Though last week's D23 Expo was chock full of announcements about the future of Epcot, Avengers Campus, and more, one relatively low-key announcement that may have flow over some Disney fans' heads was that of Disney Genie, which is a new tool that Disney will be rolling out at some point next year to help guests "have the perfect hassle-free vacation". But what exactly is this new tool? Let's look at what Disney has (and has not) confirmed about their newest vacation planning assistant!
A new smartphone app, coming next year
According to Disney's official description, the new Disney Genie app will be a new digital offering that will debut in late 2020. This new app is being designed to help guests make the most out of each and every visit to Walt Disney World, whether they are a first-time guest or a seasoned pro. Here are some of the confirmed features that will be available inside this new app:
- Themed itinerary generator: The app will automatically generate customized itineraries geared to guests' interests, whether they are princesses, thrill rides, Star Wars, or something else. Simply pick a theme, and Disney will generate a schedule for you, complete with show times, FastPass+ reservations, and more
- Timing suggestions: If you already know what you want to do, you can plug in the attractions you want to experience and then Disney Genie will quickly evaluate millions of options to present you with an optimal day, suggesting times for stand by lines, FastPass+ availability, and more.
- Real-time tips, updates and recommendations: Based on what you've already done at Walt Disney World, Disney Genie can recommend experiences for you throughout the day, and also provide tips to optimize your day as well.
- Make reservations for you: Disney genie can make reservations for dining, FastPass+ and more in one step.
Will this be replacing My Disney Experience?
Though Disney hasn't confirmed as much, based on the fact that they left any mention of My Disney Experience out of their announcement (despite name-dropping MagicBands and the Disney Parks Play Pass as some of Walt Disney World's greatest technological innovations), we'd guess that My Disney Experience won't be around much longer. Guests who have been frustrated by this app's instability may welcome this change, but we can't help but feel at least a little attached to some of this app's more helpful features, like PhotoPass integration and Mobile Order, which might not be a part of Disney Genie.