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  • On Jul 28, 2009
    Lori from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My ? is about height requirements. Our 4 year old is just barely 40". I am concerned about her being able to ride Big Thunder Mnt Railroad and Splash Mnt. How strict are these height requirements? She will be crushed to watch her siblings go w/out

    Disney is quite strict about the height requirements for the attractions. On a few occasions, my daughters have even been asked to remove a hat or even take out a high ponytail to allow cast members to more accurately measure them. However, one thing to think about is that children are measured with their shoes on. A pair of sneakers can give most kids an extra half inch or so of height.

    Children are measured at least once, and usually twice, at every ride where there is any potential that they won't meet a height requirement. The measurements take place at the queue entrance and again directly before boarding the ride.

    I know it can be frustrating if a child wants to ride an attraction for which her or she is not tall enough, but the height requirements are there to keep guests safe -- a priority for everyone. If your daughter is not tall enough for an attraction, then you'll just have to bring her back in a year or two which she's bigger :-)
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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