Disney World Planning

How to Use Rider Switch at Walt Disney World

So, you’re at WDW and you and your spouse want to go on a ride where your children are too young or too short to ride or just don’t have any desire to ride. Well, what do you do? Do you just skip it? The good news is that you don’t have to with the Rider Switch Service!

The Rider Switch or sometimes referred to as “Child Swap” allows 1 group of people or person to ride while the other adult stays with the younger child. When the first group is done, the other parent or group is allowed to ride without waiting in line again.

Here’s how it works.

1. Choose an attraction that has the Rider Switch Option.

Not every ride has this service, so it’s important to know which attractions offer it before you go. We’ve put a list below of the rides at the Walt Disney World Resort that have the Rider Switch Option.

Magic Kingdom Park
The Barnstormer
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Splash Mountain Splash Mountain
Stitch’s Great Escape
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway

Frozen Ever After
Mission: SPACE
Test Track

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

2. Meet the greeting Cast Member with your group.

When you meet the Cast Member, he or she will give the second group or person a pass to ride the attraction after the first group has gone. Here’s the cool thing though. The pass is good for up to 3 people. We’ll talk more about this later on.

3. Ride the attraction with the first person or group

Enjoy yourself! You can enjoy the attraction knowing that the little one is enjoying their time with someone you love and trust.

4. Have the 2nd group or person ride

Waiting in line is the worst. SO, it’s great that the second group or person doesn’t have to wait in line. Just give your pass to the Cast Member and skip the line to enjoy the attraction!

Now, here’s the cool part and here’s our special tip:

Like we said earlier, the pass that the second group gets can be used by up to 3 people. So, if you have some in the first group that want to join the second person or group, they most certainly can! This allows some people to ride the attraction twice, which is always a plus.

Here’s one more tip. If you can use the Rider Switch with a Fast Pass, we suggest it. That way, you can just get FastPasses for the people in the first group. Then the second group can use the Rider Switch pass without having to use their FastPasses and can save their FastPasses for later on or other attractions.

Have you used the Rider Switch Service? What things do you like or not like about it?




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