Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thursdays with Mel... Baby Swapping

Kevin in The Laughing Place
With my experience traveling to Walt Disney World with three kids, and sometimes more when the extended family tags along, when the topic of the Disney Baby Swap comes up, you’d think I would be an expert. Alas I have a confession...
I have never used the Baby Swap (also known as the Rider Switch) program. The basics of the program are sound. It allows for parties with small children to take turns on a ride without waiting in the standby queue a second time. 
So why have I never used it? First off, I have been lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World several times in my lifetime, and I know that I will be returning year after year. So, I have never felt the compelling need to experience a ride or attraction when I know I will be returning.
But my main reason for forgoing the Baby Swap Pass is that I get to enjoy slower-paced magical moments with the smallest members of the family while the older ones satisfy their need for speed. Until I had kids, I never knew about The Laughing Place, a small playground near the entrance to Splash Mountain, and now I have wonderful memories of my younger son climbing around happily. (Click on the caption for a better picture of the entire play area.) 
On another visit, when my husband and boys went on Space Mountain, my daughter and I went on a special shopping spree, and she bought a wonderful princess bracelet that she still wears.
My main point is this, I would not have had those one-on-one moments with my kids had I been focused on riding a ride. I think Baby Swapping is a great option for those who want to utilize it. For me, I preferred the opportunity to spend some time seeing Disney through the littlest of eyes. They really do grow quickly - so fast, in fact, that my kids are all tall enough to ride any ride at the parks. We no longer need the Baby Swapper, but I will always have those priceless memories.

1 comment:

  1. We spent a lot of time at the Laughing Place and a few others on this past trip.. but we still baby swapped! Do love those parks!