Disneyland and Disney World are banning the selfie stick

Main Street U.S.A. is no place for a selfie stick.

Main Street U.S.A. is no place for a selfie stick.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

If you want a picture with Mickey and Minnie, you might have to ask someone else to take it.

Disneyland and Disney World have banned selfie sticks starting Tuesday, due to 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," Suzi Brown, a spokeswoman for Disneyland Resort, said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

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Guests' bags will be checked for rogue selfie sticks near the parks' entrances, according to our sister newspaper, the Orlando Sentinel. Park goers will have an option of handing over the selfie-sticks for later pick-up or going back to their cars or hotel rooms to leave the behind, the news outlet reported.

The latest move appears to extend a ban started earlier this year, when the park barred selfie sticks on rides.

Many park goers, however, didn't get that memo.

Just this week, the California Screamin’ roller coaster at Disney California Adventures Park was shut down after a passenger pulled out a selfie stick mid-ride -- creating the potential for a deadly hazard, the Orange County Register reported.

Now, the ban extends to the rest of the park.

Selfie sticks, of course, are those extendable poles that allow you to get extreme angles while talking photos of yourself and others.

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They are widely reviled by travelers, except, of course, for the ones doing the angling.

Selfie sticks pose a variety of safety concerns given their ability to become an instant weapon -- even by mistake. (Who among us hasn't almost lost an eye to an exuberant picture taker trying to line up the perfect shot?)

What do you think about the ban?


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Updated at 1:10 p.m.: This story was updated to include a statement from Disneyland, and additional details about how the ban will be carried out.