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Old 10-31-2013, 12:00 PM   #46
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My daughter JUST made 40" in her clogs. These are her everyday shoe and she refuses to wear anything else. She loves her Sanitas just like I love my Danskos. They do add about 1/4 to 1/2 more than a sneaker would, so I'm afraid they'll ask her to take them off, although they don't look ridiculously tall, they just look like regular clogs. We are still 2 1/2 months away, so I'm sure she'll grow another little bit before then anyway. It's not like they're wedge sandals, they're just the standard black shiny clogs. They're some of the comfiest shoes she's had (she says), and I agree.

I'm just excited that she's just barely hit over the 40" mark in them and there's still almost 3 months to go. Woo.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:13 PM   #47
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Just wanted to add that you can be 40" at say Splash Mountain and not at Big Thunder Mountain 10 minutes later. My little guy (normal shoes, and good posture) managed to hit the bar at Splash Mountain and Soarin, but not at Big Thunder and Tower of Terror.
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Old 10-31-2013, 12:23 PM   #48
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Just wanted to add that you can be 40" at say Splash Mountain and not at Big Thunder Mountain 10 minutes later. My little guy (normal shoes, and good posture) managed to hit the bar at Splash Mountain and Soarin, but not at Big Thunder and Tower of Terror.
Just as you can be 40" at the entrance to Splash, but not at the ride platform.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:57 PM   #49
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Height requirements are in place for a reason...to keep guests safe.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:07 PM   #50
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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
At Disneyland's Star Tours, my son did get a piece of paper passed between head and bar, and was not allowed to ride. He was fully, bonafide, tall enough, but the CM freaked him out. The CM also was pushing down on his shoulder. DS thought the CM wanted him to bend down a bit, so he did. DH was there and didn't have the words to stop it from happening at the time.

It was a bummer, but ultimately, IMO, a child who can't respond to that by standing straight and tall and showing their true, tall-enough, height, is a child that probably isn't mature enough for a big ride. I know that's how we ultimately felt with DS. Went back a few months later, he knew how to stand, and stay standing, straight and tall, and it all went well.

Except that little kids with Star Tours tend to slide down, LOL.

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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.
People say they did this once. And parents started slipping the bands off of one child and putting them on another.


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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.
There's also gravity working on the body throughout the day. And levels of hydration matter, because fluid in our bodies goes to the intervertebral discs which are puffier in the beginning of the day than at the end. We quite literally shrink through the day.

So you get a child who isn't eating normally, isn't drinking enough water, is sweating in the sun all day and running around, who is also not sleeping (resting on their back, letting gravity pull on them differently) properly....it's no surprise there are differences in being able to ride rides!


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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.
That IS a too strict CM, if he was fully pressed up against the stick. You probably could have made a comment to guest services about that (just like we could have spoken to "city hall" at Disneyland about the CM that was pushing down on DS).




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I laid DS3 on he floor and pulled out the measuring tape...39.5 inches.
Laying on the floor is so different, as a couple people have said. This is very inaccurate for in-park purposes.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:06 PM   #51
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The only time I've seen a kid asked to take shoes off was a girl in big, thick clogs.

Hit height-restricted rides in the morning before the spine has a chance to compress.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:22 PM   #52
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When my daughter was four we went. More than once she was just that little bit short and we would hear the CM "Oh princess, let me see you stand on your tip toes! OK, you're good, go ahead".

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Old 10-31-2013, 07:49 PM   #53
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When my daughter was four we went. More than once she was just that little bit short and we would hear the CM "Oh princess, let me see you stand on your tip toes! OK, you're good, go ahead".
I would assume those CMs were probably violating procedure, and would not expect other guests to be so "lucky".
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:57 PM   #54
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I would assume those CMs were probably violating procedure, and would not expect other guests to be so "lucky".
I agree, I've never seen a CM encourage a kid to make themselves taller than they are, but I've seen them send plenty wailing kids out the line for being too short. I'd say they err on the side of caution
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:09 PM   #55
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When we took our twins in 2012, they were basically the same height. DS got to ride RNR and DD was told she was too short. She was short by a smidge.
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:54 PM   #56
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When we took our twins in 2012, they were basically the same height. DS got to ride RNR and DD was told she was too short. She was short by a smidge.
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Here's our experience, FWIW:

DD is just over 40 inches in shoes. We started practice measuring for this trip six months ago (in part because I also record their heights about every six months anyway, just for fun). We were VERY worried that our measure wouldn't stand up to DW measuring so we prepared her very well for NOT getting to ride.

She wore two different types of Skechers on the trip -- a brand spanking new pair of twinkle toes and a pair of what I'd call chunkier soled plain ones. She was a good 1/2 inch above the bar each time. Flat hair. Even the two days she wore flat soled mary janes we had no concerns. She rode ToT, Star Tours, Soarin', Test Track, BTMR, Splash. She was very good at standing up straight and looking forward because we practiced. No CMs ever put a hand on a shoulder or anything.

I would agree with the PP who said sometimes it is about other factors....my DH held my DD down next to him on BTMR and I kept my hand across her lap on ToT, just in case....she seemed SOOOOOO tiny by comparison....and on BTMR she moved around a lot when he wasn't holding her close.

My DS missed the 48 inch mark by about an inch, which was a serious bummer, but we'd prepared him for that pretty well. We'll just have to save RnR for next time.
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Exactly! These are the same people who would be first in line to sue if their child was injured.
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Old 11-01-2013, 08:01 AM   #58
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I would assume those CMs were probably violating procedure, and would not expect other guests to be so "lucky".
It happened with DD on Barnstormer years ago when she was a tiny two-year-old and daddy decided to take her on it w/o warning me. It was the highlight of her day.

Pretty much everywhere we've run into the strict and no-so-strict measurers. Nothing like beating your big brother at an obstacle course and then being told you're too short when the next teenager comes on duty. Just prepare yourself and your kid to handle it w/o tears.
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It happened with DD on Barnstormer years ago when she was a tiny two-year-old and daddy decided to take her on it w/o warning me. It was the highlight of her day.

Pretty much everywhere we've run into the strict and no-so-strict measurers. Nothing like beating your big brother at an obstacle course and then being told you're too short when the next teenager comes on duty. Just prepare yourself and your kid to handle it w/o tears.
This.

While we did get that experience on some rides, others did not. My wife did remind me after I made that post that on the second day at HS DD could not ride ToT because she was too short, but was allowed to the previous day. I agree you should prepare your children for either event if they are right on the height line for a particular ride.

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Old 11-01-2013, 09:20 AM   #60
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Took our 3 yr old on test track yesterday. We measured her out front at the sign and that was it. She wasn't measured by any cms. I was surprised.
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