When you go to a Disney theme park this summer, the only way you’ll be allowed to snap a selfie is if you use your own limbs. I.e. your arms, or, if you’re really crafty, your legs. However you decide to preserve the moment, one thing you won’t be allowed to use is a selfie stick. The ban applies to all Disney parks across the world, including Disney World, Disneyland, and other Disney-themed attractions across the globe.
I’m no Disney spokesman, but here are a few unsolicited alternatives to the selfie stick ban: your arm, your partner’s arm, a timer, Mickey Mouse, a stranger. Luckily these are all free alternatives, though asking a stranger comes with its own risks. Specifically, that stranger could potentially drop your device, shattering it into a million pieces.
“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,” a Disney World spokeswoman said.
Not only are people completely oblivious to their surroundings when using a selfie stick, but they can be obnoxiously protrusive.
Disney says it will go to great lengths to ensure these vainglorious enablers stay out of its parks. Security will be on the lookout during routine bag checks at park entrances; so, essentially, Disney is treating the selfie stick ban with the same seriousness of weapons. The next time you’re cheerfully snapping a picture of you and your “bae,” just remember that you’re wielding a dangerous tool that compromises the safety of those around you.
“No selfie stick” signs have been posted around different Disney parks for a while now, but the restrictions were specific to rides. This ban extends to entire parks, which I’m sure will be a huge disappointment for tourists.
All in an effort to keep Disney parks the happiest places on Earth.
The ban will take effect beginning June 30.