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It's Official: Disney Parks Issue Formal Ban on Selfie Sticks, Effective Today

June 30, 2015 at 12:48 PM | by | ()

We’re going to take credit for this one, as you heard it here first! About a month ago we were taking in the sights and sounds of Disneyland when we noticed that park officials—and possibly Mickey as well—were less than enthused over the use of selfie sticks. Signs were going up that showed the park had banned them from rides.

Well now it’s official: selfie sticks are no longer allowed inside Disney theme parks. According to SlashGear, the formal rules go into effect at Orlando's Disney World parks today; Disneyland, Euro Disney and Tokyo Disney will follow suit over the next few days. Sorry, selfie stick-slingers: you must now leave them at the turnstile. (The BBC elaborates that they can be stored in lockers by the entrance for collection later.)

This is awful or great news, depending on where you stand in the great selfie stick debate. Sure, now it’s a little less convenient to take that group shot of you and your family or friends, but at least there’s always the original selfie stick: an outstretched arm. And obviously safety is pretty darn important when moving parts, roller coasters, and kids are involved — so the ban makes sense. Or maybe it's just a conspiracy to get you to buy more of those PhotoPass pictures?

The truth is out there. Your selfie sticks, however, are now properly stowed.

[Photo: Juliana / Jaunted]

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Official Proof That Disneyland Has Banned Selfie Sticks on All Rides

May 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

Last week, just before the kickoff to Disneyland's Diamond Celebration for its 60th Anniversary, the theme park officially threw down the gauntlet against controversial selfie sticks by banning the gadgets from use on rides. And indeed, here's what we saw as we climbed up the steps to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster yesterday.

(We applaud Disney's smackdown because that means scenarios like this one will no longer happen.)

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Wait, What? Tickets for Disney World and Disneyland Now Cost How Much?

March 2, 2015 at 1:38 PM | by | ()

Your kiddos better start picking up extra chores, tasks, and assignments around the house, as they’re going to need some additional funds if they’re looking to visit one of the Disney parks here in the nifty fifty.

The folks responsible for the theme parks—we assume that’s Mickey and friends—have increased admission prices once again, so that visit to Disneyland or Walt Disney World is going to cost you that much more cash.

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Should Selfie Sticks Be Banned from Theme Parks? (And Life In General?)

February 10, 2015 at 11:11 AM | by | ()

Seen last weekend at Disneyland. This was only two of the four selfie sticks we spotted on the Luigi's Flying Tires ride.

Last month we offered a (cautious) defense of the Selfie Stick, that increasingly ubiquitous cane used to extend your iPhone outward for perfectly framed self-portraits. Well, the debate over their level of usefulness versus annoyance continues to rage on. And what’s ground zero for the debate?

Here’s a hint: Mickey and Minnie won’t be debating their favorite Instagram filters anytime soon.

Theme parks and their attendees are putting their foot down about Selfie sticks. The Orlando Sentinel chatted with Magic Kingdom guests on both side of the divide, and got some official word from park reps. (Short version: stow them like you would any gadget, according to a Disney World spokesperson.) A recent survey from a theme park industry website revealed that 79% of park enthusiasts would like to see them banned.

And maybe it’s only a matter of time before theme parks ban them outright. After all, museums have already started, including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, among others,.

Not to reopen old wounds, but we have to ask: what do you think about theme parks and selfie sticks? Leave them at home, or take them for a ride? Leave your 2 cents (or 5, even!) in the comments.

[Photo: Juliana/Jaunted]

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Disney's Perpetual Florida Summer to Frost Over with New 'Frozen' Attractions

November 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM | by | ()

Because Disney World is in Florida, there's extremely little chance of it being hit with a White Christmas. Come 2016 however, Micky's digs will enjoy a constant winter cozies thanks to new attractions themed after the hit animated feature, 'Frozen'.

Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf will call Epcot home with "Frozen-world" in where else but the Norway pavilion at Epcot. The area will feature a new Frozen ride set in a glimmering castle, plus an adventure through Arendelle, the fictional Scandinavian village in which the movie is set.

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Apple Pay Does Disney World, But What About the Rest of the World?

