Preschooler on Carousel
  • On Aug 21, 2019
    Erica from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How does the ride swap work? We are going with our son, he will be 16 months old when we go in January, and it will be the first time ever going as parents!!!! Any advice or must do's would be GREAT!

    Hi Erica!

    Thanks for your question. I can recall the first time I took my son to Disney World at the tender age of 18 months. Seeing him just stare at all the sights and sounds of "The Disney Experience" brought joy to my heart. He loved meeting Woody from Toy Story, but was scared to death when Stitch from Lilo & Stitch approached him. :-) He is much older and we can laugh about that experience now. Tip #1: Be sure to take as many photos as possible. You will cherish that time, and be able to share those memories with your son when he gets older!

    To ensure all guests can get the most out of their time at Disney World, Disney offers the Rider Switch program.

    Here is how it works:

    If you or your spouse really want to get on a ride, and your little Mouseketeer doesn't meet the height requirements, you will approach a Cast Member at select attractions where the Rider Switch program is accepted. The entire family will need to go to the Cast Member, tell the Cast Member they wish to do Rider Switch, and the Cast Member will issue a Rider Switch entitlement to the parent waiting back with the child. That parent will then be guided to a designated area, generally outside of the attraction but near the attraction's entrance or exit. Once the first parent finishes the attraction, the first parent takes the child, and then the second parent (the one who waited with child), walks up to the Cast Member, presents the entitlement, and then they're able to get on the attraction (generally entering the Fast Pass line). Cool and convenient huh?

    If you want to do something as an entire family, here are my favorite attractions that you can do with your young one:

    *The Boneyard at Disney's Animal Kingdom: My son wanted to stay here for hours. There's something about young children and sand that equals pure happiness! :-)

    *Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin at Magic Kingdom

    *Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Magic Kingdom

    *"it's a small world" at Magic Kingdom 

    *Kidcot Fun Stops at Epcot World Showcase

    *The Magic Carpets of Aladdin at Magic Kingdom 

    *The Marketplace Carousel and Train Express at Disney Springs

    Tip #2: Consider renting a stroller when at the theme parks. I found this easier than bringing our own strollers from home. It eliminated the hassle of having to maneuver in and out of various Disney transportation services, and reduced the challenge of constantly breaking down the stroller to get on or off the bus. Just a tip to consider.

    May you and family have a Magical Time at Disney World!


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