/ Friday, July 26th, 2013

by Peyton Spear

TIPS LOGOHave kids that do not like to go on some rides in each park?

Disney’s Rider Switch service allows parents the opportunity to watch their little ones while the other parent rides and then switch.

Generally, for non-FASTPASS attractions, your entire party must enter the normal queue and let the ride attendant know you would like to be issued a Rider Switch pass. At this point, one adult and a guest will ride the attraction (Party 1), while the rest of the party (Party 2) wait in a designated area. Once Party 1 gets back to the boarding area, they switch with Party 2 riders who will then get to ride the attraction.

For FASTPASS attractions, your entire party must approach the front of the line attendant and let them know you would like to be issued a Rider Switch pass. Here, the first parent and a guest (Party 1) must wait in the normal queue while the rest of the party (Party 2) can go about the park while waiting to switch. Once Party 1 is done, Party 2 riders will take the pass and skip the entire line to ride the attraction.

(Sounds a lot more complicated than it is.)

When I was little and was not brave enough to ride every attraction just yet, my family used the Rider Switch service and it worked well.

Here is a list of attractions offering Rider Switch:

Magic Kingdom:


-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

-Splash Mountain

(Storybook Circus)

-The Barnstormer


-Space Mountain

-Stitch’s Great Escape

-Tomorrowland Indy Speedway


(Future World)

-Mission: SPACE


-Test Track

Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

-Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

-Star Tours

-Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park:


-Expedition Everest

-Kali River Rapids

-Primeval Whirl

Have any of you participated in the Rider Switch service? What was your experience like?

Peyton is currently a student at the University of Mississippi majoring in Journalism with an emphasis in print. Growing up in Los Angeles and most recently moving to Atlanta, he has seen and experienced the best of both Disneyland and Disney World. Making his first visit to Disney World at the age of 5, he has never looked back as he entered the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.



3 thoughts on “Adventure Into The World of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy: Disney Tip #10”

  1. Shelly says:

    We used it once for Soarin when my youngest daughter was too small to ride. Since it’s a Fastpass ride some of our group went through the regular line and others went later through the Fastpass line. So we split up so that there was 3 adults in each group. What was nice is that the attendant asked us how many other kids were in our group (in our case it was 3) and he gave us enough Fastpasses so that the kids could ride once in the regular line with the first 3 adults and again with the Fastpass group.

  2. Steamboat Eddie says:

    I have not used it but I highly recommend it to people I know with little ones. The funny thing is 99 % of the folks I suggest it to have never heard of it.

    Catcha later.

  3. Richie says:

    Thanks for the tip…I have a lil’ guy now, and this will help in the next few years…