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How to Rider Switch at Walt Disney World

 

How to Rider Switch at Walt Disney World? This comes up a lot. A lot of people have heard of rider switch or rider swap or baby swap. I think some of the books used to call it baby swap, but now officially, Disney calls it Rider Switch, whatever you want to call it. Rider Switch, baby switch, rider swap, baby swap, whatever you want to call it. Let's talk about how it works.

What is Rider Switch at Walt Disney World?

Expedition Everest might need to have a Rider Switch at Walt Disney WorldYou might want to Rider Switch Expedition Everest - Photo by Cliff Wang

 

If you have a family that has a child that either is too short to ride, reluctant to ride, doesn't want to ride, but you still want to experience the attraction and you don't want to stand in line twice. (Makes sense.) There are several rides at each park that have a "Rider Switch" option.

How Rider Switch Works

 

To experience Rider Switch, your whole party goes to the FastPass entrance. At that point, you will be given a ticket, a Rider Switch ticket, then all of the party except for the child that doesn't want to ride and whatever part of the party that wants to ride goes ahead and rides. The other party that's staying with the child that wants to ride later, stays with the child.

 

Now, the important thing here is that second group can only include two people. So if you've got a group of 10 or 12 people, you can't have 5 go at the first time, 5 go at the second time. Only two people can go with the second round of Rider Switch. Take your group, get your Rider Switch pass. Everybody goes except for one or two and the child that doesn't want to ride.

 

The first group takes the Rider Swap ticket and goes and rides the ride. Now, you can either go through the regular line or if everybody, including the second group, if everybody has fast passes, you can go through the FastPass line. You don't get an advantage by doing Rider Switch. The first group won't get to go through the fast past line if you don't have a FastPass.

 

When the first group is finished, they hand the ticket to the second group who then goes to the FastPass+ entrance, presents the ticket and rides.

The Rider Switch Attractions

The Rider Switch at Walt Disney World attractions

Here are the attractions where you can experience Rider Switch at Walt Disney World.

At the Magic Kingdom

  • The Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Stitch's Great Escape (when open)
  • At Epcot

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Mission Space
  • Soarin'
  • Test Track
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
  • Star Tours - The Adventure Continues
  • The Tower of Terror
  • Animal Kingdom

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Primeval Whirl
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    Dad's Bottom Line

    If you have children that are too short or reluctant to experience attractions, you might want to consider using the Rider Switch/Swap/Baby Swap option. It is a big time saver.