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Old 10-24-2014, 01:49 PM   #1
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Is this correct?

Just curious because it's a bit confusing to me. The Parent swap pass you can get on rides, will that allow the 3 of us (2 adults, 1 toddler) to wait in line, and then when it is our turn, one parent waits, and one rides with the child, then when the ride is over the other parent can ride with the child?
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:17 PM   #2
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Yes, that is basically how it works. Always ask for details with the line greeter, they will tell you if rider swap is available for the ride and anything specific to the ride itself. Some rides have the same board/offload area and things are real easy with them. Other rides have board in one area and offload in another.

One hidden advantage is that if you have more then just two adults and 1 non-rider, the 4th person can also ride the ride again with the person riding the ride the second time, so the 4th person can ride the ride twice without having to wait again.
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:46 PM   #3
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what?
no.
the point of swapping is so that the child does NOT go on the ride but the parents don't have to "suffer" by waiting in line twice.

the reason you swap is cuz the child is either not tall enough or is too scared to go on.

the point of swapping is NOT so that the child can experience the ride twice while only having to wait in line once.

so what happens is one parent rides while the other parent waits with the child.
then the parent that just rode waits with the child while the other parent has the chance to ride.
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:56 PM   #4
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I don't think you understand the hidden benefit. If you have a family of 4 and 3 of them like the ride. The two parents each ride the ride once, the person that can't ride the ride doesn't and the fourth person can ride the ride twice with only waiting in the line once.

Here is how it usually works,
1) entire family enters ride line.
2) at a certain point in line person that can't ride and one parent go to a waiting area
3) all people except for people in #2 ride the ride
4) other parent and one person meet up with people in #2 and other parent takes person that can't ride the ride to the exit
5) parent and one other person can now ride the ride
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:58 PM   #5
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I don't think Disney has waiting areas. That's universal.
With Disney the non riding child never enters the queue, you get a slip to enter the FP line again after the original riders are done. This way you can take the kiddo to go do something more fun than standing in line and not getting to ride.
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Old 10-24-2014, 06:36 PM   #6
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The waiting areas is Disney also. If you look at the Disney web page itself it talks about wait areas in the official description for ride swap. The wait areas are usually informal areas where they just say "wait here". It varies ride to ride, especially when the load and unload areas are in different locations. That is why in the first post I said it is important to ask the line greeter the details for that particular ride. The details change ride to ride. Some rides use fast pass most don't.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:17 PM   #7
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The waiting areas is Disney also. If you look at the Disney web page itself it talks about wait areas in the official description for ride swap. The wait areas are usually informal areas where they just say "wait here". It varies ride to ride, especially when the load and unload areas are in different locations. That is why in the first post I said it is important to ask the line greeter the details for that particular ride. The details change ride to ride. Some rides use fast pass most don't.
I was just there and we used kid swap numerous times. There is no waiting areas. You get your return ticket and can come back at any point in that day. If you ask they may say you can wait over here or something like that. But we have had one parent ride and the other take the kids on a separate ride and then returned hours later.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:30 PM   #8
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It is up to you whether you post what happened with you vs the official Disney policy. I could have sworn one of the policies of this group was that you weren't supposed to post things that don't click with Disney policy. What I posted was official Disney description of things. See here for details
https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/gu.../rider-switch/

The reason I was saying to specifically check with the line greeters is because it depends on them which method is used. I have seen both methods used. I think Disney publishes the one method so people don't expect the other method. I am betting you get parents always expecting fast passes when there are better ways to handle it for particular rides or the published method is the new method and they are going to slowly phase the old method out.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:32 PM   #9
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It is up to you whether you post what happened with you vs the official Disney policy. I could have sworn one of the policies of this group was that you weren't supposed to post things that don't click with Disney policy. What I posted was official Disney description of things. See here for details https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/gu.../rider-switch/ The reason I was saying to specifically check with the line greeters is because it depends on them which method is used. I have seen both methods used. I think Disney publishes the one method so people don't expect the other method. I am betting you get parents always expecting fast passes when there are better ways to handle it for particular rides or the published method is the new method and they are going to slowly phase the old method out.
Disneys website is not always the most up to date on things. You are welcome to do a search for this and see what comes up. And if you feel I have violated a website rule feel free to report the post.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:36 PM   #10
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The Disney website is outdated. They do not allow the non-riding child to enter the line if they do not meet the height restriction because there is too much risk the parent will try (and succeed) to sneak the child on. We used the child swap last month and at no point did all of us enter a line and then go to a designated waiting area.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:38 PM   #11
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Disneys website is not always the most up to date on things. You are welcome to do a search for this and see what comes up. And if you feel I have violated a website rule feel free to report the post.
I am new to the site so there is no way I am reporting anyone. It was just my impression that the site doesn't like posting "work arounds". I have seen both methods of dealing with child swap. It is up to the line greeter to determine which is being used. Parents should expect the official method and be surprised if presented with the other method, not the other way around.
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I am new to the site so there is no way I am reporting anyone. It was just my impression that the site doesn't like posting "work arounds". I have seen both methods of dealing with child swap. It is up to the line greeter to determine which is being used. Parents should expect the official method and be surprised if presented with the other method, not the other way around.
A work around is how can I let my sister use my annual pass so she doesn't have to buy a ticket or can I take my family of 20 out for dinner using my Disney dining credits for the whole week or will they really ask if my four year old is over three so I don't have to pay for him. Reporting how something works in practice is not violating site rules.
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:35 PM   #13
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We used rider swap on our first trip to Disney, when my sons were 1 and 4 and 1/2. MY husband was able to take DS aged 4 on the ride, and I got a rider swap pas and was able to then go on it with DS. So yes, the kid gets to ride twice so that the parents can each experience the ride with them. At least that was how it worked 3 years ago on Kali River Rapids!
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We used rider swap on our first trip to Disney, when my sons were 1 and 4 and 1/2. MY husband was able to take DS aged 4 on the ride, and I got a rider swap pas and was able to then go on it with DS. So yes, the kid gets to ride twice so that the parents can each experience the ride with them. At least that was how it worked 3 years ago on Kali River Rapids!
that is not the same as OP's situation.
you had 4 people. only one of those four could not ride.
in that case it makes sense that the child goes on twice.
in OP's case it does not at all!
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Old 10-25-2014, 11:21 AM   #15
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We were at WDW last week, and in every instance where child swap was available, we went to the cast member at the beginning of the line, and they gave us a swap pass. Ours weren't only good for that particular day, they were good for about a week. One person stays outside of ride with non riding child, wherever they choose without entering the actual line, while the others ride. Up to 3 people can ride with the pass.
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