Dining in Tokyo Disneyland: The Many Faces of Popcorn at Tokyo Disney Resort

I’ve always known that the Tokyo Disney Resort had multiple popcorn flavors, but I really had no idea how serious the popcorn game there was until I saw it for myself.  It’s really like its own micro-culture.

People bring their collectable & rare resort buckets from the past and have them refilled, some people wear more than one popcorn bucket at a time, and we even had people offering us samples right out of their buckets. It’s seriously SO MUCH FUN!

Popcorn is so popular, there’s even popcorn themed merchandise that lists some of the many flavors available.  Look at this fun zipper pouch I bought: Delicious Explosion Popcorn!

Popcorn Themed Zipper Pouch

Popcorn Themed Zipper Pouch

Another fun popcorn fact? Tokyo Disney has Roastie Toasties just like Disneyland here in Anaheim. Not all of the stands have them, but several do.  To see more about Roastie Toasties & Disney Popcorn in the states, check out this great Popcorn Gallery post AJ did a while back.  There’s also a fun little video on the Disney Parks Blog here.

We made it a goal on our recent trip to Tokyo to try as many types of popcorn that we could.  Although we missed a few, we did a pretty good job in our 4 days at the parks.  Now, on to the flavors!

Let’s start with one that I was a little unsure about but it ended up being my absolute favorite. So much so that we had it twice on our trip! Soy Sauce and Butter.  It’s salty, savory and delicious.  We found this cart at Tokyo Disneyland park.

Soy Sauce & Butter Popcorn Cart

Soy Sauce & Butter Popcorn Cart

You can see that this cart has its own little roastie toastie Christmas Clown; I love that he is dressed for the season.  Also, please note that there are

different souvenir popcorn buckets at each cart. Some carts sell more than one design, but most carry only one.

There are several different seasonal buckets sold throughout the parks, making them really collectable.  We noticed that very few people buy the “regular” paper popcorn containers. Most buy the souvenir bucket or bring one from home to refill.

I really love that all souvenir popcorn buckets come with a long adjustable clip on strap so you can wear them like a purse.  The strap is even long enough to wear cross body, which means hands free!  Another fab reason to have a bucket with a strap is the fact that you can easily take your popcorn on attractions.  Just close it up and it will be waiting for you after your ride.

AND unlike the souvenir popcorn buckets we have here in the states, the lids on these ones seal tightly and STAY closed.  The Minnie & Mickey Holiday popcorn bucket you see above was a pretty standard one that I saw all over the parks.

Most of the buckets cost 1600 Yen which is equivalent to about $13.36.  A few of them are fancier and a little bit pricier.  The great thing about these, though, is that a refill costs only 520 Yen ($4.34) and you can bring any TOKYO DISNEY PURCHASED bucket from home for refills on every visit.  Regular paper boxes of popcorn (similar to those we have here) cost 310 Yen ($2.59).  I think these prices are fabulous!!!

AND the popcorn carts?!? Just look at them, they’re all unique; many of them themed to the area in which they reside.

Next up, Honey Popcorn featuring a Winnie the Pooh roastie toastie with Piglet as his assistant.  I love that Pooh is standing on an upside down “Hunny” pot for a height boost!

Honey Popcorn

Honey Popcorn

Honey was one of the first popcorn flavors that we tried.  It’s sweet, but not overly sweet.  I remember that Disneyland had honey popcorn for a little while a few years back.  It was sold at a cart in between The Hungry Bear restaurant and the Winnie the Pooh attraction.  I think I remember it being more of a caramel corn type of “candy” coating though.  This one is done by seasoning.  It was really tasty, but in the long run, I enjoyed the savory flavors over the sweet ones.

The souvenir popcorn bucket available at this cart was of course Winnie the Pooh themed.  It was a 1600 Yen bucket, so approximately $13.36 US.  This cart smells delicious and is located near the very popular Pooh’s Hunny Hunt attraction.  Honey popcorn must be just as popular as the attraction, because there are two honey popcorn carts right next to each other.

Next we’ll head over to Tokyo Disney Sea (hopping back and forth in this post) for Salted Popcorn from the Mermaid Lagoon area.

