Biggest Changes in WDW right now … and whether they really decrease the magic

Biggest Changes in WDW right now … and whether they really decrease the magic

I’d say 95% of people I talk to these days make comments about how Disney is “totally not worth it without XYZ.” 9 times out of 10 people say it isn’t “worth it” without parades and fireworks. I assume when they say “worth it” they are referring to the cost of traveling to and staying at Disney. Just to play devils advocate, airfare has never been cheaper … I just booked a round trip flight for later this month for $27!! Holy moly!! $54 total for me and my son to go back again in a couple weeks! That is our entire cost because we are staying with our DVC points and have already purchased and activated annual passes (for me at least…. he still doesn’t have one because he juuuuust turned 3 and a lady at member services said “they won’t ask for a birth certificate” when I tried to order his annual pass last month 😳… so we are still figuring that situation out). Damn near anything is worth $54 at this point, especially given that we’ve spent the last several months doing absolutely nothing remotely fun or entertaining, so they could have 2 rides open in each park and it would be a 1000% improvement over our lives at home right now. I digress though…

Here are the notable changes Disney has made since reopening the parks in July subsequent to the Covid closure:

1. No parades or fireworks: this seems to be everyone’s big concern when they talk about changes at the parks. Disney has indefinitely done away with parades and fireworks since they inevitably result in massive crowds. It makes a lot of sense given the typical parade crowds that you’d be dealing with. Social distancing would be completely impossible. If Disney wants to keep everyone safe, which it appears they seriously do, there is no way to have scheduled parades or fireworks right now.

So as an alternative, they have introduced “character cavalcades” in each of the parks. These basically consist of 1-2 floats with characters and music, similar to a parade but with much less fanfare. They are unscheduled, so no crowds form (literally no crowds, see the photo above). When we were in Magic Kingdom we saw one probably every 15 minutes. There was one with Piglet, Eeyore, and Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh (no Pooh or Tigger). There was another with Tinkerbell. There was another with a bunch of princesses…. Merida, Jasmine, Tiana, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Ariel, the Fairy Godmother, and some Princess I didn’t recognize from a TV show I think (I feel so old). Lastly, we saw Mickey and friends in a cavalcade multiple times. We also saw Mickey and co up in the train station waving at the start of the day and the end of the day (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Pluto… no Goofy). In Animal Kingdom we saw boats going by the bridges with characters. We saw a boat with Mickey and friends and then another with Rafiki and Timon I believe. I’m very excited for our August trip when we head over to Hollywood Studios to see all the Pixar characters in the cavalcades. I’ve heard the Incredibles, Toy Story, and Monsters Inc characters are all there, which will be enough to blow my son’s mind. Lastly, in Epcot I believe you can see Anna and Elsa, along with other princesses.

By no means are these cavalcades up to the standards of a Disney parade or a Disney fireworks show. I live for Fantasmic. Disney fireworks are the best in the world. Unfortunately, my kiddo is terrified of them, so no real loss for us there. I also tend to avoid parades because I hate the crowds and I see them as a prime time to get on rides with less wait time, so again, I don’t view either of these temporary losses as a huge tragedy. They are quite unfortunate but they are temporary losses. I will listen to the soundtracks on my phone and that will suffice for the time being.

2. No fastpasses: as an OCD planner, I cried when they announced no more fastpasses. I was legitimately heartbroken (well… not Disney wedding cancelled heartbroken….💔) and kept telling myself that hopefully they will be back on time for our December trip. However, for the time being, I’m just happy to go to the parks at all. So we went for our little July mini trip, not knowing what to expect, but feeling completely unprepared with no fastpasses to help us plan our day… and GASP…. it was BETTER!!! I’m not saying in general life would be better without fastpasses. Hell no. But right now, with crowds at these insanely low levels, we literally walked onto every ride. The longest line we stood on was a 10 minute line for Jungle Cruise. We also waited 3 minutes for Kilimanjaro Safari (posted wait time was 25 minutes). Other than that, we walked onto every single ride and could have stayed seated to ride again, that is how empty it is. There is absolutely no need for fastpasses right now. The loss of fastpasses will be a huge loss once crowds increase, but right now, the standby lines are all SIGNIFICANTLY shorter than any fastpass line I’ve ever experienced.

