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Old 10-31-2013, 11:05 AM   #31
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They definitely do turn kids away--on our last trip I saw it happen three times. If he's not tall enough I would just tell him he's probably not going to get on the rides. That way if they let him on, it's a nice surprise for him.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:10 AM   #32
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They are TOO strict. Okay I might be a little mad lol. DS came up to the bar at space mountain. I mean you could MAYBE fit a piece of paper in between his head and the bar. And they said no. He was soo upset. :sad2

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Old 10-31-2013, 11:12 AM   #33
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We are very strict. If there is even the tiniest of gap between the height stick and his head, we won't let them in.
Don't spike the hair either, we push the hair down.
If we can see space between the head and stick, no go.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:19 AM   #34
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We are very strict. If there is even the tiniest of gap between the height stick and his head, we won't let them in.
Don't spike the hair either, we push the hair down.
If we can see space between the head and stick, no go.
Are you a CM? If so, I'm curious, does Disney ever check the height of the sticks? If so what is an acceptable deviation?

I was really glad DD9 was about 49" this last trip so I didn't have to worry about this stuff anymore.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:22 AM   #35
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As others have suggested, I'd measure him standing straight, back against the wall, with the shoes he's going to wearing throughout the day. I definitely wouldn't sacrifice foot comfort for extra height. Not suggesting anyone here has, but we always have our kids wear shoes that are well broken in. We're lucky that height hasn't been much of an issue because our middle daughter won't ride anything the least bit scary and our son is still unsure about going on anything faster than the Barnstormer. If he's close, just be prepared that he might not get to ride. Our last trip, the family in front of us argued for what felt like five minutes that their child should go on Primeval Whirl, even though he didn't meet the height requirement. I don't if he'd ridden it before and that's why they were upset. But it was obvious to me the kid was too short.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:23 AM   #36
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I really wish Disney had a consistent way to do this. At Busch Gardens this summer they had a height check at the entrance and the kids were given colored wrist bands based on their height. It would be so much simpler to just do this once.

I too have a child who is very close the the height requirement. She needs to grow a half inch before February so she can ride the 44 inch rides. I know it's for her safety but its really frustrating for her to be let on one day or one ride and not the next.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:29 AM   #37
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I laid DS3 on he floor and pulled out the measuring tape...39.5 inches.

He's so close to so many great rides at Disney. I know socks and shoes will get him closer and we've got 29 days until our trip, so he could always pick up a quarter inch.

The trip is for me, DW, DD5 and DS3. We don't like to split up and have never done any rides with height restrictions. We really just want to do Splash Mountain and may not get back to the World for a number of years.

Just how strict are the CMs with the height requirements? Are they more lenient with certain rides? Do they measure at more than one point in the line? I know I'll get burned with this one but do you have any tricks for getting that extra half inch?
My son at age 3 pretty much only wore his "construction boots" every day of his life, so they came with us to disney. I did not think of it, but they probably add 1/4 inch to his height over regular sneakers or shoes. He was just at 40 inches at this time. He rode all the 40 inch rides and was never questioned for his shoes, but we had CM at the front and end of the lines measure him almost always. He passed every one though.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:41 AM   #38
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Our trip 2 trips ago I was all excited that my son had reached 40 inches on our wall at home. Upon our trip to Disney he was no where near the 40 inch sticks. We must be terrible measurers or something. Just be prepared to be off in your measurements. Our 40 incher appeared to be more like 38 inches according to the Disney sticks. Also, the rides with height requirements are pretty rough, and it's hard for little ones to hold themselves properly in the rides. Even at 41 inches, we constantly had to make sure we had arms behind my son's head or it would get smacked on the back of the ride vehicles. Or quick stops would send his face flying into the lap bars. Thunder Mountain in particular was rough for him, so I don't think it's only a height thing, but also a strength thing too. Little kids just aren't strong enough hold their bodies properly through the rough rides.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:45 AM   #39
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Fun in the Florida sun in a pair of clunky work boots??? OP, try measuring your son in his normal tennis shoes against the wall first thing tomorrow morning. You may be stressing over nothing. Best of luck!
While I understand your concern, I am guessing that you have not worn work boots in a while, much less timberlands. Far from clunky, they are actually more comfortable and easier to wear than any sneakers I have ever worn. These boots are designed for people on the feet 12 hours a day carrying heavy loads, climbing ladders, etc... Sure they are not made for running or cutting back n forth in basketball, but for plain old walking and standing around, they are actually the best option. Since Disney last year, we have had to keep buying more work boots because that is what our DS loves as his everyday shoe. The only downside is they can be expensive if you pay retail, luckily we live a few miles from Timberlands HQ, so we can buy them at the factory store during friends and family sales for around $25.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:48 AM   #40
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My kid was 39.25 (officially measured at the Doc's office a week before our trip). With her shoes (normal flat shoes), she was right on the money (her head was slightly on top of the bottom of the bar)
They let her on Splash, BTM (her FAVORITE), TOT (her least favorite), Soarin, and TT (her second favorite).

