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Disney Genie, Genie+ officially introduced along with confirmed details of how it will work

Jeff4272

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Not necessarily. So many people think rope drop is best, it ends up not being best. You really have to be at the front of the wave, not the back or you get 90 min or 2 hr waits. Now that resort guests have EE, you are more likely going to end up in the back half.

I find the “do it at closing” works better. Or in some cases like at Harry Potter and FOP, lunchtime. There will be a long wait, but you hit a temporary valley point. If you zigged while rope droppers zagged and got stuck in 2 hr waits and knocked off 3 or 4 things before their wait times rose, you have bought yourself the ability to stand in 1 60 minute line. I’m okay with 10, 10, 10, 60. Others hate the 60 so much they would rather do 10, 20, 30, 40. Even though their total is 100 min and mine is only 90.
I did Harry Porter at closing at Hollywood Studios my last trip and didnt wait at all
 

Andrew C

You know what's funny?
It is not different than FP really when it comes to making decisions...you got a FP for an attraction you thought was worth it. Sometimes the short queue didn't make it worth it. Difference is that you have to pay now...which hopefully means that LL queue won't be as long as FP queues, and won't destroy standby lines at the same time...
 

Ripken10

Well-Known Member
Just thinking about how we keep seeing drops of inventory for the Genie+ selections, I am wondering if Disney is releasing inventory based on purchases, and everytime the total genie+ purchases reaches a predetermined level, a % of inventory is released that people can select from. If true, it is likely something we will see happen more often early on, and level off in the coming days. There is some reasons this would make sense and be beneficial, but certainly would look odd to us following on a day like today.
 

disneygeek90

Premium Member
RotR is down, now we start to find out what they do you the ILL people 😆. Really need another acronym View attachment 594454
As of about an hour ago, the site that shall not be named reported skipping the preshows was happening. That was bad enough when you were entering standby or BG's for free. Even more inexcusable on the first day that they're charging some $10/pp.
 

hopemax

Well-Known Member
All of the current wait times in HS are lower than the return times for Genie+..........


Not much of a value here other than SDD
If you book a time 2 hours away, you are betting that the line will be longer than you want to wait *then*. Not what it is at booking time. At booking time you may be on the other side of the park, or in a different park entirely. A 5 minute wait at Everest, to use an example from earlier, does you no good if you are in Pandora. You book the time further out so that by the time you finish Pandora and head that direction for your noon window, you won’t have to wait in a 45 minute line when you get there at 12:30.
 

Jeff4272

Well-Known Member
If WDW did "drops" of Genie+ availability throughout the day i think it would function much more efficiently

But ideally, they should let you pick your return times for Genie+ and that would solve all of it
 

Waters Back Side

Well-Known Member
Unless you want to stack for later and ride standby early. I'm waiting to see if these are exclusive windows like FP or if you could have a 2pm and a 2:30. Even if I was able to pick up a 2p, 3p, 4p, etc. that could be a preferred option for some.

This is my intention. Grab SDD first. Then Smugglers 2nd. Theu will probably be for later in the day and much later in the day. I checked at 11am and SDD was available for 7:10pm. I would not have thought twice and booked it. Then I'd find something I can do standby for at park arrival at noon and book Smugglers at 1pm for sometime later in the day. Now I have teo SDD and Smugglers and I'll ride standby until its time for the earliest of the two or when I can book again in 120 minutes. Not to mention sometime during the day I will have MMRR booked via ILL.
 

dothebrdwalk

Well-Known Member
As of about an hour ago, the site that shall not be named reported skipping the preshows was happening. That was bad enough when you were entering standby or BG's for free. Even more inexcusable on the first day that they're charging some $10/pp.
At what point is it ok to demand your money back? Like yes you got on the "ride" but you missed half of the experience....
 

MickeyLuv'r

Well-Known Member
Blaze's popularity baffles me. It has locations all over the country, although I guess it's mostly in big cities so people from smaller areas don't have regular access to it. Regardless, it's mediocre pizza -- not bad, but certainly nothing special. Pizza Ponte is dramatically better QS pizza at Disney Springs, and there are multiple QS places there that have better food overall.

To be fair, there's one like 2 minutes from me, so it's certainly not a novelty for me. I also haven't been there in years because I can get much better pizza from other places nearby.

The DDP really screwed up Disney's food quality, but I don't expect to see that change.
I gave Blaze as an example mostly because it is an example of fast casual dining that would be known among people who post here. Near me there are plenty of fast casual places, but most are only local.

One of the best serves salads. Traditional QS salads are boring or worse, but the place near me sources all produce locally, rotating seasonal produce options, and all the produce is just excellent! At WDW, if you want something like quality tomatoes, you likely have to go to a signature dining place, where you're going to pay out the nose, and it takes 2 hours to eat. The thought of paying WDW prices for a mediocre salad is now somewhat unappealing to me.

I used to eat more TS at WDW, and food was part of the fun of visiting. but the prices are now so crazy, and ADR's are such a hassle. I'm perfectly capable of figuring out how to use DDP, Genie+, FP+, ADR's; I just find it annoying that I can't simply eat what I want when I'm hungry, like I do in the real world.

I worry that Genie+ will just be more of the same from WDW: something more complicated/less enjoyable than it should be.

(It is a step in the right direction that WDW has added/brought back walk-up availability at TS.)
 

rmclain73

Member
Found this tip on another thread. I tried it and it worked for me as well. I kept seeing only 2:25pm time open, but after doing this "trick" a few times I was given a 1:10pm.

"I found a pseudo way to refresh!!! For a given attraction...

Say Rockin Roller Coaster at HS. At the moment 11:49am, it had the LL availability at 2:15pm. This is further out than I want. I clicked the "Book Experience" button, but instead of booking it, I backed out of that screen by hitting the little "x" in top left corner. When the previous screen came back with all the LL attractions and times, RnRC had bumped down to a 12:15pm availability! So you can bounce back and forth by clicking the "Book Experience" button, then back back out and see if the time changed to a better option. It could go longer or shorter, but it does appear to be working like refresh did. It appears to adjust the return window based on guests cancelling and windows opening up.

Once you find a time that you like, THEN book it. You can't refresh then after you actually booked it, but instead you refreshed before you booked it.

Dan"
 

JAB

Well-Known Member
A question about stacking LL that I don't recall being discussed yet...

Given the following hypothetical situation...

9am: Book LL for 11:30am
11am: Book 2nd LL for 2pm

When you tap into LL #1 @ 11:30, can you immediately book another LL, or because you still have LL #2, do you have to wait until 1pm to book another LL?

If you're allowed to book immediately, then would you be able to book another at 1:30pm, stacking 3 LLs?
 
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GhostHost1000

Premium Member
A question about stacking LL that I don't recall being discussed yet...

Given the following hypothetical situation...

9am: Book LL for 11:30am
11am: Book 2nd LL for 2pm

When you tap into LL #1 @ 11:30, can you immediately book another LL, or because you still have LL #2, do you have to wait until 1pm to book another LL?

If you're allowed to book immediately, then would you be able to book another at 1pm, stacking 3 LLs?
Good question and that is just confusing. They need a countdown counter or something in the app for people to know when they do can what
 

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