October 21, 2014 at 6:07 PM | by | ()

Blah blah blah Apple Pay. Although it seems like the new mode of payment is all anyone can talk about this week, the attention is for good reason. Apple Pay is hopefully the first step towards a future we've always envisioned for travelers, a future served by universal payment.

Granted, Apple Pay has a long long way to go before we can hold up our phone to pay for bus fare in Hong Kong one day, and do the same to pay the bill at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Denmark the next, but the growing ubiquity of iPhones and iPads means this native Apple app has serious potential, not to mention that many other countries have already eclipsed the US in contactless payment technology.

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After Hours Attractions Arrive at Walt Disney World Just in Time for Summer

May 14, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | ()

There’s more spots to spend those Disney dollars this season, as the theme parks in Florida are adding a couple new nighttime additions to the menu. That’s assuming that the usual opening hours aren’t enough for you, and that you haven’t returned to your hotel exhausted from the lines, the crowds, the children, and the fanny packs.

Over at Epcot they’re introducing something called Epcot After Hours Wind Down where visitors can enjoy a little extra fun after the park closes at around 9pm. Those willing to pay up $35 per person can enjoy wine pairings and tapas tastings across one of four of the different themed restaurants. This is in addition to your usual theme park admission, but it’s still not a bad idea—especially considering that booze is included.

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What Happens in Disney Parks at 3am? Find Out Yourself This May

March 6, 2014 at 11:13 AM | by | ()

They’re at it again this year, but after the news from last month it’s going to cost you a little bit more to party all night long. Disney parks in California and Florida are doing the 24-hour thing once again, and this year’s events are set to go down this May.

Things were kicked off in a unique way, as they used a message on Twitter featuring 140 characters—Disney characters to be specific. Memorial Day Weekend is when things will be open all day long, as the “Rock Your Disney Side Party” takes place at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort.

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Disney Parks Hike Ticket Prices, Making One Day for One Person Nearly $100

February 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM | by | ()

Mickey Mouse must have a boat payment due or something, as he’s looking to raise a little more cash at his theme parks down in Florida. Walt Disney World just announced that they’re upping the admission cost to its theme parks, and the price increase is effective pretty much immediately. So if you’re been saving up for that trip to visit the Magic Kingdom—you might need to save a little bit more.

It’s pretty much an annual expectation at this point, but it always seems to sneak up on those with Disney plans on the horizon. This time all four parks are going up in cost by $4 per day, and it’s the Magic Kingdom leading them all. It will now set back one visitor $99 to check things out for the day, and when tax is added onto things that’s $105.44. Of course Disney wants you to stay longer than one-day, and the tickets for multi-day visits work out to be a better value. However, it’s a little scary that the cost of doing business with Mickey has now gone over that $100 mark.

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Celebrate the Premiere of 'Saving Mr. Banks' at Disney Parks Next Week

December 13, 2013 at 3:01 PM | by | ()

The real star of Saving Mr. Banks is actually Disneyland.

The modern day park was transformed back to 1961 for the film which follows Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) on his quest to convince Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) that she should let him turn her beloved book into a movie.

Through costumes, exact replica poster art, balloons, and the famous retro Floral Mickey that once greeted visitors, Disneyland was brought back to its early days just for the film.

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What $1 Billion Means for Orlando's Airport

October 21, 2013 at 6:46 AM | by | ()

We are about to see how much good stuff $1 billion gets you, as the airport in Orlando just scored that kind of funding to upgrade and improve its offerings within the terminals and concourses.

All the theme park traffic and other tourist attractions in the area made Orlando the 13th busiest airport in the country last year based on passenger numbers. Airport officials only imagine the place getting even busier in the future as, after the renovations are complete they expect as many as 45 million passengers to come and go through the place each year.

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Why Disney World is Building 'Avatar' Floating Mountains

October 16, 2013 at 9:23 AM | by | ()

We knew that Mickey Mouse was getting a new neighbor down in Orlando, and now it looks like things are pretty much official. Disney recently released some initial details—and snazzy renderings—regarding their plans for bringing the wonderful world of Avatar into their theme parks. Specifically the plan is to do the Pandora thing as a separate land within their Animal Kingdom park at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Right now things are just a tease, but Disney is promising stuff like floating mountains, nighttime jungles filled with bioluminescent plants, and they’re even giving guests the chance to see how it feels like to soar into the sky riding a Banshee.

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