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Post time 2019-8-13 09:45:39 |Display all floors
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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".

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 ($6.60), 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 news portal thePaper.cn.

The student, surnamed Wang, a junior 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 Chinese media over the 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.

In an online poll by local media shobserver.com, 40 percent of the respondents said they don't mind such a policy as long as there is no price difference between the food sold in and outside of the park. The poll attracted more than 3,000 people in less than six hours.

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.

This is not the first time Shanghai Disneyland got sued over the policy. In June 2018, a lawyer from Suzhou, Jiangsu province, tried to take the theme park to court by accusing it of violating consumer rights. But the court turned down his appeal.

Wang, together with three of her classmates and a mentor, approached the case as a "service contract dispute", calling the ban an unfair term in standard-form consumer contracts. She also cited a statement by the Supreme Court, which said the policy of no outside food and beverages in the catering industry is a "bullying term", according to thePaper.cn.

In one of its recent school journals, Wang and her three classmates, who are all majoring in international law, said it's the nature of legal practitioners to find fault with the status quo.

In 2014, a college student in Yantai, Shandong province, won a lawsuit against a local cinema that prohibited him from bringing his own drink.

Globally, three out of the six Disneyland parks are open to food and drinks from beyond its services, while the three in Asia - Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai - carry a no-outside-food-and-drink policy.


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Post time 2019-8-13 11:11:52 |Display all floors
I think its reasonable to ban outside food, considering the mess they will leave for the cleaners .
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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Post time 2019-8-13 15:55:01 |Display all floors
The Park wants to make money from sale of food and drinks at exhorbitant prices, many times the price of similar items available outside the Park.  They think they have a captive consumer group becasue visitors need to eat and drink while in the Park.

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Post time 2019-8-13 15:57:14 |Display all floors
parcher Post time: 2019-8-13 11:11
I think its reasonable to ban outside food, considering the mess they will leave for the cleaners .

Not so, they sell food inside at exhorbitant price, so it is not about the mess!  If they ban food altogether and don't sell their own, then your theory may be right!

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Post time 2019-8-13 15:59:02 |Display all floors
They want to force visitors to buy food n drinks from them, at high prices, like many restaurants do.

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Post time 2019-8-14 15:17:00 |Display all floors
pnp Post time: 2019-8-13 15:59
They want to force visitors to buy food n drinks from them, at high prices, like many restaurants do ...

If they could force the consumers of food to clean up the unholy mess that they tend to leave in most parts of China e.g. treating the floor of a railway carriage as a tip, then that might alter their consumption patterns.

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Post time 2019-8-15 11:49:15 |Display all floors
Newtown Post time: 2019-8-14 15:17
If they could force the consumers of food to clean up the unholy mess that they tend to leave in m ...

It would be great if they could force visitors to clean up their mess, but my point still holds, they want to force visitors to buy inhouse food and drinks to add to their profits from door collection.  

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