Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Jun 12, 2012
    Kari from MN Asked

    I've heard the height requirement bars outside rides are inaccurate. My son will probably be right at 44" with shoes when we go. If he is denied, he will have a breakdown I'd rather avoid. Any suggestions to avoid a situation at the ride?

    Hi Kari,

    Oh, I know this age well.  It can be tough to watch your child stretch and stand so tall, ready to conquer a new thrill, and then be told he's not quite there.  I will say that the height bars outside of the attraction are pretty accurate.  What happens is that cast members are human.  When they are "so close" one cast member at the beginning of the attraction may let your child pass, while the cast member inside may use different judgement.  The best way to avoid any meltdowns is to use your best judgement.  When your little boy lines up for Mission Space, Space Mountain, or Expedition Everest, look objectively.  If he's stretching and reaching to get his hair to touch the line, it's probably not a good idea to risk waiting in line. 

    Fortunately, 44" is more than tall enough for quite a few attractions with height requirements.  He'll definitely be able to ride Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Kali River Rapids, Dinosaur, Tower of Terror, Soarin', Test Track and Star Tours. 

    Hope this helps.  Have a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Rhode Island

I am Diane from RI.  My husband and I have 3 children. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World when I was 11 and I have traveled many times since then with all different party sizes.   Every aspect of planning a vacation is pure joy to me. Learn More About Diane

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