Did you know that if you have a Disney FastPass for a ride that a young child can’t go on that you can use a feature that allows adult Guests to take turns waiting with youngsters or Guests unable to ride? It’s called a ‘Rider Switch’ and it is pretty awesome! Let’s take a look at how it works and an example.
Disney FastPass Rider Switch With Children
We are just coming off a fantastic Disney trip where we mastered the Disney FastPass system! I will write another post about maximizing FastPass and strategies later. In this post, I wanted to highlight what might be a little known feature of the FastPass system, the ‘Rider Switch.’
What is Rider Switch?
At select attractions, you can also take advantage of our Rider Switch option,which enables one adult to wait with children while another adult experiences the attraction. Then, the adults can switch so the other adult can experience the attraction—without having to wait in line a second time. You do not need to use FastPass+ service to use the Rider Switch option.
Here’s a example and how it worked out perfectly for us. We are a family of 4. One child is tall enough for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride at the Magic Kingdom (Child A) and the other child is not. So, in our example, we had a FastPass to ride for the 3 of us who are tall enough. But, someone has to stay back with the baby. So what to do? All we had to do was tell the host at the FastPass lane that we wanted to use the Rider Switch option and they handed us a badge. The first 2 of us went in with our FastPass (Adult A and Child A) and one adult (B) stayed back with the baby. Then we turned our badge in for a ticket (sounds complicated but, wasn’t at all.) The first 2 (Adult A and Child A) rode the ride and then met the 2nd adult (B) back at the FastPass line and Adult B was then able to take Child A back in and ride. So, essentially this worked out in our favor because we had 3 FastPasses for the ride and Child A was able to ride twice instead of only once because of the Rider Switch option. How awesome!
The rules state that you do not need to use FastPass+ service to use the Rider Switch option, however we did not try that option, as we didn’t wait in any long lines (more on that to come next!)
If you aren’t up on Disney FastPass and Rider Switch, check out this post as well as the many more Disney tips and tricks that I will be posting in the coming days and weeks!