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Disney Bans Selfie Sticks From Theme Parks Over Safety Fears

The worldwide ban takes effect July 1

Forget packing a selfie stick for your next trip to Disneyland.

Selfie sticks are no longer allowed inside Disney theme parks for safety reasons, officials announced on Friday. This is an expansion of Disney’s ban against the use of selfie sticks on rides.

The ban takes effect on Tuesday, June 30 at Florida’s Walt Disney World and California’s Disneyland, as well as all other Disney-operated locations in the United States. The Disney parks in Paris and Hong Kong start on July 1.

Parking lots will now feature signs that encourage Disney’s visitors to leave their selfie sticks in their cars. Those who opt out will have to surrender their sticks at the main gate and pick them up on their way out.

Selfie sticks are banned at a number of other venues for being safety hazards, such as the Coachella music festival, the Palace of Versailles and the Kentucky Derby.

Earlier this month, Comic-Con International, the organizers behind the fan fest at the San Diego Convention Center, released a strict set of new technology rules, beginning with banning selfie sticks or “similar devices.”