Selfie sticks have been officially banned from Disney Parks.
*insert confetti here*
I understand the need for the perfect picture, I really do. If I’m on a photography rampage, I will be in all kinds of poses trying to get a shot just right. But trying to dodge a six-foot long stick to get to my destination–with possibility of injury–is not appealing at all. There have been many reports within the last year or so about guests bringing the infamous sticks on Disney rides, and they cause all kinds of commotion and problems to the point where they shut a ride down. Hell, even on the runDisney courses runners bring their selfie sticks, causing those of us actually trying to run the race more headaches due to expending energy to dodge these obstacles.
I’m not stranger to the occasional selfie. I do it all the time. Who doesn’t? I just ask that people be smart about it. I try to make sure I don’t have anyone in my vicinity and that the shot is tasteful. And if I can’t get that right shot, what do I do?
Something that has fallen by the wayside over the last decade or so: ASKING SOMEONE TO TAKE MY PICTURE FOR ME. (I actually offered to take a few phone photos for couples that were looking for that perfect selfie shot in front of Cinderella Castle when I was there for Princess Half weekend this year. I couldn’t just stand there watching them struggle…it’s the photographer in me.)
I now look forward to returning to Disney and not worrying about being clotheslined by a metal pole.
(Photo by Marissa Guffy, a fellow Kappa Kappa Psi brother and current participant in the Disney College Program!)
What are your thoughts on this latest development from Disney? Thoughts on selfies and selfie sticks?