If you’re thinking about taking a trip to Walt Disney’s wonderfully whimsical theme parks this year, make sure to leave your selfie stick at home.
Disney announced this morning that it’s placing a ban on all selfie sticks starting next week, due to safety concerns.
“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,” said Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty.
Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California will ban selfie sticks starting on Tuesday, June 30th. Other Disney-run theme parks in Paris and Hong Kong will also ban selfie sticks starting on July 1.
Selfie sticks had already been banned on rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain. Guest have still busted out their narcissistic sticks, which has caused Disney to shut down numerous rides due to the hazard of whipping around a rollercoaster track with a three-foot metal stick that could impale riders at any moment.
To promote the new ban, Disney will install signs in the parking lot encouraging guests to leave their selfie sticks in their cars. There will also be an area at park entrances where you can check your selfie stick and instead use the magic of a friend to capture your magical moments.