Little Princess in the Park
  • On Jan 8, 2020
    Shannon from CO Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My 4 year old is between 39 and 40 inches depending on who is measuring and what shoes she has on. Is there a way she can be measured before getting to the rides?

    Hiya, Shannon, and thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Your Disneyland Resort adventures are about to begin, and I couldn’t be more excited for you!

    I have had this very same issue with my youngest child, who recently surpassed the 40” height milestone, so I feel your pain! Here’s how the height requirement procedure works at the Disneyland Resort: A Cast Member typically asks all younger Mouseketeers to be measured at the entrance of each attraction with a height requirement, and again before actually boarding the attraction. So, unfortunately, there isn’t currently any way to be measured just once for every attraction. As a parent, I agree that it would be convenient to have this done all at one time; however, the Disneyland Resort has the safety of all Guests in mind, so I’m sure this policy has been built with that goal as a top priority!

    This summer, my son experienced disappointment when he was told he was tall enough to ride Jumpin’ Jellyfish by the Cast Member at the entrance of the attraction, and then, upon arriving at the second Cast Member, he was told he was not. The Cast Member went out of her way to give him another shot, taking him back to the front of the attraction to try again. However, he still didn’t quite measure up to the height requirement. As a result, the Cast Member gave him a special card to bring back when he was tall enough to ride it. The card was themed to the attraction, and made him feel a little less upset about the situation. My daughter had a similar situation at Goofy’s Sky School – she had been waiting patiently to ride it for quite some time as she waited for her next growth spurt. Upon being measured over the summer, she was just shy of the height requirement. She also received a special card to bring back when she met the requirement. When we brought it back just a month later, she was so excited to present her card to the Cast Member at the Disney FASTPASS entrance to Goofy’s Sky School! It’s now her favorite attraction!

    I sincerely hope that your daughter is able to ride the attractions she’s most looking forward to, Shannon! Here’s a handy list of attractions that your daughter should be able to ride, even if she’s 39” tall. I filtered the attraction list with a maximum height of 38”. Here’s a list of my children’s favorite attractions at this height: Astro Orbitor, Autopia, Casey Jr. Circus Train, Disneyland Monorail, Disneyland Railroad, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Golden Zephyr, Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, Mad Tea Party, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and Toy Story Midway Mania!

    Last but not least, I highly recommend downloading the Disneyland app to check attraction wait times, find favorite Characters, and mobile order food and drinks – this feature has saved me from many toddler meltdowns!

    Wishing you a day filled with magic and adventure, Shannon!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Hello from sunny California! I currently live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids under the age of 8, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth!

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