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File under Stupid Guest Tricks – Selfie Stick Stops Ride

Update: Disney now banning selfie-sticks in most of its theme parks.


Although we haven’t covered it much here, Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been cracking down on use of Selfie Sticks onboard the parks attractions.

If you’re not familiar with the selfie stick, it’s a long pole upon which someone straps their mobile phone and then holds it out from their body in order to get a photo of themselves and their friends. As you can imagine having one of these waving free on a Disney ride is a real safety hazard.

Disney smartly got out in front and banned their use on attractions before it became a big news story. Even so, I’m sure they have to make frequent announcements to guests who persist on using the banned device.

Yesterday one such incident caused the California Screamin’ roller coaster to stop after a rider pulled out a selfie stick while going up the main lift.

Park officials said the ride resumed shortly after the stop, but reports on Twitter indicated that the attraction had to be evacuated before it could be restarted.

What’s sad is that Disney has had to post “no selfie stick” signs at all the attractions, as if common sense isn’t enough to tell you it’s not safe to whip out the selfie stick on a roller coaster. Not the stupidest thing I’ve seen a guest do, but close.

4 thoughts on “File under Stupid Guest Tricks – Selfie Stick Stops Ride”

  1. Ridiculous, our society is becoming more and more self absorbed. What will we be like in 10 years? I’m afraid to think of it!

  2. Mark, I agree about banning the sticks during parades and shows as well. I was at Disneyland two days ago and thought that Disney should give each ticket holder the opportunity to a one time download of the Paint the Night parade and fireworks videos. That way people will view the entertainment with their eyes and the rest of us would not be subjected to a sea of cell phones on sticks.

  3. They should be banned!!!! They are dangeous….priceless art in museums have been ruined, too. Give me a break. Is the photo of you and your family that important that you have to risk harming others? Are you that simple-minded and self-absorbed? Do what the world has done for years…either have one person take the photo..or ask a ‘stranger” to do it for you! My husband and I have had complete strangers ask us if we would like them to take a photo of both of us (our kids are grown!) ….incredibly thoughtful and generous. There are truly nice people in the world…selfie stick poeple are just not among them.

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