Disney is cracking down on the use of selfie sticks on rides at the company's theme parks, with reports of new signs being put into place at certain attractions in both the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim.
Here's one of the new signs at Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road in the Magic Kingdom:
No Selfie Sticks sign outside Big Thunder Mountain! Good call, Disney. pic.twitter.com/OnzNRTT9Uj
— Inside the Magic (@InsideTheMagic) May 17, 2015
While selfie sticks are allowed in the parks, their use on rides has become an issue in recent years. Social media is awash in both images of people using the devices on rides, as well as complaints from their fellow riders:
— Theme Park Review (@ThemeParkReview) January 10, 2015
Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Disney was instructing operators on certain attractions to remind riders to stow their selfie sticks. While the company has never allowed people to stick objects outside of rides, the surging popularity of selfie sticks was reportedly becoming a safety issue.
This week, however, the company began posting the new signs as "a continuation of our communication efforts at a few key attractions," Disney said in an email to the Orlando Sentinel.
An image on Twitter shows a sign being installed outside Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland over the weekend:
— David Osborn (@dtosborn11) May 17, 2015
The Sentinel reports that similar signs have been posted at Space Mountain in Disneyland.
ThrillGeek reports that Universal Studios Orlando has gone a step further, installing metal detectors at three of the most thrilling rides to ensure there are no loose objects at all, including selfie sticks.
The theme parks join a growing number of tourist sites restricting the use of selfie sticks. Some museums, for instance, have banned the selfie-snapping device.