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Disney bans selfie sticks

Selfie sticks will banned from Disney amusement parks around the world from next week.

Park visitors will have to leave their selfie sticks, which people use to take photos of themselves on their mobile phones, at the bag check at park entrances and pick them up on their way out.

The policy is to go into effect on Tuesday at Disney parks in Florida and California, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The prohibition takes effect on Wednesday at Disney’s parks in Paris and Hong Kong.

“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 told the Sentinel.

A number of incidents preceded the change. Among them was a roller coaster at Disneyland in California that had to be halted after a passenger pulled out a selfie-stick.

The ride was closed for an hour.

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