A Ride in the Teacups
  • On Jul 29, 2022
    Lara from AZ Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there a child or baby swap allowed for Rides with long lines?

    Hi Lara!

    Welcome to planDisney! We're very happy that you're hEAR. Thank you so much for sending this Disneyland Resort vacation planning question our way!

    Oh boy! It sounds like you'll be visiting Mickey's house with your very own junior Mickeys and mini Minnies! Be sure to stop by the Baby Care Centers for almost every need you could think of for your littles; from medicine and baby food that you might have run out of, to the perfect clean and calm place to feed a wee one or change a diaper. There is even a mini kitchen where you can prepare a baby or toddler meal, as well as teeny tiny toilets for those who are lEARning to become big kids!

    I am very happy to say that yes, certain attractions do participate in Disney's Rider Switch Service! This is more meant to serve as a way for everyone in your group who is both tall and brave enough to enjoy bigger, faster, scarier, and louder attractions; but it also is meant for those who don't or can't ride something listed to be able to have a buddy stay behind while the first group goes, and then the buddy can also enjoy the attraction after the first group gets off. Even cooler is that if your crew is small enough, someone from the first group can go again so the buddy who waited the first time doesn't have to ride alone!

    To set up a Rider Switch, your entire party will approach the entrance queue of a Rider Switch Attraction together. (If the line extends past the entrance, still head to the entrance, where the attraction sign and Lightning Lane tapstiles are.) Find a Cast Member and ask to set up a Rider Switch. They'll ask who is in the first group to enjoy the attraction and who is in group two. They'll then either scan your Theme Park Admission Tickets or hand over printed Rider Switch passes. Once your Rider Switch Service has been set up, those in group one will go to the regular Standby line while group two does something cool on their own. You can stay in the immediate area, get a snack, do some shopping, experience another attraction on the opposite side of the park - the choice is yours! Then, after group one is done and you've made the switch, those in group 2 will get to utilize the Lighting Lane for the same attraction.

    I hope that this answer helped to clEAR up your question, Lara, and better plan for your upcoming Disney days! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Panel Instagram account where we're sharing even more tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen N.
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom to the best ride buddy and a military spouse who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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