Selfie sticks might have become the latest craze, allowing you to take photos of yourself and your friends from further away, but not everyone loves them. Starting July 1, they will be banned at all Disney theme parks around the world.
The ban covers the company’s resort in Orlando, including their four theme parks, water parks and the gaming site Disney Quest, as well as the parks in California, Hong Kong, and Paris. This brings the company in line with a number of other major global tourist attractions that do not allow guests to bring in selfie sticks.
A spokesperson for Disney stated that the ban had been brought in following concerns for the safety of their cast members and guests. Prior to implementing a full ban, they tried other measures, including warning guests not to use them while on rides. However, they have since had to take the next step of instituting a full ban.
If you are found to have a selfie stick when entering one of the parks, it will be confiscated at the bag check. You will then be able to pick it up on your way out. Alternatively, you can return it to your hotel room or leave it in your car if you’re staying at one of the holiday apartments close to the Paris site or the other Disney resorts.
Other types of attractions that have felt it necessary to ban selfie sticks to prevent the risk of injuries include sporting venues, music festivals, and museums.