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  • On Mar 1, 2022
    Kathleen from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If I am purchase park tickets for my family & I, does that mean I am the only person who can schedule Individual Lightning Lanes & Genie+ Lightning Lanes? Or will they be able to schedule their own if I add them to a Friends & Family list?

    Hi Kathleen, welcome to planDisney!

    Lightning Lanes are a great option to consider for your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Purchasing Disney Genie+ service guarantees a minimal wait time at over 40 attractions throughout the four theme parks with Genie+ Lightning Lane entrances while an Individual Lightning Lane purchase lets you select a preferred arrival time for one of the most popular attractions on property with the same low-wait guarantee.

    The task of making Individual Lightning Lane purchases and booking Genie+ Lightning Lane attractions can be happily shared with any member of your party with their own My Disney Experience account. The only exception is Guests between the ages of 13 and 18; since these younger Guests cannot add a payment method to their account, they are unable to make an Individual Lightning Lane purchase but can still book Genie+ Lightning Lane attractions.

    In my experience, it helps to link everyone as Family and Friends in My Disney Experience before making or linking a ticket purchase. To do this online: 

    1. Log into your Family and Friends list.
    2. Click "Add a Guest."
    3. Click "I'll enter their name and age."
    4a. Guests under age 13 may not have their own My Disney Experience account. You will manage all plans for this Guest, though others can still include them in Lightning Lane bookings as long as they are connected as Family and Friends. The same applies for other members of your party that do not wish to create their own My Disney Experience account.
    4b. For Guests over the age of 13 that have or wish to have their own My Disney Experience account, select "Invite this Guest to connect." Note that this option does not appear until after you enter the Guest's age. Once you enter the Guest's email address, they will receive an email invitation that needs to be accepted for you to officially be connected as Family and Friends.
    5. Click "Update" beside your name in your Family and Friends list to make sure your Family and Friends list is shared. This will make it easier for members of your Family and Friends to connect, which is required for them to make Lightning Lane reservations for the entire party.

    When making either kind of Lightning Lane booking in the My Disney Experience mobile app, part of the process asks you to confirm the eligible members of your Family and Friends list that are part of your booking party. Eligible members must have a valid admission and park pass reservation linked in My Disney Experience. 

    I hope this information helps you maximize the magic and disseminate the pixie-dusted responsibilities amongst your planning party.

    Plan magic; planDisney.


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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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