Many of the Walt Disney World attractions do carry height restrictions. However, don’t worry that does not mean if you have small children the rest of the family can’t ride. Rider Switch, sometimes known as Child Swap or Baby Swap, allows guests with small children to take turns riding while another adult stays with the child. Our guide explains how Rider Switch works.
An earlier version of this guide included information on the height requirements for all the rides at Walt Disney World. You can now find height requirements, including those at Disney’s Water Parks, in its own dedicated guide.
While Disney World appeals to families of all ages some attractions are not suitable for young children. Many of the attractions have height restrictions for safety purposes. Disney does enforce Height Requirements strictly and you will not be allowed to board if you are under the height requirement. Despite seeing this regularly, it will not make any difference arguing with the cast members and it is unfair.
All guests who appear to be under the required height will be measured by a cast member before being allowed to board. Make sure you consider height restrictions when booking Fastpass+ Reservations so children are not left disappointed. Having a Fastpass reservation will not persuade a cast member to break the rules!
However, if the kids are too small to ride it does not mean adults and older siblings can’t.
Rider Switch, also sometimes known as child swap, allows guests with small children to take turns riding while another adult stays with the child. How Rider Switch works is simple:-
- The entire party should approach the Cast Member at the entrance who will scan your MagicBands or tickets. Your Rider Switch pass is now stored on your band and guests are no longer given paper tickets.
- Group 1 will ride the attraction
- Once complete the 2nd Adult, and up to 2 more guests can join them through the Fastpass queue.
Previously, paper Rider Switch vouchers were valid for several days. However, since they went digital you now have a 1-hour window for group 2 to ride. Also, there is nothing stopping additional children or adults in your group riding again with the 2nd adult. This can be a great perk for older kids!
Rider Switch Tips
If you are planning to use Rider Switch only book FastPass reservations for Group 1. Group 2 automatically use the FastPass line and do not need a reservation. Group 2 can book a FastPass for an alternative Rider Switch attraction and ride first next time. This means you can take advantage of extra FastPasses. Having 2 groups to ride does mean attractions take a little more time, therefore having an extra FastPass does really help.
Remember Orlando can get very hot. Don’t leave little ones in the sun when they are waiting for 2 groups to ride. Try and ride an alternative attraction, meet a character or visit a playground while they wait.
Height restrictions and advice can occasionally change. The My Disney Experience App will keep you up to date with all the latest information.
Visit our guide to learn more about Height Restrictions at Walt Disney World.
Our Beginners Guide to Walt Disney World is a fantastic starting place to plan your Walt Disney World Vacation.