When visiting Walt Disney World, it’s tough not to spend the majority of your time standing in queues. You have no option but to wait in the standby queue for every ride, especially now that FastPass+ is unavailable. While every attraction at Disney World has a FastPass+ line, that space is mostly used now for disabled people who can’t stand in long lines or for the Rider Switch, which allows people in the same party to go on a ride when someone else in their party can’t or chooses not to go without having to wait in line twice. Previously, certain members of a party could utilize this technique to ride twice in a succession, but a regulation update appears to have plugged that loophole.
Rider Switch is a simple mechanism that is accessible on most Disney World and Disneyland rides that are either thrill rides that some visitors may not wish to ride or have substantial height restrictions. They’re commonly utilized by families with little children who aren’t tall enough to ride a bike. The system is set up such that one parent lines up for the ride while the other waits outside with the youngster. Then, once the first visitor has completed the ride, they take over monitoring the child while the second parent rides. Guest two gets to go forward in the FastPass+ line, saving them from having to travel through the full line twice.
However, prior Rider Switch regulations indicated that a max of three persons might be part of the second group that gets to bypass the queue in order to ensure that the two parties who are split up do not have to go on a ride alone. If only one person waited for party number one, two individuals could join the first group and also join the person in the second group, essentially riding on the same ride twice while only waiting in line once.
The Rider Switch regulations at Disneyland still state that three individuals can be in group number two. Walt Disney World, on the other hand, recently revised its guidelines, which now say…
Please note that if the person in party 2 waited alone with the child or non-riding Guest, the number of Guests who may join him or her and ride again is limited.
I contacted Walt Disney World for clarification on what the term “limited” meant in this context, but they did not answer. However, because the regulation no longer states that additional individuals can join party two if they did not wait, it appears that the aim is to limit, if not totally eliminate, the number of persons who can take the trip twice.
More than likely, the idea here is just to give Disney World some leeway in terms of what they accept and don’t allow. Cast members at the ride may have some leeway in deciding how many individuals they will accept in group two. If a group of three adults is attempting to ride, it makes sense to allow one individual to be a part of both groups, so that no group needs to travel alone. However, in bigger groups, there is no reason why at least two individuals can’t wait and ride together after the initial group.
As someone who has visited Disney World with a kid and a large group of friends, I used this service extensively, and we exploited it to its utmost potential, which meant that many individuals ended up riding different attractions twice in a succession. For the most part, we were encouraged to do so by Cast Members; it wasn’t really “cheating,” it was just how the system worked. But it appears that this is no longer the case.
We’ll have to wait and watch whether Disneyland Resort changes its regulation in the future. In any case, it’s a good idea to know the regulations before your next trip because they do change.
Sid Philips is a father of two and a loving husband. He currently resides in Pennsylvania and has been a fan of Disney since his parents took him there in 1980! Sid has visited multiple Disney parks around the world and loves each one!
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