Teens enjoying a Dole Whip
  • On May 28, 2020
    Karli from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! I’m having/planning a Disney World trip of 32 18 year olds. Any recommendations? Also, I don’t want to connect my debit card to all of their magic bangs what should I do and how does that affect the online checkin?

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel, fellow Pennsylvanian Karli!

    Oh, my goodness. I cannot WAIT to jump in and help pixie dust your group trip of teens!

    I'm a high school teacher who has chaperoned our senior class trip to Walt Disney World for over 15 years--we bring 350 of them--so I'm thrilled to help you, too!

    In general, most teens do not want to be at rope drop each morning, preferring to stay up late and close down a park instead. If that is the case, you may want to select only one or two early mornings for them, such as a Character Dining breakfast to look forward to one day (teens love to see Mickey, Winnie the Pooh, and Disney Princesses just as much as the little ones do, believe it or not!), then a later morning the next day.

    Have one or two teens purchase Memory Maker, so that everyone has access to downloadable photos of the trip. Split the price of that fantastic package with 32 teens, and it will cost each just a few dollars. They'll want so many pictures of this epic experience, and they can share them almost instantly with family and friends back home, too.

    Next, determine if pool time is important. If so, schedule one afternoon to return to the resort, swim, relax, shower, change, and head back into the parks for more fun. Those who want to remain in the parks can, meeting up with the others later. Win-win!

    On our trip, we make sure that each student has access to a credit card, debit card, Disney Gift Cards, or cash, so they'll have enough to purchase meals throughout their stay. (To ease parents' minds, let them know that there are ATMs located at each Walt Disney World Resort hotel and at each Theme Park.)

    If you plan to book a block of rooms for all of the teens, you can arrange for Guests not to have charging privileges. (On our school trip, our seniors do not have the ability to charge, so we tell them to bring Disney Gift Cards, credit cards, or debit cards for use throughout their stay.) Their MagicBands will still work for everything else--Disney's Magical Express, their resort room key, park entrance, access to FastPass+plans, Advanced Dining Reservations, Memory Maker, and more. 

    Another option may work well, too: once checked into their Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, each teen can go to the front desk and have a major credit/debit card linked to their particular MagicBand. This would enable those who'd like the ease of charging to their MagicBand the ability to do so without it being connected to your debit card.

    For Online Check-In, just one person in the reservation needs to complete it either using their My Disney Experience account or the My Disney Experience mobile app. Easy peasy!

    This will truly be a trip of a lifetime, Karli, as this particular group will never be this age, together, in The Most Magical Place on Earth again. It's truly so very special. As such, please send as many questions as you can think of our way. We'd love to help!

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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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