Refillable popcorn buckets began being offered at Walt Disney World in June, but unlike the refillable mugs sold at many WDW resorts, which can be refilled for the entire length of stay, the popcorn buckets were technically refillable throughout the day of purchase only. They were introduced as a pilot program that initially was supposed to only run through the beginning of September, priced at $10 with refills costing $1.50.
The buckets have not only survived past the initial ending period, but a new seasonal version is now available. The Disney Food Blog
(a fan site that is unaffiliated with the Disney company) spotted a unique sign at one popcorn cart in Animal Kingdom that seems to indicate that the popcorn buckets may not only be sticking around, but may soon be offered for guest's length of stay. While most signs at Disney World state that popcorn refills are valid for day of purchase only, the cart in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom states "Valid for length of stay." While this could
be a simple misprint, the language used is very similar to that of the refillable mugs that guests can purchase at the resorts.
At the Tokyo Disney Resort specialty popcorn
is a massive market, with dozens of flavors and highly detailed buckets that change throughout the seasons. Guests in Tokyo are able to purchase the buckets and return countless times to have them refilled at a discounted price. The buckets also feature longer handles, so guests can hold them more like a purse. The buckets have become a popular collectible and the various flavors each have their own fanbase.
Disney World has featured special collectible popcorn
buckets for years but the buckets were not refillable. The new refillable ones used in this pilot program are much less imaginative than the typical collectible buckets, but the new 'autumn' refillable, while still a basic design, does seem to indicate that Disney is at least testing the possibility of collectible and
refillable popcorn buckets.
For now, the refillable bucket program seems to be staying through at least the end of October
. We still have no official word on if the refills will extend beyond day
of purchase, but we'll update if it's confirmed.