Salted Popcorn

Salted Popcorn

Salted popcorn is just regular popcorn, so we actually skipped purchasing this one.  But, I do love love love the adorable Little Mermaid themed cart.  This cart sold the Holiday souvenir popcorn bucket featuring Mickey and Minnie as gingerbread cookies.  No roastie toastie here, but look at the gorgeous stained glass window and ceramic mosaic pieces inlaid in the cart.  The attention to detail at Tokyo Disney Resort is unreal.

Over at a very rainy Toon Town in Tokyo Disneyland, we found this fun Caramel Popcorn cart. And look who’s doing the roastie toastie work, it’s Goofy in a very 80’s looking outfit! I love him!

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn

We also skipped on trying this one. We figured that caramel is a flavor we have at home, plus the rain was a bit of a deterrent for waiting in line.  The caramel corn cart also featured the souvenir holiday bucket.

Okay, time for another savory flavor. It’s Curry Popcorn from Tokyo Disneyland. My second favorite flavor!  This one is sort of hard to explain. If you like curry even the slightest bit, you will enjoy curry popcorn.  It is not as strong as “real” curry sauce, but has more than a hint of flavor.  Whatever they use, it’s amazing.  How about Big Al as the roastie toastie here??? Isn’t he great?

Curry Popcorn

Curry Popcorn

There are a few Curry popcorn carts around the resort.  We found this one in Westernland near the Country Bear Jamboree theater.  It features the glorious “Santa” Little Green Men souvenir bucket. And believe you me, this is the bucket I bought to take home!  I’ll share a great photo of it in use at the end of this post.  At 2100 YEN ($17.53 US), this bucket was a little on the pricier side, but it’s also one of my favorite new Christmas decorations.  Totally worth every penny.

Let’s head back to Tokyo Disney Sea for Milk Tea Popcorn! Another flavor we didn’t try, but by the smell of it, it’s another sweet flavor. It smelled exactly like drinking Milk Tea. That makes sense, right? The whole surrounding area had a milk tea aroma.  I actually wanted to try this one, but we just didn’t get around to it.

Milk Tea Popcorn

Milk Tea Popcorn

This cart was located in the Cape Cod area of the American Waterfront (aka all Duffy all the time).  It housed the most expensive popcorn bucket, excuse me, basket, that we saw on our trip. Because… Duffy.  The milk tea popcorn filled, Duffy adorned basket will set you back 2600 Yen ($21.71 US).  I saw TONS of these baskets around the park and also lots of other past Duffy popcorn buckets.  Duffy is most definitely a Tokyo Disney VIP.  I really thought that this cart should have had a Duffy roastie toastie!

We couldn’t resist the small of the Chocolate Popcorn, while walking by it smelled exactly like hot cocoa.  And that’s what it tasted like, too! This was obviously one of the sweet flavors.  It was pretty rich though. I couldn’t eat more than a few handfuls.  Definitely worth a taste.  This stand featured another Christmas clown roastie toastie.

Chocolate Popcorn

Chocolate Popcorn

As far as the souvenir popcorn bucket goes, I love the cute Minnie hair bow that this cart offered.  Randomly the bow bucket is 1640 Yen ($13.69), a whopping 40 Yen (33 cents) more than most of the other buckets… We found this cart in Fantasyland near the Castle Carrousel.

Not a fan of milk chocolate? How about White Chocolate? I’m told this was a seasonal flavor for the holidays.  There are often seasonal flavors that rotate in and out.  We didn’t get a chance to try white chocolate.  I couldn’t get anyone in my group on board with this one.

White Chocolate Popcorn

White Chocolate Popcorn

I do love the fun look of this cart. It’s located in Toon Town and offers the cutest souvenir popcorn bucket around.  There he is again, Santa LGM!

The final popcorn cart photo I have for you is Strawberry Popcorn.  Another one we didn’t try.  This one by choice because the smell was way too sweet.  I’m not a fan of strawberry flavored anything. I LOVE fresh strawberries, but candy, cake, gum, basically anything strawberry “flavored” is not my jam.  Although I do love strawberry jam…

Strawberry Popcorn

Strawberry Popcorn

We found strawberry popcorn at Tokyo Disney Sea over in the Port Discovery area near Aquatopia.  The best thing about this popcorn cart is the Mr. Potato Head popcorn bucket. Isn’t he fabulous? His parts wiggle around so you can change his expression a bit.  This is one of the pricier souvenir popcorn buckets.  Mr. Potato Head will set you back 2100 Yen ($17.53 US).

