How Disney World’s New Digital Rider Switch Program Works
July 19, 2018
Do you have children in your party that cannot or do not want to ride certain rides at Walt Disney World? If so you may want to take advantage of the Rider Switch program. Rider Switch is sometimes also known as Rider Swap or Child Swap. In this post, I am going to tell what the Rider Switch program is, how the Rider Switch program works, and give you some tips on how to best use the Rider Switch program.
What is Rider Switch?
Rider Switch is a program Walt Disney World has in place where adults can trade off watching a child that can not or does not want to ride a certain ride. One adult has the ability to stay with the child while another adult rides the ride, and then when it is their turn to ride the ride they are able to go through the Fast Pass line rather than waiting in the standby.
How is the Old Rider Switch Program Different Than the New Rider Switch Program?
Up until just recently, Rider Switch passes were paper passes handed out by cast members. For those of you who have used the Rider Switch program at Walt Disney World in the past, the Rider Switch program at Walt Disney World switched from using the old paper passes to digital passes. No longer will a cast member hand you a paper Rider Switch ticket. Cast members will now put a digital Rider Switch pass onto your magic band or park ticket.
How Do I get a Rider Switch Pass?
Everyone who is going to ride plus the child must go up to the cast member at the front of the line. Let the cast member know that you are wanting to use a Rider Switch.
The cast member needs to know who is riding first and who is waiting with the child and will ride second. The person who is riding second can choose up to two other people to ride with them. Anyone can ride with them as long as they are tall enough for the ride. It does not matter if they rode with the first group of people or not.
The cast member is going to need to scan each person’s magic band or park ticket who is riding in the second group, so make sure you have them out and ready when you walk up to the front of the ride.
How Does the Rider Switch Pass Work?
When the cast member puts the Rider Switch pass on the second group’s accounts they will assign a time for the group to return. This time to return will be dependent on the current stand-by wait time listed. The cast member will take the current wait time and subtract 10 minutes from it, and that will be the time the second group can return to ride. If the current stand-by wait time listed is 30 minutes then the second groups arrival time will begin in 20 minutes from the time they receive their Rider Switch pass. The second group can return up to an hour after the assigned time. When it is the second groups turn to ride, they will go to the Fast Pass line and scan their bands or tickets just like they would if they had a fast pass.
Rider Switch Tips
- When you are making your FastPass+ selections, think if there are any children in your party who are not going to want to ride the rides you are making FastPass+ selections for. If there is a child who will not ride, only make FastPass+ selections for the people you would like to have in the first group riding. The people who are riding second can make a different FastPass+ selection for that day. This makes getting a hard to find FastPass+ selection a little easier because you are looking for one with fewer people. You are also able to make more FastPass+ selections for your party this way.
For example, when my family goes to Epcot we like to make FastPass+ selections for both Soarin’ and Test Track. Neither of these can my littlest one ride, so if there is six of us not counting my toddler, we will make three FastPass+ selections for Soarin’ and three FastPasse+ selections for Test Track. This makes it to where each person gets to ride both rides with their FastPass+, however, each person only used one FastPass+ out of the three, they are allowed to book ahead of time.
- You can receive a Rider Switch pass when you are staying back with anyone who does not want to ride the ride, but should not be left alone. It doesn’t matter the guests age or height.
- You will be able to see your Rider Switch entitlement in your My Disney Experience app under the Fastpass+ section.
- You will only be able to have one Rider Switch pass in your account at a time.
Rides That Are Eligible For Rider Switch Passes
Magic Kingdom Park
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Frozen Ever After
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Alien Swirling Saucers
Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Slinky Dog Dash
Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
Avatar Flight of Passage
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®
Kali River Rapids
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