• On Oct 22, 2018
    Lauren from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I heard the rider kid swap rules have changed. So what the difference now I can just book fast pass for my husband and I and swap on our own. What's the advantages to using kid/rider swap?

    Hi Lauren! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    You must be thrilled that your trip to the Walt Disney World Resort is coming up SO soon! I love traveling to this magical destination with my little ones, so I have used Rider Switch many times and would love to pass along what I have learned about this amazing service!

    Rider Switch is great for parents that have kids that aren’t quite tall enough to ride some of the more “thrilling” attractions yet. On our recent visit, my family approached the entrance to the attraction and spoke with the Cast Member about using Rider Switch. We were asked which parent was riding first. Since our son meets the height requirement for some rides, but our daughter doesn't, we usually had our son and one parent go first. The Cast Member asked if we had a FastPass+ for the first party riding or if they would be in the Stand By line because this determined our return time for the second party riding. If we had a FastPass+, it was only for the first party riding (one parent and our son), then the Rider Switch was scanned onto the MagicBands for the second party (the other parent, plus our son got to ride again!). Rider Switch acts as the FastPass+ for the second party, so you don't have to have FastPass+ for both parents. If you do have FastPass+ for both parents, you don't need Rider Switch.

    While one parent was on the ride, the other parent was free to explore the area, take a rest, or grab a snack. Once the first parent was done, we switched and the other parent went straight to the FastPass+ line. It saved us a lot of time since we didn't have to wait in the Stand By line again!

    I hope this helps explain how Rider Switch works, Lauren! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Tabitha, Tennessee

Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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