Disney will ban selfie sticks at its parks in Hong Kong and Shanghai as part of a global ban on the extendible devices across its theme parks, the company announced yesterday.
The ban will be introduced at Disneyland Hong Kong on July 1 and enforced at the Shanghai park when it opens next year. Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California will put the ban into effect a day earlier on June 30.
According to Inquisitr, there were multiple incidents that led to the outright ban. While at first Disney tried allowing selfie sticks in the park but not on rides, on several occasions violators forced roller coasters and other attractions to be shut down, frustrating other guests
“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,” Disney World spokeswoman Kim Prunty said.
Disney’s theme parks join a growing list of attractions which restrict the camera accessory for safety reasons. Many major museums worldwide have also banned the sticks for fear of damage to exhibits.
China’s Forbidden City museum banned selfie sticks in March over concerns they would damage artefacts. However, visitors can still bring such devices into the exhibition halls, because the museum and the cultural heritage authority have yet to introduce any blanket ban.
By Dominic Jackson