Panic ensued when a roller coaster abruptly stopped after park crews at Disneyland California spotted a rider pulling out a selfie stick in the middle of the ride.
Selfie sticks are prohibited while in the ride for guests and crews’ safety, the theme park management said. Disneyland’s California Screamin’ is one of the park’s main attraction, which had to be temporarily shut down due to the incident that happened around 5:30 in the afternoon Monday, KTLA reported.
Melissa Britt, the park’s spokesperson, said in a statement that it was only during the ride was running that crews spotted the rider pulling out a selfie stick. The famous ride remained closed to public as of this posting.
“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,” Disneyland’s Suzi Brown told KTLA via email.
The Monday incident wasn’t the first instance involving a rider sneaking in a selfie stick and pulling it out during the ride. In fact, the same news outfit reported a similar incident on June 2015.
In the June 2015 incident, the unidentified rider pulled out a selfie stick during the ride, which prompted the theme park to intensify its reminder that the use of selfie sticks is strictly prohibited. But despite the park’s efforts, incidents of this type still happen.
According to the official website of the Disneyland theme park, selfie stick is one of the prohibited items inside the parks. Selfie sticks for both mobile phones and other mobile devices are likewise prohibited in the park.