Is the Disney Refillable Popcorn Bucket Worth The Price?

WDWKingdom T.J.

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Is the Walt Disney World refillable popcorn bucket worth it? Believe it or not, that is one of the most asked questions we get. In this article we give you our opinion and let you know if we think the Disney World refillable popcorn bucket should be a must buy on your next vacation.

Ahhhh, there is absolutely nothing like the smell of freshly popped popcorn at Disney. From the vendor near the Main Street U.S.A. Walt Disney World Railroad Station to the Hot and Fresh Popcorn stand near the upcoming Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway in Disney's Hollywood Studios, you cannot miss that delicious smell. In fact, you can find fresh refillable popcorn almost anywhere at the Walt Disney World Resort. Today we are going to focus on the locations that offer refillable popcorn in the four major theme parks.



The refillable popcorn bucket at Walt Disney World has been around for many years now but is it going to be worth it for your 2019 vacation? First, let's talk about what the current price for a standard box of popcorn is. Currently in late December 2018 a standard box of popcorn is $5.00. The current price for the Disney World refillable popcorn bucket is $10.00 with a price of $2.00 per refill. The standard popcorn comes in a typical cardboard box while the refillable bucket is a fairly large collectable bucket with a handle and lid. The bucket features fun Disney graphics from the theme park that you purchased it in. For example, if you purchased the bucket in Disney's Animal Kingdom it will feature an Animal Kingdom design. The designs on the bucket do change typically from season to season. The bucket is fairly large and I believe they hold roughly the same amount of popcorn. I could be off a bit on that one but for simplicity sake let's go with that.


So is the Disney refillable popcorn bucket worth it? In short, it is absolutely worth it! If you feel you are going to purchase 2 or more popcorns during your trip simple math tells us that it is most definitely worth it. But wait, there's more. As was previously mentioned you also get a collectible bucket that doubles as a great souvenir. That is even more value for your dollar. Do keep in mind that the bucket is good for your entire trip. We typically refill the bucket 7-10 times over the course of a week.

3 standard popcorns = $15 ➦ 3 refillable refills = $14 (initial $10 plus 2 x $2 plus a FREE souvenir bucket) = A great Disney deal!

The Walt Disney World Refillable Popcorn buckets will continue to be a great deal for even casual popcorn lovers in 2019. Do you get a refillable bucket on your visits to "The most magical place on earth"?
 
 
   
 

MagicofSteve

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Always a must on our vacations. We are a popcorn family and eat a ton of it at home. In an average 5 day trip I think we re fill the bucket 10 times. Thats $30 plus a sweet take home bucket vs $50 and no bucket. Wasn't the price last year $1.50 for the re fill though? No matter what still a good deal.
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
 

Spark-e-Sparks

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So excited- we’ve been saving for 2yrs and are finally going to the Disney Parks!!! ❤️ Can anyone tell me more about the popcorn buckets? Where do you buy them? “For the length of your stay”, how does that work? We are not able to stay at a Disney Resort. We are doing 7days, do we show our tickets to verify length of stay?
 
 
   
 

MagicofSteve

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So excited- we’ve been saving for 2yrs and are finally going to the Disney Parks!!! ❤️ Can anyone tell me more about the popcorn buckets? Where do you buy them? “For the length of your stay”, how does that work? We are not able to stay at a Disney Resort. We are doing 7days, do we show our tickets to verify length of stay?
Hi @Spark-e-Sparks, you are going to have so much fun! No need to show your tickets. Just purchase the bucket and everytime you go to one of the popcorn stands just hand them the bucket and they will refill it for you for the refill price (1.75) Definitely worth the price. Make sure you buy it on your first day to make the most of it. No worries if you are not staying on site.
 
 
   
 

Cromer816

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I think they are absolutely a great deal! The buckets are also really fun to collect! Each person and family is different. We are not popcorn lovers (because we love so many other Disney snacks) so we personally never use them, but if we plan to enjoy more popcorn, this is the way to go!
 
 
   
 
 
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