Disneyland is well-known for its piping-hot, buttery, delicious popcorn. Every year, more than 185,000 pounds of this satisfying treat is eaten by Disney enthusiasts.
Disneyland is well-known for serving popcorn with a difference, and it’s sold in some bright, bold, and iconic popcorn buckets. Let’s discover more about popcorn at Disneyland and find out what makes it so great.
What Kind of Popcorn Does Disneyland Use?
Disneyland uses Pop Secret kernels for their freshly made popcorn. Pop Secret is described by the brand as being ‘premium popcorn’. Disney has used this brand of popcorn since 2015. Prior to this, Orville Redenbacher kernels were used.
What Is So Special about the Disney Popcorn Bucket?
Disney Popcorn buckets are special because they’re unique, useful, value for money, and eye-catching. Everyone loves popcorn and it’s a staple snack at Disney.
But rather than serve it to guests in boring cardboard boxes, Disney offers fans the chance to enjoy it from a fun and quirky Disney-themed container. Disney popcorn buckets also make great gifts for guests and loved ones back home.
Can You Buy Disney Popcorn Online?
Yes. Pop Secret popcorn kernels are readily available to buy online and in grocery stores.
You can also buy Disney Main Street flavored popcorn online. Flavors include:
- Fruity Mix
- Cookies n’ cream
How Much Are the Disney Popcorn Buckets?
The price of Disney popcorn buckets varies. A standard Disney souvenir bucket currently costs $13.00 and comes packed full of fresh, ready-to-eat popcorn.
The Ombre Mickey Mouse popcorn bucket that was released in 2022 costs $17.00 and is sold packed full of popcorn. However, prices can be as high as $25, depending on the character design.
Can You Reuse the Disneyland Bucket?
Yes. Throughout the course of your trip to Disneyland, you can refill your Disneyland popcorn bucket with more popcorn. Best of all, you can get your bucket refilled at any park or popcorn cart.
Each refill costs between $2.00 and $2.25 and there’s no limit on the number of times you can refill your popcorn bucket during your stay.
Where in Disneyland Can You Buy Disney Popcorn?
There are 12 popcorn carts dotted around Disneyland where you can get popcorn from. These carts are located at:
- Carthay Circle Restaurant
- Central Plaza
- City Hall
- Cozy Cone Motel
- Fantasyland Theater
- Gadget’s Go Coaster
- Grizzly Peak Airfield
- Haunted Mansion
- Small World Promenade
- Mark Twain Riverboat
- Pixar Pier
- Star Trader
Are Disneyland Popcorn Buckets Collectible?
Yes and no. The standard refillable popcorn buckets with a print on the front aren’t collectible, although they are a nice piece of memorabilia. It’s the character-shaped popcorn buckets that Disney releases that people love to collect.
Some people will add a new Disney popcorn bucket to their collection every time they visit the park. Others will scour the internet for them and buy them as and when they see them.
What Are the Most Popular Disney Popcorn Buckets?
2022’s most popular Disney popcorn bucket so far is the Figment popcorn bucket. The bucket sold out in just two hours and people queued for up to seven hours to get their hands on one.
Other popular Disney popcorn buckets include:
- Cinderella’s carriage
- Toy Story Alien
- Mickey Mouse balloon
Does Disneyland Do Special Popcorn Buckets?
Disneyland regularly changes the popcorn buckets they sell. You’ll normally find a new popcorn bucket released to tie in with Halloween and Christmas. For example, the popcorn bucket for Christmas 2018 was a Toy Story Alien dressed in a Santa suit.
Special popcorn buckets are also released to celebrate big anniversaries.
How Much Are Disney Popcorn Buckets Worth?
The value of a Disney popcorn bucket completely depends on how rare the bucket is. The Figment popcorn bucket has been available online for as much as $270.
The popcorn buckets that are usually worth the most and the ones that were only ever sold at Disney Tokyo. To get your hands on one of these popcorn buckets, you’ll need to buy them from an online marketplace.
What Was the First Disney Popcorn Bucket?
Disneyland has sold popcorn since it first opened its doors. Disneyland popcorn buckets didn’t exist back then, though.
The first plastic Disneyland popcorn bucket was introduced in the 1990s. Character popcorn buckets only went on sale in 2010. A Mickey Mouse Snowman bucket was the very first character popcorn bucket.
What Do You Do with a Disney Popcorn Bucket?
When you return from Disneyland, you can continue to use your popcorn bucket for popcorn. It could also be used for storing sweet treats, such as candy. You could also use a Disney popcorn bucket as a:
- Child’s toy
- Night light
- Cookie jar
- Money jar
- Pen holder
- Utensil holder
Can You Take Old Popcorn Buckets to Disneyland with You?
You can take old popcorn buckets to Disneyland with you, but you won’t qualify for a discounted popcorn refill. You must buy a new popcorn bucket during your visit to be able to get cut-price popcorn refills.
Is a Disney Popcorn Bucket Worth It?
Absolutely. If you’re going to eat a lot of popcorn during your trip, a popcorn bucket will save you money. Popcorn typically sells for $5.25 per bag at Disneyland, but with a popcorn bucket, you get it for a reduced price.
If you manage to get your hands on a collectible or rare popcorn bucket, you could also make money by reselling it.
Popcorn is one of Disneyland’s best-selling snacks. It’s known for its unforgettable taste and for coming in vibrant and fun popcorn buckets. So, the next time you visit Disneyland, make sure you try their unforgettable popcorn.
Sue’s favorite pastime? Watching a good movie with a giant tub of popcorn by her side. Her friends and family know that if they want to get her something, popcorn is always a safe bet. Sue has an adventurous spirit and loves to travel exploring new places – she’s been to more than 40 countries!