Using Rider Switch

If you are going to the park with young children, make sure you take advantage of Rider Switch. It’s made so your party doesn’t have to wait in line twice if you have a child that can’t go on the ride. In a nutshell, one of you can stay with the child while the rest of the party waits in line and rides the attraction. When they finish, you and up to 3 additional guests can skip the line and ride the attraction. The Rider Switch is only offered for attractions that have height restrictions. A complete list of these attractions is at the end of this article.

The Process

  1. When you arrive at an attraction to use Rider Switch, divide into two groups. Group 1 will be those who will go on the ride first. Group 2 will wait with the child who cannot ride.
  2. Find a cast member at the front of the line. An adult in Group 2 will show the cast member the child that cannot ride. The cast member will scan the adult’s ticket to give them a Rider Switch.
  3. Group 1 will get in line while Group 2 waits outside.
  4. When Group 1 gets off, they will take responsibility for the child so Group 2 can ride. Group 2 will go to the entrance. A cast member will scan your ticket and you and up to three guests will be able to skip the standby line by going through the standby line.

Tips and Tricks

Rider Switch allows you to take up to 3 additional guest with you through the shorter line. Only one ticket will hold the Rider Switch, so any 3 people can accompany that person. So, if you have a child who is tall enough to ride, you can actually take them twice. They can go with Group 1 through the regular line and then with Group 2 through the shorter line.

You can use Rider Switch and FastPass. If your party gets a FastPass, they can use their FastPass instead of standing in the regular line while you still get a Rider Switch. Make sure the cast member knows they are using FastPasses so they can adjust the return time of your Rider Switch.

If you read Disney’s official page about Rider Switch, it says Group 2 must wait in a “designated area”. There has been some confusion about it, but at this point, you can wait wherever you like. You can take some time to sit in the shade, find a snack, do some shopping, or even find another attraction to ride if the wait is going to be long.

Here is a list of the attractions that use Rider Switch:

Disneyland
  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster
  • Indiana Jones™ Adventure
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Disney California Adventure
  • California Screamin’
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Soarin’ Around the World
Magic Kingdom Park
  • The Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Stitch’s Great Escape
  • Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Epcot
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Soarin’
  • Test Track
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Primeval Whirl

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