If i am the one making the dining reservations for everyone we are going with, do i have to have them link their My Disney Experience account to mine?? or can i just add them on the “family and friends” list?
If they will be dining with you (you will be present), it doesn’t really matter if your accounts are linked or not. You can get a reservation without specifying who is coming with you.
If they will be dining without you (you will not be present), you should link MDEs or at the very least, give them a copy of the confirmation number so they will not have trouble getting in.
If you add them on your Friends and Family List, it will send a request to them for approval. Thereafter they will be selectable and you can add them to any reservation.
Alternatively, you can make the dining reservation for, say, 4 adults but leave the other three guests (aside from you) nameless.
For FPP reservations you will need to be linked and given permission to make plans