Mickey Mouse doesn't want anything to do with your selfie sticks.
Disney theme parks have become the latest in a long list of tourist attractions to place a ban on selfie sticks for safety reasons. The ban will come into affect at Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California from Tuesday, as well as at the parks in Hong Kong and Paris a day later on Wednesday.
Mickey and Minnie have placed a ban on selfie sticks in Disney parks.
In a statement Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty explained, “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.” From Tuesday, security personnel at the parks will ask guests who arrive with selfie sticks to either stow them at a storage facility or return them to their hotels or cars.
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Mickey Mouse to be re-imagined for new series aimed at kids of all ages.
Mickey Mouse will be making his triumphant return to television in a new batch of shorts being released by Disney online and through the Disney Channel, with the new shorts being aired this summer. The first of the updates, Croissant de Triomphe, will be released June 28 and is the first of 19 shorts being produced altogether.
The new adventures have been stylised to resemble the 1930's incarnation of the worlds most famous rodent, and will place Mickey in new 'contemporary' settings such as the streets of New York, Beijing, Venice and even Santa Monica, Calif., as well as Croissant de Triomphe's base of Paris. The new Disney venture is being overseen by Paul Rudish (Dexter's Laboratory, The Powerpuff Girls), who is serving as the show's artist, director and executive producer. Gary Marsh, president of Disney Channels Worldwide, released a statement on behalf of Disney Studios detailing his excitement towards the new project and how he feels that moving Mickey from his current home on mostly pre-school aimed animation to a more encompassing audience can only be a good thing. He said, "By bringing Mickey's comedic adventures to life with vitality, humor, inventiveness and charm, the entire Disney Television Animation team of artists, animators and directors have worked to capture the essence of what Walt Disney himself created 85 years ago."
Warner Brothers tried a similar thing several years ago by 'updating' Bug Bunny for a Cartoon Network series, however that series was met with hostility and did not last longer than a few episodes. Hopefully Disney's venture will last a little longer.
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