Before that unfortunate monorail accident a few years ago, I almost always asked to sit up in the front with the driver. It was simple - ask the cast members working at the station and they'd take you to the front area to wait. There was a limit of 4 people at a time, so sometimes we would have to wait, but that was no problem. It was fun - the view up there is AWESOME. Full windows and you see exactly where you're going.
Our trip in June 2009, we rode up there for potentially the last time. And, unlike other times, they handed us these:
Our co-pilot license!! They usually handed out the circle Mickey Mouse stickers, but these cards were pretty cool, don't you think?
Did you ever ride up front? I'd love to hear about your experiences!