In May, Disney made it clear that selfie sticks were no longer allowed on rides. Now Disney World has taken it even further and has totally banned these camera aids from their theme parks, water park, and at DisneyQuest in Downtown Disney.
Selfie sticks were also banned at Disneyland Resort in California starting June 30, and at Disney parks in Paris and Hong Kong on July 1.
Baggage checks are nothing new at Disney, but now looking for selfie sticks will be part of the routine bag check that takes place when you enter the park. Guests will have the option of turning in their selfie sticks to be picked up later, or they can take them back to their cars or hotel room. However, they will no longer be allowed in the parks.
Other Parks That Allow Selfie Sticks
Until now, Disney prohibited selfie sticks and other loose items on many of the thrill rides, and that is still the case at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks, but they, at this time, have not placed a parkwide ban on the camera accessory.
Sea World Orlando still allows selfie sticks into their parks as well. According to Disney’s spokesperson, the reasoning behind the prohibition of selfie sticks has to do with safety concerns.
“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.” — Disney World spokeswoman Kim Prunty.
Disney admits several incidents have led to the change in policy. For instance, this week at Disney California Adventure park, a roller coaster was brought to a standstill after a passenger pulled out a selfie-stick to capture a snapshot. This resulted in the ride being closed for an hour.
Other Prohibited Items
According to their official website, selfie sticks have joined a number of other prohibited items including: Tripod stands or monopod stands that cannot fit inside a standard backpack, skateboards, wagons, inline skates, shoes with built in wheels, scooters, suitcases, coolers or backpacks with or without wheels larger than 24″ x 15″ x 18″. Coolers required for keeping medication cool can be stored in a locker or with Guest Relations.
Be sure to visit their website for the full list.