Using the Rider Switch Service at Walt Disney World


Walt Disney created Disneyland so that families could enjoy riding together and creating special memories. Most rides at Walt Disney World were also created for families and guests of all ages to enjoy together. Still, there are a few Walt Disney World rides that have height requirements, and some can be a bit scary for little ones as well. Here is the list of rides with height requirements:

Magic Kingdom

Barnstormer – 35″

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – 38″

Space Mountain – 44″

Splash Mountain – 40″

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – 40″

Tomorrowland Speedway – 38″


Test Track – 40″

Soarin’ – 40″

Mission Space – 44″

Animal Kingdom

Avatar Flight of Passage – 44”

Dinosaur – 40″

Expedition Everest – 44″

Kali River Rapids – 38″

Primeval Whirl – 48″

Hollywood Studios

Slinky Dog Dash – 38”

Rock N Roller Coaster – 48″

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – 40″

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – 40″

These rides are all great fun for the family but if the kids aren’t tall enough to ride, or if they are just too darn scared, there is a great option for families — Rider Switch. With Rider Switch, one parent rides while the other parent stays with the child. Then, the parent who waited gets to ride without having to wait in line while the first parent stays with the child. Your child is never left unattended and you both get to ride. It’s a great option.

Here’s how it works (directly from the Disney website)

1. First check with a Cast member to see if Rider Switch is offered at the attraction in question.

2. When you arrive at the attraction, approach the greeting Cast Member with your entire party. At least one adult member of your party and the Guests who are not riding will be given a Rider Switch pass and asked to wait in a designated area (usually outside of the attraction). This group is “Party 2.”

3. The other party members (“Party 1”) ride the attraction.

4. After riding the attraction, Party 1 locates Party 2 and gives the Rider Switch pass to the adult member who will be riding. Party 1 takes over supervision of the non-riding children or Guests.

5. Party 2 enters and boards the attraction without having to wait in the regular queue a second time. The Rider Swap Pass must be presented to a Cast Member at this time.

If the person in Party 2 waited alone with the child, he or she may bring 2 Guests back to ride the attraction with him or her. Please note that the rules show that only 2 Guests are allowed per Rider Switch Pass (but I have had Party of 3 on my Rider Switch passes many times).

I hope this will help you when making your touring plan. I find this to be one of the best options Disney has developed for families. I take full advantage of Rider Switch when I visit. I hope you will too.

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