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  • On Apr 15, 2024
    Kristen 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.

    Hello my question is about riders swap. Do I need to purchase a lightning lane ticket or reserve a virtual queue spot for my son if he will not ride a ride but my husband and I will be doing riders swap?

    Hi there, Kristen, and welcome to planDisney!

    Oh, boy! Your family is in for a grand adventure. There are so many new additions to Walt Disney World Resort around your arrival time as you can see in this recent Disney Parks Blog article. I'm definitely looking forward to meeting Joy from Pixar's Inside Out at Disney's Hollywood Studios! You're only a few weeks away from your Most Magical vacation, so let's get right into what you need to finalize your plans. 

    I have good news for you, Kristen: The only members of your party who need access to the Lightning Lane or a Virtual Queue sign-up are those who are going to ride the attraction. When you log in to your My Disney Experience App in the morning to create your Lightning Lane selections or to sign up for Virtual Queue spots, edit your party to include the members who will be experiencing the offering. Now, if your son is tall enough to ride an attraction and wants to walk through the Lightning Lane queue with you both even if he doesn't want to ride, then you all will need access. 

    When using Rider Switch (seriously, one of the best services that Walt Disney World offers for young families), be sure to see a friendly Cast Member at the front of an attraction's entrance. They will set the second riding party up for their Rider Switch Lightning Lane access, and then both you and your husband will get to switch off to enjoy the experience!

    Kristen, if you need additional help planning your Disney vacation planning questions, revisit us here at planDisney. I'm all ears! 

    Magic always, 
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