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Roller-coaster halted as man uses selfie stick during Disneyland ride

A Disneyland roller-coaster was halted for two hours when a customer pulled out a selfie stick just as the ride was taking off.

Disneyland themepark, California where a rollercaoster ride had to be closed down and reset after a rider pulled out a selfie stick just as it was starting out on its one mile plus journey
Disneyland themepark, California where a rollercaoster ride had to be closed down and reset after a rider pulled out a selfie stick just as it was starting out on its one mile plus journey Image by Aaron Fulkerson / CC BY-SA 2.0

Disney’s theme parks have a general ban on selfie sticks due to safety concerns. When the rider was spotted with the device in his hands, immediately the coaster was halted.  Other customers were angry, as the man who was trying to video himself on the ride sparked a security alert which closed the ride for two hours. The MailOnline reports that the steel rollercoaster is a main attraction at Disney California Adventure, the second of two theme parks at Disneyland.

A man produced a selfie stick just as the rollercoaster ride was beginning
A man produced a selfie stick just as the rollercoaster ride was beginning Image by Nick Hubbard / CC BY 2.0

As a precaution, an employee at the park stopped the roller-coaster once the selfie stick was spotted, explained Melissa Britt, the Disney spokesperson. This led to all the passengers getting off the ride, taking about 30 minutes to complete. The roller-coaster was shut down for two hours in all before it could be reset and put back into use. Ms Britt said the person with the selfie stick exited the theme park by himself after the attraction was evacuated. She said the ride had to be stopped in case the selfie fell out of the holder’s hand and injured someone.

The parks use signs to warn visitors about the ban. Disneyland’s website lists selfie sticks as a prohibited item along with such diverse items as suitcases, alcohol, toy guns. Pets that aren’t approved, and service animals are also banned. The California Screamin’ feature is 120ft high and can hit top speed of 55mph. It opened 15 years ago and has over a mile of track. This makes it the eighth longest roller coaster in the world.