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3 Reasons Walt Disney World HAD to Ban Selfie Sticks

2. The Disney California Adventure incident

While guests pulling out their selfie sticks on rides like It's a Small World or Spaceship Earth is certainly annoying (and a violation of the aforementioned policy), this practice isn't really all that dangerous on these slow-moving dark rides. However, things got a bit scary earlier this week when an incident at Disney California Adventure occurred where a guest pulled out a selfie stick on roller coaster California Screamin’. According to the OC Register, a Cast Member spotted this potential threat to guest safety and immediately stopped the ride, which was down for nearly an hour while guests were evacuated and the attraction was reset.

Though this incident happened at Disneyland and not Walt Disney World, the story spread through social media, with many using it as an example of how selfie stick users can have a disastrous effects on ride operations. Though Cast Members might look the other way when someone pulls out a selfie stick on The Haunted Mansion, when you're talking about an outdoor high-speed ride that runs very close to populated guest areas, Cast Members have no choice but to look out for guest safety and the ride must be stopped every time someone violates policy. 

3. Guest experience

Beyond the safety concerns and ops nightmares that widespread selfie stick usage at Disney parks has introduced, one big issue that many guests have complained about is how selfie sticks can ruin the overall guest experience. Though it isn't exactly dangerous when guests pull out their extendable selfie sticks in front of you when you're trying to watch Fantasmic, the fact is that having these large devices obstructing your view definitely has a negative effect on the whole experience, with many feeling like these devices can absolutely ruin a show or attraction. Unfortunately, these complaints aren't just limited to rides or shows. Many guests have complained in recent months about being physically hit with selfie sticks while just walking around in crowded areas.  

Though its important not to demonize all selfie stick users (we're sure there are plenty of people who have used these devices responsibly in the past at Walt Disney World and other places), the fact is that there were just too many negatives to their sustained presence at Disney parks to continue allowing guests to bring them in. 

However, one big question remains: will other theme parks follow suit and institute their own selfie stick bans? Though Walt Disney World certainly has seen a massive amount of selfie stick users in the past few months, other Orlando parks like SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa and especially Universal Orlando Resort have also seen their fair share of selfie stick related complaints. Could these parks follow Disney's lead and institute their own ban on selfie sticks in the near future? Should they? Let us know what you think!

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There are 39 comments.

I think this is a smart move by Disney. It was just a matter of time they were going to get sued from someone that got hurt by one of those things. Last visit we went on my child almost got hit with one. People are so self absorbed these sa days that they dont pay attention.

I for one am extremely happy they banned these. They are an annoyance for everyone around them and potential danger. Disney did the right thing banning them.

They certainly cut down on the number of people buying the Disney over priced photos.

Any Disney photographer will take a picture of your group with your camera. All of the pictures they have taken for me,and there have been many, have all been just as good as the ones they took for my photopass.

YES! Does this feel like a victory for anyone else?

This is wonderful and overdue. They are dangerous and such an intrusion. When we were there in March had a couple of incidents where people walked right into us because they were using them and not looking where they were going. They are also such a distraction and should not be used on the rides or in the shows. The parks are no place for them.

It's a pity people are so inconsiderate and full of themselves that they become a problem for others simply because they just cannot stop taking pictures of themselves to show to the world how "cool" their little lives are. This would probably not happen in many European countries either because people have a certain sense of pride and common decency and respect the people around them.

I think your comment is wrong..... self sticks are being banned in Paris disney as well also there are people constantly yelling at you to buy things in the major attractions in European countries like colluseum, efile tower, Pisa ect.... so to say Europeans wouldn't do such inconsiderate things is wrong..... you have a slanted view of the world

I too am glad they banned the self ie stick.... use your arm!!!!

What about monopod? Will it also be banned?

Camera Monopods are allowed and also GoPro handles will be allowed.

But Vega, do you believe that Cast Members will know the difference? I surely hope so, but I´m not that sure.

I understand not using them on rides, totally get that, but come on! I've put my views on a couple of posts already but I for one am now at a loss.. I am disabled and a wheelchair/scooter user (apparently another one people want to ban!) when we watch Wishes/shows/parades, I get douche bags who 30 seconds before it starts decide it's their so called right to stand right in front of me so I can't see passed them and then put their adorable little child on their shoulders too just to ensure nobody gets to see. At this point my selfie stick would enable me to continue to watch... Now I shall watch the floor whilst my Bessie records it and I'll watch it on screen later..

