Although we’ve discussed the pros and cons of selfie stick usage at Walt Disney World before, late last night news broke that Walt Disney World has officially notified Cast Members that policies regarding to loose articles (as they pertain to selfie sticks) are going to be enforced more uniformly across Walt Disney World's parks, effective immediately.
It is important to note that as of right now selfie sticks are not banned at Walt Disney World, and policies regarding other loose articles (like canes, etc.) have technically always applied to selfie sticks. However, the way in which these policies are enforced is changing in some big ways. So what can selfie stick fanatics expect to see at Walt Disney World as part of this new crackdown?
1. Cast Members will now be on the lookout for selfie sticks at attraction entrances
When guests are carrying selfie sticks when they walk up to a ride or attraction, Cast Members are now being instructed to remind said guests that they will need to fold up or break down their selfie stick and make sure that the accessory is stowed in a safe place prior to boarding a ride or sitting down for a show.
Though this is technically the policy that has always been in place in regards to any loose objects, Walt Disney World Cast Members are now being asked to specifically seek out selfie stick users in particular before they enter the queue in an effort to stem usage of these potentially dangerous items on rides as well as other attractions.
While Cast Members at attractions will be keeping their eyes peeled for guests with these items, it is important to note that guests using selfie sticks outside attractions or at character meet and greets will not be spoken to or singled out, as the ban on loose items does not extend to the park at large. So if you really love using your selfie stick to take pictures in front of Cinderella Caste or with your favorite character around the World Showcase, fret not, as Cast Members will not make any mention of your selfie stick usage anywhere outside of an attraction.