Fate at 47 and 15/16 inches

Loop De Loop

The adrenaline punch everybody hopes for... a big loop in the middle of the track!
The adrenaline punch everybody hopes for... a big loop in the middle of the track! | Source

Southern California - land of amusement parks

My family lives in Southern California. One of the benefits of living in Southern California is the excessive amount of amusement parks. Between Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Legoland, Seaworld, and the assortment of water parks, a person’s tummy can be spinning without much of a drive.

However, this story doesn’t revolve around any of those parks. My family has season passes to Knott’s Berry Farm. Before meeting my husband and learning a little about the Southern California area, I have never heard of Knott’s Berry Farm. Yet, I can only assume if you are planning a vacation to Southern California, this theme park will come up in your search, as it is America’s 1st Theme Park, and that has to give them props for something.


Bella loves rides and amusement parks. She was really excited when she could finally go on bigger rides because she was 48 inches tall!
Bella loves rides and amusement parks. She was really excited when she could finally go on bigger rides because she was 48 inches tall! | Source

Riding the line...

Knott’s Berry Farm is a blast, and the best part is it is family friendly. My 9 year old daughter can ride just about anything there. My 1 year old son can spend the whole afternoon in Camp Snoopy. Then there is my middle daughter. Two weeks ago, she finally hit 48 inches. This meant we could finally take her on some real roller coaster rides. We were excited! (Probably more excited than she was!)

Yet, as we found out on our last visit… 48 inches is subjective. Mostly depending on the person who is measuring the child. Now last I checked, and I believe I am educated enough to state this, but 48 inches should not be subjective. Either you are 48 inches or your not 48 inches. And throughout most of the park, my middle child was 48 inches.

Now you are probably thinking this is going to be a rant about how my child was not let on the rides due to her stature of 47 and 15/16 inches. But that is not the case. I can not fault the park or the employees for taking my child’s safety as their top concern - even though they are obviously not well educated in how to measure a child - eyeballing height isn’t exactly accurate. Will this stop me from using my season passes until my middle child has surpassed the 48 inch line so there is no question about her ability to ride? Absolutely not! That would be stupid. However, in the heat of the debate - something wonderful happened.

NOTE: If you a Knott's Berry Farm employee who found me by ways of robots searching the internet looking for negative comments and you would like to offer me some kind of deal to make up for the inconvenience of not measuring my daughter correctly... I will gladly accept them. I am not ashamed of receiving free gifts for inconveniences. :) If you are not an employee of Knott's Berry Farm, I will still accept free gifts. What can I say... I enjoy gifts.

48 inches is 48 inches. Since when is it subjective?
48 inches is 48 inches. Since when is it subjective? | Source

You're not tall enough!

We had just taken our daughter on The Boomerang. A pull you back while suspended in the air until they shoot you out and sling you around by the seat of your pants while you go upside down and around in a belly busting action and then do it all over again backwards kind of ride. She loved it and it was the first ride she had been on that did a loop de loop since she has been able to go on rides. Some might even say, it was the very first extreme roller coaster she has rode.

We then headed to Jaguar. Not in any means extreme compared to The Boomerang, but still a fun ride and one she has already been on and really liked. Both had the same height requirements, so we headed to the line not really worried. Luckily for us, the lines weren’t long, so we didn’t have to wait long before it was our turn to get our ride on.

The roller coaster ride finished for the previous group and had come to a complete stop. The gate started to open. We walked through and that is were we were stopped. Of course, because her height was questionable, they wanted to measure her. With confidence on our side, because we knew our daughter was 48 inches, we preceded without worry. However, the attendant said she was too short.

We explained to him how she just got off Boomerang (and was considered tall enough) and that is a much more intense ride than Jaguar. I even put my hand to the top of her head and showed she was right on the line. I was told to remove my hand so they could continue to eye the line. He checked with another ride operator who said the same thing. She still wasn’t tall enough. A third attendant said the same thing. We went back and forth, yet, instead of us getting on the ride, they stated they were just doing their job. My daughter, now in tears, was heart broken. Especially since she has already been on this ride before, yet today, she was too short according to the ride operators.

Not at all happy, we headed straight for customer service.

What can be done - Are you listening to me Knotts!

The measuring system is obviously a problem. 48 inches should be considered 48 inches and in no way should it be a subjective measurement. Although, when eyeballing the line, that is what ends up happening.

So, what can be done to solve this issue for those children riding the line.

