I was fortunate enough to be in Disneyland this past week. During a park hop from DCA to DL, I thought I would quickly run to Mcdonalds and get a couple milk shakes.
Each day we had saved some money by purchasing a few items on their 1.00 menu and brought them into the park and ate them cold but we always put the items in our camera bag. We never brought in McDonalds Bags or were obvious about it.
In fact, each day we brought our own stroller, 6 bottles of water from Costco and some fruit bars and oatmeal bars. Nothing huge but snacks.
On this day, my wife kept the camera bag and as I went through the Yellow Security Tent, it struck me that I would not be able to hide anything. So I asked the CM at security and she said I would be escorted (YES... ESCORTED) to their PICNIC area where I could eat before entering the park.
I then went back to my wife and as we entered DL, I asked the entrance CM about that and he said that, today, as long as we were not bringing in too much, they turn the other way, but no outside advertising such as a fast food bag or drink tray with cups.
Then he went on to say that next Spring, there is a plan to expand the picnic area and force all people to consume their outside food before entering the park.
I can understand this, but then he said that the policy will also include all Water bottles. Guests will have to use the fountains or purchase water. Now as I simply will not use a public water fountain and drink unfiltered water.... this is HUGE!!!! 6 bottles a day at 2.75 a "pop" is 16.50 a day or 82.50 over a 5 day park hopper visit!!!
This is insane. Food, Ok.... but water is a basic human need... I guess so is food but not as desperate on a hot day while standing in line.
Outside baby strollers will also be parked outside in this new picnic area unless the baby is sleeping or an infant. Then you will have to pay daily for a rental. (THIS LAST POINT SEEMED TO BE A LITTLE MORE CONJECTURE AND OPINION ON THE CM'S POINT)
Anyways... we must stop this!!!