According to the Orlando Sentinel, Disney World has officially banned selfie-sticks from all of its theme parks. The reason for the ban is safety concerns.
Beginning on Tuesday, the selfie-sticks will not be allowed in Disney World and that includes the waterparks and DisneyQuest. If you have one in your bag they will not let you through bag check. You can either leave it with the park and pick them up later or bring it back to your car or hotel room.
Disneyland will also be banning selfie-sticks beginning on June 30 and in the Paris and Hong Kong parks on July 1. Disney will inform guests of the new policy in different locations, like in the parking lots and resort hotels. They will also add the new policy to Disney’s website.
There have been many complaints in the parks about the use of selfie-sticks. People don’t always take others into account when using things like this and it doesn’t make for a great picture to have a selfie-stick photobombing it.
Different rides, like Thunder Mountain, already had “no selfie-stick” signs because people started holding the selfie-sticks out too far and endangering themselves and other riders. Some attractions have actually had to be stopped because someone was using a selfie-stick on the ride.
Just this week a roller coaster in Disney’s California Adventure park had to be stopped and was closed for an hour because a passenger pulled out their selfie-stick.
So if you own a selfie-stick, don’t bother packing it for your next trip to Disney. Don’t worry though. There are plenty of very helpful cast members (the PhotoPass Photographers) who would be more than happy to take a picture of you with your phone.
It’s better for everyone, really.
Thanks for reading!
Source: Orlando Sentinel