What do you do if you have 3 kids but only 2 of them are tall enough to ride Space Mountain? Or one of them doesn’t like to get wet but everyone else wants to ride Splash Mountain? Gone are the days of someone taking one for the team and not riding the ride. Walt Disney World offers Rider Switch!
Rider Switch offers families a unique way for everyone (tall enough and who wants to) to get to enjoy the big attractions. Your entire party first needs to approach a cast member at the ride and tell them you want to use rider switch. One person, with up to 2 guests, will then get in line for the ride (this is Party 1). The cast member will then scan the second member’s ticket or magic band (again, with up to 2 guests – this is Party 2). This will show up in the FastPass+ area of your My Disney Experience app (the same as a DAS Pass would). You then have a return time that is something like the wait time minus 10 minutes (again, the same as a DAS pass). When Party 1 is done riding, the adults the Switch, and Party 2 gets to ride the ride. Best part, for the kids, is they can ride TWICE!
Children that are not tall enough to ride also cannot wait in line, so “Party 2” will need to either wait outside the ride or, if the line is really long, go ride another ride or have a snack. But no one that wants to ride the ride will have to miss out. Here is a list of rides that offer Rider Switch:
- The Barnstormer
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Frozen Ever After
- Mission: Space
- Test Track
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
- Rock ‘n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Avatar: Flight of Passage
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
- Kali River Rapids
- Na’vi River Journey
Depending on which ride you are waiting to Switch, there is always something to do rather than just standing there waiting (unless it’s a very short wait, in which case I say go for it). You could get a snack, browse the ride gift shop, see if there is a play area nearby, try to ride a ride the child can ride, play a game like Hidden Mickeys, etc. You’re at Disney World, there’s always something to do!!