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  • On Apr 4, 2016
    Jessica from NY Asked

    Our traveling party will be 2 adults 2 riding children and 1 non riding infant. For Fast Pass selected rides do all riders need a fast pass when using Rider Swap? Can both children return with the waiting adult or does the pass only allow for 2 riders?

    Hi Jessica, 

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel and thank you for asking us another question!

    Many of the most popular attractions in Walt Disney World’s Theme Parks offers something called Rider Switch, which allows two or more Guests to take turns waiting with children who are too small to experience an attraction (or any other Guest that doesn’t wish to do so), without the need to wait in line twice. My husband and I have used it several times with our little one and it’s been a great way to get to see and do attractions that he isn’t tall enough to experience yet… or ones that he doesn’t care to experience at all! 

    As for whether everyone needs to have a FastPass+ selection for a given attraction, I’ve found that the attractions often have different policies with respect to how to get a Rider Switch pass. Some will give them to you at the entrance to the attraction, others will require you to be almost boarding the attraction before you can get the pass. In addition, while most attractions allow the adult who holds the Rider Switch pass to ride with up to two other Guests, some attractions have different policies, that can vary depending on crowd levels and other variables. 

    In order to make sure no one in your party has to wait unnecessarily, everyone who wants to experience a given attraction should include it among their FastPass+ selections, at the same date and time. If, in the end, if your “riding” children could have experienced the attraction without FastPass+ and simply by accompanying one of their parents by using Rider Switch, they’ll still have been allowed to ride twice a popular attraction twice in a short amount of time... Something to which I'm sure they won't object! 

    Have a Magical Day, 

    Lynne
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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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