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Rider Switch 101 At Walt Disney World

This is a really great perk for families at Walt Disney World that does not cost you anything extra on top of Park Admission. If you are a family with young children that are too small or too young to ride a specific attraction then you will want to read this piece because it will save you time and tears. There is no reason for anyone tall and old enough to ride an attraction to skip it anymore. When deciding what attractions to experience, and if it is one of your top three that you also want FastPass+ times for, do not waste a person’s FP+ on an attraction that they cannot enjoy. Everyone else can get a FP+ time for it and pick something else age appropriate for the little one. Ok, that said, this is how Rider Switch works.

1. Decide what adult, or 14 and older youth, will stay with the baby while everyone else is going to ride. Then all of you approach the Cast Member at the entrance to the ride. If you have a FP+ approach that line entrance, if you are riding Stand By, approach that line entrance. Tell the Cast Member that you would like to use Rider Switch on that attraction. The CM will verify that there is a baby, and an adult or youth 14 or older staying outside with the baby by physically seeing them. This policy has tightened up recently and you will need to show the baby and the adult.

2. The first rider and accompanying family will enter the correct line either Stand By or FastPass+. The CM will give you a lanyard that you will remember to give the next CM you see. This is important and you need to remember it because the CM will trade your lanyard for a Rider Switch paper pass. You will see the name of that specific attraction and details such as it is good for the rest of that calendar month, for three people, for that specific attraction.

3. The first rider rides, with the pass in hand, pocket, or somewhere they won’t lose it.

4. The first rider and companions exit the ride and find the other family members outside who did not ride.

5. The pass says any three people may now ride, entering through the FastPass+ entrance. Show the Cast Member at the entrance the Rider Switch Pass and show them the other two people you are bringing with you. The pass is for a total of 3 people, no more.  The intention is for the adult or youth who waited with the baby to ride, bringing any two other people with them to ride the attraction so they don’t have to enjoy it alone. But the pass says any three people so if that adult does not want to ride after all, then the first adult may ride again with two others.

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That’s it. It is simple and it is a big help to families with very young children.

About Cassie

Cassie L. I am a lifelong Disney fan. I attended Walt Disney World in 1971, and was there during the opening week of EPCOT, and have visited the Disney Parks for than 30 times. I have had the privilege of visiting Disneyland as a child, and then again with my children. My family recently moved from the northeastern United States to the Walt Disney World area. I now have cast members in my family and enjoy hearing the magical stories at the end of a shift. I love visiting all of the parks and getting to try more Disney food and being able to share it with you to help you plan your own magical day at Disney.