  • Have a wrist band for those that are close to the line. This way they are only measured by one person. Certain wrist bands will designate if they can go on rides requiring 48 inches, 52 inches or 54 inches. This is only necessary if the child is close to the line. Therefore there is no question by the ride attendants when you get to the front; and there is no unnecessary waiting to be kicked off at the end.
  • Invest in a placement marker. This way, if the child steps underneath and their head touches the marker, there is no question whether the child is tall enough. This takes out the variable factor in the measurements.
  • Make sure all signs are measured correctly. If the signs vary on 48 inches it means a child who is 48 inches might not touch the line because the sign measures 48 and a half inches. These signs need to be accurate. It is up to the amusement parks to make sure of this.

Hopefully these are suggestions that will make measure children more accurate. There is nothing worse then telling your child they can ride a ride only to be measured at a different height elsewhere. It is unfair and inaccurate. I am not suggesting they not follow the safety guidelines, but I don't suggest they accurately measure.

If you have any other suggestions... I would love to hear them!

The Rules of the Game

Now I understand a person just doing their job. It is for the safety of those on the ride. I have no problem if she isn’t tall enough. What I do have a problem with is the inaccuracy in judging. It isn’t fair to tease my daughter by letting her on one ride, stating she is 48 inches, and not letting her on another ride because she is 47 and 15/16 inches. With a varied amount of people measuring our kids, there are a varied number of people judging what 48 inches truly is - and they are just doing this by eyeballing the line. That makes 48 inches subjective - which it shouldn’t be.

Now before leaving the house that morning, we measured our daughter. She was 48 inches on the dot. As we reached customer service to complain about this very instance, there was another couple with their daughter having the exact same issue. The difference was this guy had brought a tape measure with him so he could show the attendants his daughter was indeed 48 inches.

As the story goes, some of the lines at the theme park are off and they vary up or down. This guy checked them with his tape measure. That means the lines meant for measuring are not all 48 inches. Yet, when this is shown to the ride attendants, they are told they are to follow the line (which is obviously not accurate) and not verify off of a tape measure. They are, after all, just doing their job!

Double B's

In the midst of this argument/conversation, the other couple complaining had called out their daughter’s name. Her name was Bella. My daughter’s name was also Bella. They were both the same height and the same age. That connection seemed to have made them instant friends. To appease the angry parents, the ride supervisor said he would call another ride where their height would not be an issue. This would allow us to go up through the back and get right on. The two Bella’s decided they had to go on the ride together. Which they did. (Ironically, if they weren’t 48inches they shouldn’t have been able to ride without the parent sitting next to them… which they did!)

After that ride, they wanted to go on each and every ride they could together. Who needs the safety of the parents on a roller coaster when you have your “long lost” twin at your side.

In line at the next ride, the Bella’s were talking up a storm and climbing and doing things that Bella’s do best. The mom of the new Bella called out her name, including her last name. For safety reasons, I will not tell you the last name, but when I heard it, my head turned. I had to hear it again… and then my mouth dropped open.

Right in front of us stood two little girls, both who have never met. One was blonde and one was brunette. Both were the exact same height; both held very similar personalities; and the top it off… they both had the same exact last name… no relation. If you add there middle names, you have one as a Rose and another as a Rochelle. Our husbands names are eerily similar as well.

So this is a story of two children of 48 inches being measured at 47 and 15/16 inches after not being allowed to ride the Jaguar. That is how they met. It must have been fate. I can already tell the two Bella’s, Brownie and Blondie, have got an instant connection and will probably be friends for a long time!

Rollercoaster ride!!!!!

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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

beautiful story bbg28 with a beautiful ending :) Destiny brings us together by incidents happening in our lives OR by hubpages :) Cheers!!

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

You would think that they would catch up with technology and have a laser beam measuring system that would measure to 100's of an inch accuracy. Of course a new haircut, thin socks, shoes with no heels, etc. could still cause some issues. I suggest until she grows that 1/16 inch that seemed to be an issue you get her some elevator shoes. The fact that she had already passed the test on other rides should have solved the whole issue. Well, at least she made a new friend.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

This was certainly a case of all's well that ends well. And both girls have found new soul-sister friends. Amazing. And fun to read about.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Ruchira - It is definitely odd how sometimes things happen that turn out well... the two little girls weren't at all disappointed that they couldn't go on that ride any more since they had each other. It was really cute.

@Old Poolman - you know - that is a brilliant idea with the laser beams. However, the elevated shoes or maybe even ratting the hair up on top to look taller is also viable options suggested by even the ride supervisor. Odd, since he didn't deny that 3 inch heels would make someone who isn't the right height get on the ride before someone barefoot and close to the height could get on. Odd how it works.

@Drbj - They were like 2 peas in a pod! I am sure they will be friends for awhile. And we got along really well with the parents as well so it works out both ways! :)

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marellen 5 years ago

So, are the girls going to see each other after Knotts Berry Farm? How cool was that and yes I believe it was fate. I haven't been to Knotts in some years and can't even remember it. I went as a young girl too with my parents after being at Disneyland. I think they made or make jelly....I can't remember...but it seems like everything turned out for the Bella's....

