Rider Switch

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You don’t miss out on riding an attraction at Disney just because one of your children does not meet the height requirements. Disney offers Rider Switch Service that allows all members of your party to switch with your child (who doesn’t meet the height requirements) and take turns riding the attraction without having to go back on the line.

How Does Rider Switch Work?

Let’ say that you are a party of 4 with a baby. You all want to ride the Seven Dwarf Mine Train. They baby cannot go on the rides that have height requirements. Therefore, only the 3 other people in the party can go on the ride. In order for the three people in the party to get on the Seven Dwarf Mine Train, you will have to ask for a “Rider Switch” pass. One adult will stay with the baby while the other 2 ride the Seven Dwarf Mine Train. Once the ride is over, the adult that was with the baby can give the baby over to the person who got on the Seven Dwarf Mine Train first. Instead of standing in the standby line, the person with the ride switch pass can enter the Fastpass+ queue.

How To – Rider Switch with Stand By Queue

  1. Arrive at the attraction with your entire party including the child who does not meet the height requirement.
  2. Find the Cast Member at the front of the attraction and let them know that you want to do the Rider Switch option.
  3. The Cast Member will ask who will be riding first and then give the remaining people in the group a paper pass, which works just like a Fastpass.
  4. The pass will be valid for one use and up to 3 people. So, you will have to plan out who will go first and who will go second.
  5. The first rider(s) will make the line in the standby queue and get on the ride while the remainder of the group waits outside with the child who does not meet the height requirement. This would be a good time to have a snack, use the bathroom or even change a diaper. I suggest bringing something to do with your child while you wait like bubbles, coloring pages, etc. You can even go on an attraction nearby. I have a list of nearby attractions that you can do while you wait for the other group furth below this post.
  6. When the first rider(s) are done riding the attraction, the remainder of the group will switch places with the first rider(s). The first rider(s) can stay with the child who does not meet the height requirements.
  7. The remainder of the group will go to the Fastpass queue and present the Cast Member with the ride switch paper. The pass is for one use and up to 3 people. So you can take someone from your party who just went on the ride with you so that you don’t have to ride by yourself.
  8. Now you get to enjoy the ride.

How To – Rider Switch with FastPass+

Combining FastPass+ with Rider Switch is a terrific time saving strategy. Only book FastPass+ for the person or people in your group going first on the ride. Do not book the FastPass+ for everyone because the people or person with the Rider Switch pass will get in the Fastpass+ queue without needing a real Fastpass+.

Let’s say that you are in a party of 4 with a small child. You all want to ride Splash Mountain. Make sure to get a Fastpass+ for 2 of the people in your party.

  1. When you arrive at Splash Mountain make sure that you whole party is present including the child who does not meet the height requirements.
  2. Find the Cast Member at the front of the attraction and let them know that you want to do the Rider Switch option.
  3. The Cast Member will ask who will be riding first and then give the remainder of the group a paper pass, which works just like a Fastpass.
  4. The pass is for one use and up to 3 people. So you will have to plan out who will go first and who will go second.
  5. The first rider(s) will go on the FastPass+ queue while the remainder of the group waits outside with the child who does not meet the height requirement.
  6. When the first rider(s) are done riding the attraction, they will switch with  the remainder of the group and stay with the child who does not meet the height requirements.
  7. The pass is for one use and up to 3 people. So you can take someone from your party who just went on the ride with you so that you don’t have to ride by yourself.
  8. Go up to the Fastpass queue and present the Cast Member with the paper pass that says Rider Switch.
  9. Now you get to enjoy the ride.

 

Riding Twice

The Rider Switch pass is valid for up to 3 people. So you can take someone from your party who just went on the ride with you so that you don’t have to ride by yourself as long as an adult stays with the child who does not meet the height requirement.

Let’s say you have a family of 2 adults, one teen and one toddler. The toddler does not meet the height requirement and cannot ride Space Mountain. The first group, adult #1 and the teen, will ride Space Mountain first while adult #2 stays outside with the toddler. After the ride is done, adult #2 can switch with adult #1. The Rider Switch pass allows up to 3 people. So the teen can ride again with adult #2. So the teen got to ride Space Mountain twice!

Example if you use all the Rider Switch options at the Magic Kingdom:

What Rides Offer Rider Switch?

 

When Does The Rider Switch Pass Expire?

The Rider Switch passes use to expire on the day that it was distributed. However, now the Rider Switch pass can be valid for up to two weeks. You don’t have to use the Rider Switch right away. 

You can use it next time you go to the park. If the first group goes on the ride and you get a Rider Switch pass, you can use the Rider Switch pass in the afternoon. Use the Rider Switch however it works best for your group.

Another good option is to have the first group go on the rides and then you can take a midday break and then the second group can use the Rider Switch in the evening.

Single Rider Queue

Another option is to use the Single Rider queue. This usually moves faster than the standby line and is a great alternative if you don’t have a FastPass for that attraction and don’t mind riding alone. The only draw back is that it is only offered at Expedition Everest, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster and Test Track.