USA Disney bans selfie sticks at theme parks By Michelle Baran / June 29, 2015 Share 1 Photo Credit: Shutterstock -- The Disneyland and Walt Disney World theme parks will no longer permit selfie sticks effective June 30, the company said. The Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland theme parks will also instill the policy, effective July 1.“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,” a Disney spokeswoman said.According to the company, because the devices, which are essentially retractable sticks people use to snap photos of themselves, continue to be used on attractions despite signs that say "no selfie sticks” and despite verbal warnings, many popular attractions have experienced down times, which disrupt the guest experience. “We are encouraging guests to not bring selfie sticks to Disney theme parks. If a selfie stick is observed in the theme park, guests will have the option of checking their device for pickup near the main entrance prior to departure or returning to the park after they’ve stored it in an alternate location outside the theme park,” the spokeswoman explained.Parks employees have been and will continue to be on hand to help take photos of Disney guests, the company stated.Selfie sticks have never been permitted on Disney attractions. Earlier this year, signage had been added as a reminder of the policy.