It's safe to say that the selfie craze is out of control. Love them or hate them, "selfie sticks" exploded in popularity last year and one company even introduced a "belfie stick" for your backside. When will the madness end?
It's already over if you're planning a trip to Disneyland, Walt Disney World or its accompanying water parks this summer. The parks have officially banned the selfie stick, citing safety concerns.
“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 spokeswoman said Friday.
At first, the sticks were only banned from certain rides deemed dangerous, but Disney guests just couldn't follow the rules. Just last week, the Orlando Sentinel reported that a roller coaster rider pulled out a selfie stick mid ride, effectively shutting down the coaster for more than an hour.
Not only that, but using the sticks near attractions could interfere with riders, and an errant stick could cause harm to someone walking by.
Therefore, beginning June 30th all selfie sticks will be banned from the park, with security officials screening for them at the front gates. Visitors will be given the option to rent a locker to stow the sticks, or they can return them to their car or hotel room, whatever the case may be.
Disney also said that it will be sending out reminders to visitors by putting up signs in the parking lots and in hotel rooms.
What do you think about the ban? Good for public safety or no harm no foul? Let me know your opinions by posting in the comments section below.