As of June 30, 2015: Guests will not be permitted to bring selfie sticks into any of the Disney theme parks worldwide due to safety concerns imposed by the items being brought onto rides.
Disney said this in a statement:
“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. The use of selfie sticks also compromises our ability to deliver on The Four Keys Basics: Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency.”
Guest relations cast members will be assigned to the security screening areas in front of all of the parks to assist the security cast in dealing with guests trying to bring their “selfie sticks” in. If found, guests can opt to leave or they can check it with a guest relations cast member who will have the item stored, give the guest a ticket, and then guests may retrieve the item upon leaving the park later on that day.
Last week, the California Screamin’ attraction at DLR was stopped because a guest pulled out a selfie stick while the ride was in motion:
All rides are tested with an “Envelope of Protection”. Selfie sticks can be extended beyond the safety point on many rides.
Video of testing Mine Train ride last April: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS2LNBYvtLw
The safety policy of keeping all hands, arms, and other items inside the ride vehicles has been in place at Walt Disney World for decades.
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