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Old 01-05-2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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How strict are CMs with height restrictions

My daughter is just slightly under 42 inches. Are they flexible at all, or should I prepare her in advance for not being able to ride things that have 42 inch restriction?
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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My daughter is just slightly under 42 inches. Are they flexible at all, or should I prepare her in advance for not being able to ride things that have 42 inch restriction?
Make sure she is wearing good solid running shoes (the soles add a bit of height) but yes I would prepare her for not being able to ride. BUT make sure you measure her too, because sometimes you just never know how a CM will be.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:45 PM   #3
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Disneys are 40" and 44". So there will be some your DD can ride and some she def can't. My son was right around 44 and was tall enough for Space Mountain, but not tall enough for Everest (both 44" rides, the height things were obviously different as he touched the one for Space just under it and not at all at Everest). LoL. But the majority are 40", Like BTMR and Soarin, TT and Splash. you should be okay.

Edited: As yes, they stood there and checked him very closely. We tried twice with different CM's at Everest and they wouldn't let him. He was checked 3 times at Space Mnt as they have CM's checking at different places though the line, or they did that day.
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My daughter is just slightly under 42 inches. Are they flexible at all, or should I prepare her in advance for not being able to ride things that have 42 inch restriction?
Yes.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:08 PM   #5
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Very strict and they sometimes measure twice. Once when you first enter the line, and once again before you board the ride.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:11 PM   #6
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Depends on the CM honestly. Our son and daughter have been abke to ride space mountain when they were both about 1/2 inch too short.
Others have not been able to get their kids on. Look, go for it...if they get on GREAT..if not..well then thats the way it is. But, unless your kids are way too short...its worth a try.
Note: as some others have stated....good tennis shoes have thick soles...i.e. new balance. They can add a bit also.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:51 PM   #7
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Very strict and they sometimes measure twice. Once when you first enter the line, and once again before you board the ride.
They measured my son twice on several rides last year. The time before, he was approximately 1/4 of an inch too short , and they didn't let him on! We didn't "sell" a ride to him just in case because we didn't want him to be disappointed.
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:28 AM   #8
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Very strict and they sometimes measure twice. Once when you first enter the line, and once again before you board the ride.
Yep. This. 100%. Even if you passed at the beginning of the line, you may be turned away at the ride.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:53 AM   #9
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In our experience, they are very strict. And I think that's a good thing. I personally would not want to "trick" a CM to get my child on a ride that they are not supposed to be on.

I have a VERY tall 8 year old and a VERY short 6 year old (42.5 inches). In the 3 trips to WDW they have had, my 6yo has had to deal with not doing a lot of the rides, but we prepare her in advance that this is the case. On her first two trips she was still not even 40 inches tall! But our last trip in July, she finally hit 41.5 inches and was able to do all of the 40" rides...what an accomplishment!!! She was so excited and it was great seeing how happy that made her.

Now, we are going back in April and she was really hoping to be big enough for Space Mountain...we've told her, not so much, but probably next time!!!
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Yep. This. 100%. Even if you passed at the beginning of the line, you may be turned away at the ride.
See this is the problem I have. I am ALL about safety and do not try to cheat the system. I want my child safe on rides. I would also understand if they measured barefoot or whatever BUT...as I see it is a child is close (my 3.5 yr old is boarderline. She is between 40 inches and 39 3/4 inches without shoes - she will probably wear keens or tevas in the parks) it is better to say right out no sorry.

I am all about the safety speech and preparing her not to ride but I guess for ME. I wish they made that determination BEFORE they get in line. She would understand if told at the enterance sorry sweetie you don't make it. But my DD#2 is dying to ride splash and has a difficult time in lines. She would be devestated however if told yes you make it, she stands in long line and is good only to be told sorry too bad. There must be a better way. If they trust their measuring system measuring when you enter should be enough right? I would rather take an extra second or two at the beginning and ensure she is the right height. What is the reasoning for 2-3 times once you enter? Do they fear the child changed sizes while in line?
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What is the reasoning for 2-3 times once you enter? Do they fear the child changed sizes while in line?
No, they fear that only one Cast Member doing the checking missed something. At work, we use the "second pair of eyes" rule on just about everything. Or, another cliche - "it's better to measure twice and cut once".

And as pointed out before, parents do some stupid things just to get their kids on a ride. I wouldn't put it past some parent to do the lifts in the shoes, get past the one check point, stop and take out the lifts. Now you have a too small child getting on a ride where the restraints might not hold that child.

Sorry, but as a parent, it's up to you to explain to your child there are two points of measurement. We did that with both of our grandkids. And after they passed the second one (one time was a very close call), we did high fives. It actually became a little game we played.
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If they trust their measuring system measuring when you enter should be enough right? I would rather take an extra second or two at the beginning and ensure she is the right height. What is the reasoning for 2-3 times once you enter? Do they fear the child changed sizes while in line?
They do that because people will sneak their kids in. I've seen it where they will distract the cm in the front, to have another parent sneak the small child past when the CM is otherwise engaged.
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My daughter is just slightly under 42 inches. Are they flexible at all, or should I prepare her in advance for not being able to ride things that have 42 inch restriction?
You should prepare her for the possibility.
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My son is 43.5 inches tall. I've told him that he needs to eat lots of good growing food between now and our trip in May!

But yes, I told him that if he's too short he won't be allowed to ride. If so, he will be super-crushed as he LOVED Space Mtn at DLR (only a 40 inch requirement there).
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I don't think there is anything with a 42" restriction, is there? She should be clearly, easily tall enough for all the 40" rides (most of them - Thunder, Splash, etc.) and obviously too small at the 44" rides (Everest, Space Mt, Mission Space).
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