Disney will ban selfie sticks at its theme parks around the world from next week, as it joins a growing list of attractions that restrict the camera accessory for safety reasons.

On Tuesday the selfie sticks – extension rods used for taking self-portraits with smartphones – will be barred at Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

The ban will begin on Wednesday at parks in Hong Kong and Paris.

“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 spokeswoman Kim Prunty said in a statement.

Disney tried allowing selfie sticks in the park but not on rides, according to Ms Prunty. But violators were forcing staff to stop rides for extended periods, including on Wednesday when a roller coaster was shut down at Disneyland.

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