The "selfie stick" at Disney World

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The "selfie stick" at Disney World

So, one thing that we noticed on our recent trip is the sudden prevalence of the "selfie stick". You know, those 3 - 4 foot poles that one attaches their phone or small camera to. There were hundreds of people with them.

We didn't see even one when we were there this past September.

Now, I understand that people want to take photos. But these things are downright dangerous! We witnessed several people walking around the parks with the selfie stick out front and not paying any attention to what was going on around them. I could tell that the CMs weren't too happy with them on rides as people are taking selfies with these sticks while riding TSDMT etc.

I give it a few months until Disney bans them outright or someone gets hurt or damage occurs to a ride because of them.

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Ban them, sooner rather than later.

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We were at Disney this weekend and saw them everywhere too. MK was VERY crowded this past Saturday and I got hit and run into 4 different times by people who had these!!! They are walking while they use these and looking up in the air at the phone, NOT in front of them where they are walking. They should be banned ASAP!

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I haven't seen these before. My first thought was "oh how cute"
My second thought was "Good G** how dangerous!"

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They are already banned in a lot of sports stadiums in the UK.And randomly also banned in South Korea laugh

Hopefully a full ban will be in place by May crossfingers

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Someone in my office recently got back from a trip to Vietnam where he saw these EVERYWHERE. He went to Angkor Wat to try and see the absolutely amazing temple, and saw literally hundreds of them. So hit picked one up!

He brought it into the office and we all spent an afternoon playing with it. It produced lots of amazing photos and was a total blast! I've been looking to pick one up myself.

I can certainly see what you're all talking about though. Fully extended it's nearly two feet long and poses a real risk of getting caught on, or just straight up smacking into people/things if you're not paying attention.

I get it - having an amazing Disney selfie is many a social media lovers dream... But please don't do so at the expense of other people's safety. Those sticks are hard metal and with the weight of a smartphone on the end you could do some real damage.

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There were quite a few around when we were there in October and then of course again in January. Personally, I find people don't pay attention to where they are going or what's around them as they are too busy looking at their phone with or without the stick. The stick just adds to the danger. I say ban them. They are ridiculous anyways!

On a side note, we did see one girl attempt to take a selfie with the stick. Unfortunately, she didn't attach her phone correctly and down to the ground it went eek

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Hate them and hope they are banned at some point in the near future. If anyone hits me with one while I am there I will break it. Did I mention I hate them? yuck

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JeffC wrote:
Hate them and hope they are banned at some point in the near future. If anyone hits me with one while I am there I will break it. Did I mention I hate them? yuck

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JeffC wrote:
Hate them and hope they are banned at some point in the near future. If anyone hits me with one while I am there I will break it. Did I mention I hate them? yuck

The 4th guy who ran into me*really hard* while using this stick, screamed at me to watch where I was going. But I was really nice in response and I offered to help him put his stick away. I was even kind enough to offer a few different suggestions as to where he could store his stick wink

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It's getting out of hand. Not just Disney World exclusively but pretty much everywhere. The selfie stick should be renamed the narcissi-stick because that's what it is! I can imagine the huge difference between bumping into a human arm compared to a hard plastic one not just once but several times. It's a blind person's nightmare! I read articles that South Korea placed a selfie ban and I know big event venues in the UK are banning them claiming they block views for spectators. I sincerely doubt Disney will do a thing about it given their extreme leniency towards disruptive groups or people. While we're the subject of banning the selfie sticks, let's ban those tablets and iPads from the parks, too, or the very least, enforce dimension restrictions. I don't understand why people bring those clunky giant tablets to begin with....

But still, Green Day was right. My generation is zero. Welcome to the selfie/YOLO generation people. yuck

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AnnielovesDisney wrote:
JeffC wrote:
Hate them and hope they are banned at some point in the near future. If anyone hits me with one while I am there I will break it. Did I mention I hate them? yuck

The 4th guy who ran into me*really hard* while using this stick, screamed at me to watch where I was going. But I was really nice in response and I offered to help him put his stick away. I was even kind enough to offer a few different suggestions as to where he could store his stick wink

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I think the big issue for Disney will be when someone damages ride scenes with it. Imagine riding say, Spaceship Earth and normally, you take photos with your camera inside the vehicle. Now you can stick your camera INTO the scene with these sticks and potentially knocking something over.

Now, imagine the same thing but while going 40 MPH (or faster) on a roller coaster. eek

I think I still prefer "Excuse me, would you mind taking a photo of us?".

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KenJ wrote:
I think the big issue for Disney will be when someone damages ride scenes with it. Imagine riding say, Spaceship Earth and normally, you take photos with your camera inside the vehicle. Now you can stick your camera INTO the scene with these sticks and potentially knocking something over.

Now, imagine the same thing but while going 40 MPH (or faster) on a roller coaster. eek

I think I still prefer "Excuse me, would you mind taking a photo of us?".

