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  • [Question] Official Height Measurement

    One and Only WDW Visit: March 2013

    DL Visits: Aug 2005, Dec 2007/Jan 2008, Oct 2010, Aug 2011, May 2012, Aug 2012, Nov 2012


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    I think a wristband would be a great idea. They don't have it at DLR but you should write to guest services suggesting it. It would save everyone a lot of trouble.

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    • #3
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      Part of the thrill at least as a parant is the excitement in the eyes of the kiddos as they get teh nod that they're finally tall enough. I remember when they were tall enough for the first Matterhorn, or Big Thunder Mountain, and Space Mountain. Wristband or not you still have to deal with the dissapointment of explaining that maybe next year they can go on X ride.

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      • #4
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        I agree that you still have to deal with the disappointment, but it beats getting their hopes up every time, especially since there are variables that for a child who's just on the edge, they could have already ridden the ride and be denied the next time. It's just easier to say, "Look honey, that's a yellow wristband ride so unfortunately you can't go on it" than to go up each time and try it with variations in results.

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        • #5
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          Disney tried this back in 2001/2002 time frame. Sadly parents would slip the wristband off child 1 who was tall enough and put it on child 2 who was just a hair too short... As someone who wears these wristbands all the time, I can attest to the fact that unless they are very snug (as in almost uncomfortable) they can be removed pretty easily.

          Measuring the little ones only last a couple years. I understand the complaints, my nephew was 4 years 3 mos before he was tall enough to ride the 40" rides. We would measure him each trip and it became his rite of passage. His first 40" ride? BTMRR. We took a TON of pictures because it did feel like it took him forever to get there.
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          • #6
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            Really? Those people are stupid. I'd much rather buy an ice cream bar for my crying, devastated too-short child than have him slip under a safety belt. Sheesh.

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            • #7
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              Hubby and I were there for the AP holder Fantasmic event and there was NO WAY we were able to get our wristband off without destroying them.

              I agree with the excitement in their eyes when they are finally tall enough to ride the bigger thrill rides like BTR or SM but my guy is only two years old and doesn't have that type of reaction yet. At least today he didn’t have reaction except when we had to take him away from a ride they said he was too short for ~ he just cried and sometimes screamed. And sometimes those were rides he had been on earlier!

              My solution was more geared toward the rides that have a requirement of 36" or under for the younger kids that get measured at every check point. I have seen the CM at the beginning of the line let a child thru but then at another point the child is measured again and denied.

              I am all for safety it just saves a bit of heartache for those of us with younger children.
              One and Only WDW Visit: March 2013

              DL Visits: Aug 2005, Dec 2007/Jan 2008, Oct 2010, Aug 2011, May 2012, Aug 2012, Nov 2012

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              • #8
                Re: Official Height Measurement

                Originally posted by Dec2009Mama View Post
                Hubby and I were there for the AP holder Fantasmic event and there was NO WAY we were able to get our wristband off without destroying them.
                Really? I slipped mine off while we had dinner, then put it back on when we came downstairs to see Fantasmic! Same with the Preview bands, and the APEE bands. Not a big deal, we've been wearing these bands for about 10 years on weekends, and once you figure out how to do it, its actually pretty easy. I have to wear the same one for 3 days, and I learned to slip it off for showers.
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                • #9
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                  Disney did try it. Part of the issue was parents swapping bands. We caught a few that were cut/taped or stretched and discolored. It was annoying but that's life and the child was then measured. The other part of the issue was that the "official height checker" wasn't always accurate. I'm not talking "off by a hair" I'm talking off by 2 or 3 inches. Now the kid has the band, we can clearly see the kid isn't tall enough, and we are required to turn said kid away. Parents are understandably upset. The kid, who was "checked" before and told they could ride now gets the bad news. All around debacle.

                  If a kid is close then the measure is a coin flip. One CM could say pass, another could say no go. I've always told parents to wait until the kid is a 1/2in above the mark. That way there is no disappointment, there is no "maybe", you remove the "if".
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                  • #10
                    Re: Official Height Measurement

                    I think parents should

                    1. Look up all the height requirements online and make sure they're up to date (not difficult)
                    2. Get their child measured by a doctor, and do it yourself to make sure you get around the same reading
                    3. Let the child know which rides he/she will be able to enjoy on this vacation, and which rides he will have to wait until next trip for
                    4. MOST IMPORTANTLY: let the child know which rides he is just on the border of being tall enough for, and that they may not let him ride.

                    Child is a lot less likely to have a meltdown in the park when he can't ride something, because you have spared him the disappointment by telling him beforehand.

                    but what do I know, I'm not a parent.

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                    • #11
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                      great idea greeneyes17 I am a parent planning our first Disneyland trip we made growth charts than I purposely made an inch taller like for a 36 inch ride I put the line at 37 inches may sound mean but it may prevent a red head green eyed melt down. (just in case you were wondering my kids are read head green eyes)

                      P.S. we musher them bear footed

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                      • #12
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                        I always hated having a wrist band on... especially when it's plastic and it's hot outside.
                        DisneyTwins
                        Since May 2003

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                        • #13
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                          If wristbands aren't possible, why not do hand stamps? If it works for re-admission, why wouldn't it be good for attractions?

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by ohmyjustin View Post
                            If wristbands aren't possible, why not do hand stamps? If it works for re-admission, why wouldn't it be good for attractions?
                            Handstamps get wet and smear. Child A passes the test, parent of child A dampens the hand, then smears the stamp on the hand of Child B, who isn't tall enough. Why do you think you have to have the ticket AND the handstamp?
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                            • #15
                              Re: Official Height Measurement

                              Well then a height pass and handstamp may work since they don't have a ticket anyways!
                              One and Only WDW Visit: March 2013

                              DL Visits: Aug 2005, Dec 2007/Jan 2008, Oct 2010, Aug 2011, May 2012, Aug 2012, Nov 2012

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