Family on Big Thunder Mountain
  • On May 22, 2022
    Joanne from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My mom will use a wheelchair & cane (85 years young)! Can we do a rider swap with her or is that only for kids? She will ride some rides (she loves SOARIN) but not everything. We don’t want to leave her in the park while we go on a ride. Thank you!

    Hi JoAnne! Welcome back to planDisney!

    Your mom sure is lucky to be feeling so well and to have a daughter like you who will still take her to visit The Most Magical Place on Earth! I hope that when I'm 85 my children will still bring me to visit my favorite place in the world. I love hearing that she loves to ride Soarin' Around the World.  This attraction is so relaxing, it's a great way to take a break from the heat of the Parks but still feel like you're having an adventure!

    You'll be happy to know that the Rider Switch service is available for any Guest who cannot or does not care to enjoy an attraction.  This means that even if your mother meets the height requirement you are still able to meet with a Cast Member as a group and ask for a Rider Switch entitlement. Have your entire party meet with the Cast Member at the beginning of the line and then send most of them on their way into the queue while one stays back with your mother.  After the first group returns, the waiting party will be able to zip right on the attraction without waiting in line again.  

    While not all attractions and shows have a Rider Switch option, you can see the list of those that do in the link above.  If your Mom is not ready for "The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness" grab a Rider Switch for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad,  run and get her a refreshing DOLE Whip from Aloha Isle and then relax in the shade while you wait for your other party members to return.  It's a win-win situation for all!

    I hope you and your entire family have a magical vacation and make memories that will last forever!
    Ashley M
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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