There are seating areas reserved for handicapped. You sticking your selfie stick up is even more rude than the "douche bags" you complain about.

I'm rude for enabling myself to see..?? Do you even know what the word means??

People on scooters is another issue altogether. And the correct word is past...not passed.

Yea, scooter riders have no right to complain about others. Scooter riders and strollers think everyone should move out of their way while they just plow through the crowd. Most scooter riders aren't even handicapped unless you count being obese. Ban scooters, self sticks, and umbrellas

Believe it or not - No I don't act the way you are describing, I actually move out of everyone's way! Why I don't know when I get ignorant comments like yours anyway! And as for your comment on being obese and not disabled, I'd prefer that be the case that I could lose weight and be cured! You're a rare breed too huh?

Maybe you don't act that way (wink wink)but many many others do. ...And, thanks, I do consider myself a rare breed.

Amen....sick of stollers and scooters wheeling in to me. Most of the strollers don't have kids in them. And one scooter fellow wheeled his way thy, got out and walked over to smoke a cigarette.

I truly understand what you mean. When my family went to Disney World it was almost like I was invisible on the scooter I was using. I tried to be very nice, but people just would walk into me, cut in front of me so that my family and I would not be together.....finally I would just say "excuse me, you are blocking me from enjoying the park too"....since the people would move out of my way I can only guess that they got the point :)

There is a handicapped area for watching parades and if you make sure that you are on the edge of the curb anywhere, it should be pretty much impossible for someone to stand in front of you. I have nothing against your scooter unless you use it as a battering ram as some do with those and strollers. If I want a front row spot for a parade or show, I have to get there early enough to claim it. I'm sorry that you have mobility issues but that does not mean that you shouldn't have to do that too.

I leave the disabled areas for the kids, there's not much room in them to be fair, we get to parade spots around an hour before they're due..

Get over it. You're in the minority and should speak up if you're not being treated right by someone.

I understand you feel using a selfie stick is a help to you during parades, however it is just as annoying as putting a child on your shoulders. It also blocks other people's views. Also, they are just as dangerous in parade routes as on a ride. My daughter works on Main St. during parades and fireworks and was nearly hit in the neck one night. But one of the Sleeping Beauty fairies walking in the parade was actually hit and hurt while walking. It is very dangerous for not only the performers but the drivers of the float as well. It could cause a huge disaster.

I think it's great that they are doing it. When my family was there in February I got it with one at least twice a day. We were at the parks for a week and it was just so annoying! I'll be happy when we go again next year that they will be gone.

I know for a fact that Six Flags Magic Mountain had a Selfie Stick ban but because they started to sell them they got really relaxed with their policy. They have a ban on Mono-pods and tri-pods itv even states selfie sticks, even thou it's a mono-pod.

I have a Selfie Stick that I carry with me everywhere I go. It's also called My Arm.

best comment ever!

Good thing ! Should be généralisés !

I glad to hear they will not be allowed in the parks, we will be there in December and will be happy they won't around. I take a lot of pictures and don't want pictures of cell phones on sticks.

We are in Disney now, and the selfie sticks are the most annoying gagets around...all you see during Wishes is these sticks in the air...and little kids swinging them around...Glad they will be banned.

Its interesting because Universal Orlando sells them in front of its gates...

Yeah, just finished a vacation in California including both Disney parks there. Totally annoyed with the constant selfie stick use. So glad they will not be at Disney World when we next visit.

Smartest move ever is banning those selfie sticks.I live in NYC and it is a constant battle with the tourists and those damned sticks. I spend half my commute bobbing and weaving away from those who so rudely extend their arm to use the stupid thing. I travel to lots of theme parks and I get so frustrated having to avoid selfie stick users that I forget to enjoy myself.

SO GLAD for the ban! As a Cast Member, I'm always letting Guests know that if they would like group pix taken, don't hesitate to involve any Cast Member to snap one for them! It's all part of why we're there: to help Guests to create memories (HAPPY ones, I hope!! lol)

CM's have always been happy to take pics, but it's also great to take your own when you want to Goof around

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