It’s solely been three days since Disney Genie was launched at Walt Disney World, and we’ve already seen a big change in how a part of the system, designed to creating planning your day simpler, is functioning. It’s a change that’s going to be excellent news for these folks staying in Walt Disney World resort accommodations, however it’s a little bit of unhealthy information for everyone else. Entry to the Particular person Lightning Lane sights that may be bought via Disney Genie aren’t any apparently not being held for non-resort company.
It’s pretty widespread for Disney World so as to add some extra perks to these staying in its personal resort accommodations. Early or late entry to sure parks is a typical factor you may get for those who keep on property versus off. However with the launch of Disney Genie, resort company bought a brand new profit, early entry to the reservation programs for Disney Genie+ and Particular person Lightning Lanes. Whereas most of the people would want to attend till the parks opened, round 8 or 9 am, to make their first reservations, resort company might begin making reservations as early as 7.
Nonetheless, for the primary two days of Disney Genie, one thing fascinating was occurring. Resort company would make reservations for Particular person Lightning Lane sights, often filling up all of the earliest instances, that means that solely late within the day choices had been accessible for others. However then, at 9am, when the parks opened, a bunch of earlier reservation slots would develop into accessible once more.
It appeared that Disney World was holding a batch of reservation instances again from the resort company, in order that they didn’t hog all of the early time slots. Nonetheless, at the moment, in line with Weblog Mickey, that didn’t occur. Plainly all early reservations for Rise of Resistance, nonetheless the most well-liked attraction in all of Walt Disney World, had been taken by resort company, so anyone else trying to guide a slot needed to choose from later within the night instances solely.
On the one hand, that is excellent news for resort company. The final two days there have been nearly actually some who booked an Particular person Lightning Lane time for Rise of the Resistance later within the day than they wished to as a result of it’s what was accessible early, solely to see they might have booked one thing earlier if that they had waited. As soon as an ILL is booked, the time can’t be modified. If you happen to booked a Walt Disney World resort lodge particularly due to the accessible perks, it type of sucks for those who can’t really get them.
On the identical time, it was good to see Disney World not locking out the company that weren’t staying within the resorts. Giving them a shot at some respectable ILL instances was good to see. If you happen to ever stayed off property throughout the times of FastPass+ and by no means had an opportunity to get a FastPass for Flight of Passage or Seven Dwarfs Mine Practice, then you understand the sensation.
The issue is that it’s actually laborious to stability these two teams of individuals. It is smart that Disney World would need to supply perks with the intention to entice folks to remain on property, however the resort actually desires each visitor to really feel like they’re getting their cash’s price. However how precisely do you make everyone really feel particular and likewise make resort company really feel extra particular?
We’ll have to attend and see how issues go from right here. Maybe that is the brand new regular, or maybe Disney World will attempt issues this fashion for some time and attempt to discover a solution to stability issues out. Disney Genie is clearly going to be one thing that goes via modifications over time because the resort finds methods to enhance it. I actually imagine Disney desires to make a Disney World trip good for each single visitor. However how to try this is the problem.