Disney Shuts Roller Coaster over a Selfie Stick
No, Disney is not kidding when it says that you can't use your selfie sticks on its theme park rides.
A visitor tested that policy this afternoon on California Screamin', leading to a temporary shut-down of the Disney California Adventure roller coaster.
Despite media reports, Disney has not (yet) banned selfie sticks at its U.S. theme parks. The company did recently begin posting signs on its attractions warning riders that selfie sticks are not permitted on rides — a policy Disney has had in place for some time, according to cast members.
Visitors who try to get around the rule by hiding their selfie sticks in the queue, only to bring them out on the ride, might just discover that Disney has cameras throughout many of its attractions, and that cast members see a lot of things you might not think that they see. Obviously, a California Screamin' cast member saw the selfie stick after the coaster train had left the station today and stopped the ride to confiscate it. The ride resumed operation soon after.
No word yet on what happened to the guest who was caught with the selfie stick.
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People just don't stop to think about the damage and injury that could be caused if they lose control of their equipment.
I saw this at least twice at cedar point on maverick a few weeks ago. A car would move out of the station to the area before you climb the hill and someone would pull a phone out. They would hold the car and a ride op would walk out and confiscate it. One time it was just a phone and one was a phone on a stick. So it's not just a Disney thing. It's going on other places as well.
I've also experienced that at Cedar Point, on Gemini, and it was with a lady who pulled out her phone to take pictures when we started up the lift hill. We came to a sudden stop (watching the other train continue and listening to their ridicule!) when the ride op came up and told her that we would not be going anywhere until she surrendered her camera, to be given back when we finished that run. She actually argued with the ride op for a few minutes but finally gave it over to her...and she got it back at the station, with lots of ridicule from the other riders for stopping the ride. That was last year, before the selfie stick had become an issue. I understand that at Cedar Point it's not just policy but Ohio law that you can't take pictures of any kind while riding on an amusement park ride.
So tired of people and their pics.
I was at Disneyland Paris last week and saw someone using a selfie stick while riding Thunder Mountain. I'm not sure if this is actually allowed there or if the cast members just missed it or didn't want to bother with it. During Tower of terror I had my GoPro secured to my wrist via a strap and was told by the ride operator to turn it off and put it in my pocket. C'est la vie...
Throw them out the park. Only have to do that a few dozen times and people will get the message.
Those cursed selfie sticks.
I've seen them being used at parks, but only for off-ride group pics (thank god). But even as those selfie sticks started to become popular, people should be smart enough to realize that they shouldn't bring those things on to roller coasters. Just about every ride out there specifically states that flash photography and video recording are prohibited
On a ride at California Screamin, there are a lot of tunnels the stick could crash in to, and if the stick breaks, it could cause debris
Flogging - Bring back flogging to those visitors who use a Selfie Stick while on a ride...
Actually its just not at theme Park's gaming and cosplay convention either blizzard entertainment has banned them for the Anaheim convention in November.
Former Universal Orlando theme park employee here. There are a staggeringly amount of selfie sticks, GoPros, and cellphone-toting people out there. For some rides, it's spelling to every other ride vehicle trying to tell people to put away cameras, ruining the show and making other guests unhappy.
I wish people would realize that theme parks have these policies in place for a reason. These rules are not meant to suppress your fun, but keep everyone safe. Just because a person pays a lot of money to visit a theme park, it does not give them a license to do whatever they want.
Hey, millennials: this is why we hate you.
On the subject of cell phones, I wish that something could be done to enforce park policies. Three times in the past three weeks I ended up riding roller coasters with morons who were recording the rides with their phones. On Talon at Dorney Park, a ride op noticed that the girl sitting next to me was holding a cell phone and told her to put it away. Well, as soon as the train was dispatched the little bitch whipped it right back out and proceeded to videotape the ride. And if that's strong language, it's a reflection of how I feel about people with flagrant disregard of park policies and other guests' safety.
We saw this! The ride was stopped at the very top of the drop, and they unloaded the entire car and made them walk down. It was closed for at least an hour. The cast member said (the idiot with the stick) was extremely apologetic and seemed honestly remorseful, so they didn't kick him (or his party) out. There is no excuse for stupidity like this. That stick could have impaled someone either on the ride or below on the ground. Kudos for the eagle-eye cast member who caught it.
It all comes down to enforcement. I noticed signs at Six Flags St. Louis that strictly prohibited the use of any handheld devices on the rides, threatening ejection and a 1-year ban from the park. It only takes one or two publicized cases of guests being ejected and banned before the message is heard loud and clear.
First of all, selfie sticks just need to go away altogether. But they won't. Booooo. :(
I'm all for public shaming and the flogging of folks with their personal selfie sticks. In fact, they should do the flogging in front of guests that are about to ride as a reminder of what could happen to them if they don't obey the posted rules.
It would be difficult for Disney to justify taking away cell phones at the entrance to the park when they encourage use of the MDE app on your phone to schedule FP+, etc. Of course, there are the kiosks, but they would have to invest in many more of those to be effective.
When you buy your admission ticket to a park, you are agreeing to abide to all park rules and regulations when you gain admission and, are subject to removal if you don't. Plain and simple. If you can't have fun with out the self obsessive need to constantly post pictures of yourself on Facebook, Twitter, or where ever, please leave the park and let the rest of us enjoy our visit. It's bad enough you now have to be even more careful where you walk through the theme parks because of all of the idiots with their faces buried in the phones without any regard for others while they are walking.
If anyone wanted to watch a ride, I'm sure they could just pull up a Youtube video at this point. No need to create new videos.
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