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm reading this right after getting home from Six Flags over Mid America!

So cute - remember when you could make friends with someone just because? My daughters BFF noticed they both had the same barrettes in on the first day of Kindergaten so they had to be friends! Lol they still are:) you never know:)

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

How cool is that. Great story.

I lived close to Magic Mountain in Saugus, but at that time it wasn't called six flags it was just Magic Mountain. I think it had just opened when we lived in Saugus. Then we moved to Quart Hill. But Knott's Berry Farm I always enjoyed going there, even more so that Disney Land.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I really want to go to Witch Mountain! Lol

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Great Hub. I used to live very close to Knott's and Disneyland, so I've been to both many, many times, taking visitors.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Witch Mountain now that would be fun :) Just noticed I misspelled Quartz Hill sorry.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Marellen - we exchanged numbers with the parents... and the Bella's even had to call each other the very next day. We are already in the works for getting together. I think we are planning to hang out at soak city sometime in the real near future. So, I am pretty sure the Bella's will meet again! :)

Oh yeah - and I think they are famous for the jam, the chicken, and the farm... and then it went to the amusement. I checked out the history of it, but I don't think I can tell you accurately without going back and looking.

@Real - I was wondering why you were so quiet today ;) Hope you guys had a great time on all the rollercoasters... was everybody at least 48 inches... ha ha.... It truly is amazing how people become friends, whether they are young or old, there seems to be some sort of magnetic attraction that binds people.

@Just ask Susan - I would like to visit every Six Flags world wide... I can not honestly say that by the time I get to each one I will still be able to ride the rollercoasters, but it would be cool to see. I like Disneyland but I have found we have went there so much in the last few years it was just getting kind of old. Knott's was a good change of pace... and since they have bigger rollercoaster's than Disneyland, it really has the adrenaline pumping for the kids.

@Real - Where is Witch Mountain - I don't think I am familiar with that one.

@Will - We were fortunate to have relatives that lived in the area so we have been to almost every theme park in Southern California at some point (with the exception of the waterparks) The next one on the list that we want to visit is legoland. However, I am afraid my husband won't want to leave :)

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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

I so love this story. And, I so hope that Blondie and Brownie can maintain their wonderful, new found friendship. As they say, what are the odds, right? How totally cool! :) And, come on. The rule of math is to round up - 15/16 in a frickin' inch. Give the girls a break. Mean ass ride attendants. Sheesh.

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BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

If one were to visit Southern California and had to pick one and only one: Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Legoland, Seaworld, Knott’s Berry Farm.

Which one?

Seems like the author likes Knott’s Berry Farm. Any other thoughts? Seems like Disneyland and Universal Studios has a "bigger brand name".

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Mo - I know right... seriously, it wasn't like they were trying to jump on the ride without their parents... I even pointed out the big sign that says all riders assume liability so isn't it obviously our bad if we measured them at 48 and it is clearly there if we want our kids to go on the ride. I am pretty sure if something happened the first thing they do isn't going to be measure everybody to make sure they were taller than 48 inches... ha ha ha!

@Blissful - That answer is really going to depend on what you are looking for. I like all of them for different reasons. Knott's is our place for this year because they had outstanding prices on season tickets so we got more for our money. For a person who has small kids, Disneyland is the place to be. My 18 month old would pretty much be able to go on everything there since they aren't as strict. However, it is pricey. Six Flags is mostly for the older kids. The rides are more intense so personally I don't think the younger kids would enjoy it as much. But, if it was my choice and just my husband and I, that is were I would head. Universal Studios is great for the movie person. However, it only has about a handful of rides. This would be the best option for someone who doesn't have much of an adrenaline kick for the big roller coasters. Seaworld also has a few rides, however, it is more like a zoo. Another good one for those who don't like rollercoasters as much. I am not overly familiar with Legoland so I will have to get back to you on that one. However, when it comes to price - Knott's by far has the best deal for your money. Great things for the kids to do, bigger rollercoasters, and plenty of shows to see.

This year we have season passes to Knott's but I think my husband wants to do season passes to Disneyland next year. It is one of the benefits of living here, but it really depends on the budget. They are all good for so many different reasons.

And by the way, Disneyland and Universal have become almost brand name. Therefore, you are going to pay a pretty penny to go there. Hope if you ever come and visit this gives you an idea of what you would like to see.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - Witch Mountain! Come on you haven't heard of the Return to Witch Mountain movies? I loved them and your girls are the perfect age to watch them!

