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  • On Oct 14, 2023
    Amy from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family is staying at the Rivera resort and our extended family is staying at Caribbean Beach. We will all be linked in “my friends and family”. Can one person plan all the lightning lanes and boarding groups for the group at 7 if at different resorts?

    Hi Amy, welcome to planDisney!

    You can tell a lot about a person by their Disney Resorts Collection hotel. By choosing a stay at Disney's Riviera Resort, I'm guessing your family likes to travel and feel at home on their vacations. By choosing a stay at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, I think your extended family is laid back and enjoys pool time on their vacations. It's clear everyone in your family enjoys dreaming big and spending time together.

    I can tell you've been doing your research, Amy. For seamless planning on your park days, it's important to connect with all members of your party as Family & Friends. Once a person appears on your Family & Friends list, you can view and make plans for them. These plans include purchasing Disney Genie+ service, making Lightning Lane reservations, joining virtual queues, and more.

    Anytime after midnight each park day, one person can purchase Disney Genie+ service for your entire party via the Tip Board of the My Disney Experience mobile app (three small lines at the bottom right of the app's homepage > Tip Board). Once you click "Purchase for Today," you then declare the park(s) for which you are purchasing Genie+. The next step is where you confirm your party; all eligible members of your Family & Friends list appear for selection, even if you're staying at different resorts. The "Confirm Party" step is also an important part of the process of joining a virtual queue and making a Lighting Lane reservation.  

    If two people in your party are familiar with using the My Disney Experience mobile app, I recommend one person attempting to join a virtual queue at 7:00 a.m. and another person purchasing Disney Genie+ service by 6:45 a.m. and booking your first Genie+ Lighting Lane reservation at 7:00 a.m. If both responsibilities fall to one person, that person should try to join the virtual queue first because boarding groups can run out within seconds. In fact, I recommend confirming your virtual queue party by 6:55 a.m. so you only have to click the "Refresh" button at 7:00 a.m. on the dot. The third priority that can also be done anytime after 7:00 a.m. as a Disney Resort hotel Guest is purchasing any Individual Lighting Lanes for your party.

    At 6:00 a.m. 60 days before check-in, Amy, you can book advance reservations for dining online for your entire length of stay. Considering your resort locations, I encourage you to think about a character breakfast at Topolino's Terrace and/or dinner at Sebastian's Bistro. Both options are super delicious and within walking distance for your entire party.

    Hope to see you planning Disney at planDisney again soon!

    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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