Six Flags Bans Selfie Sticks in its Theme Parks
Six Flags has become the latest tourist destination to ban selfie sticks, announcing the new policy in an email to annual passholders today:
Nothing is more important to us than your safety. After careful review we've decided to prohibit selfie sticks, monopods, and similar devices at all Six Flags theme and water parks effective immediately. Guests who bring selfie sticks to the park will be asked to store them in their cars during their visit. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and thank you for helping us keep Six Flags among the safest theme parks in the world!
Disneyland sign noting its selfie stick ban, which went into effect last month
Six Flags theme parks long have been among the more restrictive in its policies toward bringing cameras on rides. A few weeks after the Walt Disney theme parks banned selfie sticks in its parks, Six Flags has followed and take the additional step of banning monopods and "similar devices" throughout its parks. Disney had noted that its selfie-stick ban would not extend to monopods and "non-professional" tripods (i.e. ones that could be collapsed to fit in a typical backpack), which would continue to be allowed in its parks.
Universal's theme parks continue to ban selfie sticks on all attractions, though we've not yet heard of any move to ban the extension devices elsewhere in those parks.
(H/T to Russell Meyer for forwarding the Six Flags email.)
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Hopefully everyone else follows suit in banning selfie sticks.
I think that this is a sound policy. As a season pass holder and frequent visitor to Six Flags parks, I have enough trouble dodging baby strollers and guests who are completely oblivious of those in their path without having to worry about those wielding selfie sticks.
"Selfie sticks" should be banned everywhere
And now ban mobile phones please.
OT-it also pains me to see how obsessed people are with their phones; but I think banning them entirely is a little extreme. What if one of your party members gets seperated and you can't find them? Without a phone, trying to look for them would be pretty tedious. This is speaking from the perspective of someone who, at the age of the six, was running around in Magic Kingdom and was horrified when he turned around and saw that Mommy and Daddy were nowhere to be found.
If they banned cell phones, nobody would have memories of their vacation, since next to no one has an actual camera/digital camera these days, and Photo Pass doesn't include all of those odd and spontaneous photos people take (ie: their expensive dinner).
I work for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom and i know for a fact they haven't mentioned this ban to their team members yet. Until they do so visitors will still get away with using Selfie-sticks.
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