The Child Swap and Where Is It?
Note: The word
"group" can mean a couple, family or group of people.
The "child swap"
allows a group to ride the more thrilling rides at the parks in shifts
when some members of the group are too short (some rides like Space
Mountain and Star Tours have height minimums to ensure that the
restraint systems work properly) or are simply too young (i.e. an
infant or toddler) to ride.
The "child swap" is
when a portion of your party gets in the attraction queue. The rest of
the party stays with the child(ren) that can't or doesn't want to ride
while the first group waits in the queue and then rides. When the
first group is done, the second group enjoys the attraction while the
first group stays behind with the non-riders. It's kind of ironic that
the child isn't really swapped so much as the adults are.
The advantage of the "child
swap" is that the second part of the group doesn't have to wait
through the entire queue. That's a big advantage when the lines for
the ride are over an hour or more. Child Swap is available on most
height-restricted rides. When you enter the queue area, inform the Cast
Member that you'd like to do Child Swap.
Some things to keep in mind
when you're using the "child swap" strategy:
ALWAYS let the
cast members at the entrance and loading areas of the attraction know
that you're using a "child swap". The Cast Members can help
you make things go smoothly. They are also up-to-date on how the
"child swap" is to be done.
Everything is handled by the
cast members in a very cordial and efficient fashion. They are clearly
very used to working with guests on the "child swap".
Riders are never expected to
ride alone. This can work to your advantage. Since each parent is
permitted to ride with another guest, an older child or a third adult
can enjoy the attraction back-go-back.
The "child swap" is
not advertised. You won't see signs in the queues that you can do such
a thing. Even so, you should never feel guilty for trying to get away
with something...the "child swap" is allowed by Disney to
enhance the enjoyment of the guest. Take advantage of it!
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