Disney World banned what?: Disney Bans Selfie Sticks

Published: June 26, 2015

Disney World banned what?: Disney Bans Selfie Sticks, “Selfie sticks” will be banned inside Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and every other company theme park beginning next week.

The ban goes into effect on Tuesday for Disney’s domestic parks, and the next day for those outside of the United States, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Amid safety concerns, Disney is adopting a blanket ban on the popular extendable rods that attach to cellphones and cameras and allow users to take photos of themselves from a bit of a distance. Currently, visitors can use the sticks inside the park but not on rides.

“We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family and, unfortunately, selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast (employees),” said Suzi Brown, the Disney spokeswoman.

Anyone with a selfie stick at an entrance or inside the park will be asked to return it to their car or hotel room or pick it up when they leave the park.

GoPros, cameras that attach onto things such as motorcycle and bicycle helmets and clothing, are not part of the ban.

Disney’s move comes two days after a passenger on Disney California Adventure’s California Screamin’ pulled out the stick midway through the high-speed roller coaster, prompting operators to halt the attraction. Passengers were evacuated and the ride was stopped for at least an hour.

Disney officials said Wednesday’s incident had no bearing on their decision.

Despite their popularity, selfie sticks have become a safety issue at theme parks and other venues with large crowds. Also, the long rods obstruct views and get in the way of others.

Disney is not the first to ban selfie sticks.

Coachella and Lollapalooza organizers have banned them at their music festivals and, most recently, the Smithsonian Institution has prohibited the use of the sticks in its museums.

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