If you’re headed to Disney World with small children but you’d still like to hop on attractions that they may not be able to ride just yet, you’ll likely want to take advantage of Disney’s Rider Switch.
This service allows adults to enjoy the rides that their kids aren’t tall enough for yet by having one adult wait with the child(ren) while the other rides. So, once the first adult gets off the ride, the other one can hop on without having to wait in the standby line. And, with the introduction of Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selections in Disney World, we’re bringing you everything you need to know about how Rider Switch works with Lightning Lanes (aka the old FastPass lanes).
In order to take advantage of Rider Switch with Disney’s new paid services to “skip the lines” at popular attractions, all of the guests in your party planning to ride must purchase access to the Lightning Lane at the attraction (whether it’s through Disney Genie+ or Individual Attraction Selection).
If only one person in your party has purchased access to the Lightning Lane, Disney will have the first group ride the attraction through the standby line and then have the second group (of up to two people) go through the Lightning Lane. So, you’re really not getting much of an advantage if only one person in your Rider Switch party is purchasing the new service(s).
It’s also important to remember that Disney recently updated its Rider Switch policy to allow only one additional person to ride with the second adult who waited (it used to be three). And, this remains the same for using Rider Switch at Lightning Lanes.
Additionally, you’ll want to be sure that you’ve got your whole party with you before heading to the Lightning Lane return entrance to set up Rider Switch, as Cast Members must see the child in your party. This has always been the rule, but we noticed that it is being more heavily enforced in the parks now.
So, the good news is that you’re still able to take advantage of Rider Switch if you’re hoping to “skip the lines” at any of the popular attractions included in Disney’s new paid services. Just be sure that you’ve purchased the Lightning Lane access for everyone in your party!
And, we’ll continue to bring you all the latest Disney Genie news and updates, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest!
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