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Old 01-07-2013, 05:34 PM   #76
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For the people that complain about the measuring twice, I have to relate an ancedote from my youth.

I grew up going to King's Dominion. At the entry to every height restricted line, there was a plywood cutout of a Hanna-Barbera character holding a yardstick and saying "you must be this tall to ride this ride". Parents would line their kids up and then they would head into the line.

The CM at the end of the line then had a stick that they would measure the kids with, and their response to the inevitable "but he was tall enough at Squiddly Diddly" was "the only official measurement is taken right here".

Same thing. The measurement taken as you enter the line doesn't actually count, it's the one at the ride that counts. Half the time, people scoot right by the measuring device at the entry. CM's get distracted, they are answereing questions (what time is the 4:30 parade?), so the only measurement that matters is at the ride.

Have your kids ready for that one.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:36 PM   #77
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Maybe with the RFID bracelets, they can get rid off the measuring at the attraction's gate...

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Not sure how unless its semi permanently attached to the kid in a way that's its destroyed if removed.

Also what about every one with regular most likely RFID tickets?

There is nothing magical about RFID its just a quicker way to read an ID number.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:40 PM   #78
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You will hear plenty of anecdotal evidence of CM's letting kids on that weren't quite tall enough, but they are generally quite strict. Don't overpromise, and prepare to be disappointed if they aren't up to height.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:51 PM   #79
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Stuff napkins in the heels of their sneakers and BINGO!
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:54 PM   #80
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Stuff napkins in the heels of their sneakers and BINGO!
I really does work. Thankfully...all of our kids are tall enough for everything...well my daughter is still gonna be an inch short for Rock n roller....but im still brainstormin....of a way!!! lol
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Please don't post ways to get around Disney's rules. It is a violation of the terms of use of the board, and gets people in trouble and entertaining threads locked.
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Old 01-07-2013, 05:59 PM   #82
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You may have heard this tip before, but try the height-restricted rides first thing in the morning. We all "shrink" a little throughout the day due to gravity. And definitely have her practice at home, standing up tall. Place a clipboard or something at 42" and tell her the goal is to touch it with her head. A lot of kids shy away from the measuring bar, or try to duck their heads under it.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:07 PM   #83
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Please don't post ways to get around Disney's rules. It is a violation of the terms of use of the board, and gets people in trouble and entertaining threads locked.
Not saying I did that myself per say, but in the previous posts, others were mentioning and hinting at ways..
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:05 PM   #84
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I remember the first time we went, I was 5 and in kindergarten. I was denied to go on Splash Mountain and I was crying and crying and my mom brought me to the bathroom to wipe my eyes off and there was a mom in there crushing the toilet paper roles and wrapping them with TP and sticking them in her kid's shoes because she was just a little too short. My mom wouldn't let me do the same thing as that child and I was upset. (This was the only time I've ever had a meltdown btw.)

Needless to say, we went back another day, and instead of the sandals my mom put me in, I was in sneakers and allowed on - without the toilet paper. It added a good inch to my height.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:29 PM   #85
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I finally found this: http://blog.touringplans.com/2011/08...-disney-world/

Looks like the measuring sticks are a true 44 inches. Which means that in shoes my son would probably be fine now, but if I can get him to grow that last half inch (I measure barefoot), he'll be good to go.

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Old 01-07-2013, 08:23 PM   #86
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We went last February and they were not strict at all. My kids are triplets. We went on test track and splash mountain several times and nobody measured my kids. At Splash, they measured my daughter as she was boarding the boat and the cm said he was a bit too short. We joked that we should show him the pictures of her on it earlier that day and he let us ride. We did get stopped at Soaring and we left. I guess she was just under 40 " in shoes. I hadn't measured her before we left. I knew she was approximately 40" but none of my kids were measured most of the time.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:38 PM   #87
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remember, height restrictions are for safety. If a person is too small, they could possibly be injured on a ride because they are not big enough. definately NOT worth the risk
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I guess that we won't know until we actually get there. DS is well over 44 inches at 6 1/2 years old and can go on some rides with his daddy that DD can not go on, but she is at or just over 40 inches at 3 years old (will be 4 in 3 months). We around going to DW in 4 weeks and I know that she is will be a question on every ride depending the the CM.

She was a hair under when we were in DL this past June for Star Tours and she was able to go on the first time, but not the second time. However, I know that she is 40 inches for sure now and it will be upsetting if they turn her away this time. And I am all for safety. Personally, I do not feel comfortable with her going on the Tower of Terror or as she calls it "Towa of Ewa." I told my husband that I think that you should be able to say it correctly to ride it. But I think all of the other 40 inch rides will be fine for her height wise and personality.

We just hate that it is going to be up to however the CM feels at that moment and that we could get turned away after waiting. I will be bringing my own tape measure to see how accurate they are anyway. I will also be checking in front of each ride to see if there is any question.

I guess my question is..Do the CM's just sometimes say "no" even if a child's head hit the top of the bar? What is their main criteria? Does their head have to hit the top? Do they have to pass the bar? Does it just truly depend on the CM?
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We just hate that it is going to be up to however the CM feels at that moment and that we could get turned away after waiting. I will be bringing my own tape measure to see how accurate they are anyway. I will also be checking in front of each ride to see if there is any question.

I guess my question is..Do the CM's just sometimes say "no" even if a child's head hit the top of the bar? What is their main criteria? Does their head have to hit the top? Do they have to pass the bar? Does it just truly depend on the CM?
Your child's head just needs to hit the bar. That is it. However, even if a piece of paper can fit between your child's head and the bar (note it is their head, and not their hair!) they will turn you away.

As far as bringing in your tape measure goes, there is no point in it. Disney's stick is the only measure that matters. It won't matter one whit if your tape measure says a stick is 45' when it should be 44'. The only thing you will do is cause a ruckus that will not result in anything positive for you. Leave your tape measure at home.
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Your child's head just needs to hit the bar. That is it. However, even if a piece of paper can fit between your child's head and the bar (note it is their head, and not their hair!) they will turn you away.

As far as bringing in your tape measure goes, there is no point in it. Disney's stick is the only measure that matters. It won't matter one whit if your tape measure says a stick is 45' when it should be 44'. The only thing you will do is cause a ruckus that will not result in anything positive for you. Leave your tape measure at home.
I'm only doing it out of curiosity to see how accurate they are on the measuring sticks outside the ride. I do not plan to create an issue with it at all.
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