Disney World Allocates Up to 93% Of Ride Capacity to Lightning Lane

    With the reintroduction of a skip-the-line offering, many guests are wondering how many guests are allowed to go through the Lightning Lane versus a traditional standby queue. It’s no secret that a skip-the-line pass will slow down the traditional standby queue, so just how much does Lightning Lane affect standby? We’ll dive in.

    Any attraction that has a Lightning Lane queue will have a “ratio” that Cast Members will need to maintain between the number of standby guests let into the attraction and the amount of Lightning Lane guests. There are three phases for each attraction that depend on the amount of Lightning Lane demand.

    Phase One

    Phase one is considered the normal operating phase for an attraction. This phase is enacted when there is normal to light demand for the attraction. Normal operating procedure calls for a 1:4 ratio of standby guests to Lightning Lane guests. That means if a Cast Member lets a family of four through the standby line, they should let up to 16 people through from the Lightning Lane queue.

    Phase Two

    When there is elevated demand, an attraction moves into phase two of the Lightning Lane merge schedule. This phase is meant to work hard to prevent stage three, but does have a more extreme ratio in some cases than all of phase three. In phase two the ratio varies from 1:14 to 20:90. This means that the standby queue has anywhere from 7% to 22% of the Lightning Lane. If we use the example of a family of four from phase one, the amount of guests allowed to enter through Lightning Lane jumps from 16 to 56 guests.

    Phase Three

    In a worst-case scenario, an attraction will be met with nearly overwhelming demand from the Lighting Lane and move to phase three. In phase three, ratios range from 1:10 to 1:5. Using the same example of a family of four from the standby queue, Cast Members would let 40 guests in through the Lightning Lane queue in a phase three scenario.

    In total, anywhere from 75% to 93% of capacity at an attraction is devoted to Lightning Lane guests if Cast Members are running ratios correctly and if there is a constant flow of Lightning Lane users. Both of those variables are rarely met for a full day of operations at all attractions, but some of the most popular attractions covered by Disney Genie+ such as Slinky Dog Dash or Jungle Cruise could see a significant portion of their daily capacity met by guests using Lightning Lanes.

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