Though Walt Disney World is a destination that can be enjoyed by guests who are traveling alone, couples without children, and of course families with little ones, those who fall in to the latter category may find some big changes happening around the resort that will affect them specifically in the near future. From a change in procedure for rider switch to an unexpected closure, here are the changes happening soon that all families with kids visiting the resort need to know about!
1. Rider switch (Baby swap) finally goes digital
Though paper FastPass went extinct at Walt Disney World nearly a decade ago, one vestige of this old system that has somehow endured through the years is the rider switch pass, which is a paper slip used for guests with a small child who want to take turns experiencing an attraction without having to wait through the full line twice.
Under the current system, guests who are riding first are able to grab a paper rider switch pass and then wait in the standby queue. When they get off the ride, they can then give the paper pass to the other members of their party, who can then give that pass to a Cast Member to access the FastPass+ line to experience the attraction with minimal wait.
However, though this system has worked well enough in the past, Disney is looking to streamline the rider switch process by creating a digital rider switch pass in My Disney Experience, making the system almost identical to the digital FastPass+ system. Once a digital child swap pass is activated in My Disney Experience, guests will simply tap their MagicBands after the first members of their party wait in the standby line to access the FastPass+ queue, no Cast Member check in required!
Though these new digital rider switch passes should be a little more convenient, they will also come with some additional restrictions as well, as guests can no longer hold on to more than one rider switch pass at a time, and there will be a specific time window that the rider switch pass will be active (previously, the paper rider switch passes were good for several days!). We don't have a specific timeframe for the rollout of this new feature, but sources suggest it will be happening sometime this month.