Can’t get on a Disney ride because someone in your party doesn’t meet the height requirement? Why miss out on the fun?
Want to go anyway, and have another adult (hopefully someone you know) watch your child while you ride that roller coaster? Well, so do a lot of people!! Which is how “RIDE SWITCH” was born. With Rider Switch, one adult can wait with whoever does not want to or cannot ride, while the rest of the party takes the plunge and experiences the attraction. Rider Switch is available at select attractions at all 4 Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. Here’s the list, with links to the rides:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®
Kali River Rapids
How do you do it?
The entire party must first tell a Cast Member at the ride’s entrance that they are, in fact, switching a ride. That Cast Member will want to see your entire party and will give the “waiting adult” a Rider Switch Pass.
The first adult will then wait in line for the attraction and ride the attraction. Often the first adult will be given a second rider switch pass somewhere along the way, to prove that they waited in line.
After the ride, the adult who just experienced the attraction will give the “waiting adult” the Rider Switch Pass and take over watching the non-riding party members.
The second adult will approach the Cast Member with the rider pass and skip the line!
Why spend time in line to wait on a ride that you have to go on alone? Isn’t half the fun on a roller coaster grabbing your friend or family member’s hand and hanging on for dear life? I think so. I haven’t tried this yet and am hesitant to go on a roller coaster and literally take my life into my own hands.
Keep in mind, though, that many of the Disney rides, like Tower of Terror, sit you next to perfect strangers anyway. What better way to meet someone than during a 13 story plummet? Or how about singing an Aerosmith duet as you accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds? – And if it’s Space Mountain, don’t worry. In the dark you won’t even know who’s next to you.