Guide to Individual Lightning Lane Rides Disney World

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Guide to Individual Lightning Lane Rides Disney World

This article is your complete guide to the 2022 individual lightning lanes! Because there are so many new pieces to planning a great Walt Disney World vacation including the brand new Disney Genie+ and individual Disney lightning lanes. We wanted to take the time to break down exactly how the new individual lightning lane works, as well as how much the individual lightning lane costs and how you can join each morning. 

You’ll also see that the individual lightning lane rides at Disney World tend to be some of the most popular attractions in all of Orlando. With that being said, you do have to make the decision if spending the additional money will be worth saving time on lines later in the day. We hope you find this post helpful, and if you are planning a trip to Disney World be sure to check out our other FREE vacation planning tools. Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time on your next vacation and find the cheapest Walt Disney World tickets!

So if you’re ready to learn about the Disney World Individual lightning lanes read on! 

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What is Individual Lightning Lane 2022? 

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Let’s start with the most common question on this topic which is, what are the individual lightning lanes at Disney World? The individual lightning lanes at Disney World are pay-per-ride selections at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. In short guests can buy the rights to skip the lines some of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World. These premium lightning lane selections have changed based on the time of year and have a price tag which ranges between $7-$17 per person per attraction. It’s also important to note that individual lightning lane selections at Disney can sell out which is why it’s so important to understand how the LL system at Disney World works for your next trip!

One tip and trick we have learned right off of the bat regarding how to buy individual lightning lane selections if you’re worried about them selling out is to pay attention to ticket pricing. And the reason is, just like at Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World theme park tickets now fluctuate based on the time of year you visit. So one way to give yourself the best chance to grab one of the very popular individual lightning lane selections is to compare the cheapest Walt Disney World tickets. The cheaper the tickets the more likely it is that the parks won’t be as crowded during that time of year which will result in less people buying individual lightning lanes.

What’s the difference between Genie Plus and lightning lane?

Very simply Disney Genie Plus will allow guests to skip the lines for over forty different rides and attractions, while Disney individual lightning lanes  are only reserved for the most popular rides in the theme parks. These individual lightning lanes will also come with an additional cost to skip the line which is separate from Disney Genie Plus cost.

Which parks have the Disney individual lightning lane?

  • Magic Kingdom
  • EPCOT
  • Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom

Related Page: Discount Disney World Tickets 

What are the Individual Lightning Lane Rides?

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Next let’s look at the second most popular question which is, what are the individual lightning lane rides? And on average Disney has four individual lightning lane rides but the system can fluctuate with up to eight rides at the four Disney theme parks. The main current lightning lane rides are Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Star Wars Rise of the Resistance, and Avatar Flight of Passage. Each individual lightning lane ride on this list can be found at one of the main theme parks including EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

2022 Disney World individual lightning lane ride list ranked by importance

  • Star Wars Rise of the Resistance
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

As you can see above we have Star Wars Rise of the Resistance ranked as a higher priority than the newest ride at Disney World Guardian’s of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind. With the main reason being that Guardians of the Galaxy’s free line is still being managed through the Disney World virtual queue system. This has resulted in an overall shorter wait times for guests who are able to grab a virtual queue and many guests have not moved over to the individual lightning lane for Guardians of the Galaxy just yet.

We would also say that the ride system for Guardians of the Galaxy seems to run much more efficiently than Star Wars Rise of the Resistance. As a result we will most likely continue to rank the individual lightning lane rides in this order even after Guardians of the Galaxy is no longer part of the Disney World virtual queue, and continue to recommend that guests rope drop Star Wars Rise of the Resistance if the individual LL at Disney World are not a great fit.

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What are the Individual Lightning Lane Prices 2022?

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Now that we have covered the individual lightning lane attractions let’s take a look at another popular question which is, what are the individual lightning lane prices? Individual Disney lightning lane prices range from $7.00 plus tax up to $17.00 plus tax based on the lightning lane ride selected. It’s also important to note that the costs for individual lightning lane rides varies based on the day and ride you select.

Disney Lightning Lane price by ride? 

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind – $14.00 – $17.00 based on day
  • Star Wars Rise of the Resistance – $15.00 – $17.00 based on day
  • Avatar Flight of Passage – $11.00 – $17.00 based on day
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – $10.00 – $12.00 based on day

Related Page: What is the Virtual Queue at Disney World?

How to Purchase Individual Lightning Lane?

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Now let’s take a look at the next question regarding the individual LL at Disney and that is, how to buy individual lightning lanes? And as a general rule of thumb there are two ways to buy individual lightning lane rides at Disney World. The first being to navigate to the tip board via the three dashes on the bottom right of your screen, and once there you will see the verbiage “LL Individual Lightning Lane” above the four main attractions. Simply click purchase and you will be prompted to continue checking out. Guests can also search for the individual lightning lane attraction of their choice and continue to check out as well. It’s also important to note that different from the regular Disney Genie+ rides and other virtual queue attractions you do get to select your return time based on availability for individual lightning lanes.

Ways to buy individual lightning lanes?

  • Select ride through the tip board
  • Search for your attraction

Can you buy two individual lightning lanes at once?

