that said, lower crowds this year was to be expected. Last year had all of the above, plus Mardi Gras the exact same week. Mardi Gras did not coincide with Presidents’ Day in 2024, effectively diluting the crowds (to some degree) over the course of two weeks instead of consolidating them into a single week.

In any case, crowd levels have been 9/10 across the entirety of Walt Disney World thus far this week, after a 7/10 average last week for Mardi Gras. It’ll be interesting to see whether crowds get better or worse for the rest of the week. Normally, “better” would be the easy prediction, but wet weather over the weekend could’ve kept some locals at home, whereas the forward-looking forecast is sunny with mild temperatures (albeit some lows in the 40s).

But this is a post about Genie+ prices and sell outs, not a crowd/weather forecast.

Here are the prices for Genie+ at Walt Disney World for February 18, 2024:

  • Multiple Parks (valid with Park Hopper tickets): $35
  • Magic Kingdom: $35
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: $32
  • EPCOT: $28
  • Animal Kingdom: $25

For reference, prices were identical on Sunday and slightly lower ($29 max) on Saturday (despite that day being busier than Sunday). Prices hit $27 on Friday and were $25 for a few days prior to that. The previous long weekend was in the $27 to $29 range.

The current (Feb. 18-19) prices are the highest they’ve been thus far in 2024. However, they’re on par with the peak of last year’s Thanksgiving week, which was busier than the last couple of days. All-time highs for Genie+ occurred around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, when prices peaked at $39.

In terms of crowds, Presidents’ Day weekend doesn’t even hold a candle to the week between Christmas and NYE, which was next-level bonkers to an extent that had not been seen since at least 2019. (Assuming, for the sake of argument, that Genie+ is “worth” its current $35 price point…it probably would’ve been “worth” $50-60 during the heart of the holiday season.)

Nevertheless, the Genie+ “Multi-Park” option has sold out for February 19, 2024. In perusing wait times, I’m actually slightly surprised by this. They’re bad, to be sure, but they don’t seem that bad. I’m not going to complain about Walt Disney World setting caps on sales, though–that’s exactly what they should be doing to ensure those paying $35 have ample Lightning Lane inventory available.

With better weather the next couple of days and crowds last year not peaking until Tuesday, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Genie+ sell out 2-3 more times this week. Youth events and the runDisney race this weekend shouldn’t have as much of an impact on crowds as the current holiday long weekend, but they’ll certainly keep numbers elevated.

Attendance should drop sharply starting on Monday (February 26), leading into a relatively quiet final four days (including the bonus Leap Day!) of February 2024. At least, as compared to the above-trend crowds thus far this winter.

Then there should be a slow start to March (relatively speaking) before the spring break crowds arrive in full force a couple weeks later. That’ll be the next big test of Genie+ at Walt Disney World, and it’s safe to predict a return to $35 or even $39 price points, with a new record above the $40 barrier not being out of the question.

If you have questions about the basics of using–or not using–the paid FastPass service, see our Guide to Genie+ at Walt Disney World & Lightning Lane FAQ for all of the foundational need-to-know info. This whole system is confusing and convoluted, so you might have a question or two-dozen. That answers all of the most common ones we’ve been receiving from readers.

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YOUR THOUGHTS

What do you think of Genie+ prices and availability at Walt Disney World during the long weekend of Presidents’ Day? Disappointed that the cost is once again over $30, or do you see upside from a lowered demand/better inventory perspective? Will you purchase Genie+ or is the current per day cost too expensive for you? Do you agree or disagree with my assessment? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!

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