You may have heard about Refillable Resort Mugs in Walt Disney World… but did you know about Refillable Popcorn Buckets?!
Refillable Popcorn Buckets are up for grabs in all four Disney World theme parks, and we’re sharing the whole scoop with you right here!
Let’s get POPPIN’!
Refillable Popcorn Buckets
It couldn’t be easier to purchase and refill your Refillable Popcorn Bucket. Simply visit any participating Popcorn Cart selling Refillable Popcorn Buckets — which is just about every popcorn cart you’ll find in Walt Disney World theme parks — to purchase yours. You will see the Popcorn in a refillable souvenir bucket option listed on the cart’s menu.
The initial price of a standard Refillable Popcorn Bucket is $12.00 (excluding Specialty Buckets, which we’ll discuss shortly), and it comes filled with your first batch of hot, buttery POPCORN!
Whenever you’re craving more popcorn, just visit any participating Popcorn Cart, and you can have it refilled with fresh popcorn for $2.00 (or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit). And the best part?
Refills are valid through your length of stay!
Is the Refillable Popcorn Bucket a good value for your family? Well, one regular box of popcorn typically costs $5.25 (or a Disney Dining Plan snack credit).
So, if your traveling group tends to enjoy more than a couple of boxes a trip, then the Refillable Popcorn Bucket is probably a good option for you. Plus, you get to take home your Bucket — which is often themed to a season and nearly always features Disney characters — and enjoy it as a souvenir after your vacation!
Recent Updates to the Refillable Popcorn Bucket Program
Refillable Popcorn Buckets have remained available even as new health measures have been implemented around the Resort upon the reopening of Walt Disney World to promote the safety of guests and cast members. YES, you can still have your Refillable Popcorn Bucket refilled. Simply show the cast member the refillable popcorn bucket that you purchased.
Rather than refilling your specific bucket, they will instead give you your refill in a regular popcorn box for the refill price of $2.00. You can enjoy it from the box or pour it into your own bucket, if you prefer.
So, now you’ve got your Bucket. What’s next?
Where to Refill Your Bucket
As we mentioned, just about every Popcorn Cart in the Walt Disney World theme parks participates in the Refillable Popcorn Bucket program. But, to give you an idea, we’ll mention several locations where you can refill your bucket here.
Please Note: In the initial reopening phase of Walt Disney World Resort, not all of the Popcorn Carts are in operation, and some have limited hours. However, we’re taking you on a Popcorn Cart Tour below so you can know all of the places to check!
Popcorn Carts can be found in Magic Kingdom on: Main Street, U.S.A. (to your left upon park entry), at the Hub in front of Cinderella Castle, Tomorrowland, Liberty Square, Frontierland, and Adventureland.
Essentially, where there’s a land in Magic Kingdom… there’s a popcorn cart in it!
Popcorn Carts can be found in EPCOT in: Future World West by the Imagination! pavilion and Future World East near the Mission: SPACE attraction, Fife & Drum Tavern in The American Adventure pavilion, and in the Canada Pavilion.
Popcorn Pro Tip! You can find unique flavors of popcorn in EPCOT. The Canada Popcorn Cart serves Maple Popcorn, and the Future World Cart outside of Journey Into Imagination serves Cheddar, Sour Cream & Chive, and Buffalo Bleu Cheese.
Cast members will even mix flavors for you by request. You can enjoy these flavors for the refill price of $2.00 with your bucket — the same price as refilling with regular popcorn!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Popcorn Carts can be found in Animal Kingdom at: Discovery Island (at The Feeding Ground Popcorn Cart), DinoLand, U.S.A. at Corn-Ivores Popcorn Cart, Africa (at Mahindi), and Asia (at Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks).
Yes, you can even refill your bucket in Disney Springs! Though these carts can change location, it’s worth bringing your bucket along and keeping an eye out!
And now, let’s take a look at the Refillable Popcorn Buckets themselves…
Standard Refillable Popcorn Buckets
If you purchase a standard Refillable Popcorn Bucket for $12.00, you will receive the current design on the basic (but still perfectly cute!) bucket. While Disney releases new designs from time to time, the current artwork often features members of the Fab Five: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald Duck… and Chip ‘n Dale often tag along, too!
A change of seasons often brings a new design, and you’ll likely find buckets themed to Halloween in the fall and the Holidays at the end of the year.
Individual parks may also offer unique designs, like this Star Wars Bucket at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
And when Animal Kingdom debuted new Holiday happenings in 2019, they featured a park-specific bucket to go with it.
Remember, though, even if your bucket is themed to a particular park, you can have it refilled at any participating cart in any park during your trip!
All of the standard buckets come with lids that are equipped with handles.
Popcorn Pro Tip! A carabiner works perfectly to clip these onto a bag strap, so you might want to pack one if you plan on purchasing a bucket.
Specialty Souvenir Popcorn Buckets
You will definitely want to keep your eyes peeled for some truly unique and collectible Specialty Souvenir Popcorn Buckets! Prices vary on the Specialty Buckets; they tend to range from $18.00 – $25.00. But, just like the standard buckets, the Specialty Popcorn Buckets are refillable for $2.00.
These options change frequently, as they are seasonal or designed to celebrate a current Disney film or an event in the parks. Our gallery here gives an idea of some favorites that we have found over the years.
An Animal Kingdom favorite has been the Simba Popcorn Bucket. (Kind of makes you want to burst out with your rendition of “Circle of Life,” doesn’t it?)
It is not uncommon to find Star Wars-themed novelty items in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Souvenir Popcorn Buckets have not disappointed. Take, for instance, the Millennium Falcon Bucket… which actually lights up!
And around the Holidays, we’ve spotted a couple of versions of the Alien Popcorn Bucket, all dressed up for the season.
And several parks featured the irresistible Mickey Light-Up Christmas Tree Bucket for the 2019 Holiday season.
A unique feature is that the Specialty Buckets often come equipped with a shoulder strap for ease of carrying.
And, a word to the wise: these Specialty Buckets are considered highly collectible, and therefore often sell out quickly! If you see one that strikes your fancy, it might be best to pick it up as soon as you are able so you don’t miss out. (AND, of course, so you can start on those refills as fast as possible!)
And THAT’S what’s poppin’ with Refillable Popcorn Buckets in Walt Disney World!
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