This was the posted wait time for Peter Pan when we were able to walk right on with absolutely no wait.

3. No character meet and greets: Again, this one hit me hard. With a two year old, our park experience has shifted from riding all the big ticket rides to hunting down characters for meet and greets anywhere and everywhere. We spend our days meeting dozens of characters and riding only a handful of rides typically (oh to be a childless millennial…). Fortunately, we can improvise for the time being and piece together enough character time to satisfy our kiddo completely. There are actually a ton of characters out that you don’t necessarily always get to see. I already listed all of the cavalcades up above in the parade section, but I will report back in a couple weeks for a concrete list of which Pixar characters are able to be seen in Hollywood Studios currently. We are really excited for that. I don’t think my son will necessarily notice that he doesn’t get to shake their hand or hug them, because he will be so thrilled to see them in person. Plus, there are absolutely no crowds for these cavalcades, so you get good photos with the characters and it feels like you are up close and personal with them. On top of the cavalcades, we saw Mickey and friends waving at the train station multiple times and made sure to get breakfast at Topolinos, which was AWESOME. It definitely was enough to carry us over until things get back to normal. We miss the hugs and the high fives, but my son still came home and was ranting and raving that “Mickey waved at me!” and “Mickey made me waffles!!”

4. Limited character dining options: Limited is an understatement right now. Typically there are DOZENS of character dining options available for any given meal. You can normally eat with any character your heart desires. Our favorites are Chef Mickeys and Cape May Cafe, but we were eager to try Ohana this trip since we have a new Lilo and Stitch fan in the house. There are also typically many options where you can dine with princesses at the resorts and in the parks, which I imagine is a must for all the princess fanatics out there (our son loves Anna and Elsa, but is quite nervous around them, HA). All of these are not operating as character dining currently. As far as I am aware, the only two character dining options currently are Topolinos (at Riviera Resort with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy) and the Garden Grill in Epcot (Chip and Dale, Pluto, and Mickey typically). We went to Topolinos in July and absolutely loved it. You can see my whole review in Part 3 of the Magical Return spiel a couple posts ago. It is a must do for us from now on. Right now it is not normal character dining where each character visits each table for photos and autographs, but instead they each do a lap around the room and pose at various spots near each table. They do interact with you to some degree. Donald acted offended that we had a Mickey stuffed animal for example. We plan to go to the Garden Grill in a couple weeks and will report back. We went last fall and loved it, so we will be able to compare the new and old experiences. Key takeaway here: if character dining is important to you, jump on reservations at one of these two locations. I believe the Beast has also been spotted walking through Be Our Guest on occasion as well FYI.

5. No park hopping : of the items listed here, this is the one that I think people should consider a potential deal breaker if this is their one big trip of the year. I personally could never comprehend paying for a park pass without the park hopper feature, and I cannot remember the last day I spent in Disney without visiting 2+ parks. Part of the main appeal of staying in the Boardwalk area is the quick access to Epcot for a bite to eat or a quick ride in between other plans. We also typically walk through Epcot to ride the monorail to MK. My strategy with a little kid is also to go to one park first thing in the morning, take an afternoon nap, and then head to another park for an evening of less hot fun and dinner in another park. Obviously none of these things can happen currently. You can only pick one park per day, and you need to pick them in advance. This is a huge downer. For me, it isn’t necessarily making me not go on my trips, but it is changing where I plan to stay and how I plan our trips entirely. We stayed at the Polynesian in July instead of the Boardwalk because the close proximity to multiple parks wasn’t a major priority (granted HS and Epcot also weren’t even open yet on the dates we visited, so that made the decision easy). Using a park hopper typically is the best way to truly get your money’s worth and maximize your time in Disney. You can go absolutely anywhere you heart desires at any time, with no limitations. If you have a free hour, you can head to the closest park and do whatever you can. The lack of ability to do this really takes away your ability to fully maximize your time on your trip, so if you like flexibility and maximizing your park time, now is not the time to travel to Disney unfortunately (this goes hand in hand with park hours being reduced and extra magic hours being removed as well).

