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Rider Swap

Rider Swap

Rider Swap is a very cool feature that many don't know about at the Walt Disney World Resort. What is Rider Swap?  Let's say you are traveling with 2 small children.  You arrive at Splash Mountain and your youngest doesn't meet the height requirement...or is simply not ready to ride due to a fear. This is where Rider Swap comes in!

1) Check with the Cast Member at the ENTRANCE if Rider Swap is available (see below for a list of attractions)

2) Your party will be issued Rider Swap passes for the adult who is going to stay behind with the younger child.   

3)  Parent #1 will enjoy the attraction with the child who is capable of/wants to ride, while Parent #2 stays behind.  Parent #1 and child will go through the regular queue at the posted wait time or Fastpass+ queue if you have reservations.

4) Once the first party has finished, Parent #2 can now enjoy the attraction (again with the child who is capable of /wants to ride...lucky kid!) with little to no wait!  Remember that Parent #2 only gets TWO passes to return; one for themselves and one for a 2nd guest.

How Does Rider Swap work with FastPass+
There are two ways to approach this! 
1)Saving FastPass+ for the whole family.  For instance at Animal Kingdom, let's say your whole family wants to ride the Safari but only 3 of you want to ride Expedition Everest. Don't waste your FastPass+ on Everest!  Use your FastPass+ for something EVERYONE can enjoy and use Rider Swap early in the day when the Stand-by line is shorter, for Rider Swap! If you use this plan of attack, be sure to hit the Rider Swap rides when the Stand-by line is shorter so the rest of your party doesn't have long to wait.

2) Splitting up your FastPass+...this means Mom schedules 3 FastPass+ and Dad schedules 2 FastPass+.  Rider Swap works the same as it does above, except that Parent #1 is only waiting through the FastPass+ line instead of standby.

The problem with this approach is that Child #1 (that is able to ride) only gets THREE FastPass's. If you have 3 kids total and 2 can ride, while 1 can't, this approach might work by splitting up but it can be complicated and tricky!

Disney's Official Rider Swap List

Magic Kingdom Park
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Splash Mountain

Storybook Circus
The Barnstormer

Space Mountain
Stitch’s Great Escape
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway

Mission: SPACE
Test Track

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Star Tours® - The Adventures Continue
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®
Kali River Rapids
Primeval Whirl

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