Secrets of Rider Switch

by | Mar 14, 2022

As a parent of young children, I love seeing the joy in my children’s eyes when they enter a Disney Park (being in awe with their surroundings). There are many attractions the whole family is able to enjoy without there being a worry about height requirements. But there is always that one favorite thrill ride you are not wanting to miss because they may not meet the height requirement. Not to worry though, Disney has the solution for you.

The Rider Switch allows for those of us who are a kid at heart to enjoy thrill rides without having to worry about waiting in the full line queue twice. Why is this important you ask? Having a younger one with height restrictions gives you a tactical advantage during peak travel times. The Rider Switch Pass lets up to 3 people at Disneyland and 2 people at Disney World to ensure adults and older kids get to ride their favorite thrill rides multiple times. This is a huge advantage and saves a lot of backtracking. It’s the perfect way to maximize your time without feeling like someone is missing out because they are stuck watching the little one.

Here’s how it works: Approach a Cast Member at the entrance of the ride. The Cast Member will then load a special pass to the apps of either Disneyland or Disney World. From there the second group will then be able to return to use an expedited entrance when they return to the attraction. This can be done whether your whole group is going through regular standby or have Genie+. Once the first group of riders return, the second group will then return to the attraction within a designated time frame to redeem their Rider Switch.

Many of your favorite thrill rides are part of the Rider Switch at both Disneyland and Disney World. From personal experience I have gotten to use the Rider Switch myself for the likes of Indiana Jones and Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run. What was fun for me was that we used the switch for Smugglers Run before there was even a fast pass or lightning lane for it. For the complete list of Disneyland rides go here and here for the list of Disney World rides. Even if some rides are not on the list it doesn’t hurt to ask a Cast member just in case a little one may not want to go on a ride that they are able to go on. 

A big question is: What does the second group do while they wait for group one to return? Well, you can go through any of the shops, or grab yourself a yummy dole whip. At this time it would also be a great time to take the little ones to attractions without height restrictions. This is also a great time to take the littlest ones to see some of their favorite characters for some great photo ops.
The next time your family heads on over to either Disneyland or Disney World be sure to take advantage of the Rider Switch. Having me as your personal Travel Planner allows for you to know the ins and outs of before your trip. Contact me today at jhall@conciears.com when thinking of planning your next Disney trip.

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