6. Park reservation system: At this point, everyone has presumably heard that in order to manage park capacity, Disney has implemented a park reservation system. So on top of having a park pass (annual pass, regular park ticket, whatever), you need to go onto mydisneyexperience and make a park reservation for your designated days. The good news is, this has been a complete non issue as far as parks reaching capacity. There are a small handful of days that reached capacity for annual Passholders at Hollywood Studios, but otherwise all days are showing availability for all parks. There is separate “inventory” for annual Passholders, resort guests, and neither of the above (people with park tickets but no resort stay), and only annual Passholders have been having issues with capacity apparently, and that is only at Hollywood Studios in the month of August so far. So availability is not a concern. I was quite distraught at the thought of anticipating what parks I planned to be in every day of our December trip already, but at this point, it looks like we will have the flexibility to revise our park days during our trip if needed. Also to answer a common question: you are allowed to enter, leave, and return to the park during the day if you have a reservation. We left MK, took a nap, and came back later. No issues. The huge downside right now, as noted above, is that you can only have a reservation in one park each day. I pray this is adjusted by our trip in December, in effect allowing the return of park hopping, but for now, one park per day.

7. No dining plans: When Disney announced their reopening, they added a lot of disclaimers. Not all of the restaurants are open. There is practically no character dining. The restaurants that are open have limited menus (some are very limited). As a result, Disney is not offering dining plans right now. My best guess is that this is to avoid people paying full price for the dining plan and then complaining that they didn’t get their money’s worth due to such limited offerings. This isn’t an issue for us because we never get the dining plan. It just doesn’t suit our eating style. I’m an all day snacker. One day I’ll make a post analyzing the pros and cons of the dining plan, but i think there have been countless analyses that have shown tables in wonderland works out to save you more money if you qualify to get that discount. Regardless, you still have the ease of using your magic band to pay for food, there just aren’t prepaid food credits loaded onto your account unfortunately. Obviously this is a bummer for people who love the free dining promotions Disney runs sometimes (although I’ve always thought they were somewhat foolish because it was always free dining with a full priced room, whereas for the rest of the year you can get a discounted room…. so it basically nets out to be the same ….). This also means no free refillable mugs included with dining plans. You can still buy the refillable mugs at the resorts, but they won’t actually let you refill them anywhere. You show them to a cast member and they give you a free drink in a paper cup. This is for sanitary reasons. No one is allowed to touch the drink machines except cast members for the time being.

8. Temperature screenings: this is an absolute non issue. It’s debatable what value it adds, given that people can be asymptomatic carriers, but it is a common screening practice that offers comfort to people, so I respect that Disney is doing it. Fortunately it causes no delay whatsoever at this point. During our recent trip we never experienced a line at any screening. They have tents set up at park entrances and the TTC, as well as at the monorail resorts, similar to security screenings. There were no bottlenecks whatsoever. I personally didn’t see anyone get a temperature that caused them to not be allowed to enter, but I’ve heard that if that happens, they ask you to step aside and they recheck you a few minutes later. Again, we experienced no issues and no delays whatsoever.

9. Mask wearing: this is a big one. This is a pervasive part of your every day experience. If you hate wearing masks, this should be a deciding factor for you, because you have to wear a “face covering” at all times on Disney property, indoors and outdoors. You are only allowed to not wear a mask in your hotel room, at the pool, while dining (stationary, not walking around the parks eating or drinking), or in designated mask free relaxation zones in each park). That being said, we are from NJ where masks have been mandatory indoors for many months now, but we are in the habit of taking them off outdoors, and we survived ok during the July heat on our Disney trip. I wore mine at all times as required, except in empty monorail cars, completely deserted walkways at the resort, etc, but my almost 3 year old probably wore his about 50% of the time. I thought that was a huge success. Cast members seemed to agree because he didn’t get any comments, outside of one cast member at the TTC temperature screening reminding him to put it on when he was done with his sippy cup. For the most part, when he was in his stroller and we were outdoors, he wasn’t wearing his mask, and no cast members had any issues. I think they aren’t going to focus on toddlers in strollers if you are maintaining appropriate distancing. That was my experience. Again, he did his best. He always wore it indoors and when we were on line near people. Just for more background, he was one week away from turning 3 and he is 39” tall. He’s a big guy.

I tested the no neck gaiter policy and was told almost immediately that I needed to wear a normal mask FYI, so that is definitely being enforced. I went with disposable masks 95% of the time because they were the most breathable in the heat and I could just throw them away after sweating through them. I did make a post about the Disney masks though, and we officially have about 20 of them, so feel free to look at that other post if you have questions about sizing or anything.

