Rider Switch: How to Ride Thrill Rides When You Have Little Ones

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Rider Switch is a system Disney has in place that allows families with small children to enjoy the rides that have height requirements. If you have small children you can take turns riding bigger rides while the other person waits with the child. When the second person takes their turn, they can hop in the fastpass+ line for a shorter wait.

How Does it Work?

how to use Disney rider switch

When you get to a ride that has a height requirement, your entire group should find the Cast Member at the end of the line. Let that Cast Member know that you would like to use rider switch. Make sure your entire group is with you when you talk to the Cast Member.

The Cast Member will then scan the magic band of the people who will be riding second. Once that is done you will see a fastpass+ added to your My Disney Experience account.

The first rider may then get in line and ride.

The second rider can come back at the time designated on their new fastpass+ in their account.

Tips for Maximizing Rider Switch

  1. Double up on your fastpass+ picks by only making reservations for the person who will be riding first. That person can use a fastpass+, and the second rider will get their rider switch fastpass+ as a bonus fastpass+. So you can actually use this system to double up on your fastpass+ selections!
  2. If you have another child (or adult) who can ride, that person can ride with BOTH the first rider and the second rider. Disney will allow 2 people to take advantage of the rider switch fastpass+, while a third person waits with the small child.
  3. Take advantage of short wait rides while you are waiting for the rest of your group to ride. You can really maximize the number of rides you hit by doing this.

What Can I Do With My Little One While We Wait?

There is a TON you can do while you are waiting for the rest of your party to ride. Here are some suggestions of fun things you can do while you wait:

Magic Kingdom:

Rider Switch While Waiting
Seven Dwarfs Carousel
Big Thunder Mountain Play area at train station
Splash Mountain Play area at train station
Barnstormer Dumbo
Space Mountain Tomorrowland Transit Authority



Rider Switch While Waiting
Test Track Innoventions
Mission: Space Play area at exit
Soarin' Living with the Land


Hollywood Studios:

Rider Switch
While Waiting
Star Tours Muppetvision 3D
Tower of Terror Beauty and the Beast
Rock 'n' Rollercoaster Beauty and the Beast
Slinky Dog Dash Meet Green Army Men


Animal Kingdom:

Rider Switch
While Waiting
Dinosaur The Boneyard play area
Kali River Rapids Maharajah Jungle Trek
Expedition Everest
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Flight of Passage Walk around Pandora


What Rides Offer Rider Switch?

Rider switch


The Bottom Line

Taking advantage of Rider Switch can ensure that both you and your little one get to enjoy all of the attractions that you have your heart set on. Disney makes it easy and fun!

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