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How Does Disney Rider Switch Work?

Disney's Rider Switch Is Perfect For Parents With Small Kids — Here's How to Do It

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park (credit: Megan duBois)

Everything is packed and your family is headed to a Disney park for a magical vacation! You've been looking forward to this for a whole year, but you're worried that your kiddo won't be able to get on some of the attractions, so someone is going to have to miss out each time. Enter Disney's Rider Switch, a program that ensures no one has to miss out on any of the fun at the Disney Parks!

Rider Switch works if a kid doesn't meet the height requirement for an attraction. Getting the pass is easy for families who need to use the service. You just need to locate a Disney Cast Member at the entrance of the attraction and let them know someone in your group won't be able to ride and you would like to use Rider Switch!

One parent or adult will wait with the kid who is unable to ride, while the rest of the group enjoys Space Mountain — or any of the other attractions that offer the service. When the group of people who rode on the attraction returns, the designated adult that sat out can go ride the attraction without having to wait in the regular stand-by line. The family member who waited is allowed to bring two other people with them to ride again, ensuring no one has to ride alone.

Rider Switch is a great way to make sure no one in your family doesn't get to do their favorite attraction at a Disney Park, even if you have kids who might not be tall enough. There are dozens of attractions at Walt Disney World and Disneyland that offer the service, saving valuable park time and making even more magical memories. Check out the complete list broken down by park below to better help you plan your next trip to a Disney park!

Walt Disney World:

Magic Kingdom Park

  • The Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Stitch's Great Escape
  • Tomorrowland Indy Speedway


  • Frozen Ever After
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Soarin'
  • Test Track

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours® - The Adventures Continue
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney's Animal Kingdom Park

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Primeval Whirl


Disneyland Park

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Gadget's Go Coaster
  • Hyperspace Mountain
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours - The Adventure Continues

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Goofy's Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout
  • Incredicoaster
  • Jumpin' Jellyfish
  • Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
  • Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Soarin' Around the World
Image Source: Megan duBois
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