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Photography Equipment That’s Allowed After Selfie Stick Ban

DSC_9149The day has mercifully come where Disney has banned selfie sticks from its parks. The cellphone and camera accessory, appropriately deemed narcisticks, we’re becoming a big problem at Disney. Their use was putting guests and cast members in harm’s way. And so, just a few months after banning selfie sticks on attractions, the sticks are unwelcome at the parks.

WDW Magic reports that the selfie sticks will be an item that will be screened at bag checks and Disney has a plan in place for anyone who brings a selfie stick to the park despite the ban.

Guest Relations will be on hand to tag any selfie sticks for storage during the day, with a claim ticket given to the guest for pickup on exiting the park.

Photographers have been a little worried that a crackdown on selfie sticks could lead to more restrictive rules regarding tripods and other camera accessories. But fear not, my photography-loving friends, WDWNT reports that these items will still be allowed at Disney parks:

  •  Tripods that can be folded and stored in a reasonable size bag are allowed. Large tripods are not.
  • Extendable camera monopods are allowed.
  • GoPro brand name body and head harnesses are allowed.
  • Short, brand name GoPro handles are allowed.
  • Brand name or similar style grip and shoot handles are also allowed.

In addition to the selfie stick ban, Disney also has outlawed extending-style GoPro handles.

Disney isn’t the first major entertainment venue to ban selfie sticks. Arsenal and Tottenham (soccer clubs in the Premier League) have banned selfie sticks from their matches. An Arsenal spokesman said in The Mirror, “We can confirm that ‘selfie sticks’ are banned on matchdays at Emirates Stadium. The club’s ground regulations prohibit any object that could be used as a weapon or could compromise public safety.”

Major museums, such as the National Gallery in London, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian in Washington, also have banned the cellphone and camera accessory — citing the prevention of injury to guests and damage to the works of art.

The country of South Korea has taken things a step further, banning the sale of selfie sticks.According to Business Insider, anyone caught selling a selfie stick could face three years in prison or a $27,000 fine.

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