If you’re planning a trip to any Disney World, you should leave your selfie sticks at home.
Disney has announced that, effective Tuesday, selfie sticks will no longer be allowed into any Disney World theme park. This also includes Disney World water parks or DisneyQuest. A similar ban goes into effect on June 30 at Disneyland in California.
“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 Disney World spokeswoman Kim Prunty in a statement.
If you do happen to bring a selfie stick to the park, Disney will take it at bag check. You’ll be able to pick it back up when you leave.
From the Orlando Sentinel:
The issue has been building at Disney. Previously, the sticks were prohibited from its rides, and “no selfie-sticks” signs were at select rides, such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom. Cast members have given verbal warnings to rule breakers.
Several incidents preceded the change, but officials have been discussing the rules for some time, Disney said. This week at Disney California Adventure park, a roller coaster was halted after a passenger pulled out a selfie-stick. The ride was closed for an hour.
Disney falls in a long line of places and attractions now banning selfie sticks, including music festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza.