In less than a month, the lineup of Disney Genie+ offerings will change substantially following a nearly 6-month period where certain attractions were moved from the pay-per-ride a la carte Individual Lightning Lane offering into the flat rate Disney Genie+ bucket of attractions. Disney has previously “demoted” certain attractions into the Genie+ bucket of attractions during high crowd times as a way to spread demand across the Genie+ pool, thereby adding some value to the offering. Let’s take a look at the most recent changes, and why we think Disney should keep them.
From February 25, 2022 to August 7, 2022, the following attractions were added to the Disney Genie+ flat-rate offering instead of being pay-per-ride Individual Lightning Lane offerings:
- Frozen Ever After
- Space Mountain
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Expedition Everest (since April 16th)
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (since May 31st)
By adding some of the most in-demand attractions from each park into the regular Genie+ pool, Disney spread out demand within the Genie+ product and, in effect, allowed guests to experience more attractions than they normally would with the Genie+ offering. Disney did the same thing over the Christmas 2021 holiday period to great success.
However, the Christmas 2021 change was quite limited – only lasting two weeks. This most recent change will have been in place for more than five months by the time it is scheduled to change again, which makes the reversal of policy a tough pill to swallow for guests who have utilized Genie+ since February.
Disney said that they made the adjustment in February to “give Guests more options as we prepare for a busy spring and summer season.” While there is little doubt that August into September is a traditionally slower time of the year, there will be days and weeks at the end of September and into October that will be busier than some weeks during the February to August period that Genie+ was modified for.
The question is: will Disney add these attractions back into Genie+? The answer is probably yes (at least for the 2022 holiday season), but we think the real question is: should Disney take these attractions away from Genie+ in August? To that, we think the answer should be no.
For more than five months, guests have been used to having Frozen Ever After and Runaway Railway as Genie+ options. Removing those attractions from the Genie+ pool will, in effect, devalue the Genie+ offering – especially at EPCOT where we think it’s a good buy right now.
Don’t even get us started on Expedition Everest, which is already not a popular option as a Genie+ attraction. Putting it back to an Individual Lightning Lane attraction offering reeks of desperation or denial, I can’t figure out which. Having Runaway Railway as a solid option at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a win for a park that is already difficult to navigate and find value at for Genie+, and with TRON no doubt demanding to be an Individual Lightning Lane when it opens later this year or early next year makes it tough to say that Space Mountain should be pay-per-ride now.
Ultimately, we’d love for Disney to keep the “demoted” attractions in the Genie+ bucket permanently as a way to add value to a product that they have already faced so much backlash from. Genie+ isn’t going away and is essentially baked into every Parks division earnings report until the end of time, but it doesn’t have to be a bad product. Disney will continue to change the Genie+ offering in the months and years ahead, but perhaps they can start with a change by removing the asterisk on their website that makes these five attractions return to a pay-per-ride model in early August.
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