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  • On May 4, 2019
    Jamie from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    There is conflicting answers on whether both parents need a FastPass when using rider switch? Or just the first group of riders? If both parents need one, what’s the point of rider switch? And my 3 y/o will end up wasting a FP.

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Jamie!

    Planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation for your family can be a delicate balance sometimes, right? There's so much to see and do and you definitely want to make sure that no one misses out on anything, especially when you're traveling with little ones. For that reason, Rider Switch is going to be a great vacation planning tool for you, and I'm happy to walk you through some of the finer points of how it works so you can decide how you want to use it on your upcoming trip.

    The point of Rider Switch is so that families like yours who have little ones that aren't quite tall enough to ride some of the more thrilling attractions can have everyone ride what they want without needing to wait in the standby line multiple times. If you want to use the Rider Switch service in conjunction with FastPass+, meaning the first riding group will go through the FastPass+ entrance and not wait in the standby line, everyone in your party must have a valid FastPass+ for that attraction. Rider Switch recently went digital and has been integrated with your MagicBand and My Disney Experience app, so when you tap your MagicBand to receive your Rider Switch return time, a Cast Member will check to see that everyone has a valid FastPass+, if you want to use them.

    For that reason, I recommend that you use your FastPass+ selections for attractions that you can all ride together as a family so that everyone can use all three that are available for them each day. For example, if you're spending the day together at Magic Kingdom Park, use your FastPass+ to all ride Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, and while one parent and the older kids are waiting in line for Space Mountain, another parent and the little one who isn't tall enough to ride can go Meet Buzz Lightyear himself, or grab a snack at Auntie Gravity's Galactic Goodies. The older kids won't mind waiting in line since the Rider Switch entitlement is good for up to three guests, they'll be able to ride again using the FastPass+ entrance with the other parent!

    I hope this answers your questions, Jamie, and let us know if there's anything else we can do to help you plan your magical vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Jessica, Texas

I'm a personal stylist and I live in Texas with my husband and our two rescue animals. We are Disney-obsessed and love enjoying all the magic that's out there especially for grown-ups. In fact, we even opted-out of a tropical honeymoon to spend a blissful week at Walt Disney World instead! I'm thrilled to be on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and I'm excited to share everything I've learned from all of our trips and help you plan a memorable family vacation.  Learn More About Jessica

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