Disney World's Rider Switch Program

Spend Less Time Waiting in Line at Disney World

Splash Mountain roller coaster at Disney's Magic Kingdom
••• Traveling with small children? Use the rider switch program to enjoy rides like Splash Mountain. © The Walt Disney Company

Don't let traveling with a toddler or infant keep you from enjoying some of the best attractions Disney World has to offer, use the rider switch program to explore some of Disney's most thrilling rides. The rider switch program works best at rides that have a long line and have a height restriction — or are just too scary for your little one.

Consider using the rider switch if you want to enjoy roller coasters like Space Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

The rider switch program isn't just for roller coasters — Snow White's Scary Adventures will terrify most small children, so ask for a pass if there is a long line.

How Rider Switch Program Works

A child switch or rider switch pass allows you to just wait in line once — so Dad can wait in line and then enjoy Expedition Everest while Mom watches the little ones. Once Dad has enjoyed the ride, Mom can use a the rider switch pass just like a FastPass+, and breeze to the front of the line.

Who Can Use the Rider Switch Program?

Anyone with a child or dependent adult who is unable to ride an attraction like Soarin', Splash Mountain or the Tower of Terror. At least two adults or responsible parties are required to utilize the rider switch program — one to experience the attraction and one to wait with the child.

What Attractions Offer Rider Switch?

The following attractions offer the rider switch program at Disney World's theme parks as of October 15, 2016:

  • Magic Kingdom - Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Stitch's Great Escape!, The Barnstormer and Tomorrowland Speedway.
  • Epcot - Mission: SPACE, Soarin', Test Track and Frozen Ever After.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios - Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Star Tours - The Adventure Continues and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom - DINOSAUR, Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids and Primeval Whirl.

How to Use the Rider Switch Program

The rider switch program is available at select Disney World theme park attractions. Approach the cast member at the FastPass+ or main entrance of the attraction you want to ride. Some rides will do a rider switch even though they do not have a FastPass+ option. Let the cast member know you want to do a rider switch, and you will be issued a special paper ticket. The first rider will need to wait in the line, but the second rider will not.

Warning

You must have all parties present to qualify for a rider switch ticket — at least one child and two responsible adults. If all parties are not present, you won't be issued a pass.

Tips:

  • You can still use a FastPass+ with the child switch program — just show up at the time on the FastPass+ and let the ride attendant know you need to make a switch.
  • Look for play or shopping areas to explore while you wait for your turn to ride, or use the waiting time to allow your child to take a quick nap.

Edited by Dawn Henthorn, Florida Travel Expert since June, 2000.