10. Not all resorts open: Disney is reopening the WDW resorts on a staggered basis after closing them all for an extended time period for the first time ever. Since there are such severe capacity restriction in the parks, and even less demand than expected right now, there is no need for every resort to be open fully unfortunately. The first resorts to reopen in June were all of the DVC resorts (except Jambo House) so as to quickly get some DVC points back to use and try to mitigate a huge inventory problem in the future with a flood of points in the system due to expiration extensions and whatnot. They’ve subsequently opened a few non DVC resorts so that the list below reflects all resorts currently open.

Additionally, they’ve released the following timeline for opening additional resorts. There are still a few resorts with no reopening dates sadly. They must be waiting to reassess whether attendance picks up over the next couple months. The virus has been so unpredictable that they unfortunately have to keep taking a wait and see approach with some of these things.

This is a huge disappointment for people with reservations at resorts that aren’t open for the dates they had reserved. I had a trip planned in March when everything closed, so I get it, it’s sucks. At least there are a ton of other options though. Hopefully you’ll be offered a comparable resort to switch to if your resort isn’t open, or you’ll be allowed to cancel entirely and rebook by renting cheap DVC points (seriously they have never been so cheap). Thankfully all of the most amazing resorts are open in some capacity (I’m a big fan of the deluxe resorts, plus they made sure to throw in a value and a moderate as options), so everyone should have an option that suits their needs and has availability. Availability should not be a problem for the near future ….

11. No water parks open: at this point, I’m just taking what I can get. A month ago, all of Disney World was closed. I’m elated that all 4 parks are open, along with all the DVC resorts and a handful of regular resorts. The water parks are an after thought at this point. I don’t really understand why they are closed, given that the pools are open, as well as Universal’s water park, but maybe since mask wearing isn’t possible in pools, it is too much of a risk to open a water park right now. It might also just be a cost cutting measure. They are barely making a profit from the parks as-is, so maybe they don’t think opening the water parks would be worth the expense right now. Typhoon Lagoon is my favorite WDW park by the way, so this is a huge bummer…. but all of 2020 is a huge bummer. This isn’t a deal breaker for me… just a disappointment. We rarely get to go to the water parks during our November trips anyway due to the weather being chillier so I’m used to missing out on these.

12. Mobile ordering required for quick service meals: at this point in society you basically have to embrace technology and get on board with mobile ordering. If you were holding out for some reason, I think coronavirus is kind of laughing in your face right now. I’ve commented at home that mobile ordering is no longer the best kept secret at places like Starbucks and Panera. Everyone has come to embrace these things and they will be more prevalent in the future as people have realized how awesome mobile ordering really is. I swore by mobile ordering for quick service meals at Disney before this, so no complaints here. The only real change for me is that they don’t let you into the restaurant to find a table or sit down until you can show that your order is ready on your phone. This keeps people from clogging up the tables and making it more crowded than necessary, which is great. I love process improvements and I think mobile ordering is super efficient when you have a hangry toddler. I highly recommend it to anyone who has been resisting it, whether you travel now or when it goes back to being optional.

13. Miscellaneous safety measures on property: None of these should really impact anyone’s decision to visit Disney, but I thought I should at least mention these other changes Disney has made which help make the parks feel so safe. I’ll include photos of things I remembered to take pictures of while I was there. Items not photographed include: hand sanitizers EVERYWHERE and dividers on the monorails.

These social distancing lines are EVERYWHERE
When it is not practical to load groups with spacing between parties, rides have dividers installed, like here on Kilimanjaro Safari
Ride vehicles are sprayed down/sanitized regularly
The buses have dividers between parties. They are also “aired out” for four minutes every time they arrive at a park to pick people up.

Rider Swap Experiences

For those fortunate souls who are unfamiliar, Disney offers a “Rider Swap” option to parents of small children who are not tall enough (or are too scared) for certain rides. I only recently became familiar with this program, as my son is currently 2.5 years old and we have visited twice with him thus far, but I’ve done extensive reading on how it USED to work, and it sounds like it used to be pretty awesome. I am in the minority and still think it is pretty awesome, but that may be because I never experienced the old version.

