Walt Disney World Bans Selfie Sticks on Rides and Attractions

Well it was bound to happen. Walt Disney World announced on April 6, 2015 that selfie sticks are no longer allowed on rides and attractions.

What is a selfie stick? It is a long, telescoping stick that allows you to take selfies with your cell phone from more than arms length away.

Why did Disney ban them? Because guests were extending the selfie sticks out of ride vehicles, which created a major safety issue to themselves, other guests and cast members.

“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.

Cast members at greeter positions in front of the attractions are now instructed to ask any guest with a visible selfie stick to put it away while they are enjoying the ride or the attraction. The stick will be kept by the attraction’s PA system or they will stop the attraction immediately. Can you imagine that embarrassment?
Do you use selfie sticks? What are your thoughts on this?

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