I can imagine being the person behind them in the ride for sure... Getting what's left of their selfie stick and smart phone directly to the face as it ricochets off a piece of low hanging coaster... Yeesh! yuck

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AnnielovesDisney wrote:
JeffC wrote:
Hate them and hope they are banned at some point in the near future. If anyone hits me with one while I am there I will break it. Did I mention I hate them? yuck

The 4th guy who ran into me*really hard* while using this stick, screamed at me to watch where I was going. But I was really nice in response and I offered to help him put his stick away. I was even kind enough to offer a few different suggestions as to where he could store his stick wink

awesome awesome awesome

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These are the dumbest things ever and need to go ASAP Smile

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h0ney227 wrote:
These are the dumbest things ever and need to go ASAP Smile

Hate them!

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I wouldn't mind them if people kept them in a pocket or bag and only pulled them out when they were standing in one spot and taking a photo. Then put it away. It's dangerous if they're walking around looking at the view screen at the end of a stick instead of watching where they're going. And God forbid something happens on a ride. If I get injured by one, I'll be suing the person with the stick, not WDW.

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KenJ wrote:
I think I still prefer "Excuse me, would you mind taking a photo of us?".

Right on, Ken. That's one of the most beautiful things about WDW--feeling uninhibited about striking up a conversation with complete strangers and exchanging photo favors.

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I use my extended arm and it works just fine awesome Almost always someone is offering to take us a picture if needed, now that's the Disney spirit mickey

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KenJ wrote:
AnnielovesDisney wrote:
JeffC wrote:
Hate them and hope they are banned at some point in the near future. If anyone hits me with one while I am there I will break it. Did I mention I hate them? yuck

The 4th guy who ran into me*really hard* while using this stick, screamed at me to watch where I was going. But I was really nice in response and I offered to help him put his stick away. I was even kind enough to offer a few different suggestions as to where he could store his stick wink

awesome awesome awesome

I hate these and they need to be burned with FIRE. Angry Angry Angry

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I was waiting in line to ride rock n roller coaster the other day and the cast had to stop the car from launching because someone was using a selfie stick to take pictures while waiting to launch.

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Mandy... As my mother would say, you can't fix stupid.

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There's a time and a place for selfie sticks...as long as they're not in my face or way!

Having said that, there is a certain appeal to having a selfie stick for taking pictures safely but anyone who berates me for them walking into me whilst they are selfie-ing will get their asses kung fu'd back to where they came from...! Laughing out loud

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PJsLife wrote:
KenJ wrote:
AnnielovesDisney wrote:
JeffC wrote:
Hate them and hope they are banned at some point in the near future. If anyone hits me with one while I am there I will break it. Did I mention I hate them? yuck

The 4th guy who ran into me*really hard* while using this stick, screamed at me to watch where I was going. But I was really nice in response and I offered to help him put his stick away. I was even kind enough to offer a few different suggestions as to where he could store his stick wink

awesome awesome awesome

I hate these and they need to be burned with FIRE. Angry Angry Angry

awesome Yep, get rid of those things.

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I saw one guy all alone spend 5 minutes to attach his cell phone to his selfie stick and finally take a picture of himself. I wanted to ask if I could take the picture, but I felt like he had spent so much money, time, and effort on his selfie contraption that I didn't want him to feel stupid. Selfie sticks just make me sad. Also, you can get wide angle lenses for pretty much any device that will get you all in the picture at arm's length. It's a lot easier and safer, and I doubt anyone is going for quality when taking a selfie given the number of people using the low res front cell phone camera.

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Not all cell phone cameras are necessarily low resolution. The latest and up to date smartphones have 13 megapixel cameras. In fact, my latest smartphone I upgraded to in September has almost double the megapixels than the digital camera I've taken on my Disney World trips. (That's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Canon PowerShot A470, btw.)

But I do think most of the time the people taking selfies are doing it to brag and show off their pictures in their Instagram accounts or Twitter. I'm not gonna lie. I was really tempted to join Instagram because everyone else in my circle of friends was doing it. But after seeing how Instagram completely destroyed and compressed photos, that reason alone was enough for me to say not a chance! I never want my photos to be compromised. I value quality in photos a lot more whereas these selfie lovers value quantity and instant gratification of getting hundreds or thousands "likes" most of the time. I am certainly not going to use my smartphone for pictures in Disney World because I am concerned about space in my phone and the battery life worries me. I definitely want to upgrade my digital camera and/or get a separate HD video camera for shooting video.

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jw24 wrote:
Not all cell phone cameras are necessarily low resolution. The latest and up to date smartphones have 13 megapixel cameras. In fact, my latest smartphone I upgraded to in September has almost double the megapixels than the digital camera I've taken on my Disney World trips. (That's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Canon PowerShot A470, btw.)

I think the original comment was regarding the selfie camera which is usually the front mounted camera which is a lower resolution one to the rear mounted camera.

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Good move on Disney's part with the partial ban. I hope they go for a full ban on them eventually though.

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Have not seen very many sticks this week and I have done the night shows and fireworks!

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Full ban coming = Really good move.

Bye bye selfie sticks!