One element you need to learn about prior to visiting Walt Disney World is the Family and Friends list.
This list is extremely important, because you will use your Family and Friends list when it comes to the most important planning for your trip, including, but not limited to:
- Booking dining reservations
- Making theme park reservations
- Purchasing Individual Lighting Lane Selections
- Buying Disney Genie+
- Joining virtual queues, like for Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
Essentially, your Family and Friends list connects who you’re traveling with all in one location and allows you to manage tickets, reservations, and all plans.
Since many people visit Disney World travel in groups, the Family and Friends list helps make it much more convenient to have one person handle all of the reservations.
Disney makes it easy to do just that by allowing you to link people together in My Disney Experience (via the app and online) through the Family and Friends list.
The Friends and Family list means at any time, one person can jump into My Disney Experience to schedule, book, edit, and cancel reservations for everybody in the group at once.
It is a huge time saver!
You can also control the permissions the people in your Family and Friends list have over your account:
Here is the information those in your Family and Friends list can see, if you choose to share your list with your connected guests.
And, one fantastic perk of having a Family and Friends list is that if you indicate that you want to let the other people in your group see your PhotoPass photos, you can all share 1 Memory Maker.
Note: the person that purchases the Memory Maker will have to do all the photo downloading after the trip, but everybody’s photos in the linked group will appear.
Even though you are linked together as Family and Friends, it does not mean everybody has to be doing the same thing at the same time.
As you add Genie+ and dining reservations, you’ll be able to select exactly who will be doing what when. That makes it easy to group people by interests if you want to.
Don’t wait until the morning you need to make reservations before you create your list. The people you are adding to your list will need time to get the invitation and accept it before you’ll be able to see their plans.
But, once that is done, you’ll be able to make Genie+ and Advanced Dining Reservations a lot easier than if each person was trying to match up their plans to yours.
How to Add Family and Friends to Your List
You can add people to your Family and Friends list online in My Disney Experience or in the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device.
Keep in mind that anyone under the age of 13 cannot manage their own plans.
Important: you must have your own Disney account before being able to create this list. Same goes for your family and friends. You can create a Disney account on the Walt Disney World website.
Family and Friends List via the Disney World Website
Sign into your Disney account
Click on “My Family & Friends”
Scroll until you see “+Add a Guest”
There are several ways to add a guest
You can add a guest by finding them through your other guests that are already connected to your account.
Or you can import a guest from a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservation by either entertain the confirmation number…
Or by entering other information about your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservation.
You can also enter their name and age.
Once you’ve added your desired guest(s), they will receive an invitation in their email, which they must accept in order to be added to your Family and Friends list.
Family and Friends List via My Disney Experience app
Open the My Disney Experience app and select the 3 lines in the bottom right-hand corner the screen
Scroll down and click “My Profile”
You’ll want to change tabs at the top of the screen by selecting “Family & Friends List” and click “+Add a Guest”
Similar to adding guests via My Disney Experience online, you can add guests several different ways
You can add someone by finding them through your other connected guests.
Or you can enter their name and age.
Scanning a linking code
You can also scan someone’s personal linking code, which is very simple and the easiest method of adding someone to your Family and Friends list.
The guest you are adding must open their linking code, which you will then scan after clicking “Scan Linking Code.”
To find a linking code to scan, open the My Disney Experience app, go to your profile and scroll to the bottom until you see “Show My Linking Code.”
Click “Show My Linking Code”.
The code will appear and can be scanned. There is also a “Manual Code” that can be entered.
Remember, depending on how you’ve added your desired guest(s), they will receive an invitation in their email. They then must accept your invite in order to be added to your Family and Friends list.
VIDEO: How to Connect Friends & Family in My Disney Experience
Do you have any other questions about the Family and Friends list? Ask away in the comments!
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Friday 31st of March 2023
We are traveling with my mom's friends who are staying in a separate room, and we are not going to be paying for anything for them. So does linking everyone in the MDE app and me being the planner mean that my card will be charged for things like individual lightning lanes and dining reservations for those friends as well as my mom and I? Or does it just let me make the plans and they still pay their own way? I can't seem to find this answer on Disney sight either :D
Friday 31st of March 2023
When you buy G+ and Individual Lightning Lane Selections, it'll ask you for payment info at that time so you can use whatever method you want.
Sunday 8th of January 2023
Warning! Even if you select to only share “shared plans only,” your family and friends list will still see your other private plans and photos. Disney is aware of this issue, but it has done nothing to remedy it. Be careful if you want your privacy!
Friday 2nd of December 2022
Can anyone in the “family & friends” list make changes (dining reservations, park reservations, hotel reservations, etc)? If one person is the “managed by me”, will the others they manage be able to make changes to any reservations?
Tuesday 30th of August 2022
Here is the situation. I am traveling with 5 other adults to Disney. My husband & I are heading to MK while the rest of our party goes to Epcot for the day. I am the planner, clicker, refresher, early riser of the group.
If I am not going to Epcot myself can I book into the virtual queue for Guardians for the 4 people who are going to Epcot that day? In other words am I able to "confirm a party" for the virtual queue that does not include me. All 4 of them have Epcot park reservations already. They just want me to do their dirty work so they don't have to wake up at 6:45am. I have not been able to do any ADR or anything else without assigning myself as one of the participants. There doesn't seem to be a way to deselect yourself if you are the one making the reservation.
Tuesday 30th of August 2022
It will only select the people with Epcot park pass reservations, so if you have an MK park pass reservation it shouldn't select you.
Tuesday 23rd of August 2022
My family list includes my mother and sister in law however, I don't see their spouses and dependents. How do I make plans for everyone?