Disney World Rider Swap

Disney World Rider Swap

Don’t let its name mislead you. You don’t just get to swap riders like it implies. I wish somebody would have explained this to me before we attempted this, we stood in line for 2 hours with an 8 month old baby. YIKES!

Rider swap means there is an ineligible person in your party so a Fastpass for this ride is granted to your party.  An ineligible person is usually a young guest, one who doesn’t meet the height or age requirements of an attraction, and cannot be left unsupervised.

How this system is supposed to work is by walking up to the Fastpass attendant with the ineligible child.  The attendant will hand you a card that you carry with you while you wait in line.  When you get to the ride (right before you enter) you hand them this card. They will swap you out with a fast pass (which is good for 3 additional people anytime during that day).

The person who stayed back with the child/ineligible person will now hop into the Fastpass line. So it does cut some of your time down but you still have to wait on Fastpass. So if it is busy at that time of day your party will wait in the original line and then again in the Fastpass line.

Once we figured this out it became a pretty smooth system.

Rider Switch Service is available at these attractions:

Magic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Stitch’s Great Escape
  • The Barnstormer
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Hollywood Studios

  • Rock ‘n Rollercoaster
  • Star Tours
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Epcot

  • Mission: Space
  • Soarin’
  • Test Track

Animal Kingdom

  • Dinosaur
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Primeval Whirl

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