So I add another bit to what’s never going to be a real TR. :biggrin:
Her Majesty (DS3 at the time, now DS4), was about 39.5 inches without her shoes on when we went to DL in June, so I was hoping that, with shoes (perfectly normal sneakers) she would make the 40" height requirement for Splash Mountain, which had been her goal for the year.
I even taught her how to get measured, and we practiced: stand with your heels to the back of the bar, keep your heels down, now stretch up and press your head into the top of the bar.
I had heard all sorts of stories about the height requirement bars being inconsistent, about CMs who made kids take off their shoes to get measured, about CMS actually pushing down in kids’ shoulders so they didn’t make the requirement, about the bars being at least an inch higher than they say they are.
With that in mind, I also told her repeatedly that we were just going to TRY with the measurement, that we couldn’t be sure and she might not make it and Her Majesty fully understood that would be okay and that there were so many other fun things she could do.
So here’s the thing- there was never a problem. It actually got to be funny “watch your fingers!” to the CMs who put their fingers under the bar before the kid is measured, because Her Majesty knew her business- she could get in position and SLAM her head up to the top of the bar because she was going to PROVE that she was TALL!
That is… the CMs that bothered to measure her. And THAT was the weird thing of the trip. Yes, she made the height requirements, but she was just barely over… and there were SO MANY times when she just sailed onto different rides and no one ever bothered to check her. (One instance I did enjoy was the CM at Splash Mountain who gave her what I called a “hip check”- she put her hand at a place on her hip, checked Her Majesty against it, and said, “Yep, she’s good!”.)
But the lack of measuring seemed really strange.
(And also, all of those stories I’d read? I believe that either people can’t accurately measure their own children, or that they were trying to pull something to begin with. Because when Her Majesty was measured, she pretty much hit the bar in exactly the same way on every ride.)
Splash Mountain is now Her Majesty’s favorite ride. :happy: But she also really loved everything else. And in retrospect, I can’t believe I let a three-year-old go on Space Mountain (stop freaking out… it’s different from WDW- lower height requirement and very different ride vehicle!). She loved it.