Mom And Son Radiator Springs Racers
  • On Jul 26, 2019
    Carrie from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How does child swap work for children that are too small for a ride but the parents want to ride?

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Carrie!

    You're as welcome as can be to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Walt Disney once said, "I think what I want Disneyland to be most of all is a happy place—a place where adults and children can experience together some of the wonders of life, of adventure, and feel better because of it." I love how the Rider Switch service at the Disneyland Resort helps to make the experience exciting for the young, the older, and even the timid in my family. It allows all of the family who can experience an attraction to do so with minimal additional wait time due to needing to supervise a child or other guest who is unable to experience the attraction.

    To utilize Rider Switch on attractions that offer it, make arrangements with a Cast Member that will usually be found at the entrance to the attraction. Here's how my family has made use of Rider Switch:
    1. We all arrive together at the attraction entrance and introduce a Cast Member to members of our family that will not be riding the attraction and those who will be riding. Most of the time, that has been one parent staying with the youngest child while the other parent goes with the older children.
    2. The group that will ride first enters the attraction queue. The group that will ride second has their park tickets scanned. If only one supervising guest is part of the second group, usually the Cast Member allows one or two of the children in the first group to be scanned into the second group as well. That's a nice way to allow that supervising parent to enjoy experiencing the attraction with other family members still. (See Walt's quote above!)
    3. While the first group goes through the attraction queue, the remaining parent and child wait outside the attraction. Depending on the attraction wait time, we have used this time to visit a restroom, change a diaper, enjoy a snack, or even browse a shop.
    4. When the first group finishes experiencing the attraction, the supervising roles get switched around. For my family, usually, this means that the parents switch places, with the parent who waited with the youngest Mouseketeer now joining the other children that were scanned into group number two. That group then proceeds to the designated return point for the attraction. For most attractions that is the Disney FASTPASS return entrance or sometimes it is the attraction's exit. There, they will have their park tickets scanned to verify the Rider Switch entitlement and then proceed to enjoy the attraction!

    I hope you have a Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah time, Carrie! Please stop by again with any additional questions you may have.

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