Walt Disney World Website Streamlines Adding Guests to Family & Friends List With New Search Function

Kyle Silagyi

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Walt Disney World Website Streamlines Adding Guests to Family & Friends List With New Search Function

The official Walt Disney World website has recently added another avenue through which guests can add each other to their Family & Friends lists, streamlining what was previously an at-times convoluted process. Guests can now add My Disney Experience application users and/or people with Disney accounts to their in-app friends list by searching for them using their phone number or e-mail.

Walt Disney World Website Streamlines Adding Guests to Family & Friends List

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Guests can access the “Add Family & Friends” page by visiting the official Walt Disney World Resort website and hovering over the “My Disney Experience” tab on the right side of the header. A link redirecting users to their “My Family & Friends” page will appear in the drop-down menu.

Clicking on the link will take guests to their “My Family & Friends” list. There, they will be able to click on “Add a Guest,” which will take them to the new search feature. Users will only be able to add guests who have made their Disney accounts searchable through this method.

At the time of publishing, this feature has not yet been added to the My Disney Experience mobile application. Guests can still only add other users to their own My Family & Friends list on their mobile devices through their connected guests list, scanning their linking code (a functionality that was introduced in early 2022), or entering their name and age.

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The newly introduced web feature is similar to the “enter their name and age” tab on the mobile application, but the webpage search function allows users to search for actual Disney and My Disney Experience accounts. The “enter their name and age” tab on the mobile app simply adds a name to the user’s Family & Friends list; the name is not linked to any account. This function is designed to allow parties to include younger users without their own mobile devices or Disney accounts in their in-app plans.

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Users with guests added to their Family & Friends list can include those people in their in-app plans, such as dining reservations, Genie+ and Lightning Lane plans, and Lightning Lane+ purchases, among several other features.

The update to the web application (and presumptive impending update to the mobile app) roughly coincides with the introduction of a new dining reservation feature to the My Disney Experience app. The app introduced a new streamlined dining reservation system in August of this year.

How do you feel about the Walt Disney World website streamlining the ability to add guests to your Family & Friends List? Do you hope to see the new search function introduced to the My Disney Experience mobile app soon? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Kyle Silagyi

    Kyle has been an ardent fan of all things Disney and themed entertainment since his first trek up the Forbidden Mountain in 2006. You can reach him at kyle@wdwnt.com