We’ve been helping a lot of clients with multigenerational vacations lately. One of the biggest conundrums of multigenerational vacations is how to deal with situations where some members of the group do not want to – or are physically unable to – ride an attraction that is “must-do” for other members of the group. Walt Disney World has a solution for that. Rider Switch has been available for a long time, but with the advent of FastPass+, it has become an even more powerful tool. All of the attractions that offer Rider Switch are also FastPass+ attractions. So how do you use it?
- All party members go to the FastPass+ queue to request the Rider Switch pass. The group that will be riding the attraction first (Group 1) MUST have a valid FastPass+ reservation for the attraction.
- Group 1 rides the attraction, using those FastPass+ reservations.
- Group 2 does something else to help keep the non-riders occupied
- Up to 3 people can use the Rider Switch Pass to go back to the FastPass+ queue and ride the attraction through the FastPass+ queue. A few key points about the Rider Switch return:
- Guests who rode the attraction as part of Group 1 can go again with Group 2, using the Rider Switch pass.
- The limit is three guests using the Rider Switch pass, even though the Walt Disney World website says only two guests can use it. (We think they meant to be referring to two guests in addition to the one who was waiting with a non-rider.
if you have a larger party, you split your group carefully, and plan your FastPass+ reservations well, you can theoretically DOUBLE the number of attractions you visit through the FastPass+ queue. Just split your FastPass+ reservations between pairs of Rider Switch-enabled attractions.
Where can you take advantage of Rider Switch? Generally speaking, these are rides with a height requirement (listed in parentheses) that use FastPass+. But a few attractions without a height requirement have enough issues with smaller children being scared that they qualify as well.
- The Barnstormer (35″)
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40″)
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38″)
- Space Mountain (44″)
- Splash Mountain (40″)
- Tomorrowland Indy Speedway (32″ to ride, 54″ to drive alone)
- Frozen Ever After (no minimum height, Rider Switch is available presumably due to a couple of scenes that some children may find scary)
- Mission: SPACE (44″ for Orange; 40″ for Green)
- Soarin’ (40″)
- Test Track (40″)
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (48″)
- Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue (40″)
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (40″)
- Slinky Dog Dash (38″ when it opens on June 30, 2018)
- Alien Swirling Saucers (32″ when it opens on June 30, 2018)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®
- Kali River Rapids
- Primeval Whirl