Disney Confirms They Are NOT Banning Selfie Sticks

QQ_E5_9B_BE_E7_89_8720150107101232_originalFor your safety and the safety of others please keep your hands, arms, and legs inside the vehicle at all times. Young children should be accompanied by an adult.” We hear this announcement at Disney Parks all the time while scurrying onto a ride and throwing our bags at our feet or under an attraction seat. This request is made is to ensure that riders and equipment don’t get hurt or damaged while the ride is in motion, as well as to make an evacuation easier if needed (just like on a plane) and to prevent injuries like the ones that occurred in Spring 2014. Late last night TMSM was flooded with private messages from readers about  articles saying that the Parks were going to either ban selfie sticks from rides and/or the parks. Technically though selfie sticks shouldn’t have been in use in rides to begin with as they violate the attraction safety rules, and become a possible hazard, and in some case a distraction on the attraction.

Today a Disney Spokesperson confirmed to the Orlando Sentential that Selfie Sticks were not being banned from the parks, but that the parks were going to better enforce the existing rules about items needing to be stowed on rides*.  The official quote from Disney’s spokesperson per the Orlando Sentinel was “The official policy has not changed, guests riding attractions, trams and other moving vehicles are already asked to securely stow any equipment such as cameras, canes and other personal belongings — and selfie sticks are in the same category.” So be prepared to hear “Please securely stow all personal items such as cameras, bags, hats, selfie sticks and of course “these little beauties.” the next time you ride Soarin’.

400116800035 While we know the Selfie Stick fight is just as passionate as the Pro and Anti Disney Dining Plan fight, we want to remind those park guests that use selfie sticks to be aware of others when using them.
~Please don’t raise them in the air above crowds blocking the view of those behind you, while creating a bright screen mark in their field of vision. If you must raise it up in the night sky turn the screens display lighting down or off.
~Please pull over to the side of the “road” in the parks to take your selfie, don’t stop right in a walkway.
~Make sure when extending your selfie stick to watch for others who may not see you to avoid their being injured.


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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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