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How the Family and Friends List Works in My Disney Experience

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How the Family and Friends List Works in My Disney Experience

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:

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.

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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:

family and friends list privacy controls

Here is the information those in your Family and Friends list can see, if you choose to share your list with your connected guests.

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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.

disney genie family and friends list

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

sign in to disney account on Walt Disney World website

Click on “My Family & Friends”

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Scroll until you see “+Add a Guest”

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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

finding family and friends list in my disney experience app

Scroll down and click “My Profile”

finding family and friends list in my disney experience app

You’ll want to change tabs at the top of the screen by selecting “Family & Friends List” and click “+Add a Guest”

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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.

adding family and friends in my disney experience

Or you can enter their name and age.

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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.

adding family and friends in my disney experience

The guest you are adding must open their linking code, which you will then scan after clicking “Scan Linking Code.”

adding family and friends in my disney experience

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.”

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Click “Show My Linking Code”.

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The code will appear and can be scanned. There is also a “Manual Code” that can be entered.

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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

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Do you have any other questions about the Family and Friends list? Ask away in the comments!

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Chaya

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.

Shannon Albert

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.

Melanie

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?

Judith Lang

Thursday 30th of June 2022

In my family amd friends list I have some people in the ‘planning together’ section and some in the ‘ my other family and friends’. What is the difference?

Shannon Albert

Friday 1st of July 2022

The "planning together" means they're listed on a reservation you have for hotel, dining, etc.

Kottara

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

We are going as a big group (about 20 ppl).Does each person (my husband and sons) have to creat an account? Is there a way to just add them to mine since we will be together?

Turtle

Wednesday 24th of April 2019

I am in the process of planning a trip with friends. Rather than explain how all of this works and linking accounts I just created profiles for them under my account and gave them the login info. Linking their tickets and hotel is the easy part. The real test is when we start to plan dining and fast pass reservations.