Chris Hemsworth may play a hero on screen, but the father of three admitted he’s not always super when it comes to parenting decisions.
The 35-year-old stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” this week where he admitted to a mistake at Disneyland that “Avengers” co-star Scarlet Johansson called “wildly irresponsible.”
Hemsworth, who is a father to 6-year-old India Rose and 5-year-old twins Sasha and Tristan, said it happened when he took his eldest child on a ride she wasn’t supposed to go on.
India Rose wanted to go on the Tower of Terror, a ride with a very high drop. However, the little girl wasn’t quite tall enough to meet the height requirement.
Hemsworth told host Jimmy Kimmel that’s when he decided to stuff Snickers bars inside of her shoes to give her a few extra inches.
To his surprise — it worked. The dad said his child was allowed on the ride:
“We’re at the top and I’m looking at her and she’s strapped in and the seat is massive on her and I’m like ‘We beat the system, honey!”
The actor said he quickly realized why there was a height requirement when the ride plunged. India Rose quickly flew upwards in her seat, prompting the child to scream the whole way down.
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Hemsworth grabbed onto the child and they finished the ride just fine. But the “Thor” star said he learned his lesson:
“Maybe there’s a reason that there’s a height…size. So, don’t do that. She’s fine, she’s well.”
According to SaferParks, height requirements for amusement park rides are already “dangerously low” and faking their height can put children at risk. The organization states:
Parents who fudge the minimum height limits even further, by sneaking their kids past the measure, putting their child in platform shoes, or bullying the operator into letting their shorter child board a ride, may be exposing their child to serious danger.
Children below who are just short of the height requirement are “significantly higher risk for falls and ejections.”
Would you ever let your child go on a ride they were too small for? Let us know in the comments.