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Are Disney World Height Requirements Accurate
by Jackie (Louisville KY)
Transcript of the Video –
Hi, Dad here. Welcome to the first video Ask Dad. This is going to be pretty cool, we’re going to test it out, and see how it goes. I hope you like it.
Our first question, comes from Jackie, from Louisville, Kentucky. She’s says, “Hey, Dad. Are the height requirements in Disney World accurate? If a child is 48” tall, will they really be able to ride Primeval Whirl, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster?
I’m asking, because the day before our trip in 2014, my grandson was measured at 44 1/4″ at the doctors office. He was barefooted when the measurement was taken. When he got to Space Mountain, the cast member said he was too short to ride.
We were all sooooo (5 o’s) disappointed, since we knew he was really tall enough. We will be in Disney World in January 2017, and were wondering if he will have the same problem with Primeval Whirl, etc if he is right at the 48″ mark, or slightly taller, at the time.
Do you know?
I appreciate your help.
Well, Jackie, thanks for the question. I really appreciate it.
It’s disappointing, when things don’t work out. It’s hard, when you expect something to happen, and it doesn’t. I understand that. It happens, it’s just is part of life.
Disney has to be very careful when it comes to height requirements. It’s a safety issue. There have been some accidents, at other parks, with undersized people that had just been tragic, so Disney is very, very careful when it comes to the height requirements.
Each ride that has a height requirement, has a little measuring device right at the front. Everybody is checked, even us, but most of us are obviously tall enough, so while we are checked, it’s just a perfunctory check, we go right by, but if you’re kind of close, you have to go up to those measuring devices, and be checked.
I just put together a page, about Disney World height requirements. In fact, that’s the name of it, Dadsguidetowew/Disney … Oh, the URL’s going to show up right down here, right about now.
You just click on that, go to that page, and you can see all the height requirements.
There’s a couple cute little pictures there. Trent, he’s not tall enough to ride the Tower of Terror, but Ethan, is tall enough to ride 7 Dwarf’s Mine Train.
Everybody gets measured. If you’re not tall enough to ride those, you don’t get on. Now, those measuring devices are pretty accurate. I haven’t heard a lot of complaints, and I don’t see it in the forums, and everywhere else, complaints about the accuracy of the height measuring devices. Just haven’t seen any of that.
Most of what I see about the height measuring devices, is how to cheat. You know, tall hair, lifts in shoes, things like that. Pretty much, I think the measuring is pretty accurate.
I know doctors offices … I went to 2 doctors this year, first time in years I’ve ever been measured at a doctors office, but I went to 2 different doctors this year, that both measured me. For the first time in years. At the first one, I was 5’11 1/2″, at the second one, I was 5′ 10 3/4″. In 3 months, I lost 3/4″.
Now, that’s just … You just never know about how accurate measuring devices are.
Speaking of measuring devices, I just created a little helper. This is just fresh off the press, these were printed last week. We call it, “Dad’s Are You Tall Enough to Ride?”. It has every ride, in all of the parks on it, and corresponding to the height that somebody is.
These things are really cool. Not only are all of the rides on here, even down here at the bottom, all the rides that don’t have height requirements, shows you how tall you have to be, but this is on some great paper. It won’t tear. It’s polyurethane paper, it won’t yellow, you can keep it for 100 years, it’ll still be good, and you can keep track of how tall your kids are, and if they’re tall enough to ride.
Here we go, at 48″, they could ride Primeval Whirl, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Crush Gusher, Humunga Kowabunga, Downhill Double Dipper, Slush Gusher, Summit Plummet.
All of those, 48″ is the magic number, it’s the tallest one. Yeah, there’s one up here, but that to ride the Tomorrowland Speedway, by themselves. This is really cool. Okay, enough of the commercial.
Dad’s bottom line is, yes, it’s disappointing sometimes, when you’re not tall enough to ride, but it is a safety issue, Disney does take it very seriously. That’s for your benefit. If your grandson is 48″ tall, he will be able to ride all the rides.
It’s that Simple. I hope he does. I hope it turns out good.
Thanks for the question, Jackie, and we’ll see you later. Bye bye.