Grandfather, Dad and Son; Nemo and Friends; The Seas; Epcot
  • On Jan 15, 2024
    Heather from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be coming to Disney with my 83 year old father who can’t ride some rides but needs someone with him at all times can we use rider swap option with him

    Hi Heather!

    There's nothing I love more than seeing a family of all ages enjoying a Walt Disney World Resort vacation together. Multi-generational Disney trips are the best - for the young and the young-at-heart! I'm so happy to hear your father will be coming to Disney with you! I hope I'm still experiencing the magic of Walt Disney World when I'm his age - I'm certainly planning on it. 

    No worries - if a Guest doesn't wish to (or is not able to) board a certain attraction, the rest of the party doesn't have to miss out. That's a time when you can take advantage of Rider Switch. Here's how it works: one Guest waits with the non-rider while the other members of the travel party enjoy the attraction. Once the riders return, the Guest who waited with the non-rider can then board the attraction without having to wait again in the regular queue. 

    Here are the official instructions for how to properly use the Rider Switch service:

    1. First check with a Cast member to see if Rider Switch is offered at the attraction in question.

    2. Once at the attraction, approach the greeting Cast Member with your entire party. At least one adult member of your party and the Guests who are not riding will be issued a Ride Switch entitlement by the Cast Member and asked to wait in a designated area (usually outside of the attraction). This group is “Party 2.”

    3. The other party members (“Party 1”) ride the attraction.

    4. After riding the attraction, Party 1 locates Party 2. Then, Party 1 takes over supervision of the non-riding Guests.

    5. Party 2 enters and boards the attraction without having to wait in the regular queue a second time. The Rider Switch entitlement must be validated by a Cast Member at this time.

    Please note that if the person in Party 2 waited alone with the child or non-riding Guest, one Guest may join the person who waited alone.

    I hope the Rider Switch option is helpful to you on your trip, and that you have a most magical visit to Walt Disney World! Please let us know if you have any more questions before your arrival in May - we're happy to help!

    Diane W. 
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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