Disney bans selfie-stick from its theme parks

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ORLANDO, Fla. — If you’re planning a trip to the most magical place on earth this summer, you better leave the selfie stick at home.

Officials at Walt Disney World said Friday it will ban the selfie-stick poles, that hold smartphones to take photos, starting next week because of safety concerns at it parks.

On Wednesday, roller-coaster riders at Disneyland in California were stopped mid-ride when a passenger pulled out a selfie-stick, CBS Los Angeles station KCAL reported.

The new policy will be implemented Tuesday and will apply to Disney’s theme parks, water parks and DisneyQuest, a gaming attraction at Downtown Disney.

Visitors will not be able to bring their self-sticks beyond the bag check.

The ban will also include Disneyland and Disney parks in Paris and Hong Kong at a later date.

“We strive to provide 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.

Disney is not the only Florida park banning the selfie-sticks.

Universal Orlando banned them from certain rides, but does not have a park-wide ban at this time.

 

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