According to Shanghai Disney, the new rule is meant to “optimize park operation and guest experience.”
To the outrage of many, the resort previously had a ban on all outside foods. Visitors' bags are thoroughly checked at the entrance. Those who do have food (and certain drinks) must toss them in the garbage or store them in a locker before being allowed into the park.
Earlier this year, a law student at East China University sued Shanghai Disney over their strict policy after she was forced to throw her snacks away before being allowed to enter the park. The lawsuit called for a reversal of the ban and gained considerable attention on social media.
Now, it appears that Shanghai Disney is finally listening to its customers. Although the specifics have yet to be announced, visitors will soon be able to bring their own food into the park. However, all food must be in proper containers, cannot be cooked or prepared on-site and they must be consumed by the guest.
Visitors can still bring some bottled drinks into the resort, as long as they aren't alcoholic or in cans or glass containers. Upon arrival, all bags will be inspected by staff to check for prohibited items. The security team is also working on a plan to make security checks less intrusive and more friendly for guests.
The new rules were announced by Johnny Xue, director of security, safety, fire and health at the resort.
“The resort team has been working closely with various government departments to finalize these improvements and we aim to start the implementation immediately,” Xue said.
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