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Disneyland Rider Switch, also known as “child swap” is the key to enjoying Disneyland as a parent. Here’s the information you need to enjoy your day at Disneyland when you have a little one but don’t want to miss out on grown up fun.
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Disneyland Rider Switch Info
Disneyland Rider Switch has changed since the addition of Disney MaxPass in 2017. What one was easy for parents to enjoy the big rides, even with a little one who doesn’t meet the height requirement (or is a little nervous about the new experience), has now changed due to the flexibility offered with MaxPass instead.
What’s Disneyland Rider Switch?
How does Disneyland Rider Switch Work?
- Everyone in your party (including the child not riding) approaches the Cast Member at the entrance to the queue.
- Your group will be divided into two parties: Party 1 waits in line and rides the attraction first. Party 2 supervises the non-rider and will switch roles after Party 1 returns without waiting in the regular queue.
- Members of Party 2 will have their park tickets or Annual Passes scanned to load the rider switch onto their pass. This has changed from the old paper method and rider switch is now loaded to your ticket. You can only hold 1 rider switch at a time, no saving them up for later.
- When Party 2 returns to the attraction, sometime within the hour, simply scan your ticket at the FASTPASS entrance and rider switch will allow you to bypass the regular queue. Note: Party 2 can include up to 3 people, including people from Party 1. Yes, super confusing! But this allows an older sibling to ride once with mom and once with dad while one parent takes turn tending the younger child.
Can you use Disneyland Rider Switch with MaxPass?
- Everyone who wants to ride gets a FASTPASS and simply takes turns riding during their FASTPASS return time.
- Those in Party 1 get a FASTPASS and Party 2 uses the Rider Switch program.
Disneyland Rider Switch & MaxPass Hack
Party 1 gets a FASTPASS and Party 2 uses the Rider Switch program. Party 2 gets a FASTPASS for a different attraction, thus becoming Party 1 at the new attraction, and the group can now use the rider switch option at 2 attractions.
This works because your party is split into 2 groups, one group holding a FASTPASS to one attraction, another group holding a FASTPASS to another attraction at the same time. Still with me? Hopefully that makes sense, comment below if you need more clarification.
Can I use Disneyland Rider Switch without MaxPass?
Absolutely. You can use rider switch without MaxPass or FASTPASS. Party 1 will simply wait in the regular stand by line which is generally subject to longer wait times. However, Party 2 will not wait in the general queue and typically enters via MaxPass/FASTPASS entrance.
It’s important to remember that Rider Switch now has a time limit for returns. So if you do use Rider Switch without MaxPass or FASTPASS make sure the line is no longer than 40 minute wait.
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