Visitors to Disney World and Disneyland can officially no longer use selfie sticks on rides, with a park spokesperson saying the items present a threat to safety. Signs announcing the ban have been posted outside Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain after recent rides had to be stopped because too many people were using the picture-taking device. The signs are “just a continuation of our communication efforts at a few key attractions,” Disney wrote in an e-mail to the Orlando Sentinel.
Disney has recently been urging its ride workers to remind visitors that any selfie sticks should be stowed before beginning a ride. Complaints about selfie sticks on rides have grown in recent months, with people using social media to send out pictures of the item extending three feet away from a locked seat. Disney is now stressing it will allow selfie sticks in its theme parks, but is asking visitors to simply put them away before they go on rides.
The selfie stick, which can be logoed, has been increasingly banned at popular events and places in 2015. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum have outlawed the device, as have music festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza. Major sporting events like Wimbledon and the Kentucky Derby have prohibited the selfie stick, as well.
Selfie sticks have been around for decades, but have become popular with advances in technology. The newest sticks have built-in Bluetooth shutters on their handles and sturdier frames to keep heavier devices likes GoPros from falling. While selfie sticks have been banned at various venues, they remain top sellers in many tourist hotspots, especially on the streets of Europe.