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  • On Feb 26, 2024
    Sloan 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.

    I was wondering how riding rides work when you have an infant. I know about rider switch but is that a feature for every ride? If not, what is the best solution for your party to enjoy those attractions?

    Hi Sloan,

    Traveling to Walt Disney World Resort with an infant can be easier than you think due to the range of accommodations designed to cater to families with young children. From convenient on-site baby care centers offering quiet spaces for feeding and changing, to stroller-friendly transportation options and family-friendly attractions suitable for all ages, Disney ensures a smooth and enjoyable experience for even the youngest visitors.

    Rider Switch, also known as Child Swap or Rider Swap, is indeed a fantastic feature offered at Walt Disney World Resort (and many other theme parks) to accommodate families with young children who can't or don't want to ride certain attractions.

    Here's how it typically works: When you approach a ride that doesn't allow infants or small children to ride, or a child in your party doesn’t want to ride, one adult in your party can wait with the child while the other members of your party ride the attraction. Afterward, they can switch roles without having to wait in line again. The second adult (who initially waited) is given a special pass that allows them and one additional guest to enter the ride through the Lightning Lane line or a designated entrance, thus minimizing wait times.

    While not every ride at Disney World offers Rider Switch, many of the attractions do cater to families, even those with infants. For instance, slow-moving rides like "it's a small world," "Peter Pan's Flight," "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh," and "Dumbo the Flying Elephant" are perfect for families with young children. These rides typically feature gentle movements and vibrant, engaging scenes that can entertain both adults and infants alike. You can find attraction Height Requirements here. You'll see that there are attractions that are listed as "any height" and those attractions your whole family can experience together.

    Additionally, certain shows and experiences like "The Festival of the Lion King," "Mickey's PhilharMagic," and character meet-and-greets provide enjoyable entertainment without height or age restrictions. 

    Another fantastic resource for families with infants at Walt Disney World Resort is the Baby Care Centers. These centers offer a haven for parents seeking a quiet and comfortable space to attend to their infant's needs.

    Inside these centers, you'll find amenities such as private nursing rooms equipped with comfortable seating and changing tables. What's more, these changing tables are typically full-sized, making it easier for parents to comfortably change their baby's diapers. The centers are meticulously maintained, ensuring cleanliness and hygiene for your little one.

    In addition to providing a peaceful environment for feeding and changing, the Baby Care Centers also offer a range of baby care products for purchase, such as diapers, wipes, baby food, and formula. This convenient setup allows parents to address any unexpected needs that may arise during their visit to the park.

    I hope you find traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort with your infant as enjoyable as I did!

    ~Heather  
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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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