Disney announced in late June that it was banning selfie sticks from it parks for safety reasons and now Six Flags has done the same at all its parks. The Six Flags ban actually goes a bit further than the Disney restrictions. It includes “selfie sticks, monopods and other similar devices.”
Most Park Visitors Happy About the Ban
Park staff had tried to restrict the use of the popular selfie sticks, but many park visitors tended to ignore instructions to stow the sticks during rides and attractions which led to disruptions for everyone. This frustrated those who had to endure the consequences of the bad behavior of a handful.
The result led to frustration with selfie sticks with park employees as well as many theme park fans which is reflected in a recent poll of 1142 people. Seventy-nine percent of those polled agreed with the ban and only 21 percent disagreed.
Six Flags Ban Stricter than Disney’s
In a statement released by Six flags they said, “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.”
Monopods are one-legged devices used by photographers to steady their cameras. When asked why they were also banned, Katy Enrique, communications manager for Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois said, “These devices can also pose a safety risk.”
Theme parks aren’t the only public arena banning selfie sticks. They’ve been banned at various destinations around the globe including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lollapalooza, the Kentucky Derby, and the Wimbledon tennis championships.