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  • On Dec 13, 2023
    Lisa from FL 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 have a 16 year old relative who will be with his High school marching band. His parents will be there but not always with him. How can they give him authority to purchase food and items (genie+, lightning lane) on his own?

    Hi Lisa, welcome to planDisney!

    Walt Disney World Resort is a practically perfect place for your teenage relative to share his talents and exercise his independence. I performed in EPCOT as a high schooler and vividly remember the excitement of being a Disney magic maker. I also remember how grown up I felt walking around the parks without an adult. I could have as many Disney snacks as I wanted, and believe me I did!

    Guests must be 13 years old to create a My Disney Experience account, which is the digital hub that houses a person's vacation entitlements. The My Disney Experience mobile app is a related planning tool that helps streamline Guests' park days.  If your 16-year-old relative has a My Disney Experience account and the My Disney Experience mobile app downloaded to his mobile device, he can use the app to check wait times, view Disney PhotoPass images, locate characters, and more during his park days. One thing he can't do from his app is make purchases. That's because Guests must be 18 years old to make a payment using their My Disney Experience account. Let's anticipate some Stitch-uations and possible solutions.

    If your 16-year-old relative wants to purchase Disney Genie+ service on any park day, an adult with whom he is connected as Family & Friends can purchase it for him anytime after midnight. One of his parents, for example, can purchase Disney Genie+ service for him at 6:45 a.m. even if they are not physically in the same place and even if they are not buying it for themself. Once Genie+ is linked to his My Disney Experience account, he'll have no trouble booking his own Genie+ Lightning Lanes beginning at 7:00 a.m.

    If your 16-year-old relative wants to order and pay for a quick-service meal, mobile food and beverage ordering is not an option but cashiers are available at all quick-service dining locations. He can easily pay for his favorite Disney snacks with cash or a gift card, as well.

    If the parents of your 16-year-old relative need more information about how they can help their son maximize the magic during his park days, they can stop by planDisney or speak with a helpful member of the Guest Experience Team in the parks. Just look for the big, blue umbrellas.

    Thanks for making planDisney part of your 'ohana, Lisa. Nobody's getting left behind or forgotten on your watch!

    Choose magic,
    Jennifer
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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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