A flavor that I didn’t get photos of is the Corn Potage (Corn Soup) Popcorn.  Luckily though,  I was able to try it.  We must have looked like we were popcorn enthusiasts, because a nice lady in line for the chocolate popcorn when we were there had a whole tub of it and was like, “Here, Corn Soup! Try it!”  I wish I took my photo with her, she was wearing like 3 different popcorn buckets.  Popcorn game strong!  The corn potage popcorn was really yummy, it tasted exactly like corn chowder.

There have been several previous popcorn flavors in the park as well, I’ve heard of coconut (would LOVE to try this one), cranberry, cappuccino, black pepper, banana, apple cinnamon, and I’m sure several more I don’t know about.  Currently the seasonal flavor is Orange Marmalade.  It came out for the new year soon after we left.  According to my friend Abi, it tastes like cough drops. So… No thanks!  Check out her post with photos of the orange marmalade popcorn cart and see a pretty adorable roastie toastie straight out of the Country Bear Jamboree.  Hint: It’s not Big Al.

And for the grand popcorn finale, I give you this photo of my youngest.

The perfect popcorn bucket model.

The perfect popcorn bucket model.

With this crazy get up he fit right in with the awesomeness that is the Tokyo Disney Resort.  He’s showing us how to rock that Santa Alien popcorn bucket & he looks amazing doing it!

Have you explored the many popcorn options of the Tokyo Disney Resort? Do you enjoy flavored popcorn? Are you a sweet or savory type of person?  I sure had a blast exploring this crazy world of popcorn.  I hope that someday you, too, get to eat your way through the many popcorn carts of of Tokyo Disney!  Stay tuned, I have more Tokyo goodness for you in the near future!

Heather Sievers is the Disney Food Blog’s Dining in Disneyland columnist. See more of her columns here!

Comments

  1. Kelly M says

    WOW! What an amazing post, thanks Heather!
    I am in love with the Minnie bow bucket! All I could think while reading was – I would need 2 tubs, one for the popcorn, one as a purse! :-)

  2. Kristen says

    What a great post!

    Tokyo Disney Resort is on my bucket list (pun intended), for sure! Do you know if popcorn carts at WDW refill popcorn buckets? I’ve had my eye on the Dumbo one for quite a while, but I just haven’t been able to justify it. If could get discounted refills, perhaps I could be swayed! :)

  3. Joni says

    Love the Duffy bear basket, would make a cute picnic basket for a little girl.
    Wish you could buy them online.

  4. Tiffany says

    Thank you for sharing this! Our family is headed to Japan in April and is planning one day at DisneySea. My girls love popcorn so we will be checking this out!

  5. Leah says

    When we went to TDR a few years ago, we made a point to try all the popcorn we could find, with the exception of curry and black pepper, which are not flavors we love. We adored the strawberry popcorn, but then again we are really into sweet flavors. It wasn’t overly sweet, though. The Japanese are masters at creating delicious flavorings that aren’t too sugary. They just taste good. Loved the honey popcorn, too. The soy sauce and butter was pretty good, too. Can’t wait for our next trip there to see what new ones they will have! Thanks for the great report!

  6. Heather Sievers says

    @Kelly M. – Thanks! That Minnie Bow is even cuter in person!!!

    @Kristen – Glad you enjoyed it! Unfortunately, US Parks, don’t do discounted refills.

    @Jenny – Thanks for reading!

    @Joni – It would be great if you could buy them online! I wish all Tokyo Disneyland merchandise was available online! ; )

    @Tricia – It was hard to pick just one!

    @Anderson – AND the honey popcorn it comes filled with is fabulous too!

    @Tiffany – Everything changes seasonally, flavors and buckets! You are going to have so much fun!

    @Leah – If you try curry next time, I’ll try strawberry! ; )

  7. Jean says

    What a great post!! I know so little about the Disney parks in Asia. This was really interesting to read! I want to try ALL of those flavors (some day…)!!

