Rider Switch at Walt Disney World Resort

This convenient service allows adult Guests to take turns waiting with youngsters or Guests unable to ride.

How does rider switch work?

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!

Rider Switch is available at select attractions at all 4 Walt Disney World Resort theme parks.


Rider Switch Attractions and Height Requirements at Magic Kingdom

35" | The Barnstormer
40" | Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
38" | Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
44" | Space Mountain
32" (54" to ride alone) | Tomorrowland Indy Speedway
48" | TRON Lightcycle / Run

Rider Switch Attractions and height requirements at EPCOT

Frozen Ever After | any height
Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind* | 42"
Mission: SPACE | 40"
Soarin' | 40"
Test Track | 40"

*Please note: All Rider Swap participants are required to be in a Virtual Queue boarding group or have an individually purchased Lightning Lane entrance for the attraction prior to boarding.


Rider Switch Attractions and height requirements at Disney's Hollywood Studios

32" | Alien Swirling Saucers
38" | Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
48" | Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
38" | Slinky Dog Dash
40" | Star Tours® - The Adventures Continue 
40" | Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
40" | Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Rider Switch Attractions and height requirements at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Avatar Flight of Passage | 44"
Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain® | 44"
Kali River Rapids | 38"
Na'vi River Journey | any height


Step by Step Instructions for Rider Switch


1. Check the Park Map or visit with a Cast Member to confirm Rider Switch is offered at the attraction.

2. Take all members of your party to the attraction and speak with a Cast Member who will provide one adult member of your party and the Guests who are not riding a Ride Switch entitlement.

3. Party 1 will enter the queue experience the attraction while Party 2 will wait in a designated area outside of the attraction.

4. After riding the attraction, Party 1 takes over supervision of the non-riding children or Guests and Party 2 boards the attraction without having to wait in the queue a second time.

Good to know: The Rider Switch entitlement must be validated by a Cast Member for Party 2 to bypass the queue. If Party 2 waited alone, one guest my accompany that person.

More Planning Tips for the Walt Disney World Resort

In order to maximize Rider Switch, we recommend using it in combination with Virtual Queue and Genie+ (where available). Check out these helpful tips on these and more.

Virtual Queue

Popular attractions may utilize a virtual queue. When the virtual queue is in place, a standby queue will not be available, and Guests must use the My Disney Experience app to enter the attraction or experience.

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FastPass has been replaced with Genie+, a paid service providing guests access to Lightning Lanes. Read up on this new service and then tune into our How To videos to make the most of this service.

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The Disney App

Join Virtual Queues. Secure Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes. Mobile order quick serve meals. View Reservations and so much more using the My Disney Experience app.

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