Yes - apparently I belong on Witch Mountain, ya know? You have to be very bad to go there so you can only watch the movies:)

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ha ha - we own that movie - I just wasn't sure if it was a real place... although I will admit - I was tired when I watched the movie so I don't think I watched the whole thing... or at least I didn't pay attention... lol

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well that girl could do magic! I always wanted to learn to do magic. When I was little I was always trying to come up with the right magic word ( open sesame never worked:) or a spell or portion! Lol figures doesn't it? I drank too much of the potions!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Wait - you drank the potions - no wonder why they never worked... aren't you soppossed to make other people drink them... lol!

I came across a book at Barnes and Noble and it was all about magic spells. Apparently, if you want to lose weight you make a wax figurine... and every night before you go to bed you are soppossed to shave off some of the wax were you want to lose weight... to bad I am not talented enough to make wax figurines.. lol

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I'm pretty sure that wouldn't work anyway - it just sounds way too easy! Ok making the wax figure would be the hard part - so you might lose weight in your wrists?

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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

What happens if you cut the wax figurine in half by accident, or stab it in the general area of the heart?

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I agree - making the wax figure would probably be the most difficult part... and if you happen to cut it in half by accident or stab it in the heart... you better hope you aren't good at magic... lol

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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

That's what I mean...lol With my kinda luck, I'd find out that hoodoo ain't a bunch of hoodoo after all!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Omg! That's the truth! You might cut yourself in half and I don't think anyone wants to shave that much off!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

either that or maybe that is where anerexia comes from


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Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

OMG - that makes perfect sense. And, that means someone's got a wax figurine of me hidden somewhere that the add melted candle wax too every chance they get! Darn it!

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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I went to Knott's Berry Farm when I was a kid but don't remember anything about it. I remember Disneyland though. When Bob and I came back from Hawaii, we picked up the car at the loading dock and drove straight to Disneyland! Loved the haunted house the best!

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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

WOW!! Awesome story! That is amazing. I hope a newfound set of friends makes up in part for the inconvenience! ;-) The universe provides some amazing connections, eh?

I love roller coasters, and wish I had the $$ to travel and ride them all...and join the Coaster Enthusiasts of America club...

Your "Boomerang" ride sounds very much like the "Tidal Wave" that used to be at a park up our way...at the top of the track in each direction (forward & backwards), you hung for a fraction of a second of weightlessness. Trying to ride with your arms in the air only worked going forward; the "G's" on the backward run wanted to force your arms down! Fun, fun fun!

Thanks for sharing this super story!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@MO - I think that is were I have been going wrong all these years... instead of shaving off some of the wax someone is out to get me and keeps adding to it. I better make ammends because I need to fit in my bridesmaids dress by next February for my sister's wedding... so whoever is adding wax - please stop - lol :P

@Austinstar - that sounds like a lot of fun! I love both parks but of course they both have their benefits and their downfalls. Knotts was definitely the cheaper of the two - especially since they keep raising the prices for Disneyland. Such a shame - we did have season tickets there when we lived in California last time. It was affordable then.

@DzyMsLizzy - Our family is full of adrenaline junkies. The boomerang is one of our favorite rides... although I will admit that I am deathly afraid of heights so I don't particularly like being suspended in air for a short amount of time before you speed off.

As for the friendship - it is definitely funny how you end up meeting some people. It just goes to show sometimes it is just a matter of being in the right spot at the right time!

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

They need a scale like the doctors use that comes down to the head. Then the child could just step out and everyone can see the results. I am with the operators on this one. The life of a child is dependent on their decisions. That is huge and not to be taken lightly.

I am glad the girls made a new friend. In the big scheme of life, the Bells will remember that more than the ride. All in all it sounds like a fun day.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

I definitely agree... safety by all means should be the first concern and if that means not going on the ride then they shouldn't be allowed on the ride. However, they do need to fix the way that they measure. Eyeballing is definitely not accurate. It makes 48 inches subjective which isn't fair to the child or the parents - especially if they have waited in line for an hour to get there.

However, you hit the nail on the head. In the long run, the Bella's will remember the friendship, and they will probably ride the ride together when they get older. That is what matters - not the few extra weeks for them to clear the line! :) It ended up being a spectacular day in the long run... and I am glad she meet a new friend. As they just started riding the big rides, they were alot stronger together and a lot less scared to experience them the first time around.

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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Great topic and writing BBG ~ I really love how you seem to be able to turn anything into an interesting piece of work.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Thank you Sharyn - it was just kind of an odd happening. It is like we were in the right place at the right time!

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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California

What a great story. The story of the middle child is always tragic, not old enough to do what the oldest sibling does and too old to do the baby stuff.

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@tirelesstraveler - Thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the story. I too am a middle child so I understand her pain a little. Hopefully as she continues to grow she will have more special moments like this! :)

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