If you plan to take a selfie of youself and your family and friends at a Disney theme park, you will have to stretch and hold your phone at arm’s length. You won’t be able to use one of the popular metal rods, called selfie sticks, that clamp on to your phone and allow you to click on the attached remote button to take the picture. Selfie sticks have been banned at all Disney parks.
Disney officials raised concerns that some of the park visitors could get accidentally hit with a stick during selfie photo shoots says Igor Cornelsen. They also say the selfie sticks are a safety hazard on park rides because the sticks extend out so far they could accidentally get caught in a ride’s mechanics and interfere with its operations. And, with several people using the selfie sticks in one location, the potential for problems multiply accordingly.
Several other places have banned the sticks as well, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and several other museums, both in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The practice of banning selfie sticks is expected to become more widespread as others decide to curtail the practice before problems occur. At Disney parks, visitors can leave their selfie sticks in lockers outside the parks’ entrances and pick them up when they leave.