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  • On Feb 18, 2024
    Cassie (me) from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be traveling with a 20 month old and 5 year old (not tall enough for all rides) when visiting the parks. How does ride share work with genie+?

    Hi Cassie, and welcome back to planDisney!

    Be prepared to have the best vacation ever. I’ve always enjoyed visiting the Disney Parks (I grew up and currently live very close to them), but there’s nothing quite like experiencing pixie-dusted moments through the eyes of your kiddos. I am more than happy to explain how Disney Rider Switch works while having your little ones in tow. 

    First things first, how cool is it that your younger Mouseketeer will not need a theme park ticket because they are under the age of 3. Yes! And because your 20-month-old child doesn’t need a ticket, they also won’t need to be included in your trip’s Disney Genie+ purchases. If the older and taller members in the party have Lightning Lane access to rides with lower height requirements, your little one can tag along, too. (Your 5 year old would need a purchased Lightning Lane entry.)

    If your two little ones are not tall enough (or don’t want) to ride a certain attraction, that’s when Rider Switch comes into play. Honestly, I can’t imagine not being able to use this useful, free service. You’ll want to let a Cast Member near the front of the queue's entrance know that you’d like to set up Rider Switch. Your first group who will ride will use the Lightning Lane regardless because they’ve already purchased Genie+. Then the second group (the ones who were waiting with your younger non-riders) will then also go through the Lightning Lane queue. 

    AN EXTRA GEM: What’s important to note is that even though the second group will go through the Lightning Lane no matter if the first group has Lightning Lane access or not, everyone who is riding must have a Genie+ Lightning Lane selection for an attraction in order for even the first group to access the Lightning Lane. In other words, you’ll still need to purchase Genie+ for those second-round riders. 

    I hope that this helps, Cassie. If you need any other tips and tricks for planning your upcoming vacation with little ones, please revisit us here at planDisney. See you real soon!

    Magic always, 
    LeAndra 
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Meet the Panelist: LeAndra, Florida

Hey, Mouseketeer! I'm LeAndra, a wife, mom of two, and content creator from beautiful Central Florida. I've lived near The Most Magical Place on Earth for my entire life; so, I like to say that I'm a Guardian of this galaxy! My love of all-things-Disney has also taken me on multiple cross-country road trips to Disneyland Resort and on a few flights over to Disneyland Paris. I am oh-so-grateful to be a part of your world by helping you plan your magical vacations.  Learn More About LeAndra

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