Apparently back in the day, before Fastpass+ was all done on Magic Bands and whatnot, parents used to go to the Fastpass kiosk, get a Fastpass for one of the parents, go up to the front of the ride, talk to a Cast Member, and they’d be given a Fastpass for the other parent to return and ride the ride (with up to 2 other people) for ANYTIME IN THE NEXT 30 DAYS!! Say what?! That’s crazy bananas. That is like the golden ticket to that ride. You can just come back any time on your trip and ride it when you see fit. Granted, you don’t ever get to ride with your significant other (unless you find a babysitter for another day, and then your significant other can be one of your 2 other guests that ride with you when you return), and you always have to come back to rides later and wait on the Fastpass line again after another member of your party already waited on the Fastpass line once before. So for everyone claiming that parents were “working the system” and “getting double Fastpasses”…. I think they just need to calm down and recognize that Disney was just throwing a bit of a bone to parents of toddlers who inevitably were dealing with quite a bit of stress in the parks every day and never get to ride any of the “grown up rides” as a couple/family. Disney obviously wants parents of little kids to keep coming to the parks, so they have to offer them some sort of solution….

So back to the present situation… now Disney uses Fastpass+ and Magic Bands, rather than paper Fastpass tickets. Once this switch was made, the Rider Swap system started to evolve to its current state. The strategy that most sites recommend is still for one parent to get a Fastpass for the top rides (those with height restrictions) and then the family speaks to a cast member at the entrance to the line for the ride and the other parent will be given a Rider Swap return time on their Magic Band. This functions the same as a Fastpass. You are given a time to return and use the Fastpass line. A lot of people on social media get very heated about this topic and say both parents are required to have a Fastpass in order for the second parent to be given a Rider Swap return time and be authorized to use the Fastpass line when the first parent is done, but this simply is not true. Disney does want both parents to get Fastpasses for the ride, but if you do not both get Fastpasses, the worst thing that can happen, is that the cast member that you speak to will give you a return time that is a little farther in the future than you’d like. For example, if you go to Flight of Passage as a family of 3 (2 adults and a toddler) and say “hey my husband has a Fastpass, can I get a Rider Swap ticket because our son is too small for the ride?” in a perfect world, they will scan your Magic Band and tell you that you are able to come back in 10 minutes (or any time for the rest of the day) and enter the line. That way, your husband enters the Fastpass line, waits a bit, rides the ride, then comes out, and you can enter right away. However, some cast members allegedly might say, “oh you don’t both have Fastpasses? Well then I have to give a return time that is after the length of the current standby wait-time” aka your husband rides the ride, then you still have to wait another hour or two before your Rider Swap/Fastpass is active and you are allowed to enter the Fastpass line. You still get access to the Fastpass line without having used a Fastpass, you just have to wait a little bit and do some other rides in between. I personally have never experienced this second option, but numerous vocal social media posters have posted rants about needing two fastpasses as parents using Rider Swap, but then cast members have chimed in saying “yes, if you don’t both have them, you’ll have to return after the length of the standby wait”….which isn’t really the end of the world to me and doesn’t merit wasting another Fastpass.

Regardless of all of this ranting on social media, in our two trips in 2018 and 2019, I did not have any difficulties with Rider Swap on any ride. These were our experiences:

November 2018 trip:

-We used Rider Swap on Splash Mountain as our first experience with it. I had a Fastpass and DF did not. We spoke to the cast member at the entrance to the line and then scanned our Magic Bands. I entered the ride’s Fastpass line then and rode alone. Then the app magically showed that DF had a Fastpass to ride Splash Mountain starting 10 minutes later through the end of the day. We both got to ride (alone – which is such a bummer, but hey, that is life in Disney World with a 1 year old).

-We used Rider Swap on Expedition Everest in a slightly more strategic way. Since my mom and stepdad were traveling with us and they were in AK with us that day, I asked my mom to book a Fastpass for Everest for herself since she wasn’t using any Fastpasses that day besides the Safari (she is weird and doesn’t do too many rides). We then went up to the Cast Member at the entrance to the Everest line with my mom, me, and my son, and asked for a Rider Swap ticket for me. I was given a Rider Swap ticket that showed up on the app allowing me to return 15 minutes later. This allows you to return with 2 other guests and use the Fastpass line. So my mom actually didn’t even ride Everest, since it makes her sick, and then 15 minutes later DF and I both rode Everest together without either of us wasting a Fastpass on it. Some may say this is “cheating” and we got a 4th Fastpass for the day which isn’t fair, but no one was hurt by this. I am very anti cheating the system if it hurts someone else. However, my mom used a fastpass of her own. She should have been in the fastpass line, taking up a space, but instead we basically took her space in the line since she didn’t ride. Also, if all three of us used fastpasses for Everest that day, there would have been 2 other people who did NOT get their fastpasses for Everest that day because of us. So we actually enabled 2 other people to get fastpasses that day. So basically we are good samaritans (lol).