So have fun!
They might ask to measure your child repeatedly but no worries
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:49 AM   #41
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We are very strict. If there is even the tiniest of gap between the height stick and his head, we won't let them in. Don't spike the hair either, we push the hair down. If we can see space between the head and stick, no go.
With my DS you couldn't see space at all. He was essentially touching the bar and the CM told me he had to pass the bar not just touch it. Maybe CMs are different but I got a strict one.

A half an inch is a lot and very noticeable. I agree with everyone else have him stand up straight eyes looking forward and measure him.

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Old 10-31-2013, 11:50 AM   #42
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I really wish Disney had a consistent way to do this. At Busch Gardens this summer they had a height check at the entrance and the kids were given colored wrist bands based on their height. It would be so much simpler to just do this once.

I too have a child who is very close the the height requirement. She needs to grow a half inch before February so she can ride the 44 inch rides. I know it's for her safety but its really frustrating for her to be let on one day or one ride and not the next.
Way too easy to come up with ways to circumvent bands and Disney takes this very seriously so measuring at each ride is the safest way.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:52 AM   #43
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As for shoes, we used timberland work boots.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:59 AM   #44
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While I understand your concern, I am guessing that you have not worn work boots in a while, much less timberlands. Far from clunky, they are actually more comfortable and easier to wear than any sneakers I have ever worn. These boots are designed for people on the feet 12 hours a day carrying heavy loads, climbing ladders, etc... Sure they are not made for running or cutting back n forth in basketball, but for plain old walking and standing around, they are actually the best option. Since Disney last year, we have had to keep buying more work boots because that is what our DS loves as his everyday shoe. The only downside is they can be expensive if you pay retail, luckily we live a few miles from Timberlands HQ, so we can buy them at the factory store during friends and family sales for around $25.
I am familiar with the shoes and their comfort, but they look ridiculous with shorts and are hot. Not the best shoe for a Florida theme park, in my opinion, but that's just me.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:00 PM   #45
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Our trip 2 trips ago I was all excited that my son had reached 40 inches on our wall at home. Upon our trip to Disney he was no where near the 40 inch sticks. We must be terrible measurers or something. Just be prepared to be off in your measurements. Our 40 incher appeared to be more like 38 inches according to the Disney sticks. Also, the rides with height requirements are pretty rough, and it's hard for little ones to hold themselves properly in the rides. Even at 41 inches, we constantly had to make sure we had arms behind my son's head or it would get smacked on the back of the ride vehicles. Or quick stops would send his face flying into the lap bars. Thunder Mountain in particular was rough for him, so I don't think it's only a height thing, but also a strength thing too. Little kids just aren't strong enough hold their bodies properly through the rough rides.
That's another thing I'm worried about. It sounds like Disney builds in a little extra for the shoe factor.

We last visited in February and DS2.5 (at the time) was at least 36.5 inches and was just clearing the 35 inch stick. I was shocked how close he was to it.
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