Rider Switch — also known as Baby Swap — is one of the best ways for families to spend less time waiting in line for Disney World’s best rides. However, not that many guests know about it. Unlike Lightning Lane and Genie+, Disney does not put out signage advertising Rider Switch’s existence. It’s really up to Disney World guests to do their research to know how and when to use Rider Swap.

Trust me. If you are traveling to Disney World with a family that includes a baby, toddler, or small child who can’t yet go on thrill rides, knowing about Rider Switch is a MUST.

In this article, I’ll explain exactly why Rider Switch is such a game changing tip for families going to Disney World. You’ll also learn how you can use Rider Switch on your next WDW vacation.

What is Rider Switch?

Rise of the Resistance Queue

If your child is too short (or too scared) to go on Disney World’s roller coasters and other rides with height requirements, Rider Switch is a way to make sure everyone else in your party can go on the ride without waiting in the regular line twice. The basic concept is this:

  • When using Rider Swap, your group will be split into two groups: Party 1 and Party 2. Party 1 gets in line first. While Party 1 enjoys the attraction, Party 2 watches the child or children who can’t go on the ride.
  • Once Party 1 is done with the attraction, they can swap with the group watching the child. Party 2 uses their Rider Switch pass to enter the Lightning Lane line, so they get to go on the ride with a much shorter wait while Party 1 watches the child or children.

Here’s an example. A party of five is visiting Hollywood Studios with two adults (Donald and Daisy), two kids (Huey and Dewey), and an infant (Louie). If they go to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the infant Louie cannot go on the ride because it has a height requirement of 40 inches. While Donald and Huey (Party 1) go on the ride, the Daisy and Dewey (Party 2) get a Rider Switch credential and stay outside the ride with Louie. Once Donald and Huey are done with the ride, they go swap with Daisy and Dewey, who can now go to the Lightning Lane entrance of the attraction while Donald and Huey watch Louie.

Now, here is a detail that many people don’t know: Party 2 can be up to three guests, so it is not limited to just one adult who is watching the child.

Also, Rider Switch at Disney World is not only about height requirements. If a guest requires adult supervision and does not wish to ride for any reason, then that is a situation that qualifies for Rider Switch.

Overall, Rider Switch is a great way to give families flexibility in case one guest needs supervision and cannot go on a ride for any reason.

How to Use Rider Switch at Disney World

Slinky Dog Dash - Hollywood Studios - Roller Coaster - Disney World

Using Rider Switch is as simple as finding a Cast Member in front of the attraction and asking about the service. Here are a few step-by-step instructions.

  1. Go to a qualifying attraction with your entire party (at least all guests who want to go on the ride, plus the child). See list below for all Rider Switch attractions at Disney World.
  2. Check in with the Cast Member in front of the entrance and ask about Rider Switch.
  3. Tell the Cast Member which members of your group will stay behind and watch the non-riding child / children. These guests will be Party 2 as explained in the section above. The Cast Member will scan their tickets or Magic Bands, which will give them a Rider Switch credential.
  4. While the first group (Party 1) goes on the ride, Party 2 supervises the child / children. While Disney’s official policy states that you must wait in a designated waiting area, in my personal experience, Party 2 is free to go and enjoy other parts of the park.
  5. Once Party 1 is finished, they need to meet up with Party 2 and start supervising the child / children.
  6. Party 2 goes to the Lightning Lane entrance (or other specified Rider Swap entrance, depending on the ride) and scans their ticket to get on the ride.

Can guests go on a ride multiple times with Rider Switch?

Disney World’s official policy states that Party 2 must be guests that aren’t going on the ride the first time. Disney World’s policy used to be more lenient, but they’ve tightened the system to prevent people from abusing it.

However, it’s up to the Cast Member at the front of the ride to enforce this policy. If you have a family of four, with two parents, an 8 year old who loves roller coasters, and a toddler, the Cast Member will probably let your 8 year old go with both Party 1 and Party 2 if you ask nicely.

Which Disney World rides feature Rider Switch?

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - Magic Kingdom Motion Sickness Guide

Rider Switch is available at all rides with height requirements at Disney World, plus two other attractions. While both Frozen Ever After and Na’vi River Journey are available to guests of any height, they both also feature Rider Switch.

Magic Kingdom

  • Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway

EPCOT

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (Virtual Queue or Individual Lightning Lane required for all participating guests)
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Soarin’
  • Test Track

Hollywood Studios

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Animal Kingdom

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Na’vi River Journey

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