Friday, May 25, 2012

What is Rider Swap Anyways?

If you're traveling or considering traveling to Walt Disney World with small children, you may wonder how you'll find the time to ride the attractions you want even though your children are too small.

Don't worry - Disney has it all figured out!

With the Rider Swap you can both ride the attraction separately while only waiting in the line the first time. 

How this works: Both adults and the child not large enough simply walk up to the stand-by line and find the Cast Member in charge.  Tell them you'd like to take advantage of the Rider Swap.

They will ask where the child is and who is watching them - we made that mistake - left the child with one person not too close by and walked up.. whoops!

They will then hand the person/people immediately loading the attraction a modified fast pass - allowing 3 (or 4! I'll make sure to take a picture next time!) riders to go into the fastpass line.  After the original riders exit the attraction, they hand the Rider Swap pass the person/people watching the children and then they can ride without waiting in the line.

**This option is allowed to be used with Fast Pass!**  If you plan correctly, you can both ride without any lines!

Another perk - if you have one child old enough to ride, they can ride both times!  Once with you in the standby and then go back.  Can't wait to take advantage of that perk with Noah!


  1. Does this work with kids with disibilities? I have a son who is blind and doesn't like to ride much will I still be able to ride swap with him?

  2. I'm so sorry this took me so long to reply! For disabilities, stop by Guest Relations when you enter. They give you a special pass to avoid all lines, no worrying about switching. I've seen parties of 4 use them - immediately enter the line, so you would be able to ride without any lines!