It’s official – no longer a rumor – as of July, 2015 selfie sticks will no longer be allowed in Disney Parks. Beginning July 2015, guests will not be permitted to bring selfie sticks into any Disney theme park due to safety concerns. Guest Relations Cast Members will be assigned to security screening areas at the bag checks for all parks to assist the security cast. If a guest has a selfie stick with them, the guest can leave the park to return the stick to their car or resort or opt to check it with the Guest Relations Cast Member who will have the item stored, give the guest a claim ticket for the guest to retrieve the item upon leaving the park later that day. It was reported this week that California Screamin’ roller coaster at Disney California Adventures Park was temporarily halted on Wednesday after a passenger pulled out a selfie stick mid-ride.
There is a very strong rumor coming out of Disney today that will have selfie sticks banned completely from all Disney Parks as of June 30, 2015. A couple of months back, selfie sticks were banned from use on attractions with several Disney attractions posting signs at the entrance.
Selfie sticks, the extendable rods that grasp your phone or camera to better allow for the all-important selfie, are a controversial topic at tourist attractions the world over and a huge point of annoyance among guests visiting the Disney parks, particularly when someone’s view is blocked by a phone/camera being held above or in front of them by another guest. Banning selfie sticks has become more and more common place at sporting event, concerts and many other tourist locations both for their “nuisance value” and for interfering with other spectators’ enjoyment or view.
We will be on the look out for definite news on this ban as well as any information we can obtain on how Disney plans to prevent guests from bringing these into the parks.
If this rumor is true, I can understand Disney’s position completely. If a guest gets hit with a selfie stick and is hurt – they turn around and sue Disney – not the person that hit them with the device. In this age of “sue happy” people it is just another means of Disney protecting themselves.