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Since the retirement of the FastPass+ system at Walt Disney World, you may be questioning how you can afford to make the most of your experience without dropping hundreds of additional dollars on your Disney vacation.

While usage of the Disney Genie+ and the Individual Lightning Lane service will vary from party to party and may differ depending on crowd levels, we have some tips that can help make the most out of the Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane services while keeping extra spending to a minimum.

Rope Drop Individual Lightning Lane Attractions

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One way to decrease the amount of money you spend on Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane is to rope drop high popularity rides. Rope dropping means getting to the park prior to park opening and heading straight to a specific attraction. This is especially great for guests staying on Disney property because on-site guests can enter the parks thirty minutes early. Most of the highest popularity rides require additional fees to purchase the Individual Lightning Lane.

If you can rope drop one of these attractions, it will eliminate the need for the Individual Lightning Lane purchase. Between the two Individual Lightning Lane attractions at each park, these are the attractions that are worth rope dropping: at Magic Kingdom, you want to rope drop Seven Dwarves Mine Train; at Hollywood Studios, head to Rise of the Resistance; at Epcot, it would be best to rope drop Frozen Ever After (if you are able to secure a virtual queue boarding group for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure); and at Animal Kingdom, it is best to rope drop Avatar: Flight of Passage.

Know Which Rides Are Not Worth the Extra Cost

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Of the eight Individual Lightning Lane attractions, there are 3 that you can probably pass on. Obviously, this will be dependent on the crowd levels, but for average crowd levels, you can usually count on these rides having lower wait times at some point throughout the day. The attractions you can probably pass on paying extra for are Space Mountain, Expedition Everest, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. Additionally, virtual boarding groups have been slightly easier to come by for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure than they previously were for Rise of the Resistance. If you are looking to cut costs, opt for this route rather than paying extra for the Individual Lightning Lane.

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