Selfie sticks are now prohibited in Disney parks across the US. Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong and other Disney parks around the world are also expected to follow suit.
“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,” said a representative from Disney.
Visitors with selfie sticks will now be asked to temporarily leave the accessory at the entrance. Originally park management planned to prohibit the device on rides only, but some stubborn visitors still managed to sneak them in and take shots while onboard an attraction.
Reasons for the Ban
On rides, the device can pose a serious threat to safety, as they could fall out of a carriage and possibly damage the ride’s mechanism. It could also injure guests on the ride, as the pole could accidentally strike them while they’re moving at high speed.
For other park visitors, people with selfie sticks can turn out to be a major nuisance especially during shows and performances. Think about it: in order to get a good photo of yourself with the performers in the background, you’d have to spin around and shove your selfie stick into someone else’s face or at least somewhere in their personal space. While many people do have the decency to not bother others while they’re enjoying a show, there are a few who would do anything just to get that perfect snapshot to share on social media.
Taking Pictures the Old Fashioned Way
Of course, you can always ask a park employee or a friendly stranger to take a photo of you and your family at the park. If you’re afraid of someone running off with your pricey smartphone, there’s almost zero chance of that happening especially with the tight security in Disney parks.
While using a selfie stick does have its advantages, you can still get good shots using the built-in devices we all have – our arms. Sure the phone might be a bit closer to your face and you might not capture most of the background but at least you won’t be endangering others or annoying anyone.