Parkwide Bans on Selfie Sticks Coming to Disney Theme Parks Next Week
Updated throughout: Friday, Jun 26, 9am
The Walt Disney theme parks will ban selfie sticks throughout its theme parks starting next week, the company confirmed Friday.
Disney has a long-standing policy against the use of selfie sticks on its attractions, but the new ban would extend (no pun intended) to all areas inside the parks. "Selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast," a Disney spokesperson said.
The ban will go into effect at the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts on Tuesday, June 30. Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland also will being banning the sticks by July 1. Wednesday at Disney California Adventure, operators shut down and evacuated the California Screamin' after finding a guest with a selfie stick on that roller coaster.
In a comment on our report about that incident, a reader who said that s/he was a former Universal Orlando team member questioned Disney's commitment to enforcing in-park restrictions such as a selfie stick ban. "The root of the problem is Disney, where they let guests get away with anything. They don't check children's heights, are lax about seating rules, and allow you to bring whatever loose articles on a ride. Just try to ride Pirates without someone taking flash photos or dipping their hands in the water. Did you know that Disney control booth operator can't spiel to guests for fear of 'bad show?' No wonder they're having PR problems being the 'bad guy' and enforcing rules now."
Another person raised concerns that tripods and other photography accessories would be included in the selfie stick ban:
Many other tourist attractions around the world, including the Smithsonian, the Palace of Versailles, and the Colosseum in Rome have banned selfie sticks on their grounds.
Update: And there's this:
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Good. I can't stand those things.
Personally I think it's a good call. Selfie-sticks are a selfish craze that breeds thoughtlessness and impacts negatively on other park users. Time for folks to grow up and stop being so narcissistic!
David couldn't agree more, sometimes the rudeness of some people spoil what was a brilliant day, hope this translates to all the other parks including Universal
The Former Univeral Orlando team member is very immaculate about their comments on Disney with heights checks and loose items. I have gone with my kids over a dozen times in the past 10 years and their heights were always checked, always. We were always asked to stow loose items on rides. Sometimes you will get a person who doesn't follow the rules. It's not Disneys fault that there is an idiot on board.
At first blush it ses a bit over-the-top. Wondering if there have been multiple occurrences in non-ride locations that have forced the hand of park operators.
Great decision. Selfie Sticks are both a danger to others and an annoyance. If you want a picture of yourself, take a normal selfie or ask someone to take a picture of you.
There are some trends that just need to be killed before they pollute the whole world, and this is one of them. It's narcissism run amok, not to mention crappy photography and news feed pollution. Add to that the thoughtless and inconsiderate trying to bring them on rides, walking by as if the signs that prohibit them don't exist. I say don't stop with confiscation or ban. Anyone caught with one should be lashed with it 25 times or until it breaks...whichever happens last.
Would this rule also apply to equipment for small video cameras, such as a GoPro with a pole mount?
Wow. I knew selfie sticks were a nuisance, but I didn't realize they were enough of a nuisance to get banned from parks entirely!
While I am not a big fan of selfies at the best of time I can't help but wonder how much of this decision, although the correct one, comes down to people not using Disney photographers to get their pictures. As was mentioned in the article I don't remember my son ever being checked for height requirements any of the times we went to Disney, Universal checked but I don't remember any checks at WDW.
Forget Avatar Land/MK hub renovations/Disney Springs/Soarin & Toy Story MM expansions/anything else they have coming to the parks, THIS is the best decision they've made in ages!! Fingers crossed that Universal soon follow suit!
They're just banning Selfie Stick Pro to secure safeness inside the park. :)
I've never used a selfie stick, but the last time I was in the park I saw them everywhere. One advantage I noticed, was that I wouldn't accidentally wander into people's photos when they were taking a picture.
I think would be a nice idea to explain in the maps that people can ask a cast member to take photos, specially to help foreign newcomers that don't know this. I am brazilian and my sister has been to Disney world twice, she doesn't know english nor that she could ask a cast member, so she start using a self stick to take the photos.
Personally, I think this is a bad idea. Especially because Go Pro Cameras, which give a unique view of the park with its fisheye lens, really need something to sit on.
The claims made by the "Former Universal" employee in the above article are not true in the least. I can tell you from experience that Disney ride/attraction operators are not forbidden from stopping or threatening to stop an attraction whenever a park guest attempts to break the rules.
I don't think common sense was ever that common in the first place...
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