A Chinese university student is suing Shanghai Disney Resort for banning visitors from taking food into the park.
The suit was brought by a law school student in Shanghai after she was told by park security to either throw away the snacks she had brought in her backpack or finish them. In order to get into the park, she discarded the snacks, which were worth 46.3 yuan, following a series of failed attempts to resist, including oral disputes with security and phone calls to the police and to the municipal's official complaint hotlines, according to thePaper.cn.
The student, surnamed Wang, from East China University of Political Science and Law, made the trip to the park in late January and brought the case to the People's Court of Pudong New Area, where the theme park is located.
She called for the park's ban to be overturned and for the park to compensate her loss. The case was heard on April 23 and the verdict is pending.
Since being disclosed by a number of media over last weekend, the case has sparked heated discussions on social media about whether it is reasonable for the world's second largest Walt Disney park to deny visitors the right to bring their own food. Some argue that the food and beverages supplied within the park are overpriced, making the motivation behind the policy appear dubious.
据澎湃新闻报道，2017年11月15日，上海迪士尼乐园在乐园须知一栏新增规定，“不得携带以下物品入园：食品；酒精饮料；超过 600 毫升的非酒精饮料……”
Shanghai Disneyland has banned outside food, alcohol and nonalcoholic beverages over 600 milliliters inside its park since November 2017, more than a year after its opening.
In response to a lawsuit against its "no outside food and beverage" policy, Shanghai Disneyland said on Monday that the rule is "consistent with many other theme parks across China" and "guests are welcome to enjoy their own food and beverages outside the park".