Narcissist Nightmare: Selfie Sticks Banned From Disney Parks
Walt Disney will ban selfie sticks starting next week
at its theme parks around the world, , joining a growing list of attractions
that restrict the camera accessories for safety reasons.
Beginning Tuesday, the company will not allow selfie
sticks - extension rods used for taking incessant self-portraits
with smartphones - at Walt Disney World in Orlando or Disneyland in Anaheim.
The ban will begin on Wednesday at parks in Hong Kong and Paris.
“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,” Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty said in a
Disney tried allowing selfie sticks in the park but
not on rides, according to Prunty. But violators were forcing park staff to
stop rides for extended periods of time, including on Wednesday when a roller
coaster was shut down at Disneyland, frustrating other guests.
Starting next week, security personnel will ask Disney
guests who arrive with selfie sticks at the parks to stow them at a storage
facility or return the sticks to their hotels or cars, the company said.
Major museums worldwide, including those in the
Smithsonian Institution in Washington, have banned the sticks. Other major
tourist destinations such as the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris and the
Colosseum in Rome as well as music festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza
have also prohibited them.
Universal Studios also bans selfie sticks on rides in
its parks, spokesman Tom Schroder said
SeaWorld Entertainment allows selfie sticks in the
company's parks but not on rides or over animal habitats.