Another popular question we receive is, can you buy two individual lightning lanes at once? Guests can only buy one individual lightning lane for each ride per day, and can only buy two individual lightning lanes per day. It’s important to note that guests can only buy the second individual lightning lane reservation after the first one has been used for the day.

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What Time Do Individual Lightning Lanes go on Sale?

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The next thing you’ll want to be prepared for when using the Disney World lightning lane system is, what time do individual lightning lane attractions go on sale?  The paid lightning lane rides go on sale at 7:00 AM every morning for on-site Disney World guests , and then park opening for all other Disney World park guests. As you can imagine this gives a huge advantage to guests staying at a Disney World hotel. This is especially true for the Star Wars Rise of the Resistance and Avatar Flight of Passage as they tend to fill up and sell out the fastest during the busier times of year.

What are the individual lightning lane release times?

  • 7:00 AM for on-site guests
  • Park opening for off-site guests

When should you buy an individual lightning lane?

Another question we receive is, when should you buy an individual lightning lane? And as a general rule of thumb guests should buy an individual lightning lane as early as the Disney App allows them to which is 7:00 AM for on-site guests and park opening for off-site guests. The main reason being is individual lightning lanes can sell out so there is no benefit to waiting if you know you absolutely would like to take advantage of the individual LL line.

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Individual Lightning Lane Magic Kingdom 2022

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To avoid any reasonable doubt let’s now take a look at the question, which rides at Magic Kingdom are individual lightning lanes? And the one individual lightning lane ride at Magic Kingdom right now is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  Guests will also find that the lightning lane costs for Magic Kingdom will fluctuate between $10.00 – $12.00 based on the time of day. This is a recent change as Disney first started each Disney park with two individual lightning lane rides with Magic Kingdom also including Space Mountain as another selection.

What is the individual lightning lane at Magic Kingdom?

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Related Page: Magic Kingdom One Day Park Plan 

Individual Lightning Lane EPCOT 2022

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Our next question will be, what is the EPCOT individual lightning lane? The EPCOT individual lightning lane is currently Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind which will costs guests between $14.00-$17.00 depending on the day and tends to be the most experience individual LL on average. This was also a big deal as it replaced one of the most popular individual lightning lane rides in Frozen Everafter, however we do believe it to be the right choice.

What is the individual lightning lane at EPCOT?

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind

Related Page: Best EPCOT Rides Ranked 

Individual Lightning Lane Hollywood Studios 2022

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Next let’s take a look at what the individual lightning lane at Hollywood Studios is? The individual lightning lane at Hollywood Studios is Star Wars Rise of the Resistance and it is still the most popular individual lightning lane selection in Walt Disney World. The Star Wars Rise of the Resistance lightning lane costs ranges from $15.00 – $17.00 based on the day you visit Walt Disney World. We would also say that this lightning lane is also the quickest to sell out so it’s very important that guests make these selections first thing in the morning.

What is the individual lightning lane at Hollywood Studios?

  • Star Wars Rise of the Resistance

Related Page: Hollywood Studios One Day Park Plan 

Individual Lightning Lane Animal Kingdom 2022

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Next let’s take a look at what the individual lightning lane at Animal Kingdom is? The individual lightning lane at Animal Kingdom is Avatar Flight of Passage and it is another one of the most popular individual lightning lane selections in Walt Disney World. The Avatar Flight of Passage lightning lane at Animal Kingdom costs ranges from $11.00 – $17.00 based on the day you visit Walt Disney World. We would also say that although this lightning lane might not sell out faster then Star Wars Rise of the Resistance the regular stand by line for this ride does tend to be as long so it’s important to decide if you will upgrade to the Animal Kingdom LL in advance.

What is the individual lightning lane at Animal Kingdom?

  • Avatar Flight of Passage

Related Page: Animal Kingdom One Day Park Plan 

Disney World Individual Lightning Lane FAQs

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Can you book individual lightning lane and Genie Plus at the same time?

Another popular question is, can you book individual lightning lane and Genie Plus at the same time? Yes, guests can hold a reservation for an individual lightning lane and a Genie Plus reservation at the same time. As a general rule of thumb, we always recommend making both your first individual LL and Genie Plus reservation as soon as your booking window opens up the morning of your visit to Disney World.

How many lightning lanes can I book?

Guests can only book two individual lightning lane purchases per day. and cannot make two individual lightning lane reservations for the same ride within the same day.

When is The Best Time to Visit Disney World?

Our Disney  World Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down park crowds, park hours of operation, ticket prices, and average temperature. We also break down the best time to visit Disney World based on specific times of the year and special events.

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Michael Belmont

Michael Belmont is the owner and chief editor at Theparkprodigy.com, an authorized Disney and Universal travel agent. He specializes in Disney and Universal theme park tickets and vacation packages, as well as daily park plans to help optimize vacation time. Michael and The Park Prodigy have been featured on ABC’s Florida affiliate, WTFV, as well as over 10 Disney focused blogs. As owner, Michael manages The Park Prodigy blog and social media, a Disney themed podcast, and a Disney and Universal focused YouTube channel. Prior to starting The Park Prodigy, Michael was a long time Disney and Universal enthusiast, frequent visitor of the parks, and even served as a Walt Disney World Cast Member in Orlando, Florida!