On Friday, June 26, Walt Disney World announced that they would be banning the popular selfie stick from their parks worldwide. The rule took effect at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland Resort in California on June 30, and at Disneyland Resort Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort on July 1. The wildly popular selfie sticks made their appearance in 2014 and since then, many people have purchased them, or know someone who has one.
Named one of TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2014, selfie sticks are a device that holds a camera or phone on the end of an extendable pole and allows people to take a photo from longer-than-arms-length away. While many people find selfie sticks to be useful for taking selfies and group photos, Disney is not the only institution to ban them from their property. Museums and sport arenas around the world do not allow selfie sticks because they obstruct people’s views and cause safety issues. While Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld have not banned selfie sticks from their parks, they are not allowed on any of the rides.
Selfie sticks were already banned on all the rides in Disney parks, but until now, they were allowed inside the park grounds. A ride at Disneyland Resort in California was shut down for almost two hours when someone pulled out a selfie stick on the ride, California Screamin’, and soon after, the company made the decision to ban the photo-taking devices for safety reasons. If a selfie stick is found in a guest’s bag during a routine bag check, guests will have the option of leaving it at the park entrance for pick-up on their way out, so they don’t have to return to their hotel or car to stow them. The good news is, you can still take selfies at Disney, you just might need to make a new friend to take the picture for you!
Here are some other items that you may not know are not allowed inside Disney Parks:
- Skateboards, bikes, roller blades, Segways and even the once-popular Heely’s Shoes
- Folding chairs
- Costumes – Of course children can wear Disney or princess apparel, but dressing up in something like a Pluto costume is not allowed, as other guests might think you’re a Disney Cast Member
- Masks – Even during the Halloween season, masks are not allowed on Disney property
- Alcoholic Beverages – While Disney does allow you to pack your own food and beverages to bring into the park, guests are not allowed to bring their own alcohol
If you’re purchasing tickets at Tickets2You.com to visit Walt Disney World this summer, make sure to keep in mind to leave your selfie sticks at home!