Selfie Sticks at Amusement Parks

Good advice from Laurie on selfie sticks.  Remember to enjoy your time with your loved ones……

There is word that the selfie sticks are banned from all WDW rides and attractions. I (Laurie) did a search of the WDW site and have found no such rules listed. However, selfie sticks are covered under ride rules that are not made public. On Kali River Rapids, one is to stow ALL gear which means selfie sticks. They retrieve lots of cameras that fall overboard when guests try to take pictures even back before the selfie stick was invented. Tower of Terror requires gear to be stowed yet every night they scrape up the remains of phones and cameras.

No selfie stick was harmed.

No selfie stick was harmed.

Signs are going up that prohibit selfie sticks. Greeters are going to be trained to remind guests about selfie sticks if they see them. Greeters will not hunt for selfie sticks. Selfie sticks will be treated like cameras, canes, crutches, hats, and anything else that can and will go flying on a ride. If they say stow gear then you have to stow your selfie stick. If they tell you to hold on with both hands, then put away your selfie stick.

Selfie sticks on a ride can go flying into other guests or the ride itself. During shows, the selfie stick can hit other guests especially on simulator type theaters and they are distracting as they invade other people’s space. Would you hold a cane out in front of you?


Advice on selfie sticks

1. Do you really need that shot? Billions of images have been made over the past century of amusement parks without selfie sticks.

2. How much time is used to set up a shot? 10 selfies at 3 minutes each is 30 minutes. That is half an hour that could be spent eating or riding a ride.

3. Whose space are you entering with your selfie stick? I ducked because a selfie stick came swinging at my head. People see your body not the selfie stick!!! People will pivot as they try for the perfect, ultimate, award winning shot. As they pivot they swing that selfie stick without seeing objects, horses, and people around them.

4. ROAD HOG! I promised Tabitha to be nice, but one thing that irks me to no end, is the person who has to have that perfect shot. With or without a selfie stick they want you to stop what you are doing and not interrupt their shot. All guests must go around the photo shoot and must not enter the scene. It doesn’t matter that a kid has a dirty diaper, a person is sick, someone has a fastpass, or a cast member is trying to get to work. STOP!! Photo shoot in progress so everyone walk around or wait. Worst is when photo shoots are in narrow paths and everyone is forced to walk single file. Bridge photo shoots are the worst as they require everyone on the bridge to stop.

5. Down in front, please! For us in scooters, the kids, and many other guests, it is hard to see over your selfie stick and camera. All of my parade shots are from my chest area. I hold my camera chest high so as not to interupt everyone. My images are not perfect but they invoke memories. It is not fair for guests at a parade to suddenly get whacked by a selfie stick.

6. Failure of guests to act in a civil and fair manner will end up with rules. We have gates on rides and yellow lines because of guests jumping into ride vehicles before the current guest exit the vehicle. Because of careless parents we are now asked to put kids on the inside of the ride vehicle. People parked at resorts to avoid paying parking so now resorts are very strict on who parks at their resorts. Selfie stick users need to be careful or there could be tighter rules.

7. There are cast members and guests who will gladly take your picture. The photographers in the parks will take your picture. Have a friend stand on a bridge and wait to snap pictures of you on rides.

Try to remember that you are sharing a public area with disabled guests, short people, kids, and a wide variety of people who cannot see well. Try to remember that instead of doing selfies you can savor moments with your group. It was a fun tool until people got hurt. Look around you and see what you paid to visit. I regret that in 1998 I spent too much time on camcorder time instead of savoring the experience.