I don’t think we used Rider Swap on anything else during this trip. This trip was primarily about riding the little kid rides with our kiddo and soaking up every moment with him. We had a few instances where one of us could get away and ride a ride alone like Test Track or Aerosmith in the single riders line, but mostly our fastpasses were used for kiddo-friendly rides.

November 2019 trip:

-Slinky Dog Dash – DF had a fastpass for Slinky Dog and I did not. I debated getting both of us a Fastpass after all I had read online about cast members being more strict about wanting both parents to have fastpasses, but then I said, what is the worst that can happen? They make me come back 2 hours later? To me that was worth using our other Fastpass for something our son would enjoy with one of us. We spoke to a cast member at the entrance of the line. He referred us to a specific cast member under an umbrella with an iPad. She actually had a line waiting for her (a short 5 minute line). She seemed to exclusively be handling Rider Swap situations and accessibility situations (helping people with disabilities access the ride). We told her we had one Fastpass for the ride and needed a rider swap ticket. We did not ask for a specific return time. Low and behold, we checked the app, and I was given a return time 10 minutes later. So even cast members whose sole job is to handle Rider Swap don’t seem to be following this alleged rule that people keep preaching about on social media, so I really don’t think anyone should stress too much about it honestly. 20 minutes later we were both done riding and our son was thrilled to have watched us both ride the “doggy choochoo!!”

-Flight of Passage – We rode Flight of Passage together earlier in the week while my mom watched Copper because I get extreme motion sickness and really did not want to ride it alone (we’ve never ridden it before!! yay for new rides!) DF loved it SO much and immediately declared it his new favorite ride in WDW, so later in the week I seized the opportunity to ask my mom if she would help us get him on it again. My mom and stepdad had Fastpasses for early one morning, so we all went to AK together that day. We went to FOP, told them that my mom and step dad had fastpasses and we needed a rider swap for DF. This cast member specifically asked if he also had a fastpass. She then asked “did you already wait on the standby line??” to which I responded with a confused blank stare, like why would we be talking to you right now after waiting on that insane line that goes all the way out of Pandora? So at this point I was sure this would be the first time someone told us we all needed fastpasses to do rider swap, but nope, she scanned the Magic Bands, and he had a return time 25 minutes later, because the FOP fastpass line plus riding the ride does take a little while. They do their best to estimate how long it will take Parent #1 to complete the ride, and then that is when Parent #2’s return window starts typically. This was with a standby line of 2+ hours, just for reference. So still, no evidence of any issues with not having fastpasses for every member of the party. This was even with me obviously there able to watch our son while my mom and stepdad rode the ride also (so common sense would indicate that DF did not need a rider swap ticket). They don’t seem to be huge sticklers. As long as you have a child with you who cannot ride, they will give a rider swap ticket.

Again – we only used rider swap twice on our 9 day trip. People seem to think it is a big strategic advantage that people are going to take advantage of to cheat the system and screw other people over, but really, when you are traveling with a young child, you don’t have too much time to prioritize adult rides that you want to go on. You definitely don’t have a ton of time to wait for each parent to ride a ride separate one after another. So the situation doesn’t really arise too many times throughout the trip. I can see how it becomes a lot more relevant when you have more kids, and you need to bring your bigger kids on rides, while the other parent waits with the baby. Then apparently the bigger kid gets to ride a second time with the second parents who uses a rider swap ticket. So it is an awesome deal for the bigger kid in the family. If anyone has a problem with a kid in Disney World getting access to more rides after dealing with his/her parents tending to a baby 24/7 and he/she never getting to ride on fun rides with both parents together, they should probably go get a dose of Disney magic and calm down with the negativity. Everyone should soak up as much magic as they can, and rider swap lets parents/families do that, as far as I can tell.