Family on Big Thunder Mountain
  • On Feb 2, 2018
    Tammi from CA Asked

    I'm worried about my son with autism changing his mind right at the last minute (regardless if we have fast pass/rider switch etc.,) and not wanting to enter a ride. Will I (mom, father, brother, etc) have to get off with him and not be able to ride?

    Hi Tammi, 

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel for assistance in planning your Walt Disney World vacation! I'm not sure how old your son is, but I am assuming that you will not want to leave him unattended in the event that he chooses not to ride. Unfortunately, Cast Member's are not permitted to take responsibility for watching him while you are on the ride. That being said, I do have some great news for you! Your family will qualify for Disney's Rider Switch Service. As defined by Disney: "If Guests in your party can’t or don’t want to board an attraction, you don’t have to miss out! If a child does not meet the height requirement or a Guest does not wish to board a particular attraction, no problem! With Rider Switch, one adult can wait with the non-rider (or riders) while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. When the other adult returns, they can supervise the non-riding Guests, and the waiting adult can board the attraction without having to wait in the regular line again!"

    You'll want to note that Rider Switch is not available on all attractions. However, the majority of the most popular attractions do offer it. Click on the link which I provided above and you will find a list of attractions which offer Rider Switch. Additionally, you will find specific instructions on how to use this awesome feature. 

    Rider Switch is a wonderful way of ensuring that everyone in your party who wants to ride an attraction can do so. 

    Wishing you magical memories, 

    Kaylene
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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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