Disney World Changes Rider Switch Policy

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New today to the Walt Disney World Resort website is a change to the Rider Switch page. While Disney has always made allowances for those meeting requirements to board an attraction, the FOMO can set in when someone in a party doesn’t want to tackle something like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (or doesn’t fit the height requirement).

Disney’s new angle on the Rider Switch policy affects those in the “waiting” or “supervising” party. Let’s take a look at the change…

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Disney World Changes Rider Switch Policy

Previously, for the last several years, Rider Switch has been allowing the adult supervising the non-rider to board the attraction with one or two “buddies.” This allowed the supervising adult not to have to ride alone as well as allowing them to have a full, fun experience.

But it seems that some may have been abusing the child swap policy since Disney’s newest change came to the Resort website today. The “old” policy, as read on the website, detailed that the Party 2 supervising adult could bring “up to” 2 other Guests with them to ride, making a party of three. This would enable at least one of the “buddies” to have ridden the attraction twice.

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In a likely attempt to prevent this “double-dip” rider, Disney has changed the language to reflect the number of Guests that may join the supervising adult will be limited. The new policy appears below, stating, “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.”

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While some may read the policy and see that it could also open up the return riders to more than just two buddies, we’re thinking that it may be limited down to one buddy, effectively removing the “double-dip” rider from the Rider Switch entitlement and policy entirely.

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The main source of frustration will now be that theme park Cast Members are the ones deciding how many buddies may join the waiting adult, causing misinformation, rapidly changing experiences, and much frustration. The policy was very clear about how many buddies could ride previously, and now with no certain number listed, the new Rider Switch policy remains unclear.

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