In the House of Mouse, thou shall not be so self-absorbed. Or something. On Friday morning, a spokesperson for Walt Disney World announced that selfie sticks will be banned from the amusement park for safety reasons. This new policy will take hold in Orlando, Florida, starting Tuesday. They won’t be allowed in the water parks or in DisneyQuest, which is an attraction for gamers in downtown Disney.
Selfie sticks will additionally be banned from the Disneyland Resorts in Anaheim, California. The new law goes into effect in Disney’s Hong Kong park on July 1.
Reportedly, when guests arrive at the park, their bags will be searched for selfie sticks. If guests have brought them, they’ll have the choice between leaving their selfie sticks behind or going back to their cars or hotel rooms to drop them off.
Disney claims this issue has been a long time coming. Some rides specifically banned selfie sticks, such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Often, cast members would have to give the visitors warnings about being responsible with these poles, which are used to get the “best angle” for a picture of oneself.
Other parks and museums have banned the selfie stick from their premises. Universal Orlando prohibits them from some rides (as does their Islands of Adventure park, home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), but they have not declared a ban for the entire theme park quite yet. Perhaps they will follow in Disney’s footsteps soon. Most people do.