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DIY Disney Measure Board
July 16, 2015
Author: Adelle Belnap

The Disneyland Diamond Celebration is all about making memories and marking milestones.
One of the best things about Disneyland is that the whole park is centered around families. Many of the rides are designed for all ages and heights. We have visited Disneyland numerous times with a baby and have been able to experience almost all of the attractions together. It is so nice. There are a few select rides, however, that require riders to be a certain height. It is always exciting for kids to reach 42 inches so they can ride some of the most popular rides in the park like, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It's also a really big deal to be tall enough, 48 inches to be exact, to experience the Indiana Jones Adventure ride. You can see a complete list of all of the rides with specific height requirements on Disneyland's website.

Nothing can measure up to a day at the Disney Parks, but you can bring a little bit of that magical fun home with this Disney Measure Board, which can really help you mark your milestones as well. If you already have a growth chart, you can add the Disney ride icons to your current board, or create a brand new one with this fun tutorial.


You will need:
6 Foot Board
2 Paint Brushes
Sharpie or Paint Pen
Number Stencil
Disney Ride Icons

Start with a six foot board. The width isn't set, so choose a board that fits your space the best. I used a white wash technique to paint the board. It is cute and quick. You could do something fancy with red and white polka dots or something else Disney if you'd like to. To whitewash, mix one part water with two parts paint in a jar. It doesn't take very much paint for one board. I would do about 1/4 cup water and 1/2 cup paint. Stir them together until the mixture is smooth and completely combined.


Brush a thin layer of paint onto the surface of the wood. Cover a large section and then use your second paintbrush to sweep over the painted section. Work the dry brush back and forth over the paint until the white becomes transparent. You want to be able to see the wood grain through the paint. Think of it like the Karate Kid, "Paint on, paint off!" Continue to add paint with one brush and then thin it out with the other. It only takes about 5 minutes to paint the whole thing.

Once the paint is dry, you can start to add the numbers to the board. It is going to look like a giant ruler. I hooked a measuring tape on the bottom edge of the board and pulled it out along the entire length. Make a small mark along the board every six inches.

To keep all of the marks on my board sizes exact, I made a guide with a piece of scrap wood. I marked the guide with the length of the foot makers and the length of the half foot marks and also made a guide for my stencil. That way I knew how long to draw my lines and I didn't have to keep measuring the same thing over and over again.

Mark all the lines along the measure board with a pencil at the spots you designated with the measuring tape.

Then, add the numbers. Start with the bottom at one foot and continue up to five feet. I used a stencil from the hardware store. Trace the numbers with a pencil. Then, fill them in with a sharpie marker or with a paint pen. I used a paint pen and found that it was a little bit tricky to get the paint flowing smoothly. I would recommend a Sharpie.



Once your lines have been outlined with the paint pen or sharpie and the numbers are completed, you can add the Disney ride icons to give it that special Disney touch. I chose some of my family's favorite rides to put on our ruler. Feel free to look over the list of rides with height requirements to see what icons to use on your own personal Disney Measure Board.

Print off the images and cut them out. Then, trace the icons onto the board at the right height placement. I marked the icons locations with a dashed line on the ruler to keep them separate. Fill them in with the black sharpie or paint pen to finish things off.

My kids couldn't wait to see how they measured up to the Disney ride specs. My little boy is finally tall enough to ride some of the big rides at Disneyland. He is so excited. Looks like it is time for another visit to the Parks! There couldn't be a better time to go with all of the festivities for the 60th Anniversary Celebration.


We'd love to help you mark this year with a vacation to the Disneyland Diamond Celebration! You can check out our Disneyland packages online, or call our Disney Experts at 855-GET-AWAY.
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