What Is Rider Switch and How Does It Work?
If Guests in your party can’t or don’t want to board an attraction, you don’t have to miss out! This wonderful program also goes by many names, maybe you have heard of their aliases; Rider Switch, Rider Swap, Child Swap (?) you get the idea.
If a child does not meet the height requirement or a Guest does not wish to board a particular attraction, no problem! With Rider Switch, one adult can wait with the non-rider (or riders) while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. When the other adult returns, they can supervise the non-riding Guests, and the waiting adult can board the attraction without having to wait in the regular line again!
As of June 19, 2018, Disney has begun to transition from paper Rider Switch passes to all digital using your MagicBand or RFID enabled ticket.
Attractions using this new system will have Cast Members scan the bands or tickets of the waiting group and assign them a return time for riding. That return time will be 1 hour long (with a 10 minute grace period).
Magic Kingdom Park
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Stitch’s Great Escape
Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
Frozen Ever After
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Alien Swirling Saucers
Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Slinky Dog Dash
Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
Avatar Flight of Passage
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®
Kali River Rapids
As you can see, only the “big kid” rides and attractions offer Rider Switch. This is because Rider Switch is first and foremost meant for families that have children unable to ride due to height restrictions. It is unfortunate that it cannot be offered to those with sleeping babies on the “no height requirement” rides but those lines tend to be shorter in the first place. ** watching as my comment section fills with photos of obscenely long lines for Dumbo and Peter Pan**