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- This sets off the plot of a Skechers' commercial for their Pretty Tall children's sneakers, which make girls one inch taller.
Anime and Manga
Films — Animated
- In Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, when Mickey is in a dungeon that's rapidly filling with water, a sign reads "You must be this tall to survive this dungeon".
Films — Live-Action
- The plot of Big is sparked by a 13-year-old boy being told he wasn't tall enough to go on a roller coaster.
- In Final Destination 3, a couple of boys who've ducked past the "You Must Be This Tall" sign are kicked off the Devil's Flight coaster by the attendant.
- Walter in The Muppets is shown being unable to go on a carnival ride.
- In Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Alvin goes on a waterslide during the cruise by jumping above the height of the "You Must Be This Tall" sign. No, really.
- In Problem Child 2, during the fair scene, Junior tries to get on the Crazy Dance ride, but is told that he has to be as tall as the tentacle, which he just barely isn't ("But it's only a millimeter!"). After getting the usual teasing from the local bully, he encounters Trixie, the girl who's just as bad as Junior is, who wears elevator shoes in order to get on the ride. This gets Junior mad enough to mess with the speed of the ride to make everyone barf.
- One Curious George book has George go to an amusement park but being too small ride on a roller coaster or play with bunnies in the petting zoo. He then has a dream that he grew to five times his previous size, only to find he's now too big to fit on the roller coaster and too large to play with the bunnies safely.
Live Action TV
- A little person on an episode of Murphy Brown complained about how embarrassing it was to be shooed away by Mickey Mouse at Disneyland.
- Inverted in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. The gang goes to a waterpark and Mac and Dee are excited to go on their favorite slide from when they were kids. However, the lifeguard points out the slide is meant for kids and people taller than five feet are not allowed to ride. They ignore him and go down the slide anyway. Mac's legs proceed get stuck during one of the turns and they wind up trapped for hours.
- Parodied in The Far Side: A giant monster encounters a sign even taller than itself reading "You Must Be This Tall To Attack The City".
- Garfield and Odie wore Jon's shirt to get past that.
- This strip has three signs: "Beware of Dog"; "Thrills Galore!"; and "You must be this tall to be bitten". The minimum height requirement is very low.
- The Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition level "Babe Land" has a sign with Duke's likeness before a ride entrance, saying "You must be 48 pixels tall to enter".
- In Left 4 Dead 2, the poster for the Dark Carnival campaign (which is set in an Amusement Park of Doom) reads "You must be this tall... TO DIE!"
Nick: You've gotta be this tall to get in, Ellis. Sorry buddy, you'll be missed.Coach: "You must be this tall to ride." Well, at least there won't be any jockeys.
- Within the campaign itself, there are two separate jokes the survivors can make.
- The Curse of Monkey Island: When Guybrush is trapped in the Carnival of the Damned, all he has to do to escape is go out through the gate leading to the roller coaster — but the roller coaster has a You Must Be This Tall restriction, and he's also been magically reverted to childhood, so he's too short to be allowed through.
- In Batman: Arkham City, Harley Quinn's message on the speaker radio in the Steel Mill starts off with: "Welcome to Mr. J's Carnival. You must be 74 inches tall to ride." (This is a reference to Batman's in-game bio, which lists his height as 6 foot 2 inches - 74 inches on the nose.)
- In the Strong Bad e-mail "theme park" in Homestar Runner, The Cheat tried to be tall enough to ride the Bowels of Trogdor roller coaster, but was unable to do so even when standing on tiptoes and wearing a top hat, so Strong Bad recommended he go to Sweet Cuppin Cakes Land instead, much to his disappointment.
- In this Loading Artist strip, the protagonist is denied the right to ride on a roller coaster because of height. The protagonist makes accordion-like shoes which give him added height... and which he uses to kick and knock out the ride attendant.
- Hark! A Vagrant: In "Founding Fathers (stuck in an amusement park)" James Madison argues about such a sign with a carny.
- In Housepets! the Milton Ferrets open a theme park, then Keene notices that the height requirement is taller than he is, so he has it lowered.
- In the Ben 10 episode "A Small Problem", Ben is told he's too short to go down a water slide, which he immediately decides to rectify by turning into Ripjaws. Maybe it's for the best that he ended up as the less-noticeable Grey Matter instead.
- In an episode of The Cleveland Show Rollo is exited to go to an amusement park because he's finally tall enough to ride on the roller coaster. But when he gets there they measure him not counting his Giant Afro and he's still too short.
- Dexter's Laboratory: The episode "Ewww That's Growth" is about Dexter being upset about his pint-sized height; one of the ways his stature makes his life harder is that he's denied going on a rollercoaster with his family. After he makes himself very tall with an invention of his, he is allowed onto the ride (during which he crashes painfully into a wall.)
- Kick Buttowski has this problem with a ride. The ride operator takes pity on him.
- The Mighty B!: Bessie is too short (by one-sixteenth of an inch!) to go on the ride, but her dog threatens the operator and he bends the rules so the dog won't rat him out.
- Subverted and lampshaded in the Robot Chicken sketch "Attack of the Giant Midget". A dwarf, turned into a giant (specifically 6'5'') by a Mad Scientist, goes on a rampage through an amusement park. It comes to a "you must be this tall" sign, then pauses a moment to let the irony sink in before continuing on its rampage.
