Baby Swap Confusion....*more*

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Baby Swap Confusion....*more*
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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 10:03pm
We just returned from WDW and I was a bit disappointed when trying to get on Thunder Mountain Railroad. Including my hubby and myself, with us were our 13, 10 and 16 month old. My dh kept telling me that we couldn't all wait in line together. We had a fast pass. I kept reasuring him that we could all wait in the line and when we got up to the front we could take turns riding and then hand off our 16 month old so that the other one of us could ride. He just couldn't understand what I was saying and I kept reasuring him that it was all going to be okay. Well, when we got up to the line, I asked the person working the line and she told me that the way the child swap worked was that one of us waited outside of the ride and watched the baby and the other one stood in line, road the ride and then met the other one and he/she watched the child. Didn't this make us look stupied!? I told her that I didn't think that was right.

Did I misunderstand how the baby swap worked or was this an uneducated Disney worker? We ended up not riding Thunder Mountain Raildroad in the end because by the time we all had this conversation, the rain really started to come down and they closed down the ride.

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 10:14pm
I have not tried Baby Swap at WDW, but when we went to DL last month, DH went with DS7 on the ride and I got a fast pass (actually it was not an actual fast pass, it was a piece of paper which acted like a fast pass and allowed two passengers to go up the fast pass line) to go on after, since DS5 was not tall enough to ride. When they finished, I was albe to get on the ride, whenever I wanted that day, as there were no time limits on these.

Again, this is at DL and WDW might have a slightly different policy


Catherine

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 11:08pm
We did the baby swap at the Fast Track in Epcot. My DH stood in the Fast Pass line and I stayed outside with the kids. When he was finished he got a ticket for me. I could go in through the EXIT line and get directly on. It did seem strange to go in through the exit line, but it really was the fastest way. And, I didn't want to wait in line with the kids -- it was easier outside with them.

Make sense?

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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 9:17am
We have never done Baby Swap since we only have the one child and neither of us like riding by ourselves and our trips have been *for her*, but my understanding of the way it works from the guidebooks and trip reports is that you all go through the lines, parent A and older child get on the ride, parent B and too small child cross over to the unloading deck. Parent A rides then unloads (older child gets to stay on) Parent B gets on with older child and Parent A stays with younger child on the unloading deck (or outside the attraction) Ride ends adn parent B and older child get off the ride. So it sounds to me like an uneducated CM, but like I said, we've never used it.

Sonya

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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 10:28am
I think with the fast passes the guidebook are now incorrect. We've always told the CM at the entrance that we want to baby swap. That CM would give us a fast pass ticket for the person waiting w/the too young child. One of us would wait outside with ds while the other waited in line and rode the attraction, when they finished the "waiter" went in the fast pass line and rode the attraction.

I think all the baby swap rides have fast pass and this was how it was at all the parks

hth

ali

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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 10:29am
The CM was correct. I don't think Disney wants lots of people in the loading or unloading areas (especially children too small to ride) waiting around.

The way it works is you tell the first CM you come to that you want to Child Swap. The CM give you a special pass (sometimes a blank Fast Pass w/ "C/S" written on it) and instructions on where to meet up w/ your party and how to use the C/S pass. Each ride has a different procedure, just ask me if you have a specific question as we have used this all over the world. Then one adult stays back and the rest ride. The rest of your party may either be fast passing or regular stand-by line, it doesn't matter. Then when they exit you can enter as the CM instucted (usually the Fast Pass line or the exit) and take with you two guests.

Some of the waiting areas have things for younger children to do. Splash Mountain has a play area. Test Track has a seating area but is very noisy... I prefer to wait outside as that pounding gets old really fast, but when it is hot at least it is air conditioned.

We also use that time that Daddy and the boys are riding to pin trade with the CM's at the shopping areas at each ride exit. OR we collect more pressed pennies as each ride/attraction has those machines too.


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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 10:41am
From all the responses, I guess I misunderstood exactly what baby swap meant. I guess I have the correct information for our next trip, planned spring or summer of 2005!

Thanks for your input....Laura

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Tue, 04-08-2003 - 12:36pm
You weren't the only one confused with the Baby Swap. My group tried on Space Mountain and were also told to wait outside and then the guest waiting could bring 2 others back through the FastPass line. Well, by the time we were done, the Fast Pass line was a bit clogged up with probably new times arriving to ride so that guest waiting didn't feel like waiting in line again, granted it wouldn't have taken too long, but you have to remember I went with an impatient group of people. Oh well, maybe next time!!

Corrine

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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 8:13am
I have done this over and over again at WDW, Universal Studios Florida, and Cedar Point in Ohio. Each place has small differences but it is all basically the same. You ask the CM at the enterance to the line (BEFORE anyone gets in line) what the baby swap policy is for this ride. Some rides you stand in line with your whole family, and some rides you go through the fastpass line, and some you go up the exit area. The differences are because of the specific ride and how it loads and unloads.

The wonderful thing about Disney Baby Swap in our experience is almost all rides you go either down the Fastpass or up the exit, then when Dh and Child #1 arrive you hand off the baby to Dh and Child #1 gets to ride again with you.

My family has a whole system that utilizes Fastpass and Baby swap. We ride all rides and wait no longer than 15 min for anything, while our kid gets to ride twice. It works like this: Dh gets in a short line (10-15 minutes) with Child #1. You take all the tickets and push the stroller to get Fastpasses for the next ride. You run back to the ride they are on and go up the exit, Baby Swap ticket in hand (you should get this from the CM at the enterance to the ride with your whole family together.) You ride. You go and do one other thing, a show or ride or food. Then you to Fastpass and Baby Swap. As soon as your Fastpass has been freed, you do the whole thing again.

I LOVE Fastpass and Baby Swap!!! We went to WDW and MGM this year at spring break and still rode absolutely everything without standing in long lines.

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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 12:42pm
I guess now I'll know for our trip in 2005! Thanks for explaining it in such easy to understand terms for those of us (me) that are minus a few brain cells! LOL