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  • On Jan 23, 2022
    Mary from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is parent swap still a thing? And when we do swap can the child ride again?

    Hi Mary! Welcome back to planDisney! It's so great to have you stop by again! 

    Only a month away from your magical visit! I'm sure the excitement level is growing every day. The best part about the Walt Disney World Resort is there is something for everyone to enjoy. Some people visit for the food while others travel for the deluxe accommodations. But at the heart of it all is the rides and attractions. Disney continues to enhance the Guest experience by adding exciting new attractions as the years go on. There are new family-friendly rides such as Remy's Ratatouille Adventure and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway. And something new for the big kids as well with Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

    Mary, I have some great news for you! Not only is Rider Switch is still a thing, but it also can't be easier to use. Most attractions across all four theme parks offer this service but it is best to check to confirm. Once you arrive at the attraction, your entire party will need to head to the front of the ride line and speak with the Cast Member. The Cast Member will scan the MagicBand of the person who plans to ride second, along with the child who plans to ride it again. The first parent will then wait in the stand-by queue with the child rider while the second parent is free to explore the park with the other members of the party. Once the first parent and child exit the ride, the second parent and same child will enter the Lightning Lane entrance using their MagicBands. 

    If you plan to use Disney Genie+, the Rider Switch Service will work essentially the same. The only difference from the directions above is the first rider will be able to use the Lightning Lane entrance and bypass the stand-by queue altogether. Each rider will need to have an active Lightning Lane reservation to use the service.

    Rider Switch has been a lifesaver for our family. My wife and I thoroughly enjoy riding all of the attractions, but with the ages of our daughters, coupled with their reluctance to try any of the "big" rides, we would never have the opportunity to both ride these attractions in a suitable amount of time. 

    Mary, I hope this helps you on your upcoming visit! Please find us again if you need any additional help!

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, South Carolina

Hello friends! Greg here from Charleston, SC. I am a Disney-loving husband and dad to two wonderful daughters. Walt Disney World Resort offers everything you want in a vacation and touches all the senses. From the sights to sounds and even the smells, there is something for everyone to enjoy! When our family is not riding "it’s a small world" or going on a Journey Into Imagination With Figment, we are readily planning our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Learn More About Greg

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