On June 30th, Disney began banning the “selfie stick” in all of their parks. The contraption which first started appearing a couple of years ago, has really taken off in the last several months. It allows guests to mount their smartphone to the end of a stick which they can then hold out in front of them in an effort to take a selfie from a distance. The stick usually has a trigger on the end connected to the smartphone allowing the guest to snap the picture.
While selfie sticks are popular and provide some great shots, they are also hazardous to park operations as many guests attempt to use them while on attractions. In fact, back on June 24th, California Screamin, the looping roller coaster at Disney’s California Adventure in the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, was emergency stopped when a passenger pulled out a selfie stick. The cars were stopped at the top of the hill, and passengers were reportedly evacuated before the ride resumed operation an hour or so later.
Selfie stick enthusiasts are a little dismayed at this change however. Helen Mitre, from Delevan, California, said that taking selfies on various Disneyland attractions has become her passionate hobby. She says “I post them on my Facebook page and I’ve gotten a lot of hits! I wouldn’t be such a celebrity without the selfie stick. I’m just devastated. Its nothing more than a stupid knee jerk reaction!”
But selfie stickers like Ms. Mitre, may not have to suffer very long. Reports say that Disney is currently working with DuPont, the maker of Teflon, to develop a new NON-STICK selfie.