Walt Disney World announced Friday that selfie sticks would be banned from its theme parks, in the wake of an incident that stalled a roller coaster at Disney California Adventure on Wednesday.
Previously, the elongated rods designed to facilitate picture-taking had been allowed in the parks themselves, but banned from rides and attractions.
“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,” Disney World spokeswoman Kim Prunty said.
The incident in California earlier this week, which halted the California Screamin’ roller coaster for nearly an hour, may have finally convinced Disney of the myriad problems the sticks can cause if allowed into parks.
Selfie sticks will join a list of restricted items that include skateboards, shoes with built-in wheels and wagons—presumably both covered and not covered.