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What Happens when Genie + Lightning Lane Rides Go Down

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The Nerds are HUGE fans of Disney’s Lightning Lane access via Genie+ (we know, we know, much easier to say paid FastPass).

Are you a huge fan of Disney’s lightning lane access?

The Nerds are HUGE fans of Disney’s lightning lane access via Genie+ (we know, we know, much easier to say paid FastPass).

But what happens when the ride you’ve reserved goes down?

We’ve all experienced it on the old FastPass system in the pre MaxPass or Genie+ days.

You crisscrossed Disneyland 37 times to secure multiple FastPasses.

Exhausted, you drag your body to the queue only to find the ride is offline (hopefully before you’ve turned in your FastPass).

But now that theme parks are firmly in the Digital Age, what happens when you have a Genie+ lightning lane reservation and the ride goes down?

In short – it’s probably the best thing that will happen, especially if the closure occurs early in the day.

But now that theme parks are firmly in the Digital Age, what happens when you have a Genie+ lightning lane reservation and the ride goes down?

READ MORE: The Ultimate Guide to Individual Lightning Lane Rides

We just blew your minds, didn’t we?

Let us explain. We had entered Disneyland prior to the 9am official park opening and purchased Genie+.

We were able to make a Lightning Lane reservation for Space Mountain at 9:05am; five minutes after the park’s official opening time.

The ride broke down prior to opening, triggering a notification in the Disneyland app that my Lightning Lane reservation could not be honored.

Instead, we could return to any of the listed attractions at any point that day, including Space Mountain!

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But wait, there’s more! The BONUS was that this closure triggered our Genie+ to allow us to book another reservation immediately.

So, not only did we have a sort of Super Lightning Lane pass, we also snagged a 9:05am Matterhorn Lightning Lane reservation through Genie+ so, no harm no foul because we came out ahead (way ahead!).

This got the Nerd’s brain churning about how this pass might be used throughout the day.

Clicking on the “Find out where you can go” link on the Multiple Experiences passes revealed “A Whole New World” of possibilities because the Nerd quickly learned this pass could be used at either Disneyland OR Disney California Adventure.

AND the options went way beyond normal Genie+ Lightning Lane options – a huge benefit!

The Options for Your Cancelled Lightning Lane Reservation

The Disneyland options to use the Multiple Experiences pass include:

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As you can see from the pictures, the options include nearly every attraction in Disneyland with the exception of Peter Pan and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (which is only available through the Individual Lightning Lane at an additional cost).

Also, some attractions were missing from the digital list in the screenshots, like Haunted Mansion, because they were not open the day we were visiting the park.

This Multiple Experience pass extended to Disney California Adventure:

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Once again, you can see from the Nerd’s screenshots that nearly every attraction in Disney California Adventure is available with the exception of the two separately charged Individual Lightning Lane attractions: Radiator Springs Racers and WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure.

The Multiple Experiences pass is a great value for anyone visiting Disneyland Resort.

Not only do you have access to nearly every attraction in the parks, but you can also use the pass at Disney California Adventure.

This opens up a wealth of possibilities, especially if you are looking to experience attractions that are only available in one of the parks.

If your Lightning Lane reservation at Disney California Adventure was cancelled due to the addition of more attractions, you can use your Multiple Experience pass to visit 43 different attractions between the two parks for the rest of the day.

We call that a HUGE win…and it leaves extra time to snack on a Mickey Pretzel.

The next time you see a notification that an experience is cancelled, don’t fret and instead, rejoice!

Your day just got a whole lot better.

Frequently asked questions about Lightning Lane at Disneyland

What is lightning lane?

Lightning Lane is a digital reservation system that allows guests to skip the regular line at certain popular attractions at Disneyland.

How do I make a lightning lane reservation?

You can make a lightning lane reservation by using the Disneyland app or by visiting a kiosk in the park.

What happens if the ride I have a lightning lane reservation for goes down?

If the ride you have a lightning lane reservation for goes down, you will be given a Multiple Experience pass that allows you to choose from any of the other experiences available that day.

Can I use my lightning lane reservation more than once?

No, lightning lane reservations are only good for one use.

What if I don’t want to use my lightning lane reservation?

If you don’t want to use your lightning lane reservation, you can cancel it and receive a Multiple Experience pass that allows you to choose from any of the other experiences available that day.

How do I cancel my lightning lane reservation?

You can cancel your lightning lane reservation by using the Disneyland app or by visiting a kiosk in the park.

What is the Multiple Experience pass?

The Multiple Experience pass is a digital pass that allows guests to choose from any of the other experiences available that day.

How do I use my Multiple Experience pass?

You can use your Multiple Experience pass by using the Disneyland app or by visiting a kiosk in the park.

Do I need a lightning lane reservation to use the Multiple Experience pass?

No, you do not need a lightning lane reservation to use the Multiple Experience pass.

How many experiences can I choose with the Multiple Experience pass?

With the Multiple Experience pass, you can choose from any of the other experiences available that day.

Final thoughts on Lightning Lane

Lightning Lane is a great way to skip the regular line at certain popular attractions at Disneyland.

However, it is important to keep in mind that lightning lane reservations are only good for one use.

If you don’t want to use your lightning lane reservation, you can cancel it and receive a Multiple Experience pass that allows you to choose from any of the other experiences available that day.

The Multiple Experience pass is a great value for anyone visiting Disneyland Resort.

Not only do you have access to nearly every attraction in the parks, but you can also use the pass at Disney California Adventure.

This opens up a wealth of possibilities, especially if you are looking to experience attractions that are only available in one of the parks.

So, next time you see a notification that an experience is cancelled, don’t fret and instead, rejoice!

Your day just got a whole lot better.

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