Friends Enjoying Dole Whip; boys, girl; diverse
  • On Apr 10, 2024
    Tracy from PA 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 teens are headed to WDW with a school trip and will have their tickets in advance. They are not 18 and must travel in groups of 3+. Can they still buy lightening lanes/Genie+? Do they have to be linked to an adult?

    Hello Tracy!

    Welcome to planDisney! I wish my school was fabulous enough to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort! I would have loved to explore the parks with my friends and my young knees. 

    The Disney Imagination Campus works with schools to help them arrange group tickets and experiences. I had a chance to learn from a representative a few days ago and your question arrived right on time. They informed us that Disney Genie+ is only allowed to be purchased by a person who is 18 years or older. I'm sorry to be the one to tell you this but the My Disney Experience Mobile App does not allow those under the age of 18 to store a credit card and make purchases when they use their account. While there is a provision for people who are 13 and older to create their own My Disney Experience Accounts they are limited to using it for all of the many other features instead. Since they won't be able to purchase Disney Genie+ due to their age, they can still use the app's Wait time features to be strategic about their Park visit. If they are staying on-site at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel they should try to use the Early Theme Park Entry benefit and enjoy their must-do attractions first. If your teens are 13 or older they will be able to join a Virtual Queue at 7 AM. This is free to do and highly recommended as I'm sure teens are probably looking for thrills! Now, if you want, they could use your account for the trip but be mindful that they will have access to your credit card and all the power within. As Uncle Ben says, "With great power, comes great responsibility" so I hope your teens understand that. It's very important that no matter what account they use, the tickets are linked appropriately to their reservation so that they have no problems with entering the Parks and accessing benefits for Guests. 

    Not being able to save a form of payment on the app can be an issue for Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering. Your teens will have to manually enter payment information each time when they make purchases on the app. One idea that works quite well with kids needing a budget is to provide a Disney Gift Card with a set amount. The card's barcode can be scanned or if it is a digital gift card, the code can be copied and pasted into the payment field. Whenever I have digital gift cards I note the card information in a notes page on my smartphone to make it easier to copy and paste it during my trip. I love gift cards because "Girl Math" says this is now free money. (It's not Tracy, it's not, but it feels right)

    I hope this helps you figure out the best solution for your kids! 

    Happy Planning!
    -Nimmy 
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Meet the Panelist: Nimmy, New York

Hey, it's Nimmy from New York! Just like my guy Jiminy Cricket I am your wisecracking and helpful guide to making the best decisions for your Disney vacation! My husband and I work very hard to journey to our favorite place on Earth, Walt Disney World Resort, as much as we can. We have traveled as just adults, with babies, kids, teenagers, and senior citizens. We have seen so many characters, eaten at amazing places, and consumed a ton of Dole Whips. So "give a little whistle" and let me be your guide! Learn More About Nimmy

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