- The Sinbad the Sailor segment of Scooby-Doo in Arabian Nights has the captain (who is depicted as a dwarf, similar to Mr. Spacely or Mr. Peebles) being too short for a log ride filled with the treasure he's after. He reacts by destroying the measurement sign and getting on the ride anyway.
- The What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "Roller Ghoster Ride" featured a few scenes that had a young boy being told that he was too short to go on certain rides (such as the Sky-Diving Simulator, the Slingshot and the Rocket Coaster). In the end, after the villain of the episode was caught, he asks the gang why he wasn't considered a suspect (despite having a decent motive to do it), Velma explains that it was because he was too small to actually fit in the costume. In the end, the boy gets to ride with Shaggy and Scooby on the food-based ride that was built for the amusement park.
- The Simpsons:
- In "Selma's Choice", Bart applies ice cream bars to the bottom of his shoes to meet the height requirement. He then experiences the point of the height requirement when the ride starts and he nearly falls out going through a loop because he is not big enough for the safety bar to catch him.
- In "Lisa the Vegetarian", Bart faced the opposite problem at a ride for not being short enough. He did make the Mother Goose train more fun for the preschoolers, though!
- The preshow video in the Universal Theme Parks' The Simpsons Ride reminds riders of the actual safety restrictions by showing that Maggie is too small for the new Krustyland ride, and left with Grampa, who has all the prohibited health conditions (heart problems, etc.). Alas, he falls asleep, she wanders off...and it becomes a Brick Joke in the ride itself.
- On Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, Whiskers and Gaspar le Gecko launch a protest over the shorter animals not being allowed on a water park ride called "Flumes of Fury" (or a majority of the other rides at the park). Brandy and the lifeguard/ride attendant who kept preventing them from getting on the ride explain that it's "safety thing" to prevent people from potentially getting hurt—Brandy brings up the fact on how animals like Whiskers and Gaspar are just going to have to deal with the fact that there are some things that they just might be too small for. Whiskers and Gaspar, however, refuse to listen to them and force themselves onto the ride...where they get injured due to their small statures.
- One House of Mouse short has Donald's nephews try to make themselves taller to go on a fast ride, but are constantly sidetracked by their uncle. Played With in that they actually were tall enough to ride, but Donald decided to be a jerk and raise the sign a few inches taller.
- In one Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi episode (The Ride Stuff), Kaz is too short to go on a roller coaster, so Ami and Yumi disguise him as a British rock star lady by Yumi standing on top of Kaz. Kaz even lets out a Sneeze of Doom...and the guy operating the coaster isn't suspicious! The plan works, and he gets on.
- A devil once persuaded Johnny Bravo into raising the minimum required height just to make children suffer. But the ride turned out to be really dangerous, so they actually ended up saving the kids from harm.
- Lilo & Stitch: The Series: In the episode "Short Stuff", Stitch tried to use Jumba's growth ray to get past this limitation, only to learn there's maximum height requirements as well.
- Phineas and Ferb: L.O.V.E.-M.U.F.F.I.N. once held a contest to pick a leader and there was a rule like that for the entrants. Sorry, Professor Diminutive, they can do that 'cause they're evil.
- An episode of Uncle Grandpa has Pizza Steve trying to get on a ride based on him. He actually succeeds, only to find out why such regulations exist.
- In "D.W. & Bud's Higher Purpose" on Arthur, D.W. and Bud spend most of the story trying to figure out a way around one of these restrictions to ride "The Buzzard." When they actually finally succeed, they end up making the surprisingly mature decision that it's too much for them and end up heading off to ride a more kiddie ride.
- The Fairly Oddparents: In "Love at First Height," Timmy and his two best friends, Chester and AJ, are too short to ride a certain rollercoaster at a park called Adrenaland. According to AJ's calculations, none of them will be tall enough to ride the until they're at least sixteen—Chester and AJ try remedying this by using a "tall kid kit" to look like an adult and end up being invited to a kid-free area of the park. Timmy just wishes he's sixteen years old and his fairy godparents grant the wish.
- Steven Universe: In the episode "Too Short To Ride", Steven, Amethyst and Peridot are all too short to ride the roller-coaster at Funland. Steven and Amethyst can make themselves taller by shapeshifting and are able to ride. Peridot, however, is unable to shapeshift, due to being an Era 2 Gem, which don't have the powers of Era 1 Gems due to dwindling Homeworld resources. Steven and Amethyst spend the rest of the episode trying to make her feel better.
- In "Curious George vs. the Turbo Python 3000," on the PBS animated Curious George, both George and a little boy are stymied by this. George tries various tactics such as wearing a tall hat and raising up his arms, but they don't work. Then he tries to get bigger, only for a strong-man to tell him that he'll be as big and strong as him if he follows his routine... in five years. Then he hears that sleeping helps you to grow and so he goes to sleep, and has a dream in which he grows huge, only to be told that he can't ride the Turbo Python 3000 because he's too big to fit in the seat. In the end, George wins because Captain Zany, the head of the park, already had a loophole built in. He knows that monkeys don't grow very big, and so he spins around the sign revealing the "monkey sign," which is how tall monkeys must be to ride.