he happiest place in Pudong was the scene of yet more problems yesterday as Shanghai Disneyland visitors were caught “robbing” a staff member of balloons.
Viral video shows a crowd swarming around a worker and making off with the balloons in seconds. The balloons were apparently not being handed out for free, but were being sold for a whopping 80 ($12) yuan a piece. In the frenzy, it’s not clear how many of the balloon snatchers actually knew that they were looting. Many are seen hurrying away with big smiles on their faces.
A Shanghai Disneyland representative has confirmed that the incident occurred, saying that the park “couldn’t comprehend” the behavior of the visitors.
Those of the looters who traveled to Disneyland by subway will not be able to take their balloons home with them as the Shanghai Metro has a regulation against balloons in the subway trains. Instead, they can make a profit by selling the balloons to enterprising merchants who position themselves outside the metro station entrances.
The opportunistic hawkers offer to purchase the balloons for half the cost the guest paid in the park. Then, they take the balloons to Disneytown and sell them off at just under the park rate.
Shanghai Disneyland visitors have caused the park a number of problems over the years, getting into fights, hitting the characters, and stealing decorative candy. Before the place had even opened, it was already getting trashed by thousands of tourists.