• On Dec 18, 2018
    James from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Can my son who is 17 stay in a room at a Disney resort with his friends on his birthday without me being in the room? I, his dad, would be present at check in but not stay the night

    Hi James,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! As a parent of older children, I can understand why you would be trying to help arrange a great birthday experience for your son. The policy requires that you must be 18 or older to book a room at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, be present at check-in, and have a valid credit card in your name. If you are booking the room for minors, it is expected that you will be staying in the room. 

    If your son is turning 18 and has a credit card, you could have him book the room. If you are gifting him a resort hotel stay as a part of his birthday celebration, you could always give him a Disney Gift Card in an amount that would cover the stay. Even though the resort hotel will require him to have a credit card on file, he can use a Disney Gift Card to pay for the room charge. 

    James, thank you for visiting us with your question. I hope you'll let us know if we can help you with any other planning questions. Please wish your son an early "Happy Birthday" from us!
    Wishing you a magical day,
    Amy H. 

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hey, Howdy, Hey! I'm Amy H. and I have been a fan of Walt Disney World since my first visit during the Magic Kingdom Park's opening year. I'm married to my favorite person in the world and since our son and daughter are in college, we have been enjoying more spur of the moment trips to the Most Magical Place on Earth. No matter the ages or size of your traveling party, I'd love to help plan you plan a magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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