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Walt Disney World bans the use of selfie sticks on rides

As the use of the once-popular picture-taking aids

As the use of the once-popular picture-taking aids wanes, Walt Disney World and Disneyland have recently posed "No Selfie Sticks" signs in front of some of their rides. Photo Credit: iStock

Joining the many companies and smartphone users who aren't fans of the selfie stick, Walt Disney World has banned the use of the photo device on rides.

Last week, Disney-goers found a "No Selfie Sticks" sign near the Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The Florida-based theme park posted the signs after the ride had to be stopped numerous times due to the use of selfie sticks while it was in motion, a Disney spokesperson told the Sentinel.

Disney says guests can still carry the sticks within the park, but asks that they store them securely while on rides.

According to CNN, similar signs have also been spotted at Disneyland in California near Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.

The selfie stick has recently gained -- and is quickly losing -- popularity. The first selfie stick invention was actually developed back in the 1980s, long before the cellphone selfie became a fad, Tech Times says. The first selfie stick attached to a camera and had a mirror so users could see themselves before taking a picture.

But, when the device was patented in 1984 by Hiroshi Ueda and Yujiro Mima, its inventors probably didn't predict it would be used in inappropriate or unsafe public areas.

Other places that have banned selfie sticks include the Brooklyn Museum, the Coachella music festival, the Lollapalooza music festival, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 


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