• On Jul 13, 2021
    Cathleen from TX 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 4 & our youngest daughter is tall enough to ride all the rides, but she is terrified of any type of thrill ride. Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, ect.. She isn’t old enough to wait for us alone. Can we still do the parent swap pass?

    Hi Cathleen! 

    Having been through a few trips with a child who was terrified of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, I can relate to your dilemma! In our case, it was our oldest who was afraid, while our youngest has always been a daredevil! 

    But, GOOD NEWS!!! You can absolutely use Rider Switch. This is a service offered by Disney to assist families with kiddos who just can’t ride (whether they are too small, too scared, or otherwise). Simply bring your whole family up to the cast member at the front of the attraction and ask if they offer Rider Switch (usually the answer is yes). Then, they will have the adult waiting with the non-rider wait in a designated area and give them a rider switch pass. The rest of the family will go ahead and enter the attraction line and ride. After the family rides, the waiting adult can go back to the line with the rider switch pass (and up to 2 other family members) while a different adult waits with the non-riding child. 

    This allows all adults to have a chance to ride any given attraction. It was a life-saver when we had a child under the height restriction, plus whichever child was riding LOVED getting to ride the attraction with both myself AND my husband! 

    If there is another attraction close by that your youngest CAN ride, you can even take her there to ride while the rest of the family enjoys the first attraction. 

    I will recommend to keep trying with your daughter, too. Mine did eventually grow out of the aversion to Tower of Terror and now it is one of her favorite attractions. Not pushing, simply asking if she is sure she doesn’t want to give it a try. You never know if you don’t ask, right?  

    I hope you have a magical vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort! Please come back to visit us again with more planning questions! 

    Happy Riding,
thumbnail image for Tracy

Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

Learn More About Tracy

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.