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  • On Nov 22, 2022
    Becca from KS 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 are a family of 5 using Genie+ (1 young). If we book a Lightning Lane, is it necessary to use Rider Switch? Are there benefits/situations when Rider Switch would be beneficial with Genie+? When would a new booking window open when using Rider Switch?

    Hi Becca,

    Welcome back to planDisney and thank you for your question! 

    Rider Switch is such a convenient option for guests who have a child or non-riding guest in their party. When it comes to Disney Genie+ Service, if you select a Lightning Lane for all your guests, except for the non-rider, you don’t really need to use Rider Switch. 

    With a Lightning Lane you have a specified amount of time to go ride the attraction, so within that timeframe have one group ride and have them return to wait with the non-rider. Once that group has returned, have the second group scan into the Lightning Lane and ride the attraction. Super simple! In my opinion, there really isn’t an added benefit to using Rider Switch with Genie+ because either way, you’d do the same thing, split up into groups to ride the attraction. 

    Keep in mind that you aren’t able to book a new Lightning Lane until the one you have is used or two hours after you book your Lightning Lane (whichever comes first). This is really helpful because if you get a Lighting Lane for later in the day, you can book another within two hours instead of waiting all day. 

    Since you’ll have a non-rider in your party, make sure that you unselect them from the rides they don’t want to ride on when booking with Genie+. If you do accidentally book them, no worries, you can either cancel the Lightning Lane for that guest in your My Disney Experience app or they can just scan their MagicBand or ticket when everyone else does and wait with the other members of the group not riding in the first group. I will note that if your child meets the height requirement for the attraction and is somewhat interested in riding, but isn’t totally sure, you could go ahead and book them the Lightning Lane then make a decision right before the family taps into the ride.

    I hope this “Bit By Bryanna” is helpful in your preparation for your Walt Disney World Resort trip coming up soon. If you have any other planning or vacation questions, please feel free to reach out, I’m always happy to help!

    The Magic Is Calling,

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Welcome to planDisney! My name is Bryanna and I am a "Disney-lifer". I have traveled to the Walt Disney World Resort since my toddler years and I have not been able to get enough of the magic. Whether we are at the one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks or a Disney Resorts Collection Hotel, it is a way to escape every day life. I have planned many family vacations and now it is my turn to help you. Through my experienced lens, I take joy in being a part of your magical journey! Learn More About Bryanna

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