Teens in the parks
  • On Jul 3, 2018
    Krli from PA Asked

    Hi! My daughter and her friends want to go to Disney World for their spring break. It will be their first time flying without any adult. 2 of them are 15. In order for them to have a hotel I have to be present? Can I just have them FaceTime me at check in?

    Hi Karli,

    Isn't it exciting to witness our teenagers grow up and try new things independently? Your daughter and her friends must be thrilled at the prospect of a spring break trip to Walt Disney World Resort.

    I fear, however, that they may encounter difficulty at the front desk of a Disney Resort hotel when they try to check in. I am a high school teacher and I plan the annual senior trip to Walt Disney World Resort. I arrange the guest room rosters so that each room includes at least one 18-year-old. The Cast Members at the front desk ask that 18-year-old to show his or her photo ID and sign the official paperwork for the room. I have been planning these trips for eight years and this has always been the case. The only exception I have seen is when the trip is booked through the Disney Youth Office. Under those circumstances, minors may occupy the room without an adult assigned to the same guest room. However, that is only because adult chaperones are in rooms nearby and the reservations are linked.

    I suggest you call a manager at the Disney Resort hotel at which your daughter hopes to stay. Get the manager's name and ask what the specific protocol would be if there will be no adults in your daughter's room. I am worried that she may not be able to check in with only minors in her room. I would hate for them to be turned away once they arrive at Walt Disney World Resort. 

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that she is able to move forward with her plans for spring break.

    Best wishes,
    Jill
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Meet the Panelist: Jill, New Jersey

Lesson plans, college plans, vacation plans...as a teacher, college counselor, and incurable Disney fan I find myself constantly planning.  I love to share advice with friends who have yet to experience all that Walt Disney World has to offer! Learn More About Jill

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