Everything You Need To Know About Rider Switch At Disney Parks

The rider switch option, also known as rider swap or child swap, allows families with young children to take turns riding attractions without having to wait in line twice.


Rider switch was introduced by Disney in the late 1990s to accommodate families with small children who did not meet height requirements for certain rides. It provides a fair solution so parents don’t have to miss out on big attractions, while also not leaving young children unattended.

What is Rider Switch?

Rider switch allows one parent to wait with the non-riding child while the other parent rides the attraction with any other family members who meet height requirements. Once they return, the parents can “switch” places so the waiting parent can ride without having to stand in line again. The non-riding child must be unable to ride either due to height restrictions or simply not wanting to ride. Rider switch is not intended to allow children to ride twice.

How to Use Rider Switch

  1. Approach the ride entrance with your entire party, including the non-rider. Notify a cast member you would like to utilize rider switch.
  2. The party will be divided into Group 1 and Group 2. Group 1 will ride first while Group 2 waits with the non-rider.
  3. Group 1 rides the attraction. When finished, Group 2 can ride using the Rider Switch pass, entering through the Lightning Lane line or as directed by the cast member.
  4. The Rider Switch pass allows up to 3 people to ride in Group 2. One person from Group 1 may ride again with Group 2.

Rider Switch Eligible Attractions

Rider switch is available at most attractions with height requirements, including thrill rides and rollercoasters. Some popular rides include:

  • Magic Kingdom: Big Thunder Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain
  • Epcot: Frozen Ever After, Mission Space, Test Track
  • Hollywood Studios: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Slinky Dog Dash
  • Animal Kingdom: Avatar Flight of Passage, Expedition Everest
  • Disneyland: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise
  • California Adventure: Incredicoaster, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure


  • Only one Rider Switch pass may be held at a time per group.
  • Rider Switch can be used along with Genie+ and Lightning Lane & DAS. Everyone in Group 1 needs Lightning Lane or DAS, while Group 2 uses the Rider Switch entitlement.
  • The waiting adult doesn’t need to stand in line. Do something nearby until Group 1 returns.


Rider Switch is a testament to Disney’s commitment to creating a magical experience for guests of all ages. By offering a thoughtful solution for families with diverse interests and age ranges, Disney Parks ensure that no one is left out of the enchanting adventure.

As you plan your visit to Disney, consider the Rider Switch option as a valuable tool to customize your experience, making it not just a trip but a magical journey tailored to the unique preferences of your entire group. With Rider Switch, the magic of Disney becomes even more accessible and inclusive for families of all sizes.