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  • On Jan 23, 2022
    Natalie from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am visiting Disney World soon with a group of three families. If one person books an individual lightening lane ride for everyone, does that person also pay for everyone? Or is there away for each family to pay for themselves with one person booking?

    Welcome to planDisney, Natalie!

    See that line where the sky meets Cinderella Castle? It calls me, and it sounds like it's calling you too. In just a few short weeks, you'll be able to answer that call as you embark on your vacation to The Most Magical Place on Earth. Can you feel the excitement building as the days tick by?
    There's no better place to be together than Walt Disney World Resort, especially during The World's Most Magical Celebration. I bet you can't wait to be immersed in the magic making countless core memories on your upcoming vacation! Traveling with large groups of multiple families can sometimes feel a bit tricky to navigate, but no worries! Let's see if I can wave my magic wand and help you get ready for the ball.

    Individual Lightning Lanes are currently offered at two attractions in each of the four theme parks. You can purchase up to two per day per person via the Tip Board in your My Disney Experience App. Disney Resorts Collection hotel Guests can purchase Individual Lightning Lanes starting at 7:00 a.m. on the day of use. All other Guests can make their purchase(s) at the official park opening time for the day. All you have to do is click on your Individual Lightning Lane selection, select all Guests in your party who will be utilizing the Lightning Lane entrance, and follow the prompts to complete your purchase.

    I wish I could say bibbidi-bobbidi-boo and make it possible for each family to input their own payment information when one person is booking an Individual Lightning Lane, but it only has the option for a single payment method per transaction at this time. You can always make three separate transactions (one per family), but you run the risk of not being able to select the same redemption window if you do, because some selections sell out quickly. You run the same risk if one person from each family books the Individual Lightning Lane separately at the same time.

    In November 2021, my large, multigenerational family utilized Lightning Lanes on several days of our vacation. Being able to book the same redemption window was important to us, so each family unit took a turn paying for the Individual Lightning Lanes for everyone. We used a saved credit card so we had the best shot possible at booking popular attractions that sell out quickly, like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

    Alternatively, you could estimate how much each family will need to pay for the Individual Lightning Lanes for the duration of your trip. They can purchase a Disney Gift Card for the approximate amount needed and give it to the person who will be paying for everyone's Individual Lightning Lanes at the time of booking. The person in charge of booking can consolidate the Disney Gift Cards onto a single gift card (up to $1,000 per gift card) via the Disney Gift Card website and use it to pay for the Individual Lightning Lanes each day. This is my best suggestion to meet your party's needs.

    Natalie, I hope this information is the perfect-fitting glass slipper for your vacation. If further questions arise or you need more clarity, please stop back by planDisney. We'd be happy to help! Enjoy every magical moment, and tell Mickey hi for me!

    See ya real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Alyssa, Texas

Greetings, dreamers of all ages! I'm Alyssa, a lifelong lover of all things Disney and educator of future Imagineers. My dress collection rivals that of any Disney Princess, and I can almost always be found singing a Disney song with a bow in my hair. You can find me exploring all the magic Walt Disney World Resort has to offer on adults-only getaways with my Disney-loving husband or our multigenerational family. Tomorrow is just a dream away, and I would love to help you plan your own magical vacation! Learn More About Alyssa

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