Disney has a way to inspire cult-like following and cult-like behavior from its most loyal guests. On display this week: a six-hour line to buy a specialty popcorn bucket. Yes, really.
Was There Really a Six-Hour Line For a Popcorn Bucket at Disney World?
Fans of Disney World have shown their undying support for seemingly anything “limited edition” by enduring a half-day line, on their feet, in the sun, for the chance to pay $25 for a popcorn bucket in the shape of a character most wouldn’t recognize. This really happened.
Disney popcorn buckets are refillable plastic or metal containers that guests can bring back for $2 refills of popcorn any time they are in any of the theme parks. They come in a variety of themed shapes, we own a version that is a Millenium Falcon from Hollywood Studios.
This particular popcorn bucket was sold in conjunction with the 2022 Epcot International Festival of the Arts. On the first day of the Epcot’s festival, unbearably long lines greeted those looking for the “Figment” purple dragon-shaped bucket (with included lanyard) featuring rainbow popcorn.
No single ride at Epcot has had a line 5-7 hours long in recent memory.
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Just Why? Who Is Waiting In This Line?
Speaking honestly, there will always be a contingent of Disney Park enthusiasts who will buy anything the company produces, especially if it’s a limited edition item. That’s certainly a significant portion of the line. This is one reason why Disney’s reduction of benefits and increased prices have continued despite the pandemic and reduced attendance capacity.
But there are others in that line. Nearly instantly, photos appeared on various reseller sites like eBay, Etsy, and elsewhere instantly listing the buckets for more than $100. While the buckets were limited to two per customer, social media displayed single buyers walking away with bags of the buckets from each arm.
Some in the lines reported this to Disney cast members, though complaints would have done little but satiate the complainers.
The Online World of Disney (And Others) Have Their Say
Universal Studios Orlando enjoyed trolling the Disney World “popcornpocolypse” (as one dubbed it, though I would lean toward Apopcornalypse):
Y’all must really like popcorn.
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) January 14, 2022
Disney World groups on Facebook were full of vitriol at those who were profiting from others’ pain who simply wanted to get their own bucket for their family. Some of that is warranted considering the limited nature of the item and supply chain constraints that hit the parks hard already. Last week, purchasers of $200 replica lightsabers, a tough commodity in the current environment, were sent home with their devices in a plastic bag as opposed to its normal custom case due to the same supply chain issues.
Group members were outing guests who posted their own photo of their bucket which had been instantly listed online with the same image for the listing.
At least one “imagineer” joked that the line had stretched to Universal Studios.
The line for Figment popcorn buckets this morning has already made it to CityWalk! pic.twitter.com/KrSTY81y2a
— Ryan Barr (@Imagineer6) January 14, 2022
Purportedly the issue had extended all the way to Disney California Adventure where the buckets were also made available, confusing guests that thought they were in lines for rides.
confused guests at dca’s cars land lined up for figment popcorn. pic.twitter.com/ztyMdTCHcz
— ivy marie stopped bidding on a 10k figment sketch. (@sincerelyivy) January 14, 2022
Others, having fun with the resellers, began listing other limited edition items like drawings of the bucket.
“Bad Artwork Sketch” of the Figment Popcorn Bucket for sale on eBay right now pic.twitter.com/7NnKxsQaaf
— Disney Food Blog (@DisneyFoodBlog) January 14, 2022
On the opening day of the Festival of Arts, Figment-shaped popcorn buckets consumed parkgoers and resellers in a 5-7 hour line to purchase the buckets. The character that was featured in an Epcot ride is making Disney news as one of the hottest must-haves this year. Personally, I find the line, interest, and item to be absurd but to each their own… while supplies last.
What do you think? Would you wait in a 5-7 hour line for the right to purchase a plastic popcorn bucket?