This post was last edited on 17th Sept with current information
I know we’ve had a thread discussing the imminent implementation of this, but it has now officially been rolled out to all parks.
So, in order to help people with plans, I thought it might be useful to have an information thread. There are only a few reports in, so some things are still unclear. I’ll update things as I see them, and obviously the point is that liners post about it too
The main difference from a planning viewpoint is the specified return time for RS.
There is also some doubt about the way it works with a child who is tall enough to ride but is too scared. Best advice here is to plan accordingly, with staggered FPs, especially with younger children, otherwise you may all have to wait in line.**
So here’s what has been reported so far:
Everyone needs to report to CM.
Only the first riding group need have FPs, they scan in as normal and ask for a rider swap.
The rider swap (RS) is then added to the magic bands / plastic ticket of the second riding group.
The RS is good for a specified time period. The start time will be specified on the RS.
You can only hold one RS at a time.
- Do all riders need a fastpass?
In general, no. Only group 1 need to have a FP booked.
There was one case for FoP where the CM insisted everyone needed an FP (although 2 from group 1 were allowed to ride twice).
Note: FoP and 7dmt CMs previously (sometimes) required all riders to have FPs. The vast majority of reports on RS since the new system has settled find that not everyone needs to have an FP.
Please post as a reply if you have experienced everyone needing a FP, giving details of the ride in question.
- Can someone from group 1 ride again with group 2?
Yes, up to 3 people can ride in group 2, so the RS will be added to those 3 magic bands/RFID cards.
- Is there a time limit on RS?
ETA return times and a note about flexibility.
Universally there is a one hour specified time period for the RS. In general this appears to start from when group 1 are expected to actually ride. So for many rides it starts around 10-15 minutes after scanning in, for others it may start up to 30-45 minutes later, such as for FoP.
For people riding stand-by with RS, the start time is around the SB time posted at the ride.
There are reports that CMs are willing to work with you if you have ADRs or other reasons to get a later return time than the automated time given. Be polite and explain, hopefully they can accommodate you!
- Will a rider swap be issued when a child is too scared to ride?
ETA: This is still to be confirmed by enough people to be considered definitive.
Without getting into debate about the reasons, it seems that if you are planning to use RS with a child (or adult) who is tall enough to ride, either be prepared for everyone to have to wait in line or get everyone a FP and plan accordingly.
Please post a reply if you experience this either having to wait in line or being allowed to wait elsewhere.
Please reply to this if you use RS over the next few weeks. I’ll try and update this first post with new info. Also feel free to ask questions, and when we get an answer to it I’ll post it.
But please note that I really don’t want to wade through debates over how it used to work, should work etc. So if it does start becoming a general discussion thread, then I simply won’t be able to keep it updated,