  8. Madoka says

    Thanks for such a great post! I *adore* the Santa LGM and the Duffy basket!!! The soy sauce/butter and curry flavors sound delicious. I’m a savory person too so those would be my top picks to try!

    Tokyo Disney resort actually does a great job with their strawberry flavored treats. I often get ShellieMay-shaped cookies and chocolates from a friend who lives there, and those are almost always strawberry flavored. They are not too sweet and have a nice strawberry flavor that doesn’t taste too artificial.

    I may need to get my friend to buy me that Duffy basket bucket on the next shopping trip. :) (Unfortunately the Santa LGM will probably be gone by then.)

  9. Nicole says

    That does it, I must go to Tokyo Disney Parks. My collection of World and Land buckets is sizeable, but seems Tokyo has got it figured out with the locking lid and shoulder strap. Love it!!

  10. Heather Sievers says

    @Jean – Thanks! I hope you get to try them some day!

    @Madoka – The Santa LGM bucket is my favorite new holiday decoration!!! But even after washing it, it still smells like Curry Popcorn! ; )I’ll have to give strawberry a chance there on my next trip!

  11. Jody says

    TDR Popcorn buckets are a magical sight to behold! Everyone carries their own feeding trough around with them. I usually carried my collapsible bucket from the “Year of the Dog” and people would always point it out and comment on it (mostly because it is not “the year of the dog”).

    As for flavors…The strawberry popcorn is alright, but you were right to skip Duffy’s milk tea popcorn, it is way too sweet, although I always wanted to buy a Duffy Basket! Sometimes their Duffy Bucket comes with a mini bucket for your Duffy doll!!! Super KAWAII! (cute). Black pepper is fantastic and curry is a savory delight! A couple of years ago they had Cranberry flavored popcorn at TDS’s American Harbor during Christmas. Unfortunately, my favorite weird flavor, Soda Pop (or Ramune), which was available at TDL in Tomorrowland was discontinued many years ago.

  12. Heather Sievers says

    @Jody – I LOVE TDR popcorn buckets!!! I was wondering about the mini popcorn buckets, I saw a few but didn’t know where they came from. I also wish I got to try Black Pepper. I didn’t see it.

  13. Jody says

    Heather,
    There’s usually a popcorn map listed on the maps you get at the ticket gate. Unfortunately, its usually only on the Japanese map. But if you can read katagana, you can read most things on the map. Also, if you google translate the TDR website and blog, you can keep updated about their “osusume” seasonal revommendations.

    Japanese people love seasonal food and souvenirs, so if you go to any convenient store, you can pick up a copy of the current TDR magazine/travel brochure and it will tell you all the best seasonal snacks, drinks and specialty “osusume” or recommended places to eat.

    I can’t wait to read your posts about all of the rest of the things you drank/ ate/ loved at TDR! It makes me homesick for Tokyo just thinking about it.

  14. Heather Sievers says

    @Jody – I just LOVED TDR and can’t wait to go back someday. It was kind of fun to find the things by surprise, but it would have been nice to know what we were missing too!

  15. Clarissa says

    Hi there. Tks for the post. The staff wouldn’t give you a couple to try? I love popcorn, but I am also very particular about it. So I would like to try before buying.
    Coconut and chocolate being top on my list.
    Thank you

  16. Heather Sievers says

    Clarissa – Unfortunately they do not give samples. A few times though, other guests standing nearby who just purchased would offer us a piece so we could try it before purchasing!

  17. Meghan Anderson says

    My daughter has the Minnie one and my middle boy has the alien one, minus the santa get up. I have a Donald one and my oldest has mickey. I hope the DWR has similar fun ones. The soy sauce and butter was not bad but we loved the jalapeno cheese one. We were a regular at that cart!

  18. Rob says

    The Soy and Butter popcorn was a revelation! I begrudgingly bought it to try it and it became my favorite on the first bite. We went back to TDR for an extra day and my daughter had a ride she wanted to go on while I wanted another crack at Soy and Butter popcorn. Speaking of crack, I’m addicted to this flavor of popcorn now.

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