An inch away....

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  1. rosie2283

    rosie2283 Mouseketeer

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    On our first trip my DD was 6. She was just talk enough. In fact, she was so dead on that she got measured at the start of the ride and then again when we got to the loading dock. We were so glad she was able to ride and we were all excited to go. Well, needless to say, DD hated Indy. It spooked her enough she refused to ride it again
     
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  3. Malcon10t

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    I have witnessed on Indy, at the Handicap gate, CMs pulling out children to be measured, and have had them remove shoes that had a heel to remeasure. The shoes did have at least a 1" heel on them. So, putting them in a taller shoe, if the shoe looks tall, can back fire.

    Personally, we just wait. It really isn't worth it to put them on a ride early.
     
  4. starshine514

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    We had a strange experience not being measured at Indy. In May, DD6 decided she wanted to ride. We measured her one evening and she was right on the edge (probably could've slid a sheet of paper though, but not much else). So, we figured she would be tall enough in the morning (since your spine compresses during the day). The next morning, we grabbed FPs and went through the FP line at our appointed time, the CM at the entrance looked at the time on our FPs and waved us through, the next CM took our FPs and waved us through, then the CM at the gate quickly assigned us a vehicle row and we got in. I was shocked that not once did they measure my daughter. She couldn't have been measuring more than 46.5", but none of them even bothered to check. She didn't care for the ride, so we only rode it the one time. It seemed odd to me, because she was still getting measured for Big Thunder last December - and she had to have been at least 43" tall then.
     
  5. kmedina

    kmedina Loves all things Disney

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    Unless it changed recently, Indy's height requirement is 46". If she was 46.5, she was tall enough to ride. They should have checked but maybe they just saw she was over the bar as she passed. My DS got measured a lot of 40" rides way after he passed that height too.
     
  6. aleighc1

    aleighc1 Mad in Wonderland

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    I didn't want to risk any disappointment or hurt feelings on our trip, so I measured each of my kids in advance (without shoes), and gave them all a card with a list of the rides they could do. (I also made a card for myself so I could keep track while in the park and make a plan on what to do with the ones that were too small while the big ones rode certain things) My younger kids felt pretty awesome getting their own "ride pass", and we had no issues or tears about rides in the park.

    I agree with the others that Indy is a rough ride, I'm glad to hear you are willing to skip it this time around and not try to get around the rules.
     
  7. kmedina

    kmedina Loves all things Disney

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    Just checked. Indy is still only 46. It has been 46 for a while too, so she was tall enough when you rode.
     
  8. starshine514

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    Yes, she was tall enough to ride. I wouldn't have taken her on the ride if she wasn't tall enough. I'm just saying that they should have checked her and they didn't.
     
  9. kmedina

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    I agree. That is why I said she was tall enough, but they should have checked. They still may have seen her clear the bar though (even if it was only 1/2").
     
  10. Minuet888

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    That's a great idea I love the eat your veggies as an incentive to ride Indiana Jones.

    NOW they do but at the time I witnessed what I did the kid was on the outside and the kid looked to be around 6 years old.
     
  11. Dot2Vegas

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    I would resist the urge to fake her height. Its just not safe. You don't personally know why those rules are in place, so you don't know the risk in breaking them.
    It may not help you guys, but the anticipation of finally being tall enough was exciting for my girls. It was a big Disney milestone when they were able to finally ride!
     
  12. ashley0139

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    I don't think wearing tennis shoes is doing anything to skirt the rules. Most kids wear sneakers in the parks. I would definitely have her try wearing the shoes, and doing it in the morning. If she really wants to do it. I would stay away from napkins and things of that nature, but riding with tennis shoes is fine. As long as they don't look abnormally tall or like platforms, you're fine.
     
  13. Tamara NZ

    Tamara NZ Earning My Ears

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    I love this idea, hope you don't mind if I steal it. We measure in metric here and even I have trouble getting my head around inches so this will work for the vertically challenged 5 year old and her big sis who wants to ride everything, and will mean Mum wont get confused about what they can and cannot ride. :cool1:
     
  14. twinspirit

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    We have to remember that there are other rides she isnt tall enough to ride, so it just gets put on that no can do list for her. She's very petite in stature as well. I worry about some of the rides and we wedge her in pretty good. I'm kind of a nervous mama. ;) IJ will just have to wait. :)

    First ever Disney trip Sept 19-28 2013 8O
     
  15. Animagic!

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    I had this exact same problem when I was a child. My family visited the parks when Indiana Jones had just opened. As a huge Indy fan I was extremely excited to go on the ride. The line was crazy long. I remember getting in line in Main Street and waiting for a very long time before I was ever measured. The CM told me I was an inch too short and that I could not ride. I was heartbroken.

    So the next day I put on hiking boots and stood up tall. Apparently I had grown a few inches that night because the next day I was actually plenty tall enough. The hiking boots were really not much heel at all. My theory is there was some differences between the measuring methods. The "official" height measurement post out front of the attraction said I was definitely tall enough, the CM who measured me in line said I was too short. So not sure what happened there.

    Anyway, I'd suggest actually getting to the attraction and comparing your child to the official measurement to see how your child measures up.
     
  16. Aladora

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  17. Mary Jo

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    As long as people don't seriously try to get around the rules the posts can stay. :)
     
  18. Mary Jo

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    I LOVE this idea!!
     
  19. bumbershoot

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    We absolutely lose height during the day. Standing in line for so long (if the line was out on Main Street you had a LONG wait), perhaps being in the heat of the day, maybe not hydrating enough, etc, and that's a recipe for being too short for something.

    You got your rest, your spine lengthened out as spines do during sleep, you went right in the morning (and you were wearing different shoes), and of course you were able to get on.
     
  20. mom2rtk

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    1) Ride early in the day. People are tallest earlier in the day.

    2) Tell her that she is supposed to hit the measuring bar. Kids tend to shy away from wanting to bump their heads.

    3) Tell her going in that she might make the cut at the front of the line but not at the ride entrance. If she is prepared for that, it should help prevent any big disappointments.

    Have an awesome trip!
     
  21. jacs1234

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    This thread reminds me that I must show my dd7 some YouTube videos of Indy. She hasn't been tall enough during our past trips but she is now nearly 48 inches. I need to prepare her for the ride so she doesn't hate it after waiting so long.
     

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