• On Jan 12, 2022
    Anna from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there an age requirement to buy an individual lightning lane? I Have heard you have to be 18 to purchase it on your My Disney Experience. So a teen (16or17) could not be in the park and purchase an Indiv Lightning Lane without an adult.Is this accurate?

    Hi Anna,
    Welcome back to planDisney!  I must say, you are an impressive, well-researched Walt Disney World Resort vacation planner.  I hope the teenagers in your party appreciate all the work you're doing to make their trip an unforgettable experience.  Your attention to all the Disney details will pay magical dividends, I promise! Let's continue our discussion and dive into the deets of Individual Lightning Lane purchases, shall we? 

    Guests between the age of 13 and 17 may have their own My Disney Experience accounts; however, they are unable to link a payment method, which is required for an Individual Lightning Lane purchase in the My Disney Experience Mobile App.  If another Guest linked through the teens' Family and Friends Lists and over the age of 18 is in the park that day, they can make the purchase for the 16 or 17-year-old(s).  Alternately, a Cast Member I spoke to said a teen should be able to make an Individual Lightning Lane purchase at Guest Relations, which can be found just inside and outside the entrance to all four theme parks.  This is also a great question for members of the Guest Experience Team, conveniently located throughout the parks under big, blue umbrellas. 

    In my experience, heading straight to an Advanced Lightning Lane attraction at park opening (or during early entry for Guests staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel) is a great way to minimize wait time and save money that would otherwise be spent on an Individual Lightning Lane purchase.  The money saved can be spent on snacks, souvenEARS, or more snacks!  

    I recently answered a question about teenagers and mobile ordering, which you may find helpful as you continue to figure out the logistics of your stay.  Please don't hesitate to reach out again, Anna, with any other trip-related questions. I'm all ears!

    Choose magic,
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Meet the Panelist: Jennifer, Virginia

Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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