Attractions for teens
  • On Sep 17, 2019
    Maria from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Do we all have to stand in line to get a child swap or can my hubby and 12 y/o stand in line and obtain a child swap for me while I entertain my little one outside of the line?

    Hi, there!

     Maria, I'm so pleased to hear you're planning another Walt Disney World Resort vacation. And with a little one in tow! You're sure to have a magical visit.

     I have three kiddos, and my oldest and youngest have quite a sizable age gap. Because of the age difference, my oldest is a great helper, but I don't ever want him to miss out on something because of his little sister! Luckily, there are lots of family-friendly attractions in the theme parks that my whole family can enjoy together. For attractions that my little one is just too little for, there's Disney's Rider Switch to the rescue! This convenient service allows everyone in our family (except the baby, of course) to experience popular thrill attractions without experiencing more than one wait time!

     Using Rider Switch is easy. Simply approach the greeting Cast Member standing at the entrance of an eligible attraction. When you request to use the service, the Cast Member will ask who will be riding first and who will be waiting. The waiting adult will receive a Rider Switch entitlement on their MagicBand or card. This entitlement works just like a FastPass+ and it can be issued to two additional Guests. This means that your 12-year old can ride with your husband while you wait with the baby, and then ride again with you using the Rider Switch entitlement! Isn't that great? To specifically answer your question, you and your little one will not need to enter the queue in order for you to obtain the Rider Switch entitlement. 

     While I'm waiting with my little one in the theme parks, we shop for souvenirs, grab a bite to eat, or stop by the restrooms. Sometimes I even take her on a different attraction that has a short standby wait!

     Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Maria. Please visit us again soon with any new questions you may have about your Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all things Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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