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Selfie sticks no longer allowed at Walt Disney World parks

by Matt Roseboom

no selfie sticks sign

First they banned them on rides, now Disney has taken it a step further and will ban all selfie sticks from Disney World theme parks, water parks and DisneyQuest.

sefie stickStarting next Tuesday, June 30, when guests are seen at bag check or in the park with selfie sticks, a cast member will escort the guest to Guest Services where their stick will be taken and held until they are ready to leave the park.

Disney said in a statement to their cast members, “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. The use of selfie sticks also compromises our ability to deliver on The Four Keys Basics: Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency.”

Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland will also ban selfie sticks starting on July 1. There’s no word on a park-wide ban at Tokyo Disneyland or Disneyland Resort in California, although they already have signs banning them on rides. No other theme parks in Florida currently ban selfie sticks.

UPDATE: June 26, 2015 – Disneyland Resort theme parks in California will also be banning selfie sticks starting June 30, 2015.

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13 comments

Whistling Rat June 25, 2015 - 6:08 pm

Good.

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Sam June 25, 2015 - 6:34 pm

Can we ban ipads too?

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Kim June 25, 2015 - 6:37 pm

Thank the Disney powers that be. Now maybe we can get the self absorbed Vloggers who write off their Disney passes and room stays as “business expenses” to shut up on the rides.

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Karen June 26, 2015 - 12:45 am

I think that is great. Do not need anything else to take away from our fun. Everyone should be able to enjoy the shows without sticks waving in your face

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Chris June 26, 2015 - 6:39 am

Good. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost been hit by one. You go walking by and they turn around with the stick extended and hit people passing by

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Derek June 26, 2015 - 10:11 am

OK, now define “selfie stick”. Does a monopod fall,user that definition? How about a GoPro handle? How long does it have to be in order to be considered a “selfie stick”? Sounds like a knee jerk reaction to dealing with rude and inconsiderate people.

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Jessica June 26, 2015 - 12:48 pm

Monopods are still permitted inside the theme parks, as long as they are used appropriately. The small GoPro handles that fit in the palm of the hand are also permitted, but the long GoPro extensions are prohibited. Essentially, if the handle extends, it is prohibited.

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da_tarb July 14, 2015 - 6:09 pm

so if the handle “DOES NOT EXTEND” it’s ok to use? i have the “KNEKT FPSH Handle”.

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Marcia June 26, 2015 - 10:54 am

Good! Someone out there has some common sense. Shocked they were even allowed in the first place considering what a hazard they must be on some of the rides. How self-absorbed do you have to be to lug one of these around with you all the time.

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sevad June 26, 2015 - 7:14 pm

Finally!.

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Katie June 27, 2015 - 10:26 am

Tokyo Disney Resort have never allowed using selfie sticks, as it bans photographing auxiliary tools including tripods and monopods.
http://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tdr/caution/forguest.html

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Dave July 20, 2015 - 9:18 pm

This is unfortunate, for our family of four the selfie stick shots we have taken at the parks are some of the best photo’s we have as they include the entire family in the shot …. yes, we use the photopass photographers who do a terrific job, however, they aren’t everywhere all the time and sometimes a selfie is the best way to get a shot. It’s not too difficult to step out of the way and take a selfie of your family without imposing or interfering with anyone else. It’s a shame that the inconsiderate minority have taken away this option from us all.

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Cameron Vidrine August 1, 2015 - 10:21 am

Hi I have a question all of this selfie stick banning really disappointed me because I was planning on making a GoPro Disney Vacation video. Does this include a ban on all GoPoles? If so this is really disappointing.

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