Disney World Bans Selfie-Sticks Over Safety Concerns

Posted: Jun 26 2015, 4:02pm CDT | by , Updated: Jun 26 2015, 4:06pm CDT, in News | Latest Business News


Disney World Bans Selfie-Sticks Over Safety Concerns
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The rule will take effect Tuesday on all Disney Theme Parks including Paris and Hong Kong

If you are planning a day out at Disney theme park and looking to take selfies with your favorite characters Minnie and Mickey mouse, then you have to do it in a rather old-fashioned way by using your arm as Disney World is banning selfie sticks in all of its theme parks due to growing safety concerns. Disney World Spokesperson Kim Prunty announced on Friday.

“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.” Prunty said in a statement.

Orlando Sentinel reports, that the rule will go into effect from Tuesday. According to which, selfie sticks will not be allowed in any of Disney theme park - four in Florida and two Disneyland parks in California. The decision was probably made in the wake of Wednesday's incident Wednesday when a passenger pulled out a selfie stick while riding California Streamin’ roller coaster in Disney Adventures Park. As a result of it, the ride was stuck for less than one hour.

Last month, Disney banned selfie sticks on many rides including Magic Kindom’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, meaning that the item was allowed to bring in and could be used in and around the park but it should not be taken out during the ride. Now under the new rule, visitors will not make the item past the entrance at any Disney theme park. It will be grabbed during the routine bag check. 

Selfie stick has rapidly grown into popularity in the last few years as it makes it relatively easy to capture special moments and with a more desirable result. 

Disney is the latest to join those attractions and events which have decided to ban selfie sticks over safety fears. The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Kentucky Derby, Wimbledon, Rome’s Coliseum and music festivals of Lollapalooza and Coachella are among those where selfie sticks are banned.

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