Walt Disney Co.’s U.S. and European parks are banning selfie sticks, joining a list of high-profile venues and events prohibiting the devices.
The sticks, which hold mobile-phone cameras and extend several feet, are used to capture more people and scenery in photographs. They can lead to accidents on rides and in situations where people are closely packed.
“Selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast,” Burbank, California-based Disney said in a statement Friday.
Disney is following museums such as the Smithsonian Institution and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as events such as the Kentucky Derby, Wimbledon and the Coachella music festival in implementing selfie-stick bans. Universal Studios allows them in its theme parks but not on rides.
Disney had been posting signs requesting that guests not use the sticks on rides, and stopping the attractions when people took them out. The ban takes effect June 30 in the U.S. and July 1 in Paris and Hong Kong.